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.
Talks & Lectures Talk: Luc Tuymans in conversation with a selection of artists from 'The Gap' Wednesday 9 September, 7 pm
An opportunity to hear artist Luc Tuymans in conversation with some of the selected artists exhibiting in the current show 'The Gap'.
Image credit: Alex Salinas
Prof. David Rayson will explore how artists continually develop their practices, focusing mainly on reflection and responses through the medium of painting.
Image credit: Prof. David Rayson
In this workshop, participants will be invited to document an object in the gallery. Participants will draw, annotate, write descriptions and take samples to document what is seen.
Image credit: Jack Brown
A youth workshop for 16-19 year olds exploring the aesthetic and conceptual aspects of archival images. Develop your own artworks using various photographic techniques.
Image credit: Azadeh Fatehrad
A youth workshop for 16-19 year olds which will focus on the processes and techniques used to create multi-layered, abstract paintings.
Image credit: Parasol unit
A family workshop using drawing and sculpture to explore shape, form, colour, line, shadows, fragments and pattern.
Image credit: Nicola Pomery
A BIG DRAW family workshop using drawing and sculpture to explore Charles Avery’s large scale sculpture 'Tree No.5'.
Charles Avery: Tree no. 5 (from the Jadindagadendar), 2015. Waverley Station, Edinburgh. Image credit: The Times
Families will roll the dice to select a number in conjunction with dynamic shapes and intriguing colors and textures to create abstract works of art.
Image credit: Parasol unit
Join us for a poetry writing workshop with poet and musician Simon Pomery, taking inspiration from the current exhibition on the notions of abstraction.
Image credit: Simon Pomery
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 Lala Thorpe, Education & Events Programmer.