About

From 2016-2023, The Bower brought life to two formally derelict buildings in Brunswick Park, South London, opening to the public after extensive renovations in 2018 with a programme of exhibitions, events, publications and a vibrant community cafe.

We created a critically engaged space within a community environment, embedding contemporary art and publishing in the cultural and daily life of Brunswick Park where people could actively engage with our work as participants, audiences and collaborators.

In 2019 we were recipients of a Civic Award from Southwark Council and the Mayor of Southwark for our contribution to art, culture and the community in Brunswick Park, Camberwell.

The Bower and its sister building The Bower Hut Cafe are now closed.

For any enquiries, please email us at contactthebower@gmail.com

A record of our work can be found on Instagram

People

Co-Directors
Louisa Bailey and Joyce Cronin
Finance
Clare Fitzpatrick email

Advisory Board
Amberlee Green, illustrator & founder of Line & Honey, Head of Impact & Communications, Foundation for Change
Ali MacGilp, independent curator and Director, Frith Street Gallery
Sharon Mah, graphic designer
Rose Nordin, graphic designer & illustrator, OOMK
Brooke Palmieri, founder CAMP BOOKS 
Designers
Design Print Bind (Flaminia Rossi and Samantha Whetton)
Concept & Branding
Sharon Mah

Press


Soho Radio, Now Nancy, Review WOAH WOE, by G, March 2023

Camberwell Clarion, Issue 1, Coffee, Culture and Community, Meg Fozzard, February 2022

London’s long-term lav affair: A history of public toilets in the capital, Bethan Bell, BBC News, January 2022

Art Monthly No.440, Brunswick Park Film Festival review by Maria Walsh, October 2020

Soho Radio, Now Nancy, Interview with Nancy Dewe Mathews, September 2020

I heart Women, Interview with Laura Hensser, January 2020

Community Bridges, Interview with Harry R. Masson, February 2020

Room Journal, Issue 01, The Bathroom, 2019 

Time Out, Five London Galleries in Weird Places, Louise Benson, 2019

Hail the new Etruscan – portraits in photography, film and drawing, feature on Oona Grimes by Edward Winters in Trebuchet Magazine, 2019

This is Tomorrow, Review by Sophie Risner, Frances Scott, Diviner, 2018 

FAD magazine, Opening Preview, June 2018

Time Out London, Opening Preview, June 2018 

Camberwell Quarterly, 2018

Southwark News, crowdfunding campaign coverage, 2017

Time Out, ‘Fund This’, crowdfunding campaign, 2017