Nunnery Gallery

Nunnery Gallery

The Nunnery is a contemporary art space run by Bow Arts. It is located in the heart of London’s Artist Quarter and a stone’s throw from the Olympic Park.

Venue Type:

Artist studio or collective, Gallery

Opening hours

Tues to Sun, 10am - 5pm

Admission charges

Free

Getting there

The gallery is located on "Bow Arts Lane" which lies between 181 and 183 Bow Road, opposite to Bow Church. It is a six minute walk from Bow Road Tube Station, or 3 minutes from Bow Church DLR. We are step free and fully wheelchair accessible.

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
Albert Turpin, Salmon and Ball

The Working Artist: The East London Group

  • 29 September — 17 December 2017 *on now

The historic East London Group returns to the Nunnery Gallery, selected and curated by writer broadcaster Michael Rosen and radio producer film-maker Emma-Louise Williams. Discovered in family collections and public institutions across the country, many paintings are returning to Bow for the first time since their production. With a focus on member Albert Turpin – who, as window cleaner, fireman and leading member of the anti-fascist movement, was the ultimate ‘working artist’ – three new public works of art, commissioned to commemorate the Group, will also be unveiled alongside the show from Lindsey Mendick, Marcus Orlandi and Maxima Smith.

Working during the inter-war period, the East London Group was made up of ordinary working men and women, attending art classes – Walter Sickert was among their teachers – and exhibiting paintings alongside their day jobs. There were thirty-five members and the exhibition includes works by B A R Carter, Elwin Hawthorne, Brynhild Parker, the Steggles brothers and Albert Turpin – all of whom immortalise the buildings and streets of the East End in their work.

The new public artworks will be installed along Bow Road – at Bow Church, the Bow Bells pub and Queen Mary University of London – visible to passers-by throughout the exhibition. A lively event programme accompanies the exhibition, including walking tours of the local area and new public artworks.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.bowarts.org/nunnery/frieze-first-thursday-ode-to-a-window-cleaner

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
Cable Street

Discover the East London Group Walking Tour

  • 2 December 2017 1:30-2:30pm

A chance to walk the streets and see the sights behind the paintings of the historic East London Group, whose paintings are currently exhibiting as part of The Working Artist exhibition at the Nunnery Gallery.

Working during the inter-war period, the East London Group was made up of ordinary working men and women, attending art classes and exhibiting paintings alongside their day jobs. Gordon Joly will take walkers on a journey through the East End of the Group’s past, pointing out sites they painted and places they studied, as well as other notable sites relating to art around Bow.

The walk will also visit three new public works of art, commissioned to commemorate the Group alongside the exhibition, installed at Bow Church (Lindsey Mendick), the Bow Bells pub (Marcus Orlandi) and Queen Mary University of London (Maxima Smith), where the tour will finish with an exclusive chance to see remnants of East London Group member Phyllis Bray’s mural at the People’s Palace.

Walk begins at the Nunnery Gallery, ends at Queen Mary University of London and lasts roughly an hour. Booking is advisable

About the exhibition: http://www.bowarts.org/nunnery/the-working-artist-the-east-london-group

Gordon Joly has been leading walking groups for ten years in the East End.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£3 - £5

Website

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/discover-the-east-london-group-walking-tour-tickets-38832663542?aff=ehomecard

Hackney Empire

First Thursday Late Opening

  • 7 December 2017 6-8pm

The final out of hours chance to see The Working Artist: The East London Group, selected and curated by writer broadcaster Michael Rosen and radio producer film-maker Emma-Louise Williams, showcasing paintings, sketchbooks and ephemera from this historic and largely forgotten Group of East End artists who shook up the art work in the late twenties and thirties.
Discovered in family collections and public institutions across the country, many paintings are returning to Bow for the first time since their production. With a focus on member Albert Turpin – who, as window cleaner, fireman and leading member of the anti-fascist movement, was the ultimate ‘working artist’ – three new public works of art, commissioned to commemorate the Group, have been unveiled alongside the show from Lindsey Mendick, Marcus Orlandi and Maxima Smith.
“[we need] painters who can see beauty in the life around them. Grim East End streets are suffused with real beauty. We need to get back to humanity in art”
John Cooper (1930), teacher and founder of the East London Group.
Read more: http://bowarts.org/nunnery/the-working-artist-the-east-london-group

