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-4pm

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.
Raymond Harris Jones

Dolly Mixtures

  • 8 April — 12 June 2016

Dolly Mixtures – cockney rhyming slang for pictures – plays on the Nunnery Gallery’s east end location and the roots of the original Londoner.

Dolly Mixtures presents work by tenants of all ages from hugely varied backgrounds, all of whom express themselves through art. The exhibition covers many genres in painting, drawing, mixed media, sculpture and installation, showcasing a diversity of styles and approaches. Many of the artists create to relax or escape, using creativity as a response to life’s difficulties and as a vehicle to express themselves in an increasingly isolating and lonesome world. Other artworks tell the stories of the makers themselves and the relationship they have with London.

Notting Hill Housing celebrates partnerships with The Gate, supporting people with learning difficulties, The Mildmay Collective, Cubitt Arts, Mary Ward Centre and SMART, helping people recover from mental illness.

Curated by Mandy Worster, artist and Notting Hill Housing’s Volunteer Coordinator.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://bowarts.org/nunnery/dolly-mixtures

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.
plastic vanitas

Mariele Neudecker: Plastic Vanitas

  • 15 January — 27 March 2016 *on now

Plastic Vanitas is a new series of photographic works by Mariele Neudecker curated by Susan Lambert. Developed as part of a residency at the Museum of Design in Plastics (MoDiP) and the Arts University Bournemouth, Neudecker re-presents the MoDiP’s plastic collection as vanitas still lifes.

Intrigued by the seemingly random storage of MoDiP’s collection, boxed by material, weight and size, Neudecker has created a new context for objects that appear to bear no real intellectual relationship to one another beyond the physical. Using the powerful genre of still-life vanitas, Neudecker re-stages each plastic object, creating new relationships and depths of meaning.

Vanitas painting is a specific genre of still-life painting in which the most exquisite accoutrements of everyday life are presented as symbols of the worthlessness of earthly achievement and the inevitability of death. A tradition that flourished in the Netherlands and Flanders in the 16th and 17th century, Neudecker develops the vanitas genre to symbolise the modern-day questions of impact, consumerism, waste and sustainability.

Plastic is part of the East End’s history: Alexander Parkes trademarked the first ever man-made plastic Parkesine in his Hackney Wick factory in 1856, just down the road from the Nunnery Gallery. Over one hundred years later plastic plays a significant role in each of our day-to-day lives. Plastic contributes to our comfort, functionality and, ultimately, our impact, degradation and mortality. Plastic Vanitas illuminates the many faces of plastic, revealing the narratives of its past and probing the question of its future.

Neudecker has reflected that working on the MoDiP project has made her reconsider plastics and their relationship to the environment. As part of Bow Arts’ striving for environmental awareness within the arts, Nunnery Gallery will host a panel event alongside the exhibition asking “Should arts be used as a tool for sustainability?”.

Curated by Susan Lambert. Supported by Arts Council England this is a collaborative project between TheGallery and MoDiP and a text + work touring exhibition. The exhibition will also tour to Bath Spa University and Poole Lighthouse.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://bowarts.org/nunnery/mariele-neudecker-plastic-vanitas

Should art be used as a tool for sustainability?

  • 24 February 2016 7-9pm

As part of Bow Arts’ striving for environmental awareness within the arts, Nunnery Gallery will host a panel event alongside the exhibition Plastic Vanitas asking the wider question Should arts be used as a tool for sustainability? This will be accompanied by a screening of For Now We See (2013), a series of films by Neudecker that look at our impact on the environment in collaboration with Marine Biologist Alex Rogers, produced by Alice Sharp.

Tickets at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/should-art-be-used-as-a-tool-for-sustainability-tickets-19797998346?aff=es2.

Mariele Neudecker’s series of photographic works Plastic Vanitas, developed as part of a residency at the Museum of Design in Plastics (MoDiP), runs at the Nunnery Gallery from 15 January to 27 March 2016. More on the exhibition.

Panel speakers

Alice Sharp (chair), Invisible Dust
Mariele Neudecker
Fiona Fieber, Head of Learning, Space, White Building
Judith Knight, Director, Artsadmin, Toynbee Studios

Suitable for

  • Any age

Where

Nunnery Gallery
181 Bow Rd
London
E3 2SJ

Admission

£5

Website

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/should-art-be-used-as-a-tool-for-sustainability-tickets-19797998346?aff=es2

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
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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