Parasol unit foundation for contemporary art

Parasol unit foundation for contemporary art Welcome to the official Parasol unit page! To see what's on and for tickets to events visit http://www.parasol-unit.org. Free admission.
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Founded in December 2004, Parasol unit foundation for contemporary art is an educational charity and a non-profit institution that operates purely for public benefit. Admission to all exhibitions at Parasol unit is free of charge. Every year the foundation organises four challenging and thought-provoking exhibitions of works by international contemporary artists working in various media, holds artistic projects and gives awards and exhibition possibility to graduating students from London art schools. The foundation also engages with the public and the neighbouring community through a full programme of educational events. In its genuine mission to serve the public, the foundation does not bear the founder’s name and its exhibitions do not derive from any particular private collections. Admission to all exhibitions at Parasol unit is free of charge. Say hello on to us on Twitter @Parasolunit https://twitter.com/Parasolunit

Parasol unit's Ziba Ardalan speaks to Kayhan Life about the foundation's new direction."What I will be doing is maybe mu...
11/11/2019
Ziba Ardalan on Closing Parasol Unit, Curating Elsewhere: Interview | KAYHAN LIFE

Parasol unit's Ziba Ardalan speaks to Kayhan Life about the foundation's new direction.

"What I will be doing is maybe much smaller shows in different places, where I change the discourse, where I think the conversation makes more sense at this point."

By Nazanine Nouri Ziba Ardalan — founder and director of London’s Parasol Unit for Contemporary Art, and one of London’s most respected curators — announced recently that she was closing the space in 2020 and dedicating her time and effort to putting on exhibitions around the world, where th...

Only two more weeks left to catch 'The Spark Is You: Parasol unit in Venice' featuring nine contemporary Iranian artists...
09/11/2019
THE SPARK IS YOU: Parasol unit in Venice - Parasol unit

Only two more weeks left to catch 'The Spark Is You: Parasol unit in Venice' featuring nine contemporary Iranian artists at the Conservatorio di Musica Benedetta Marcello, Venice - ends 23 November.

Collateral Event of the 58th International Art Exhibition La Biennale di Venezia Conservatorio di Musica Benedetto Marcello di Venezia Campo Santo Stefano, San Marco 2810. Close to Accademia Bridge Vaporetto stop: San Samuele or Accademia Opening times: 10am–6pm Monday – Saturday Closed on Sunda...

The Spark Is You: Parasol unit in Venice - the foundation's first major international project - features in Mousse magaz...
08/11/2019
“THE SPARK IS YOU: Parasol unit in Venice“ at Conservatorio di Musica Benedetto Marcello, Venezia

The Spark Is You: Parasol unit in Venice - the foundation's first major international project - features in Mousse magazine.

In celebration of the 15th anniversary, Parasol unit foundation for contemporary art is delighted to present, through a prism of classical Persian poetry, an exhibition of works by nine contemporary Iranian artists at the Conservatorio di Muscia Benedetto Marcello di Venezia from 9 May to 23 Novembe...

Thank you to Professor Perring and everyone who joined us for yesterday's lecture on 'Archaeology and the memories of a ...
08/11/2019

Thank you to Professor Perring and everyone who joined us for yesterday's lecture on 'Archaeology and the memories of a city: the urban development of post-conflict Beirut'. Online soon!

Missed this? Keep up-to-date with our forthcoming events by joining the mailing list 👉 bit.ly/ParasolunitMailingList

To celebrate the release of the new monograph by #YZKami, head to Gagosian, London, on Tues 5 Nov at 6:30 pm for a book ...
04/11/2019
Y.Z. Kami: Works 1985–2018 | Gagosian

To celebrate the release of the new monograph by #YZKami, head to Gagosian, London, on Tues 5 Nov at 6:30 pm for a book signing and panel discussion with the artist, Parasol unit's Founder, Artistic and Executive Director Ziba Ardalan and independent curator Elena Guena.

Tuesday, November 5, 2019, 6:30pm Gagosian, Britannia Street, London Ziba Ardalan, founder and artistic and executive director of Parasol unit foundation for contemporary art, and Elena Geuna, independent curator, author, and art advisor, will discuss the work of Y.Z. Kami to celebrate the rece...