Suitable for

  • Any age
Momoir by Michael Rosen

So They Call You Pisher! A Memoir by Michael Rosen Reading

  • 10 December 2017 2-3:30pm

Michael Rosen, co-curator of the Nunnery Gallery’s current exhibition The Working Artist: The East London Group, will read from his recently published memoirs So They Call You Pisher! With much of the book exploring his parents’ early lives in east London, many of the paintings serve as fitting backdrops to the stories Rosen heard growing up.

In this hilarious, moving memoir, much-loved children’s poet and political campaigner Rosen recalls the first twenty-three years of his life. He was born in the North London suburbs, and his parents, Harold and Connie, both teachers, first met as teenage Communists in the Jewish East End of the 1930s. The family home was filled with stories of relatives in London, the United States and France and of those who had disappeared in Europe.

Different from other children, Rosen and his brother, Brian, grew up dreaming of a socialist revolution. Party meetings were held in the front room. Summers were for communist camping holidays. But it all changed after a trip to East Germany when, in 1957, his parents decided to leave ‘the Party’.

From that point, Michael followed his own journey of radical self-discovery: running away to Aldermaston to march against the bomb; writing and performing in experimental political theatre at Oxford; getting arrested during the 1968 movements. The book ends with a letter to his father, and the revelation of a heartbreaking family secret.

Rosen will sign copies following the reading, with the book available in the Nunnery Gallery shop.

More on the exhibition: http://bowarts.org/nunnery/the-working-artist-the-east-london-group

Suitable for

  • Any age
Sutton House

Discover the East London Group Walking Tour

  • 13 December 2017 2-3pm

A chance to walk the streets and see the sights behind the paintings of the historic East London Group, whose paintings are currently exhibiting as part of The Working Artist exhibition at the Nunnery Gallery. Led by Alan Waltham – archivist and researcher – who became steeped in the East London Group history almost by mistake through a family connection. Now the well-known voice of the East London Group’s twitter, Waltham will guide visitors through the sites of their paintings and the stories of their history.

Working during the inter-war period, the East London Group was made up of ordinary working men and women, attending art classes and exhibiting paintings alongside their day jobs. Gordon Joly will take walkers on a journey through the East End of the Group’s past, pointing out sites they painted and places they studied, as well as other notable sites relating to art around Bow.

The walk will also visit three new public works of art, commissioned to commemorate the Group alongside the exhibition, installed at Bow Church (Lindsey Mendick), the Bow Bells pub (Marcus Orlandi) and Queen Mary University of London (Maxima Smith), where the tour will finish with an exclusive chance to see remnants of East London Group member Phyllis Bray’s mural at the People’s Palace.

Walk begins at the Nunnery Gallery, ends at Queen Mary University of London and lasts roughly an hour. Booking is advisable

About the exhibition: http://bowarts.org/nunnery/the-working-artist-the-east-london-group

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£3 - £5

Website

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/discover-the-east-london-group-walking-tour-tickets-38622823906?aff=ehomecard

Getting there

The gallery is located on "Bow Arts Lane" which lies between 181 and 183 Bow Road, opposite to Bow Church. It is a six minute walk from Bow Road Tube Station, or 3 minutes from Bow Church DLR. We are step free and fully wheelchair accessible.

Nunnery Gallery
181 Bow Road
London
Greater London
E3 2SJ
England

Website

www.bowarts.org/nunnery

E-mail

nunnery@bowarts.com

Telephone

020 8980 7774

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
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