Educational Events Programme
Launched in 2007, the Parasol unit Educational Events programme provides visitors of all ages with opportunities to expand their interest in contemporary art through a wide variety of dynamic events and activities. Join us at Parasol unit for an evening of cinema, poetry, music or performance – or gain unique insights into the gallery’s current exhibition by attending our artist and curator talks, exhibition lectures and symposia. Regular artist-led Sunday Family Workshops offer creative afternoons of art activities suitable for all ages and levels of interest.
Committed to involving people from the local boroughs of Hackney and Islington, Parasol unit regularly works with local schools and community organisations. If you would like to arrange a group visit please click here.
Exhibiting artist Shezad Dawood will discuss his practice and current exhibition at Parasol unit, in conversation with writer and critic Oliver Basciano. With screening of 'New Dream Machine Project'.
Image: Shezad Dawood
Dr Mark Bould will draw on classic and contemporary science-fiction texts, films and artists to discuss how sci-fi explores identity and questions of race.
Image credit: Shezad Dawood, 'Towards the Possible Film' (production still), 2014. Commissioned by Film and Video Umbrella, Delfina Foundation and in association with Parasol unit foundation for contemporary art
sensingsite is a series of 3 research events organised by Central Saint Martins, which explores the materialities of the sensory nature of landscape and place.
Shezad Dawood, 'New Dream Machine Project II', 2013 (15 mins).
With free entry to continuous screenings, until 8pm over two days.
Shezad Dawood, 'New Dream Machine Project II' (film still), 2013. 16 mm transferred to HD (15 mins).
Commissioned by Parasol unit foundation for contemporary art, February 2013, with support from Arts Council England and a Small Arts Award from the Wellcome Trust. Courtesy of LUX, London
This poetry workshop with Simon Pomery will encourage the translation of filmic methods into your poems.
Image credit: JLA Industries
Inspired by Shezad Dawood’s use of film and in-camera editing techniques, artist Serena Korda will conduct an experimental Super 8 film workshop.
Image credit: Serena Korda, Transmitters (film still), 2013
A collaborative family workshop creating a colourful wall hanging in response to Shezad Dawood’s paintings on vintage textiles.
Image: Nicola Pomery
Fact or fiction? Blur the boundaries between the two in this playful family workshop with artist Emma McGarry.
Image: Emma McGarry
Enter the wonderful world of mystical and magical storytelling with artist educator Alexandra Hughes. Families will create stories using multi-layered collages and stop-frame animation.