2016 Bow Open Show

18 Jun 2016 – 28 Aug 2016

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Free to the public

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  • Bow Church (DLR), Bow Road (District Line)
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The exhibition is the only show in the Nunnery Gallery’s programme to showcase exclusively Bow Arts artists, celebrating the innovation and creativity of the artists and makers working in the charity’s creative workspaces.


This year’s exhibition has been curated by the exceptional Anj Smith (Hauser & Wirth) who the NY Times describe as seeming “to have something small and vividly weird for every occasion".

The loaded eccentricities of this year’s selection unfold much like the details in Smith’s quiet but powerful paintings – with media ranging from paint, collage and drawing to photography, interactive sculpture and performance. Arresting visually, the works are also potent in meaning. Sexuality and gender are also probing subjects in this year’s Bow Open.

Inviting a guest curator to make the exhibition selection builds a unique and different view point each year; previous curators include Mark Wallinger and Bob and Roberta Smith with Skye Sherwin.

Of her involvement, Anj Smith said:
"I'm delighted to assist Bow Arts with curating the 2016 Bow Open. It's impossible to overstate the importance of the organisation in supporting artists at such a sensitive point in developing their work”.

The exhibition will be accompanied by an events programme that includes an evening of performances in Bow Arts’ courtyard for July’s First Thursday; a talk from Nye Thompson, recently featured in The Guardian for Backdoored, her archive of unsecured webcam images; and the inaugural performance of Desire Caught by the Tail, a rarely produced play by Pablo Picasso, directed by Cradeaux Alexander, LUXE.

Exhibiting artists: Michael Achtman; Nitin Amin; Marta Bakst; Victoria Burgher; Lizzie Cannon; Jessica Jane Charleston; Matt Gee; Michael Gurhy; Rachel Haines; Denise Hickey; Ryan Hodge; Anna Ilsley; Matthew Krishanu; Felicity McCabe; Lauren Mele; Laura Napier; Ellie Nicholls; Marcus Orlandi; Mette Sterre; Rhys Thomas; Emily Tracy; Jaime Valtierra; Emily Whitebread; Emily Wolfe

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