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 email firstname.lastname@example.org
Parasol unit is grateful for the generous support of Garfield Weston Foundation towards the Education Programme.
Parasol unit is grateful to have received sponsorship from Cass Art for our 2016 Education programme, offering a wide range of materials and discount offers at the Flagship store in Islington.
Website link: www.cassart.co.uk
Talks & Lectures Talk: Rana Begum in-conversation with Oliver Basciano and Hammad Nasar Wednesday 7 September, 7 pm
A unique opportunity to further understand the works of Rana Begum, its relationship with architecture and the urban environment.
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Parasol unit introduces a new series of immersive drop-in workshops tailored to Early Years.
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A tactile storytelling workshop where you can create your own characters using origami.
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Poetry Live Poetry: Colours and Kobita: Contemporary British Bangladeshi Poetry Thursday 25 August, 7 pm
An evening of spoken word and music inspired by the theme 'Colours and Poetry'.
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Rana Begum and musician Hyetal collaborate to produce a unique installation creating an immersive and dynamic interplay between the elements of sound, light and colour.
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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.In February 2015 we received a successful funding bid from Hackney Council to programme a youth project during Katy Moran’s exhibition, as part of Discover Young Hackney. This project involved 32 young people aged 14 – 19 yrs. old working in creative media over 10 workshops, as well as curated and installed a 2-day public exhibition in the Education & Events Room.
In Feb 2016 as part of the Julian Charriere exhibition with a series of events and workshops including a special holiday programme for young people from both Hackney and Islington. Our Youth programme across the year also includes Free Workshops to local Secondary schools and F.E colleges, extending experience and learning of contemporary art beyond the classroom.
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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 Lala Thorpe, Education & Events Programmer.