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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.

Parasol unit is grateful for the generous support of Garfield Weston Foundation towards the Education Programme.

Talks & Lectures Talk: architect and curator Aurélien Lemonier Wednesday 24 June, 7 pm

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In this talk Aurélien Lemonier will examine the history of grottos in architecture and garden design, in relation to Katrin Sigurdardottir’s work, 'Supra Terram'.

Image credit: Aurélien Lemonier


Talks & Lectures Talk: On Follies with writer and curator Tom Morton Monday 29 June, 7 pm

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Writer, independent curator and contributing editor for Frieze magazine Tom Morton will lead a discussion on fantastical architecture.

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Talks & Lectures Discussion: 'What Was & What Is' with artist-in-residence Marjan Nemati Wednesday 5 August, 7 pm

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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'.

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Family Sunday Family Workshop: Collective Playhouse Sunday 21 June, 2.30 - 4 pm

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Influenced by fairy tales and fantasy, families will intuitively construct and convert materials into strange environments, absurd shelters and make-shift caves.

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Family Storytelling Family Workshop: Dreamscapes Sunday 5 July, 2.30 - 4 pm

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Families will create weird and wonderful miniature landscapes and cityscapes using modelling tools and everyday materials.

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Youth Programme Youth Workshop: SoH! Youth Dance Company in partnership with Hoxton Hall Monday 13 July, 6 - 8 pm

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An interactive, site-specific and immersive dance workshop fusing Hip Hop and Contemporary dance styles.

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Poetry Word & Sound Workshop: Cave Poems with Simon Pomery Wednesday 17 June, 6 - 9 pm

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Using the installation of Katrín Sigurðardóttir as inspiration, you will be exposed to sound poems, invited to make sound poems of your own and perform them using amplified sound in the gallery.

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Special events Workshop: Movement + Drawing with architect Ed Frith and choreographer Caroline Salem 15 July 2015

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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


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 Sound Workshop: Harken! Listen and Enchant 29 June 2015

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Pupils from William Patten Primary School will join SoundFjord’s Director, Helen Frosi, for a workshop focused on listening to - and playing with - sound.

Image credit: Nicola Pomery


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