Last few places left! Book now to create your own cardboard city at our upcoming Sunday family workshop ‘Built Together’...
03/11/2019
Sunday Family Workshop: Built Together

Last few places left! Book now to create your own cardboard city at our upcoming Sunday family workshop ‘Built Together’ with artist educator Alexandra Hughes on Sunday 1 Dec. 2-4pm. Kindly supported by GreatArt Store

In this workshop, families can playfully create their own large-scale buildings out of cardboard. Cut and shape structures into unusual forms and add unique features such as columns, relief details and surfaces using paint, pens and various materials. Work together to construct a magical and surreal...

Bringing together sculpture and found objects, Rayyane Tabet creates installations that use personal narratives to creat...
02/11/2019
Rayyane Tabet: Encounters - Parasol unit

Bringing together sculpture and found objects, Rayyane Tabet creates installations that use personal narratives to create alternative socio-political histories of Lebanon and the Middle East. Join us today at Parasol unit - open from 10 am - 6pm.

Parasol unit foundation for contemporary art is delighted to present Encounters by artist Rayyane Tabet, his first major solo exhibition in the United Kingdom, with eight works from the past 13 years installed together for the first time. Rayyane Tabet’s works present fleeting moments in time and ...

Happy Halloween! 🎃 Here's a seasonal selection from Joel Sternfeld who presented this extraordinary pumpkin filled photo...
31/10/2019

Happy Halloween! 🎃 Here's a seasonal selection from Joel Sternfeld who presented this extraordinary pumpkin filled photograph in our 2016 exhibition Magical Surfaces: The Uncanny in Contemporary Photography.

🔴LECTURE🔵 Join us for our upcoming lecture, 'Where is the history of Lebanon hiding?' with Dr Claire Launchbury on Tues,...
29/10/2019
Where is the history of Lebanon hiding?

🔴LECTURE🔵 Join us for our upcoming lecture, 'Where is the history of Lebanon hiding?' with Dr Claire Launchbury on Tues, 10 Dec 7pm. This lecture addresses the alternative ways artists and activists have contested the ‘collective amnesia’ widely cited as a Lebanese condition.

Book now!

The role of texts, such as de Villiers’ SAS thriller series, and how they offer traces to Lebanon's national history will be discussed.

Often infused with a poignant personal narrative Rayyane Tabet's works speak powerfully of private and collective experi...
27/10/2019
Rayyane Tabet: Encounters - Parasol unit

Often infused with a poignant personal narrative Rayyane Tabet's works speak powerfully of private and collective experience. Come and explore his solo show Encounters today from 12-5pm

Parasol unit foundation for contemporary art is delighted to present Encounters by artist Rayyane Tabet, his first major solo exhibition in the United Kingdom, with eight works from the past 13 years installed together for the first time. Rayyane Tabet’s works present fleeting moments in time and ...

Don't miss Julian Charrière: Towards No Earthly Pole opening today at #MASILugano. Engage in an unforgettable sensory ex...
26/10/2019
Future Exhibitions - Julian Charrière - MASILugano

Don't miss Julian Charrière: Towards No Earthly Pole opening today at #MASILugano. Engage in an unforgettable sensory experience that will bring you to some of the most remote places on earth.

Through the exhibition Towards No Earthly Pole MASI wishes to pay tribute to Julian Charrière, one of the most innovative and promising young Swiss artists ...

🔴LECTURE🔵 Join us as we explore the 'Archaeology and the memories of a city: the urban development of post-conflict Beir...
25/10/2019
Archaeology & memories of a city: urban development of post-conflict Beirut

🔴LECTURE🔵 Join us as we explore the 'Archaeology and the memories of a city: the urban development of post-conflict Beirut' with Professor Perring on Thurs 7 November, 7pm. Book now!

Professor Perring will reflect on his personal experience leading an archaeological team in a major project to rebuild post-conflict Beirut.

Don’t miss out on #PastParasol Katrín Sigurðardóttir's solo exhibition at Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at MSU this we...
22/10/2019

Don’t miss out on #PastParasol Katrín Sigurðardóttir's solo exhibition at Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at MSU this week! Her work explores the relationship of memory, distance, and time and crosses the boundary between perceptual and embodied space.

