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Projects

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.

Parasol public Charles Avery: 'Tree no.5 ', Edinburgh Art Festival 30 July - 30 August 2015

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Charles Avery: Tree no.5 (from the Jadindagadendar) co-commissioned by Edinburgh Art Festival and Parasol unit foundation for contemporary art as part of Improbable City, Festival Project.

Charles Avery: 'Tree no.5 (from the Jadindagadendar)' (render detail), 2015. Sculpture commissioned by Edinburgh Art Festival and Parasol unit foundation for contemporary art. Courtesy of the artist and Parasol unit.


Parasolstice - Winter Light Charles Avery: 'Tree no. 5 (from the Jadindagadendar)' 8 October - 6 December 2015

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Charles Avery: 'Tree no.5 (from the Jadindagadendar)', 2015, co-commissioned by Edinburgh Art Festival and Parasol unit foundation for contemporary art.

Charles Avery: 'Tree no.5 (from the Jadindagadendar)' (render detail), 2015. Sculpture commissioned by Edinburgh Art Festival and Parasol unit foundation for contemporary art. Courtesy of the artist and Parasol unit.


10th Anniversary Video: Towards Tomorrow - 10th Anniversary Auction Film 22 September 2014 - 22 September 2015

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In celebration of Parasol unit’s 10th Anniversary, Sonny Sanjay Vadgama has produced this film which weaves together the narrative of Parasol unit's past, present and future.

Courtesy of Sonny Sanjay Vadgama and Parasol unit, London


EXPOSURE Award

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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