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The Bow Open Show showcases work exclusively by Bow Arts studio artists exclusively.

Artist, curator and gal-dem founding member, Leyla Reynolds has selected 24 artists for Bow Arts’ annual Bow Open Show, all responding to her title 'Aboutface: regroup, reorganise, reimagine'.

Following a year that has challenged those in the cultural sector particularly, gal-dem’s Bow Open demonstrates the power of artists and their imaginations to regroup following disaster, and reorganise with humour, frankness and inspiring visual potency.

Works range from politically charged banners, a delicate spine of ceramic Covid-19 masks, and jewellery inspired by the Hindu Goddess Kali Ma, a beacon of hope and resistance to anti-colonial movements during the Bengal revolution.

Powerfully commenting on many of the overarching political themes of the past year, including gender identity, the environment, the pandemic, decolonisation, and digital overloading, the exhibition offers realism, satire, beauty and optimism.

“The standard of the submissions for this year's Bow Open has been truly exceptional; the innovativeness shown in fulfilling the brief has been truly inspiring, with the artist responses demonstrating the variety of thought housed in Bow Arts Studios. This exhibition is a testament to the humour, craftsmanship, and tenacity of its makers, as well as their ability to capture an overwhelmingly determined spirit of collective joy and resilience.” Leyla Reynolds.

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