Lightboxes & Lettering Exhibition, Bow Arts

Photo showing inside of gallery space
Photo showing the interior of the exhibition space

We currently have an exhibition at The Nunnery Gallery, Bow. The exhibition is the culmination of a two-year, National Lottery Funded project exploring how the 20th-century printing industry history in East London.

Working with a team of volunteers, we have has changed with the arrival of digital technologies, and how newer processes have transformed the everyday lives of print workers. 

The exhibition takes place:

17 January – 29 March 2020

Opening times: Tue-Fri 10am-4pm, Sat & Sun 10am-5pm

The Nunnery Gallery
181 Bow Rd
London E3 2SJ

Events during the exhibition

Late opening for First Thursday

Thursday 5th March, 6-9pm
Tours of the exhibition at 6, 7 and 8pm by Lucy Harrison, Rendezvous Projects

Power of Print – Talk by Jess Baines

Wednesday 18th March, 7-9pm

Jess Baines will explore the variety of east London’s alternative printing initiatives between the early 1970s and 1990s, putting these often radical and social movements into a wider cultural and political context. Book via Eventbrite here

Letterpress printing with Hooksmith Press

Tuesday 10th March, 6.30-8.30pm

Join Russell Frost – founder of east London-based Hooksmith Press – for a drop-in printing workshop, using iconic printed symbols from Russell’s collection. Handle beautiful wooden type and try your skills at setting by hand a word or two. Smell the ink and pull a proof, then take home your handmade typographic masterpiece. Free, drop in.

61 Years of The Malvern Press
Saturday 14th March, 2.30-4.30pm

Les Wynn started the Malvern Press in Hackney, 1953, with his son Peter joining in 1962. Both will share their memories, showing some of their most celebrated printed samples and talking through the history of the business, which moved to Harlow in 2003 and closed in 2014. More info here.
Book via Eventbrite here

Lino printing workshop with Jamie Temple
Saturday 21st March, 2-5pm

Learn to create your own relief prints inspired by the historic studios, workshops and spaces of East London in this lino printing workshop led by Jamie Temple. Book via Eventbrite here