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Tower Gallery: All Women Art at the heart of Plaistow

Did you know that you can support local artists, International Women’s Day AND local community all in one go? For Reeeaaaall, all in one big whammy… All you have to do is pop down to Memorial Community Church, Barking Road, Plaistow and check out their month long program of events and exhibition ‘51% RememberHer’.

The program, curated by Rebecca Feiner of Elements Gallery, Clapton, showcases over 100 female artists and aims to shine a light on women’s challenges, celebrations and concerns of the past, present and future and positions the compelling work against a beautiful byzantine backdrop of the Memorial church. If you haven’t seen the building, it is worth visiting just for the architecture (oh yeah, and the art is pretty good too!).

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The Tower Gallery was born in 2013 during a collaboration with local arts group Rosetta Arts that saw the bell tower turned into an exhibition space (hence the name). After 3 more pop up exhibitions, a committee of local art lovers worked together to keep both the gallery and the arts program alive and kicking in our little corner of Far East {London}.

So off we toddled along to the opening night, and had a positively spiffing time hobnobbing, nattering (complete with wine, cake and bunting provided by our flippin’A WI, the East Edge Sisters) and nosying at some eye opening arts. We saw women represented, expressed and elevated in paint, polaroids, posters, projection and performances but what really made us smile was that it was all unfolding on our doorstep in Plaistow.

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And thank goodness, it doesn’t end there (we told you, it’s a MONTH LONG!).

You can expect an all-girl-Grafitti-Jam on Saturday 11th March, a pop up art house cinema on 25th March and a Feminist Disco on 11th April to close the whole shebang (SHE-bang, geddit? geddit?).

The Gallery is open 1-6pm on Tuesday, Saturday and Sunday between now and 11th April, so there will be plenty of chances to pop by and have a peek. See below for the full program.

The deets:

What: A month long program of art events, and activities in Plaistow, E13

Opening hours: 1-6pm Tuesday, Saturday and Sunday only

Where:  Tower Gallery @ Memorial Community Church, 395 Barking Rd, London E13 8AL (Watch out for the weird door numbers issue on google maps and the Barking Road… If you use an online map or sat nav, make sure you add in the post code or it takes you to the wrong place!)

£££: Free, Free, Free, Free, Free!

Linky: memorialcc.org / Tw: @TowerGalleryE13 / FB: @TowergalleryPlaistow

NB – if you are an artist featured here and would like a link back, or reference, please contact us and we will get it sorted for you straight away!

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