Bow Open Show 2021 Selected by gal-dem
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 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 – gender identity, the environment, the pandemic, decolonisation, digital overload – the exhibition offers realism, satire, beauty and optimism. Leyla Reynolds said: “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. Overall, the exhibition captures an obstinate optimism that in March 2020, following the December 2019 crushing defeat of the Left, and the accelerated worker precarity that the UK pandemic encouraged, we doubted, for a moment, might re- Press Release: 10 August 2021 occur. 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.” Award winning media company gal-dem are committed to sharing the perspectives of people of colour from marginalised genders. Bow Arts is celebrating 25 years working in east London and the charity is thrilled to be working with gal-dem for its annual open this autumn, showcasing the diversity and talent of its studio holders.
Event typeEvent / Seasonal event / Exhibition (temporary) / Late opening
Age rangeAny age
181 Bow Road