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.
Artists Alex Schady and David Burrows will lead a tour of some of the exhibited works in the gallery as they engage in a dialogue that looks at art, politics and humour.
Los Carpinteros, 'Tomates' (detail), 2013. Real tomatoes and watercolour splash, porcelain, dimensions variable. Photo: Jason Wyche. Courtesy of Sean Kelly Gallery, New York and Ivorypress, Madrid. © Los Carpinteros
Join poet Francesca Beard to explore art and science through a poetic workshop inspired by James Clar’s extraordinary light sculpture ALL EVERYTHING, 2014.
Image credit: Nicola Pomery
Join artist educator Nicola Pomery for a local drawing and storytelling excursion,equipped with everyday objects as playful drawing tools.
Image credit: Nicola Pomery
Join artist Kai-Oi Joyce Yung for an interactive workshop inviting families to transform Los Carpinteros’ artworks into a strange land, filled with new sounds, textures and inhabitants.
Image credit: Kai-Oi Joyce Yung
Families will become urban designers for the day and create a small city together with urbacraft. This workshop is in partnership with Magic of Persia Foundation.
Image credit: urbacraft
Families will work as a dynamic collective, using an array of materials, objects, images and ideas to develop exciting, humorous and odd installations.
Image credit: Parasol unit
Young people will take trips along the canal to explore the ecology and environment before designing and creating floating sculptures
Image credit: Jack Hobhouse
Join Simon Pomery for a poetry writing workshop inspired by the work of Cuban art collective Los Carpinteros.
Credit: Parasol unit, London
This participatory ‘walkshop’ will lead you from Parasol unit’s galleries into the surrounding neighbourhood and invite you to explore and ‘repatriate’ spaces.
Credit: Sophie Gost
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 Nicola Pomery, Education Programmer.