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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.


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The annual EXPOSURE Award celebrates the work of art school graduates and gives them an opportunity to exhibit their work to an international audience. Each year Parasol unit works with a UK art school, from which a judging panel selects three graduates who will be invited to present a month-long exhibition at Parasol unit.

Sean Steadman. Green Bather, 2012. Oil and acrylic ink on canvas. 84 x 60 inches. Private Collection. Courtesy of the artist

Parasolstice - Winter Light

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Parasolstice – Winter Light is a series of outdoor sculptural works that address the phenomenon of light. The works are exhibited throughout the winter months in the foundation’s outdoor space.

Parasol public

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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