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 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.
With ideas of expanded listening, and performance in mind, join SoundFjord’s director, Helen Frosi, for an afternoon of listening and playing with sound.
Image credit: SoundFjord/A Company of Enthusiasts. Material Studies at Sound//Space at V22 Summer Club
Influenced by Japanese storytelling traditions, families will delve into their imaginations, using long rolls of paper to create ‘picture scrolls’.
Image credit: Nicola Pomery
Make sequences of fantastical cut and paste pictures and sculptures, to bring to life in The Giant Zoetrope
Image credit: Matthew Kay
Families will experiment with drawing and mark-making techniques, developing letterforms and words into a concertina book
Image credit: Neringa Plange
5-day project with Hydar Dewachi encouraging looking, listening and reverie
Image credit: Hydar Dewachi, journal pages, mixed media
The Japan Foundation are hosting this rare opportunity to hear Japanese contemporary artist, Shinro Ohtake, in conversation with Mark Rappolt, editor of Art Review.
Courtesy of Take Ninagawa, Tokyo. Photo: ©Shoko
Join us for a panel discussion with the winners of the EXPOSURE 14 Award: Jon Baker, Sarah Roberts and Aaron Wells.
EXPOSURE 14 Award: Sarah Roberts, 'Ar Lân [beside]'. Courtesy of the artist and Parasol unit, London.
Art historian and lecturer Kiyoko Mitsuyama Wdowiak will talk about post-war Japanese contemporary art, replacing Shinro Ohtake’s practice in a broader context.
Photo: Kiyoko Mitsuyama Wdowiak
Talks & Lectures Talk: A Brief Tour of the Universe by Dr. Andrew Pontzen Friday 14 November, 6.30 pm
Dr. Andrew Pontzen takes us on a lightning tour of the universe as it is today.
Image courtesy: Andrew Pontzen/Fabio Governato
Talks & Lectures Panel Discussion: On Book Arts: Shinro Ohtake and the Artists’ Book Thursday 27 November, 7 pm
This panel will look at both the history and the future of the artists' book, and will discuss its place within the artists' practice, the bookshop and the gallery.
Image courtesy: Ami Clarke
Talks & Lectures Artist Talk: Linder - Nothing was simply one thing with Artist Linder Sterling Thursday 4 December, 7 pm
Artist Linder will discuss the practice of collage and the cut-and-paste techniques of Ohtake's work.
Image courtesy: Linder Sterling
In this workshop with Simon Pomery, engage with the work of Shinro Ohtake and develop your own creative writing practice.
Image courtesy: Shinro Ohtake/Take Ninagawa, Tokyo