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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 unit is currently working in partnership with Diversity Art Forum to develop and expand future opportunities and projects.

Parasolstice - Winter Light Nathaniel Rackowe: 'Black Shed Expanded' 27 October 2016 - 12 March 2017

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London-based artist Nathaniel Rackowe presentS his extraordinary light sculpture 'Black Shed Expanded', 2014/16, as part of the Parasolstice - Winter Light series 2016/17 at Parasol unit.

Nathaniel Rackowe, Black Shed Expanded, 2014/2016. Timber shed, fluorescent lights and fittings, bitumen, paint, steel, 240 x 220 x 220 cm (94½ x 86¾ x 86¾ in). Edition 2 of 2 (2016). Courtesy of the artist.

East End Gallery Trail

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We are delighted to launch the East End Gallery Trail, a new initiative developed by Parasol unit that connects 25 galleries in London's East End. The map offers exciting routes of discovery and encourages you to re-imagine the ways you navigate across London's East End. Pick up a free map which are available at all participating galleries, cafes and restaurants. 
With each path leading to additional trajectories, the East End Gallery Trail offers many ideas for days out with the flexibility to adapt your journey.
The width of a thumbprint on the map takes about five minutes to walk. The entire length of the map takes approximately 1 hour and 20 minutes to walk from end to end. The guide also suggests a number of cafes and restaurants in which you can revive yourself. Galleries are numbered from West to East on the map. Check gallery opening hours before visiting as some are closed between exhibitions.
Participating Galleries:
Art Space Gallery
BEERS London
Calvert 22 Foundation
Campoli Presti
Carl Freedman Gallery
Cass Art
Cell Project Space
Cubitt Gallery
Fiumano Gallery
Flowers Gallery
Gagosian Gallery
Kate MacGarry
Lychee One Gallery
Modern Art
Maureen Paley
Parasol unit foundation for contemporary art
Roman Road
Sid Motion
Transition Gallery
UNION Gallery
Victoria Miro
Wilkinson Gallery
Thank you to Pizza Union for the kind donation.
Kindly supported by our media partner East End Review
The launch party is kindly sponsored by Biercraft, Cass Art, Coppa della Maga ice cream, East London Liquor Company, Pressure Drop Brewing and Sardine Restaurant,

Parasol public

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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


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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