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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 email lala@parasol-unit.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 Symposium: Forms of Criticism 30 June 2016

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Artists, curators, writers, critics and scholars address questions of creative-critical hybridity through talks, performances, screenings, readings and installations.

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Talks & Lectures Talk: Rana Begum in-conversation with Oliver Basciano and Hammad Nasar Wednesday 7 September, 7 pm

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A unique opportunity to further understand the works of Rana Begum, its relationship with architecture and the urban environment.

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Early Years Early Years Workshops ∙ Project Light 11 July - 12 September 2016

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Parasol unit introduces a new series of immersive drop-in workshops tailored to Early Years.

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Family Sunday Family Workshop: Shifting Colour and Space Sunday 31 July, 2:30 - 4 pm

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A playful and dynamic workshop exploring the potential for shaping architectural space and 3D collages.

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Family Storytelling Family Workshop: Tuck in your Story 11 September 2016

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A tactile storytelling workshop where you can create your own characters using origami.

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Poetry Praxis 2 Mon 27 June 7 - 8.30pm

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Praxis is a new series of workshops and events curated by Simon Pomery and Lala Thorpe in association with the Royal Holloway Poetics Research Centre.

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Poetry Poetry Performance: Rhythmic Spectrum Thursday 30 June, 7:30 pm

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A unique event combining spoken word and traditional Bangladeshi percussion playing.

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Poetry Praxis 3 Friday 15 July, 7:30 pm

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An evening of live experimental poetry with Maja Jantar, SJ Fowler and Calix Dux.

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Poetry Live Poetry: Colours and Kobita: Contemporary British Bangladeshi Poetry Thursday 25 August, 7 pm

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An evening of spoken word and music inspired by the theme 'Colours and Poetry'.

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Special events Audiovisual installation: Rana Begum & Hyetal 13 - 18 September 2016

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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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Live

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Courtesy of the artist and Parasol unit, London


Youth Programme

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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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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 Lala Thorpe, Education & Events 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