Come and create your own cardboard city at our upcoming Sunday family workshop ‘Built Together’ with artist educator Ale...
18/10/2019
Sunday Family Workshop: Built Together

Come and create your own cardboard city at our upcoming Sunday family workshop ‘Built Together’ with artist educator Alexandra Hughes on Sunday 1 Dec. 2-4pm. Kindly supported by GreatArt Store

Book now to confirm your place!

In this workshop, families can playfully create their own large-scale buildings out of cardboard. Cut and shape structures into unusual forms and add unique features such as columns, relief details and surfaces using paint, pens and various materials. Work together to construct a magical and surreal...

Rayyane Tabet uses personal memories to explore popular culture, geo-politics and the buildings of Beirut. Check out the...
16/10/2019
Pipelines, pulp fiction and Maradona's 'Hand of God'

Rayyane Tabet uses personal memories to explore popular culture, geo-politics and the buildings of Beirut. Check out the full photo essay with Rayyane Tabet on Middle East Eye.

At Rayyane Tabet’s first UK solo show, the Lebanese artist uses personal memories to explore popular culture, geo-politics and the buildings of Beirut

Families taking part in Flora Duley’s mini-sculpture studio workshop, building and experimenting with a range of materia...
14/10/2019

Families taking part in Flora Duley’s mini-sculpture studio workshop, building and experimenting with a range of materials.

Families taking part in Flora Duley’s mini-sculpture studio workshop, building and experimenting with a range of materials.

Final chance to check out 'Affective Affinities: 33rd Bienal de Sao Paulo' today Bienal São Paulo and the work of #PastP...
13/10/2019
The 33rd Bienal de São Paulo will travel to 8 cities in 2019 - Bienal

Final chance to check out 'Affective Affinities: 33rd Bienal de Sao Paulo' today Bienal São Paulo and the work of #PastParasol artist Katrín Sigurdardottir at Museu Nacional Da Republica

http://bienal.org.br/post/6590

Promoted by the Fundação Bienal in partnership with various cultural institutions, the program brings selections of artworks featured at the Bienal de São Paulo to other cities in Brazil and abroad

Join us for our upcoming #lecture on 'Archaeology and the memories of a city: the urban development of post-conflict Bei...
13/10/2019
Archaeology & memories of a city: urban development of post-conflict Beirut

Join us for our upcoming #lecture on 'Archaeology and the memories of a city: the urban development of post-conflict Beirut' with Professor Perring on Thurs 7 November, 7pm. Book now!

Professor Perring will reflect on his personal experience leading an archaeological team in a major project to rebuild post-conflict Beirut.

Thank you to everyone who joined us for today's #drawing workshop with artist Gabrielle Lockwood Estrin. Also thank you ...
12/10/2019

Thank you to everyone who joined us for today's #drawing workshop with artist Gabrielle Lockwood Estrin. Also thank you for the kind support of CassART for the materials

Join our mailing list to stay tuned to our upcoming events + workshops 😊 bit.ly/ParasolunitMailingList

Rayyane Tabet's creative process often begins with a chance 'encounter' from which a story unfolds. Delve into these per...
12/10/2019
Rayyane Tabet: Encounters - Parasol unit

Rayyane Tabet's creative process often begins with a chance 'encounter' from which a story unfolds. Delve into these personal histories which link to the collective experience. We're open today from 10am-6pm!

Parasol unit foundation for contemporary art is delighted to present Encounters by artist Rayyane Tabet, his first major solo exhibition in the United Kingdom, with eight works from the past 13 years installed together for the first time. Rayyane Tabet’s works present fleeting moments in time and ...

Join us for our upcoming #PoetryWorkshop 'The Poem as Encounter' with poet and critic Will Harris on Sat 30 Nov, 10:30-1...
07/10/2019
Poetry Workshop · The Poem as Encounter with Will Harris

Join us for our upcoming #PoetryWorkshop 'The Poem as Encounter' with poet and critic Will Harris on Sat 30 Nov, 10:30-13:30. This workshop is produced in collaboration with Poetry School

Poet and critic Will Harris will lead a workshop in response to the work of Lebanese artist Rayyane Tabet. Tabet's work looks at the way in which our day-to-day experience intersects with larger historical currents. Tabet talks about this as an ‘encounter’, a move ‘from the first person to the...

