Launched in 2007, the Parasol unit Educational Events programme aims to encourage people to develop their interest in contemporary art through a variety of expansive activities. Its cinema evenings, poetry readings, music and performance, artist and/or curator talks, exhibition tours and symposia are all designed to provide unique insight into the work of a currently exhibiting artist. Already immensely popular, the regular, artist-led, Sunday Family Workshops and Storytelling for Families offer creative afternoons of art activities for children and adults of all ages and levels of interest. Most of the events and workshops take place at the foundation’s gallery, but some may include a small excursion.
Committed to involving local people from the boroughs of Hackney and Islington, Parasol unit regularly works with nearby schools and community organisations. If you would like to arrange a group visit please click here.
Parasol unit is grateful for the generous support of Garfield Weston Foundation towards the Education Programme.
Artists Alex Schady and David Burrows will lead a tour of some of the exhibited works in the gallery as they engage in a dialogue that looks at art, politics and humour.
Los Carpinteros, 'Tomates' (detail), 2013. Real tomatoes and watercolour splash, porcelain, dimensions variable. Photo: Jason Wyche. Courtesy of Sean Kelly Gallery, New York and Ivorypress, Madrid. © Los Carpinteros
Families will become urban designers for the day and create a small city together with urbacraft. This workshop is in partnership with Magic of Persia Foundation.
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Families will work as a dynamic collective, using an array of materials, objects, images and ideas to develop exciting, humorous and odd installations.
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In 2014 Parasol unit launched a Youth Programme for young people aged 8 – 13 yr. olds and 14 - 19 yr. olds. This new education strand started during the October half-term with a free 5-day Sketchbook Project: Handmade Journeys for 8 – 13 yr. olds. The project was funded by, and in partnership with, Rose Bowl, a Youth Centre in Islington.Looking forward to February 2015 we are delighted to announce a successful funding bid from Hackney Council to programme another youth project during Katy Moran’s exhibition, as part of Discover Young Hackney. This project will encourage 32 young people aged 14 – 19 yrs. old to work in creative media over 10 workshops, as well as curate and install a 2-day public exhibition in the Education & Events Room.
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Participatory arts and illustration practice Pencil & Help will be working with local Randal Cremer Primary School to engage with the Los Carpinteros exhibition.