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Educational events

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.

Talks & Lectures Talk: The Painting Game by Prof. David Rayson Thursday 29 January, 7 pm

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Through images, film clips and music, RCA Professor David Rayson’s lecture will explore Katy Moran's painting strategies.

David Rayson, 'Hotel TV', 2013. Courtesy the artist. Ink on paper, 61 cm x 54 cm


Talks & Lectures Talk: Art + Science by artist Andy Charalambous Thursday 12 February, 7 pm

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In this talk, artist Andy Charalambous will describe how he approaches science from an artistic point of view and show how this influences his work.

Andy Charalambous, Paradox, 2012. Courtesy of the artist.


Talks & Lectures Talk: Losing Control: the Role of Chance by Lee Mackinnon Wednesday 4 March 2015

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Freudian and Lacanian theorist Lee Mackinnon will look at the relationship between psychoanalytic theory and the use of accident in Katy Moran’s creative process.

Katy Moran, 'Jungle Mama', 2012 Acrylic, paper, leather, wood, collage on board, 51 x 80.6 cm (20 x 31 ¾ in) Collection of Jennifer and David Stockman


Family Sunday Family Workshop: Walk-Through Image 25 January 2015

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Artist Adam J B Walker will lead this workshop drawing on Katy Moran’s use of collaged imagery and the element of chance that remains in whether or not things make sense alongside one another.

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Family Storytelling Family Workshop: Painting chance 8 February 2015

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Join artist educator Alexandra Hughes for a series of experimental painting activities influenced by short stories.

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Family Sunday Family Workshop: Life drawing - Obliterating the Figurative 15 February 2015

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Join artist Nicola Pomery for a playful life-drawing workshop. Families will start with figurative drawing, gradually introducing gestural mark-making and obliterating any elements of associated form

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Family Storytelling Family Workshop: Sonic Stellar Bangs 8 March 2015

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Join poet Francesca Beard to explore art and science through a poetic workshop inspired by James Clar’s extraordinary light sculpture ALL EVERYTHING, 2014.

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Poetry Poetry Workshop: Time Tone Distortion with poet Simon Pomery Thursday 26 February, 6 pm

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In this workshop with poet and musician Simon Pomery, you will be invited to read poetry influenced by surrealism and apply leaps of thought, image and idea to new poems of our own.

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Youth Programme Youth Project: Invitation to a Voyage 16 - 22 February 2015

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Creating sketchbooks of compositions from collected materials; words, images, ideas, thoughts and storylines, with artist Hydar Dewachi

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Youth Programme Youth Project: Experimental Animation 16 - 22 February 2015

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Expressive and painterly animation workshops using 16mm film and stop motion techniques, by Lightbox Cinema in partnership with Chocolate Films

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Live Music Performance: Soul Alchemy by Abraham Brody Thursday 5 February, 7 pm

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Violinist Abraham Brody will explore the relationship between the artist, the artwork & the public, allowing the audience to experience the exhibition & the performance as a unified immersive event.

Abraham Brody with Marina Abramovic. Courtesy of Harper's Bazaar Art Russia. Photograph: Kirill Zapylikhin.


Film

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Parasol unit Film + Video presents film screening series in response to the exhibition programme. The diverse programme screens the work of international artists and film-makers and includes contemporary and historical artists’ moving image; feature length film and video and animation.


Schools

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Since 2010 Parasol unit has worked on a yearly basis with local schools to deliver innovative and exciting workshops including annual Big Draw events. The creative sessions have actively involved children aged 7 – 11 years old (Years 3 - 6) from St Andrews Primary, Hanover Primary, Moreland Primary and Robert Blair Primary School in collaboration with the Oxford based charity The Art Room.
The foundation is very keen to create new partnerships with neighbouring schools and engage further with the local community. Schools can visit the galleries in two ways:

Through a self-led group visit, please click here to make arrangements
By booking a tailored creative workshop led by an Artist Educator in response to our contemporary art programme

To book a visit or enquire about a workshop, please contact Nicola Pomery, Education Programmer.


Past events

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'A place to live when we are old', 2012. Courtesy of Ana Gallardo, Mario Gomez Casas, Ramiro Gallardo and Parasol unit, London. Photography: Hugo Glendinning