First Thursday Performance Evening


07 Nov 2019
Opening times:


For November First Thursday, the Nunnery welcomes two performances from artists Marcus Orlandi and Rosie Gibbens. Following on from the Bow Open exhibition’s theme of “our current political moment”, the performances will centre around the idea of failure, using both humour and our preconceptions to probe this notion. Ones to watch on London’s performance art circuit, don’t miss these two new pieces from Marcus and Rosie. 

Doors from 6pm, performances will begin at 7pm. Free tickets available

Artist Carey Young has chosen 19 artists for Bow Arts’ annual Open Show with a call for works that respond to “our current political moment”. Choosing from some of the charity’s near 500 studio holders, many of whom are showing new pieces, the result is a selection of artistic works which engage with varied political themes including politics, migration, gender identity, borders and climate change; poignantly and critically addressing some of today’s most pressing cultural conversations. 

Through performances, videos and sculptures, Rosie uses absurdity to question socially constructed rules about how to behave as woman, worker and consumer. She often approaches the work as perverse product demonstrations where the terms ‘sex sells’ is taken to an illogical conclusion and everyday objects are humorously re-purposed. She hopes to skew the ways in which bodies are conventionally consumed through visuals which are simultaneously silly and serious.

About the Performers

Rosie (b.1993, UK) graduated from the Royal College of Art (2018) with a Masters in Contemporary Art Practice. Recent presentations of her work include ‘Carrot and Stick’ (2019) for Art Night at Chalton Gallery and ‘Attack of the 50 Foot Woman’ (2019) for Recreation Grounds V curated by DATEAGLE ART. She has also been exhibited in Bow Arts’ ‘Visions at the Nunnery’ (2018, UK), out_sights gallery’s ‘Learn Where the Meat Comes (2018, South Korea) and performed for Revolve Performance Art Festival (2018, Sweden).

Marcus graduated from Middlesex University with a First Class BA (hons) in Fine Arts (2008). Recent commissions include Mothertongue, Oriel Wrexham (2018), Ctrl Alt, Del, The Working Artist: East London Group, Bow Arts (2017) and The Duet, Birkbeck Symposium, Camden Peoples Theatre (2017). Recent performances include: Hard Working Class, SET, London, Ye Old Git, Milton Keynes Art Centre and London Art Fair, London (2019); The Junkie, Newcomers, Theatre 503, London; The Scarecrow, Unperforming, Artsadmin, London; Iron Man, Visions in the Nunnery, Nunnery Gallery, London (2018). Marcus is part of the 2019 Bow Open Show with his work Man Sandwich.

Email Address: 
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Event Address: 
Nunnery Gallery
Bow Arts Trust, 181 Bow road
E3 2SJ