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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. If you would like to discuss any other educational partnership or opportunity please send an email to info@parasol-unit.org.

Parasol unit is grateful to Cass Art for supporting our Education Programme, offering a wide range of materials and discount offers at the Flagship store in Islington.

Website link: www.cassart.co.uk

 

Family Sunday Family Workshop: Painting in Pastel Sunday 9 July, 2 - 4 pm

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Families will create exciting 3D and 2D artworks inspired by Monique Frydman's colour palettes and harmonious forms.

Image credit: Flora Duley


Family Sunday Family Workshop: Colour and Light Sunday 23 July, 2- 4 pm

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Experiment with various frottage techniques used by the French artist Monique Frydman.

Image credit: Anna Rumsby


Youth Programme Summer Holiday 2-Day Youth Workshop: Paint Me a Colour 26 - 27 July 2017

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Explore relationships with colour and experiment with textile mark-making technique in this 2-day Youth Workshop with Social Fabric.

Image credit: Sarah Pimenta - Social Fabric


Poetry Poetry Performance: Praxis 7 Friday 7 July, 7 pm

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Innovative live poetry series that seeks to bring experimental, digital, sound and visual poetry to Parasol unit.

Sophie Seita in 'Les Bijoux Indiscrets, or, Paper Tigers', La MaMa Galleria. Photograph by Emmy Catedral.


Poetry Poetry Workshop: Abstract Witness 11 July 2017

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Unlock your creativity and engage with poems and texts that use abstract processes to 'witness' something new and exciting!

Image credit: Simon Pomery


Adult Workshops Teachers & Artists CPD Workshop: An Introduction to Stop-Motion Animation Thursday 29 June, 4 - 6 pm

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Teachers & Artists CPD Workshop | An Introduction to Stop-Motion Animation
By Into Film
Thursday 29 June | 4 - 6 pm
FREE (£5 suggested donation) · Book via eventbrite: https://www.intofilm.org/training/121
Watch, analyse and create animations. E...

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Talks & Lectures

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Parasol unit’s programme of talks and lectures provides visitors with a chance to learn more about the foundation’s exhibitions through artist and curator talks; lectures and gallery tours by renowned art historians, writers and academics; and symposia in collaboration with local universities.


Early Years

Parasol unit launches a new series of pilot workshops tailored to Under 5s. Project Light is a new and exciting series of workshops which invites adults and young children to respond, explore through playful experimentation in an immersive and stimulating environment created by Artist Educator Natalie Zervou, Director of Starting with Art (http://www.startingwithart.com/).

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Live

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Courtesy of the artist and Parasol unit, London


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, or
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 email info@parasol-unit.org, including your school name and address, your phone number, the year/age and number of children.


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