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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 send an email to

Parasol unit is grateful to Cass Art for supporting our Education Programme, offering a wide range of materials and discount offers at the Flagship store in Islington.

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Launched in 2012, our Sunday Family Workshops are suitable for 5 –15 year olds and offered at a low ticket price of £2 per participant, ensuring they are available and accessible to all. This education strand consists of Sunday Family Workshops offering creative workshops in response to the current exhibitions and Storytelling for Families a project that specifically promotes reading, writing and freedom of expression inspired by the importance of storytelling in different cultures.

Youth Programme Summer Holiday 2-Day Youth Workshop: Paint Me a Colour 26 July - 3 August 2017

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Explore relationships with colour and experiment with textile mark-making technique in this 2-day Youth Workshop with Social Fabric.

Image credit: Sarah Pimenta - Social Fabric

Talks & Lectures

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Parasol unit’s programme of talks and lectures provides visitors with a chance to learn more about the foundation’s exhibitions through artist and curator talks; lectures and gallery tours by renowned art historians, writers and academics; and symposia in collaboration with local universities.

Adult Workshops

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Teachers & Artists Workshop: An Introduction to Stop-Motion Animation

Early Years

Parasol unit launches a new series of pilot workshops tailored to Under 5s. Project Light is a new and exciting series of workshops which invites adults and young children to respond, explore through playful experimentation in an immersive and stimulating environment created by Artist Educator Natalie Zervou, Director of Starting with Art (

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Courtesy of the artist and Parasol unit, London


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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.


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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, or
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 email, including your school name and address, your phone number, the year/age and number of children.

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