In the unusual setting of a 19th-century nunnery, this thriving contemporary art gallery celebrates emerging artists with a focus on the East London area.

The gallery presents a rolling programme of exhibitions primarily featuring site-responsive work, uncovering the unique history and heritage of the local area. There is a focus on early-career artists, and you can even get your hands on original artworks which are available to buy from the gallery in instalments.

The gallery’s unconventional building still retains many of its original period features, including beautiful tiled floors and gothic arches which complement the displays. The building is also surrounded by over 100 artists’ studios used by members of Bow Arts and the gallery shop sells a lovely selection of prints, books, and pottery.

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Nunnery Gallery

181 Bow Road, London, E3 2SJ

020 8980 7774


Opening times

Tuesday-Sunday, 10am-4pm

  • We will be operating to a controlled capacity in our spaces, to maintain safe visitor numbers.
  • Visitors are encouraged to book a visit through a free online booking system, though walk-in visitors will be welcomed.
  • We will be supporting 2-metre social distancing on-site at all times.
  • It is mandatory for all visitors to wear face coverings inside the exhibition, unless exempt.
  • Hand sanitiser will be available at the entrance and exit to the site.
  • A one-way signposted system is in place throughout the gallery and café.
  • All staff on site will be wearing Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) including face coverings and/or visors.
  • Seating and high touch surfaces will be routinely cleaned throughout the day.
  • For more information, please read our full COVID-19 risk assessment for the Nunnery Gallery.

With a National Art Pass you get

10% off in café
National Art Pass members will recieve a 10% discount on all purchases in our Nunnery Cafe, inlcuding all products in the Nunnery Gallery Shop.
Valid until December 2022

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