GUIDED HISTORICAL WALK AND GALLERY TOUR
Apr 22, 2017 to 12:00am
Guided historical walk of Bow Arts’ local area, led by local guide William Sharp. Begins at Bow Quarter, the old Bryant & May matchstick factory, and ends at the Nunnery Gallery for a tour of the Raw Materials exhibition. Lasts about an hour.
Concession rate (available to over 65s / children under 18): £3
Bow Arts artist rate: £3
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ORIGAMI WORKSHOP/COMMUNITY CELEBRATION
Apr 30, 2017 to 12:00am
Origami Workshop and Celebration Day
Join us for a relaxing day of celebration, with food and drink in the Bow Arts Courtyard, a stone’s throw away for the Nunnery Gallery.
We will be celebrating the achievements of the Raw Materials project and the hard work of our Community Steering Group that made it all possible.
As part of the day there will be origami workshops to create your own paper boat to float down the River Lea.
FIRST THURSDAY LATE OPENING 6-9PM
May 4, 2017 to 12:00am
The first in a series of Raw Materials exhibitions at the Nunnery Gallery, which will delve into the history of the local River Lea valley through the ‘raw materials’ that paved the way for the area’s extensive and important industrial development. Beginning with the material wood, the exhibition will bring together archival objects – many of which are not usually on public display – furniture, tools, stories and new commissions, painting a vivid picture of this important, and increasingly less-visible, part of east London’s history.
A new commission from resident artist Silke Dettmers will feature alongside the objects, offering a surreal reflection that subtly mimics the forms and materials of industry. The Building Crafts College, founded by the Worshipful Company of Carpenters in 1893, has also been a partner of the project, incorporating its research on heritage techniques into its furniture making course, and students will be exhibiting their newly crafted cabinets as part of the exhibition.
Wood, a versatile and integral material to the development of industry, began its journey raw: imported through the Thames and up the River Lea to feed the many businesses that once lined the riverbanks. Raw Materials: Wood delves into this past, from timber yards and sawmills, such as James Latham in Hackney, to leading furniture makers, together with newly recorded stories from those that remember a fast-disappearing industrial east London. Exploring stories of industrial change, movement and immigration, including businesses’ aptitude to adapt during times of war and changing communities, Raw Materials brings to light a history that is more relevant today than ever.