Carlos Garaicoa presents his first significant presentation of works in Sweden in a two part exhibition opening tonight ...
04/10/2019
Carlos Garaicoa …a borderless reality like gardens of the eternal… | Skissernas Museum

Carlos Garaicoa presents his first significant presentation of works in Sweden in a two part exhibition opening tonight at Skissernas Museum and Lunds konsthall.

Project Fragile (Santander-Beijing), 2017. Installation, glass, magnets. Photo Credits: Oak Taylor-SmithPlaza Vieja, 2005. Pop-up book. Photo Credits: Oak Taylor-SmithAbout the construction of the real Tower of Babel (detail of diptych), 1994-1995. Photography The Geometry Lesson, 2018. Installation...

Professor Dominic Perring will reflect on his personal experience leading an archaeological team in a major project to r...
04/10/2019
Archaeology & memories of a city: urban development of post-conflict Beirut

Professor Dominic Perring will reflect on his personal experience leading an archaeological team in a major project to rebuild post-conflict Beirut. Book now!

Professor Perring will reflect on his personal experience leading an archaeological team in a major project to rebuild post-conflict Beirut.

Don't miss out on our upcoming Sunday family workshop with Artist Educator Flora Duley on Sun, 13 October 2-4 pm. Kindly...
02/10/2019
Sunday Family Workshop: Not Relics

Don't miss out on our upcoming Sunday family workshop with Artist Educator Flora Duley on Sun, 13 October 2-4 pm. Kindly supported by GreatArt

⭐ Book now! ⭐

Join Flora Duley’s mini-sculpture studio for a fun-filled, hands-on workshop. Families can discover, build and experiment with a range of materials and take part in activities that investigate the themes running through the works of Rayyane Tabet. With artist educator Flora Duley. Children must be...

Rayyane Tabet speaks to Elephant Magazine on the occasion of his first UK solo exhibition 'Encounters' now open at Paras...
01/10/2019
The Lebanese Artist Harnessing the Power of Destruction through Sculpture - ELEPHANT

Rayyane Tabet speaks to Elephant Magazine on the occasion of his first UK solo exhibition 'Encounters' now open at Parasol unit.

Rayyane Tabet creates refined yet commanding works, whose clean forms reference a weight of historical and cultural moments, often connecting with his birthplace of Lebanon, the conflict that Beirut has experienced, and the outside world’s understanding of this complex place.

Interested in drawing? Don't miss out on our upcoming #drawingworkshop with artist Gabrielle Lockwood Estrin on Sat 12 O...
01/10/2019
Touch Encounters: Drawing Workshop with Gabrielle Lockwood Estrin

Interested in drawing? Don't miss out on our upcoming #drawingworkshop with artist Gabrielle Lockwood Estrin on Sat 12 Oct 10am-1pm. 😀 All materials are provided by CassART Book now!

Inspired by the work of Rayyane Tabet, this three-hour workshop will explore storytelling and automatic drawing. Attendees will work both individually and collaboratively, using an initial ‘encounter’ of an object through touch to allow us to react to thoughts, feelings and memories to create dr...

Thank you to everyone who joined us last night to celebrate Rayyane Tabet's first solo exhibition to open in the UK.Enco...
29/09/2019

Thank you to everyone who joined us last night to celebrate Rayyane Tabet's first solo exhibition to open in the UK.

Encounters is NOW OPEN today from 10 am- 6 pm for Frieze East End Afternoon. We are open tomorrow, Monday 30 September until Saturday 5 October from 10 am- 6 pm.

'🎆 Tonight 🎆 Celebrate the opening of Rayyane Tabet: Encounters, the artist's first solo UK exhibtion at Parasol unit! h...
28/09/2019
Rayyane Tabet: Encounters - Preview Night

'🎆 Tonight 🎆 Celebrate the opening of Rayyane Tabet: Encounters, the artist's first solo UK exhibtion at Parasol unit! http://bit.ly/RayyaneTabetPV

Join us for a special opening night as Parasol unit presents Encounters by artist Rayyane Tabet, his first major solo exhibition in the United Kingdom, with eight works from the past 13 years installed together for the first time. Rayyane Tabet’s works present fleeting moments in time and place, o...

