Parasol unit’s projects offer fertile ground for exploration into contemporary artistic practices and ideas. Through three annual projects – EXPOSURE Award, Parasol Public and Parasolstice – Parasol unit strives to make high quality contemporary art as accessible as possible, whilst questioning the boundaries of audience engagement and supporting artists at key stages in their career.
EXPOSURE 14 Award winners: Jon Baker, Sarah Roberts, Aaron Wells from Chelsea College of Arts, London
EXPOSURE 14 Award: Sarah Roberts, 'Ar Lân [beside]', 2014. Courtesy of the artist and Parasol unit, London.
For its ongoing series of Parasolstice – Winter Light projects, Parasol unit commissions an international artist to create a sculptural work that addresses the phenomenon of light. Throughout the winter months, the work illuminates the outdoor space at the foundation, and is accompanied by a related programme of events.
For these one-off projects Parasol unit organises an experimental performance event in a public outdoor space in London. These intriguing, week-long events take contemporary art to a new audience by attracting the participation of passers-by, whose initial curiosity quickly becomes active enthusiasm.
Ana Gallardo: A place to live when we are old, Parasol unit installation view 2012, Courtesy Ana Gallardo, Mario Gomez Casas, Ramiro Gallardo and Parasol unit, London. Photography: Hugo Glendinning