Bow Arts Open Studios

Location: Bow Arts Studios, 183 Bow Road, London E3 2SJ

Event: Friday 14th- Saturday 15th June

Over 120 of East London’s Artists, Designers and Makers open their Studios to the public at Bow Arts’ Bow Road Open Studios, London’s Premier Open Studios Event.

Established in 1995, Bow Arts holds an important place in east London which is fast becoming known as London’s Artist Quarter. Bow Arts is an arts education charity that provides affordable creative workspaces for over 500 emerging artists. Alongside this, Bow Arts manages one of the country’s most exciting education programmes, which takes world-class artists into 90 schools to improve the lives and learning of children and young people.

Bow Arts will once again open its doors to the public for its biggest event of the year, the annual Bow Road Open Studios. Across Friday 14 and Saturday 15 June, Bow Arts will invite visitors behind the scenes to its iconic Bow Road site to discover the work and studios of over 120 of London’s most exciting painters, sculptors, theatre designers, product designers, performers, jewellers, fashion designers, illustrators and more. With live music, family-friendly workshops and activities, artist talks, pop-up stalls, delicious food, a gin bar and more, this once-a-year event is not to be missed.

Bow Open Studios is a fantastic free opportunity for members of the public, curators and collectors to explore a vast and diverse selection of work and to meet some of east London’s brightest artists, designers and makers. The Bow Open is also a celebration of all things Bow, with cocktails from local gin brewery East London Liquor Company, locally-brewed
craft beer from Five Points and a craft market of hand-made items by artists in the area.

Additionally, Raw Materials: Plastics – the latest in Bow Arts’ flagship East End heritage exhibition series – will also be on show at the on-site Nunnery Gallery and open late until 9pm, revealing east London’s central role in the invention and development of plastics.

Not to be missed, Bow Open Studios is a rare chance to meet practitioners and learn more about their creative process in action. It’s also a chance to buy original artwork direct from artists, in 10 affordable, interest-free instalments, thanks to our membership with Own Art. D

Access Information

Most of Bow Road Studios is accessed by stairs and due to the nature of the building there is no step-free access. Bow Arts Courtyard has step-free access throughout from street level, including to the accessible toilet and is service animal friendly. Nunnery Gallery also has step-free access throughout from street level, including to the accessible toilet, and is service animal friendly. This venue does not have a hearing loop system.

Accessible parking is not available on-site but blue badge parking can be found 500m away on Fairfield Road.

For more info on accessibility and to get in touch. Find out here.

To find out more about Own Art and how you can own your own piece of Art click here.

Find out more about What’s On at the Bow Arts Studio.

More on Bow Arts as an education arts charity here.

The full list of workshops and talks taking place over 14-15th June here.