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

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




020 8980 7774

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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.
Nathan Eastwood, Photo by Ollie Harrop

Nathan Eastwood: Work / Recreation / Freedom

  • 10 October — 21 December 2014 *on now

Private View 9 October (6-9pm) RSVP

Nathan Eastwood, winner of the inaugural East London Painting Prize, presents his solo exhibition Work / Recreation / Freedom at the Nunnery Gallery from 10 October to 21 December.

The East London Painting Prize has been created by The Legacy List, the charity of Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park with the Goldhill Family, Zabludowicz Collection, and in association with Bow Arts, to honour the life and work of painter and philanthropist Jack Goldhill, and commemorates his major contributions to the east End.

Eastwood was announced as the first winner of the East London Painting Prize in May 2014. Selected from over 300 submissions by artists from across east London, Nathan received a life changing £10,000 prize and the solo exhibition at the Nunnery Gallery.

Nathan Eastwood lives in Newham and has a studio in Bethnal Green. He graduated from Byam Shaw School of Fine Art in 2009, and has gone on to exhibit in a range of shows including the Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition (2013), Contemporary British Painting at The Crypt, St Marylebone (2013); and Towards a New Socio-Painting, a Transition Gallery touring show this year.

Drawing inspiration from the Kitchen Sink Painters of the 1950s, Eastwood’s paintings describe small moments in everyday life in meticulous detail, from cleaning the bathroom to mulling thoughts over a cup of tea. Layering humbrol enamel paint on board and a grey palate, Nathan builds up layers of paint to create images which are both photorealistic, yet riddled with imperfections of trapped dust and hair and loose brushwork.

Eastwood said: “Winning the East London Painting Prize has been a huge boost, I’ve been able to invest a much larger proportion of time in painting and producing new works which are larger in scale.

“At certain moments, when making the bed, walking around in public spaces, noticing rubbish scattered around, picking up the kids from school, surfing the internet, and watching question time, I thinks yes, this is real life. Real life in the sense of repetition of the same actions again and again; activities and places visited. This is what I know and so this is what I want to paint. The paintings have become allegorical of the domestic and particular public spaces. The participation via social websites and the accessibility of a variety of political positions permeates this experience of the everyday. Today the living room has become a voting booth.

“I am really proud to present my solo show at the Nunnery Gallery, it’s an incredible opportunity.”

Claire Gevaux, Head of Creative Programmes of The Legacy List said: “Nathan’s work evokes the character and life of east London, and we’re delighted to have been able to support this next stage in his career through the East London Painting Prize. We wish him every success for the exhibition, and his future career.”

Rosamond Murdoch, Director of the Nunnery Gallery said: “Our upcoming exhibition of Nathan’s work Work / Recreation / Freedom refers to his observations about the relationship to work and how we simulate rituals within the space of spare time. Nathan’s work isn't necessarily looking at the conventional workplace, but domestic and sometimes leisure spaces. To me this speaks of a typically urban concern which rounds off the Nunnery Gallery’s Year of the East London Painting with alacrity.”

Michael Goldhill, representative of the Goldhill Family said:
“The selection of Nathan Eastwood as winner of the first East London Painting Prize is testament to the Goldhill Family’s desire to support artists at all stages of their careers. My father would have been a proud advocate of the panel’s choice, and I’m looking forward to seeing more of his work in the forthcoming show.”


Nathan Eastwood: Work / Recreation / Freedom
Nunnery Gallery, Bow Road, London E3 2SJ

Private View 9 October (6-9pm) RSVP

10 October – 21 December 2014
Open Tuesday – Sunday, 10am – 5pm

Admission free


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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.
Nico's Cafe, by Nathan Eastwood

In Conversation: Nathan Eastwood - Everyday Realism?

  • 4 December 2014 7-8:30pm

Bow Arts presents East London Painting Prize winner Nathan Eastwood in conversation with Editor and Curator Matt Price to discuss Eastwood’s new body of work produced for his solo exhibition currently on show at the Nunnery. Entitled Work / Recreation / Freedom, the staging of the exhibition is Eastwood’s prize for winning the inaugural edition of the East London Painting Prize, 2014, along with £10,000 to support his practice.

Eastwood characteristically works in monochrome, his often dense, black, grey and white paintings – made using a time-consuming process with Humbrol enamel paints – depicting everyday scenes that he captures on his mobile phone. Often using his immediate environment of the East of London as source material, he portrays domestic and urban scenes of people going about their daily business, from cleaning the bathroom to clearing snow and ice from outside their homes. His paintings are often poetic and subdued, tinged with melancholy or simply the humdrum monotony of everyday chores. The works are understated, regularly capturing unremarkable scenes whilst creating something memorable and affecting in the process.

Eastwood’s work is thus a study of reality, of daily life in East London – what he describes as ‘kitchen sink’ painting. Inspired by the writings of Bertolt Brecht, Alain Badiou and John Berger, among others, Eastwood’s works explore ideas of the quotidian within the discourses of social realism and realist painting – topics that will be explored in the course of the in-conversation

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Suitable for

  • 18+


£4.00 General Public ticket
Free for Bow Arts artists

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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.