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NUNNERY GALLERY

181 Bow Road, Bow, E3 2SJ
020 8980 7773

http://www.bowarts.org/nunnery/exhibitions-and-events/mary-barnes-boo-bah
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Tuesday - Sunday 10am-5pm

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RIVER LEA BY BIKE & GALLERY TOUR
Apr 23, 2017 to 12:00am talk/event
Join us for an exhibition gallery tour, followed by the chance to explore all the way up the River Lea by bike.(11am - 2pm)
A chance to join a guided tour of the Raw Materials exhibition at the Nunnery Gallery, exploring the industrial heritage of the River Lea through the material wood. Explore a fascinating collection of objects, from furniture and film to the tools craftsmen used, together with newly commissioned sculpture from resident artist Silke Dettmers and especially crafted cabinets from Building Crafts College students. Then explore the waterway that inspired the exhibition, cycling up the River Lea as far as Tottenham Hale with the curator of the exhibition, pointing out the traces of our industrial past along the way. The cycle will approximately an hour and a half and we will finish by a café / pub, where you are welcome to join us for lunch, or please feel free to being a picnic / packed lunch.
We will be cycling on the River Lea’s towpath, which is flat and suitable for all bikes. We will wheel our bikes from the Gallery to the River (a 10 minute walk) and, for those unsure of cycling on the road, you can bring your bike to the Gallery on the District Line (Bow Road). We will finish our cycle at Tottenham, from which you can cycle back or take your bike on mainline trains to Stratford or Liverpool Street stations.
Tickets £5/3, available from:
www.bowarts.org/nunnery/exploring-the-river-lea-by-bike-gallery-tour

Click to enlargeORIGAMI WORKSHOP/COMMUNITY CELEBRATION
Apr 30, 2017 to 12:00am talk/event
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.
FREE

FIRST THURSDAY LATE OPENING 6-9PM
May 4, 2017 to 12:00am talk/event
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.
FREE

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