Parasol unit’s projects offer fertile ground for exploration into contemporary artistic practices and ideas. Through three annual projects – EXPOSURE Award, Parasol Public and Parasolstice – Parasol unit strives to make high quality contemporary art as accessible as possible, whilst questioning the boundaries of audience engagement and supporting artists at key stages in their career.
Parasolstice - Winter Light Charles Avery: 'Tree no. 5 (from the Jadindagadendar)' 15 October - 6 December 2015
For Parasolstice - Winter Light 2015, Parasol unit and Edinburgh Art Festival have co-commissioned Charles Avery's 'Tree no.5 (from the Jadindagadendar)', 2015.
Charles Avery: 'Tree no.5 (from the Jadindagadendar)' (detail), 2015. Sculpture commissioned by Edinburgh Art Festival and Parasol unit foundation for contemporary art. Courtesy of the artist and Parasol unit.
For these one-off projects Parasol unit organises an experimental performance event in a public outdoor space in London. These intriguing, week-long events take contemporary art to a new audience by attracting the participation of passers-by, whose initial curiosity quickly becomes active enthusiasm.
Ana Gallardo: A place to live when we are old, Parasol unit installation view 2012, Courtesy Ana Gallardo, Mario Gomez Casas, Ramiro Gallardo and Parasol unit, London. Photography: Hugo Glendinning
Since 2009, the annual Parasol unit EXPOSURE Award has celebrated emerging art school graduates by exhibiting their work professionally at a time that ensures international exposure. Following a rotating format, Parasol unit invites one London art school a year to nominate a shortlist of candidates for the Award. A judging panel selects the winners according to the innovative skills and excellence in aesthetics demonstrated by the young artists. Three winning graduates are then invited to mount a month-long exhibition at the Parasol unit gallery during the annual Frieze Art Fair. Along with a modest cash prize the winning graduates are also given the opportunity to present their work during a public panel discussion at the gallery.
Sean Steadman. Green Bather, 2012. Oil and acrylic ink on canvas. 84 x 60 inches. Private Collection. Courtesy of the artist