Final weekend to check out  ‘The Collection (1), Highlights for a Future’ SMAK Gent that ends on Sunday This exhibition ...
27/09/2019

Final weekend to check out ‘The Collection (1), Highlights for a Future’ SMAK Gent that ends on Sunday

This exhibition includes about 200 works from the collection and features the work of #PastParasol artist Robert Therrien.

🍂Autumn is officially here and we thought we'd welcome it with Heidi Bucher's 'Kleines Glasportal, Bellevue Kreuzlingen'...
25/09/2019

🍂Autumn is officially here and we thought we'd welcome it with Heidi Bucher's 'Kleines Glasportal, Bellevue Kreuzlingen', 1988, exhibited in her first major UK survey at Parasol unit in autumn 2018.

parasol-unit.org/whats-on/heidi-bucher/

Our friends at CASS ART Islington are hosting their biggest Student Day yet, with a day FULL of prizes, treats, art demo...
23/09/2019
Workshops | Cass Art

Our friends at CASS ART Islington are hosting their biggest Student Day yet, with a day FULL of prizes, treats, art demos, 20% off EVERYTHING and FREE art goodie bags!
Don't miss out on this special student bonanza taking place this WEDNESDAY 25 + THURSDAY 26 SEPTEMBER 2019

© 2019 Cass Art. Cass Art is the trading name of Art-Line Limited, a company registered in England and Wales with a company number 1799472Cass Art, Cass Art London and the Cass Art logo are trade marks and trade names of Art-Line Limited.

Final chance to check out #PastParasol artists Siah Armajani, Mona Hatoum, Adel Abdessemed and Francis Alÿs as they resp...
20/09/2019

Final chance to check out #PastParasol artists Siah Armajani, Mona Hatoum, Adel Abdessemed and Francis Alÿs as they respond to perceptions of migration and the current global refugee crisis in a group exhibition The Phillips Collection #EndingSoon

#PastParasol artist Katrin Sigurdardottir draws together three major sculptural projects in a survey show Eli and Edythe...
19/09/2019

#PastParasol artist Katrin Sigurdardottir draws together three major sculptural projects in a survey show Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at MSU – open now!
Don’t miss out! bit.ly/2klChP0

18/09/2019

Lebanese artist Rayyane Tabet opens his first UK solo show #Encounters at Parasol unit on Saturday 28 September, 6-8 pm. His creative process is inspired by the act of storytelling and often begins with a chance ‘encounter’ that unfolds into a series of hidden narratives.

To RSVP 👉 – LINK IN BIO

Image Credit: Rayyane Tabet, ‘Steel Rings’, 2013. Courtesy the artist and Sfeir-Semler Gallery Beirut/Hamburg. Video by Dhiyandra Natalegawa

Lebanese artist Rayyane Tabet opens his first UK solo show ‘Encounters’ at Parasol unit on Saturday 28 September, 6-8 pm...
18/09/2019
Rayyane Tabet: Encounters - Preview Night

Lebanese artist Rayyane Tabet opens his first UK solo show ‘Encounters’ at Parasol unit on Saturday 28 September, 6-8 pm. His creative process is inspired by the act of storytelling and often begins with a chance ‘encounter’ that unfolds into a series of hidden narratives.

RSVP 👉 http://bit.ly/RayyaneTabetPV

Join us for a special opening night as Parasol unit presents Encounters by artist Rayyane Tabet, his first major solo exhibition in the United Kingdom, with eight works from the past 13 years installed together for the first time. Rayyane Tabet’s works present fleeting moments in time and place, o...

Interested in learning the history and craft behind Persian miniatures? If so, register for The British Institute of Per...
17/09/2019
Persian Miniatures Course | BIPS

Interested in learning the history and craft behind Persian miniatures? If so, register for The British Institute of Persian Studies 10 week course taught by Anahita Alavi. Visit their website to reserve your place by 1 October.

#CentreforIranianStudies SOAS University of London

The British Institute of Persian Studies is excited to partner with the Centre for Iranian Studies (SOAS) to host a workshop series on Persian miniatures. The course is designed to take participants on a pleasant journey to the mysterious world of Persian miniatures, teaching them about materials, c...

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