Bowfest: East London’s biggest open studios event is back

Bow Arts are once again throwing open their doors for Bowfest: Open Studios, Bow Road’s much-anticipated annual event

On Friday 21st and Saturday 22nd June, guests will be invited inside over 100 studios across the iconic Bow Road site which is the charity’s first and biggest studio site.

Artists will have micro galleries, stalls or displays of their work which the public can appreciate at their leisure

Photos by Hallie Primus Courtesy of Bow Arts, Bowfest 2023 food and drinks

The event also gives patrons the chance to meet over 100 talented painters, sculptors, theatre makers, product designers, performers, jewellers, fashion designers, illustrators and more from the Bow community.

Bow Arts’ iconic Victorian courtyard will host a makers market, together with food and drink stalls from the Nunnery Café. 

Bow Arts is an arts and education charity and a social enterprise which supports artists across London and creates spaces and opportunities for them to connect with their local communities through school programmes, workshops, exhibitions and events like Bowfest.

Bowfest will open in style with live music and a free family workshop for young people of all ages on Saturday where participants will have the chance to create vibrant prints on a variety of textured materials, inspired by cherished memories. 

Photos by Hallie Primus Courtesy of Bow Arts, Bowfest 2023 event stalls

Alongside the festivities, the Nunnery Gallery will be exhibiting the Bow Open x Lindsey Mendick, Mendick’s curation of Bow Arts’ artists under her provocation “A Personal Treasure”. 

The Open Studios is an event for all ages, and an opportunity to find out more about the celebrated community of East London creatives gathered together at Bow Road. You can meet the artists, learn more about their creative processes, or purchase an artwork to take home. 

All artwork, in the studios, the gallery, and the café will also be available to buy using Own Art, the affordable art scheme that enables buyers to spread the cost of an artwork across 10 interest-free instalments. 

Event details:

Dates & Times: Friday 5pm-9pm 21st June & Saturday 10am – 4pm 22nd June 2024 

Admission: Free   

Address: Bow Arts, 181-3 Bow Road, London E3 2SJ   
Travel: Bow Road Tube Station, Bow Church DLR   

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