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

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


#ELPP14 @TheLegacyList @BowArts

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.
Flyer by Abbi Palmer

Bow Arts' Stratford Open Studios '14

  • 4 October 2014 11am-5pm

Bow Arts runs one of the most vibrant and well attended Open Studios in London. The Open Studios represents an excellent opportunity for members of the public, curators and collectors to see a huge range of diverse art forms and artists at all stages of their careers.

Right next to Discover Children's Story Centre, our Stratford Studios have almost 40 artists working across a range of art forms from performance to visual art and design.

Come along to our open day where you can see the variety of talent, learn how artists use their studios and you might even snap up a work of art for yourself.

Everyone is welcome to this event, though most parts of the building require step access.

Twitter #StratfordOpen

Suitable for

  • Any age


Stratford Studios
Essex House, 375 High Street
E15 4QZ


Cultural Regeneration or Gentrification?

Cultural Regeneration or Gentrification? A round table debate hosted by Institute of Ideas & Bow Arts

  • 14 October 2014 7-9pm

The Institute of Ideas in partnership with the Nunnery Gallery, Bow Arts Trust hosts:

A Round Table Debate: Cultural Regeneration or Gentrification?

Speakers: Alan Miller, CEO of the Vibe Bar; Feargus O’Sullivan, Journalist at Atlantic Media Magazine Citylab; Emma Dent-Coad, Leader of the Labour Group at London Borough of Kensington and Chelsea as well as academic, and writer; James Stevens, Strategic Planner, Home Builders Federation.

Tickets: Free but pre-booking essential at

Cultural policy is seen as essential in helping to regenerate previously unfashionable areas of east London and right across the capital. Every neighbourhood seems keen to emphasise its credentials as a creative, artist-friendly hub and no urban space is complete without short-let ‘pop-up’ shops and restaurants, temporary cinemas or urban beaches. Supporters argue that such playful, small-scale interventions can help ‘citizens take ownership of their city’ and engender a community spirit seen as sorely diminished after the 2011 riots.

Yet others are more sceptical about the merits of such schemes, seeing them as invariably corporate sponsored examples of ‘hipster gentrification’ which undermines rather than bolsters civic engagement, with even the creatives of East London’s Tech City complaining development of the area will change its ‘unique character.’

While many artists claim to be committed to being friendly with residents and helping improve neighbourhoods, the sceptics argue that they are, knowingly or unwittingly, helping gentrification. CityLab online magazine recently called it ‘Artwashing’: getting an area cleaned up before properties are bought up cheap, existing residents removed and flats sold for the highest price possible.

Some hail the rise of artist led cultural initiatives as a radical challenge to both the problems of austerity and the perceived stifling sanitisation of contemporary public life. Are playful, small-scale interventions and urban explorations a challenge to the sanitised city, or merely part of it? To what extent do they provide a means to nurture the urban realm and engender community spirit?

In any case, is gentrification inevitable?

Suitable for

  • Any age


Free, however you must book your place 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.