Location


The Bower

'Ladies', Unit 1

Brunswick Park,

Camberwell,

London

SE5 7RH

Email: info@thebower.org.uk


Opening hours:

Currently closed due to Covid-19



The Bower Hut - cafe

Unit 2

Brunswick Park,

Camberwell,

London

SE5 7RH


Opening hours:

Currently closed due to Covid-19




Publication Studio

Currently closed due to Covid-19






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About


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.


Background


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.



Contact:info@thebower.org.uk


Bower: noun. i. A pleasant shady place under trees.    ii. A woman’s private room. iii.

An attractive dwelling or retreat.