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The Nunnery



The Nunnery is a contemporary art gallery in Bow, East London. It showcases a range of international work throughout the year. The Nunnery is run by Bow Arts who also provide affordable artists studios, a pioneering LiveWork scheme and a well respected education and learning programme in the local area. One of the higlights of the gallery's annual programme is the Open Show exhibition. Work for the Open is selected from artists who work in Bow Arts studios.

Our mission is to support community renewal in East London by delivering Arts and Creative Services through our financially sustainable social enterprise model.

Bow Arts was established in 1994 by Marcel Baettig with the kind support of Marc Schimmel, the owner of our Bow Road premises and a valued supporter of the arts. This first site, formed of two adjacent buildings, quickly established itself as a thriving artist studios supporting over 100 working artists.

We also support artists through our sponsorship of the London’s Artist Quarter and Artist Studio Finder websites.

London’s Artist Quarter has been developed to showcase artists, their work and their activities in the East London area.  It is also a space where artists can share ideas, get involved in projects and find out about employment opportunities.

Artist Studio Finder is an online search facility for artists looking for a studio in London. It provides a central location where artists can quickly and easily find out about available studios across the city. It is a free platform that can be used by any London-based studio organisation to advertise their available spaces directly to artists.

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