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.
For our current exhibition, Katrín Sigurðardóttir, we would like to dedicate the Education Programme to the fond memory of Johanna C. Bechtler 1999 – 2014.
Special events Workshop: Movement + Drawing with architect Ed Frith and choreographer Caroline Salem 15 July 2015
In this workshop,explore your relationship with Katrín Sigurðardóttir’s installation through body in movement. Drawing as a reflective practice will be a central part of the workshop.
Image credit: Moving Architecture
Youth Programme Youth Workshop: SoH! Youth Dance Company in partnership with Hoxton Hall Monday 13 July, 6 - 8 pm
An interactive, site-specific and immersive dance workshop fusing Hip Hop and Contemporary dance styles.
Image credit: Hoxton Hall
Talks & Lectures Discussion: 'What Was & What Is' with artist-in-residence Marjan Nemati Wednesday 5 August, 7 pm
This event will be an opportunity to hear Parasol unit’s current artist in residence, Marjan Nemati, talk about her current body of work, 'What Was and What Is'.
Image credit: Marjan Nemati
Launched in 2012, our Sunday Family Workshops are suitable for 5 –15 year olds and offered at a low ticket price of £5 per family, ensuring they are available and accessible to all. This education strand consists of Sunday Family Workshops offering creative workshops in response to the current exhibitions and Storytelling for Families a project that specifically promotes reading, writing and freedom of expression inspired by the importance of storytelling in different cultures.
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 Nicola Pomery, Education Programmer.