Nunnery Gallery and Bow Arts Trust (Studios, Gallery and Education)

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

Tuesday - Sunday from 10am-5pm

Admission charges


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.
Sister Germaine self portrait 2013

Correspondances: Pierrick Mouton with work by Sister Germaine

  • 17 July — 27 September 2015

Nunnery Gallery presents Pierrick Mouton’s Correspondances, curated by Edward Ball, an exhibition of emails, letters, photographs, video diaries and films, between the artist and Sister Germaine spanning over five years of correspondence between the artist and Sister Germaine.

What began as a project to document the daily life in a convent in Versaille lifestyle soon changed as Pierrick’s Mouton’s relationship with Sister Germaine developed and he became interested in documenting and understanding more of Germaine’s life. In turn Germaine’s intrigue with the project and the camera grew as she became fascinated with how to record her own daily life.

Mouton enters into a dialogue with a nun who has had little experience with cameras or technology and sets about giving her the skills and tools to make video diaries and record her own life in the convent. Included in the exhibition is a touching film made by Sister Germaine showing the lives of the nuns and a collection of her photographs.

Underpinning the whole project is the intimacy of dialogue and correspondence: between two humans getting to know one another and between two different film aesthetics and two different perspectives. The main exchange between Mouton and Germaine is the camera, which shows their shifting relationships between artist and muse, filmmaker and filmed subject. Correspondances forms part of Bow Arts’ twentieth anniversary programme In Dialogue: a series of exhibitions concerned with the complex relationships between artist and the muse.

In celebration of Bow Arts’ role at the heart of the bustling Bow Road community, Mouton was commissioned in 2014 to carry out a year-long documentary residency in the community leading up to the exhibition, which will be viewed at a special screening in September 2015.

During Pierrick’s Mouton’s residency and working with religious leaders in Bow, east London, Mouton has made three gentle portraits of the spiritual lives of a Sikh, Church of England and Methodist minister, thereby gaining deeper understanding of the common threads of spiritual life, irrespective of faith group.

Mouton has exhibited in France and Macedonia and screened his films at Saison Video and Soirée Flare at the Languedoc-Roussillon Cinéma. He works in a variety of media: video installations, photographs, sculpture, and objects found objects, the latter resonating with documentary. His work is about making explicit the roles of the subject and the author in documentary.

PRIVATE VIEW: Thursday 16 July 6pm-9pm


Suitable for

  • Any age




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.
Artists in conversation

Bow Pow Wow (Talk & Seminar): An introduction to Arts Council England & Grants for the Arts

  • 6 July 2015 6:30-9pm

Bow PowWow Part 1: Talk
Introduction to Arts Council England and Grants for the Arts Funding
Monday 6th July, 6.30 – 7.15pm

As part of the Bow Skills Lab programme, this is an opportunity to find out more about what Arts Council England do and Grants for the Arts funding. We will be joined by Chris Rawcliffe, Relationship Manager, Visual Arts, London, and Sophie Merriman, Visual Arts Assistant, London.

Join us to find out more about:

Arts Council England, an overview of current activities and structure.
Grants for the Arts funding
Top tips for potential applicants

*The Q&A is for general questions, rather than specifics relating to your ideas or application.

This is immediately followed by:

Bow PowWow Part 2: Seminar Preparing Grants for the Arts Applications:
Monday 6th July, 7.30– 9.00pm

If you want some guidance on filling out your application, please join us for the seminar immediately after the talk. This is an opportunity to work through elements of an application, including:

The artistic idea
Audience/ Marketing/ PR

This session will be lead by Rosamond Murdoch, The Nunnery Gallery Director. Rosamond brings her experience of assisting a number of artists in successful Grants for the Arts Applications including the recent exhibition Magic Mirror.

Please note, attending these events does not guarantee a successful application and is a guide. The ultimate decision lies with the Arts Council England assessment process.

There are more events through 2015 part of the Bow Skills Lab programme, click the link for more details.

Suitable for

  • 18+


Tickets available via Eventbrite


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 and Bow Arts Trust (Studios, Gallery and Education)
183 Bow Road
Greater London
E3 2SJ




020 8980 7774

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