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Raw Materials: Textiles

Nunnery Gallery

18 April - 24 June

Raw Materials: Textiles is the second in a series of exhibitions at the Nunnery Gallery, which delves into the history of the local River Lea valley through the ‘raw materials’ paved the way for the area’s extensive and important industrial development.

The exhibition will include loans of historic fabric produced in the area, including a Georgian calico from Old Ford courtesy of the V&A and a River Lea-inspired design by William Morris. With much of the exhibition content, driven by a community steering group keen to unearth the stories of their local area’s past.

Newly commissioned work will also be unveiled form resident artists Freya Gabie – whose conceptual sculpture explores trinitrotoluene. The yellow dye that was later used as an explosive – and Sarah Desmarias, whose textiles use traditional dye and printing methods including the dye-fast use of the colour madder that was first patented in Hackney Wick.

The show is accompanied by a dynamic event programme with opportunities of further learning for all ages, including walking and boat tours along the River Lea, artist-led workshops and panel discussions. Visitors can also trace the buildings, businesses and objects found through the project on the Raw Materials interactive map that now includes points from materials wood and textiles.


181 Bow Road, E3 2SJ

First Thursday Late Opening




A special late opening talk hosted by resident artist Sarah Desmarais and a chance to explore the Raw Materials: Textiles exhibition at the Nunnery Gallery exploring the industrial heritage of the River Lea through the material textiles.


Getting to: Nunnery Gallery

The gallery is a 4 minute walk from Bow Church station and 8 minutes from Bow Road station. Alternatively, Bromley by Bow station is an 11 minute walk and Pudding Mill Lane station is 13 minutes walk.

Buses: The 205, 25, 425 and 488 stop close by on Bow Road, at Bow Church station.

Please contact Transport for London for detailed travel advice

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