'Ladies', Unit 1
Wed-Sun 12-5pm or by appointment
during exhibitions only.
The Bower Hut - cafe
Open daily 10am-4pm
Currently closed due to Covid-19
The Bower is a collaborative project between Louisa Bailey and Joyce Cronin.
It has charitable status as a Community Interest Company no. 10932813.
We organise exhibitions and events and produce books with artists and writers. In 2017 we ran a successful crowd funding campaign to transform the derelict toilet block in Brunswick Park, Camberwell for this purpose. In addition to the toilet block, we also took on the old park keepers hut, enabling us to provide a cafe facility for the park. A detailed account can be found in our interview with Laura Hensser for I Heart Women here.
The Bower is a non-profit organisation which does not receive any revenue funding. Any funds raised go directly to the programme. Our artistic programme responds to the context of this unique property and it's locality and is driven by our interest in sociopolitical and feminist practice. Our support for the Black Lives Matter movement, which underpins our core principles can be read here.
We began collaborating in 2013 and 2014 consecutively, when Louisa brought her curated bookshop Luminous Books to Afterall at Central Saint Martins, where Joyce organised exhibitions of artworks by Rodney Graham (2013) and Martha Rosler (2014). In 2015, we set up Finishing Touch, a pop-up project based in a former barber shop where we programmed a series of events, screenings and performances. In 2016 we won the Artquest Workweek prize for bringing ‘The Little Book of Answers’ by Laura Malacart and a recital of Monica Ross’s ‘Act of Memory’ to Brixton Market during the Art Licks weekend. In 2019, we received a Civic Award from Southwark Council and the Mayor of Southwark - the Honorary Liberty of the Old Metropolitan Borough of Camberwell- for our contribution to art, culture and the community.
Unfortunately, due to the original architecture of the building, the space is not currently wheelchair accessible. We are fundraising to make adjustments to the building so that we can be open to all. We are also working on the website to improve its accessibility. Please get in touch if you have access requirments and we will do our best to meet your needs. Large print texts, audio files, or online access to artist's films and work can be made available on request for most projects.
Bower: noun. i. A pleasant shady place under trees. ii. A woman’s private room. iii.
An attractive dwelling or retreat.
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