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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

 


The London Children's Book Fair

The London Children's Book Fair® at Parasol unit
Friday 16 December: 2 - 8pmSaturday 17 December: 10am - 5pm
Admission free (donations welcome)
We are delighted to announce the first edition of The London Children’s Book Fair® at Parasol unit which celebrates the best of children’s literature and illustration with over 20 internationally renowned publishers including: Flying Eye, Laurence King, OKIDO, Thames & Hudson and more!  We will have workshops and book signings from Marion Deuchars, the illustrator and author of Let’s Make Great Art and Bob the Artist. Jon Burgerman, a Brooklyn-based and award-winning doodler will be there to introduce his new colouring book Burgerworld and illustrator Alice Bowsher will be creating a large-scale, live drawing in the gallery.
Exhibiting publishers:
Laurence King, Hato, Cicado, Flying Eye, Tara, Gecko, Tiny Owl, OKIDO, Barefoot, Enchanted Lion, Owl & Dog, Patrick George, Lantana.
Exhibiting illustrators, children's product design, children's literary charities:
Nousvous, Noodle, Harriet Russell, Becky Baur, Beanstalk, The Poetry Society, Islington Library Services, MA Cambridge School of Art - Illustration andCass Art.
Please direct enquiries to Lala Thorpe, Education & Events Programmer at Parasol unit: lala@parasol-unit.org
 
 
 


Talks & Lectures Panel Discussion: The Parallels of British and American Sculpture during the 1980s Monday, 28 November, 7 pm

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Artist Richard Deacon shares his perspective on some of the cultural dynamics and influences which affected sculpture during the 1980s.

Robert Therrien, No title, 1985. Tin on bronze, 87 x 41.3 cm (34¼ x 16¼ in). Courtesy of Mary Patricia Anderson Pence. Photography by Douglas M. Parker Studio.


Early Years Early Years Workshops: Project Light 22 - 29 November 2016

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Project Light is an immersive drop-in creative workshop tailored for very young children.

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Family Sunday Family Workshop: A Book of Symbols and Journeys 2 October 2016

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Families can explore the world of visual symbols and create books filled with spontaneous shapes.

Image credit: Alexandra Hughes


Family Sunday Family Workshop: What Shape Are You? 6 November 2016

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Draw and create a range of simple shapes that can be transformed into wearable shape-costumes.

Image credit: Evy Jokhova


Family Sunday Family Workshop: The Opposite of Nothing 27 November 2016

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Create a series of colourful artworks based on familiar silhouettes before building a theatrical scene.

Robert Therrien, No title, 1988. Bronze, 13.3 x 4.5 x 1.6 cm (5¼ x 1¾ x 5/8 in). Courtesy of Panza Collection, Mendrisio. Photography by Alessandro Zambianchi - Simply. it, Milano.


Youth Programme Big Draw Youth Project: frame workshop 24 - 26 October 2016

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Embark on a three-day journey around the streets, parks and places surrounding Parasol unit. Record and draw your findings using portable drawing devices that allow you to trace through frames.

Image credit: Alice Wilson


Poetry Poetry Performance: Praxis 5 13 October 2016

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A unique performance of unconventional scores that explore the relationship between text and sound.

Image credit: Ryoko Akama


Poetry Poetry Workshop: Cloud Faucet 23 November 2016

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Engage creatively with the Robert Therrien exhibition, read poems and write in response to a set of poetry exercises.

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Adult Workshops Big Draw Adult Workshop: frame-ways of looking 27 October 2016

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With reference to recording devices throughout history, 'frame' attempts to alleviate some of the anxieties of drawing, facilitating the participant to enjoy the simple pleasure of drawing.

Image credit: Alice Wilson


Adult Workshops Teachers & Artists' Workshop: An Introduction to Stop-Motion Animation 3 November 2016

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This session demonstrates how different animation styles can be integrated into your current teaching or artistic practice using iPads and stop-motion software.

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Live

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Courtesy of the artist and Parasol unit, London


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


Video

Parasol unit videos offer a fantastic opportunity to gain more insight into the work of artists that have exhibited at Parasol unit. The videos often consist of recorded conversations between artists and experts from the art world.