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workshop image“It is rare that a small, independent art gallery offers high-quality workshops to such a wide range of ages and with such clear aims, but the October Gallery consistently does this. One of the main values of the gallery as far as we are concerned is the regularity of exhibitions featuring the work of non-European, living artists.”

Peter Sanders, Deputy Head, Lauriston Primary School



The Schools and Early Years' gallery programme provides 1 ½ to 2 hour, artist-led workshops, held in the gallery. Workshop content is related to the work of the exhibiting artists, using observation, discussion and a variety of practical and artistic techniques taught in the context of the art on display. Our workshops are tailored to suit children of all ages, from Early Years, through Key Stages 1 to 5. We also welcome special schools and EAL groups. We also run longer, artist-led projects, which take place both in the gallery and at the school/centre over a period of days or weeks, usually leading to a permanent artwork.


Education workshops for Early Years to Key Stage 5

Workshops take place at the gallery from 10.00am -12.00pm at a cost of £90 per group, or £210 for schools booking three classes.To book, for more information or to discuss curriculum links, please email Ella Phillips & Beth Atkinson, Education Co-ordinators at education@octobergallery.co.uk or call 0207 2427367.

1st - 25th May
Robert Beer
Story Drawings

Explore the techniques of Indo-Tibetan art and discover the stories behind the paintings.Workshops will focus on how a single work can create a complex magical story, whilst giving participants the opportunity to develop a range of skills. From creating fine pen and ink detailed drawings, to the importance of process and composition, participants will learn how to make visual stories that engage the spectator and use some of Robert Beer’s methods.

Join us for a workshop that explores the mysteries of Tibetan art!

Art: painting, drawing, context and composition. Individual and
collaborative art making.

Cross Curricular Links:
English, R.E, PSHE, Global Citizenship, Mathematics, Music
and Geography.

For further information and booking your workshop

Please contact Ella Phillips & Beth Atkinson, Education Coordinators, for more details of workshops, to make a booking, or to discuss how the sessions can support and enrich learning through the National Curriculum.

Tel: 020 7242 7367 email: education@octobergallery.co.uk

Creative Kids - After School Club.

Creative Kids is an after school programme run in partnership with Argyle Primary School. Children who do not usually have access to out of school learning, have been given the opportunity to work on four exciting art projects, inspired by the Gallery's current exhibitions. So far these have included soundscape storytelling, argyle animations and most recently a 6ft neon installation and triptych inspired by Gandalf Gavan's exhibition: Knots.

Children are able to develop ideas and engage in a range of artistic processes. They gain a greater understanding of a working gallery and see projects from conception to completion. This has been successful in increasing children's confidence and communication skills.

Our mini-artists have produced a storytelling performance, a wacky animation with the help of Sister Arrow and are currently working on a neon art installation which will be displayed in the gallery soon...

At the end of each project the children have the opportunity to exhibit their work at the Gallery. The last exhibition was a tremendous success and featured in the Camden New Journal, Islington Tribune and West End Extra.The final project of this academic year will take place during the summer term 2012 - we are excited to see what our budding Artists will create!

The potential of developing this programme to include cross-school peer leadership exchanges and EAL support interests us. If you are feel that certain pupils at your school would benefit from this opportunity, please enquire at education@octobergallery.co.uk

Global Citizenship

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Participate is an exciting educational website and an indispensible resource for teachers that delivers Global Citizenship through art and design focusing on October Gallery artists.

The website features teacher's resources which offer creative approaches to effectively teach Global Citizenship. Run as a partnership project by the October Gallery and Reading International Solidarity Centre (RISC), the website offers teachers the opportunity to widen their knowledge and understanding of contemporary arts from the majority world.

    The website aims to:
  • Raise awareness of the work of contemporary arts and artists from the Majority World.
  • Demonstrate how their work links to key Global Citizenship concepts and provide teachers with new ways to teach Global Citizenship in the classroom.
  • Introduce cross-curricular approaches to teaching Global Citizenship.

Check it out now by going to www.octobergallery.co.uk/participate



October Gallery also offers skills-based CPD sessions for teachers, students and education professionals. Our sessions inspire inventive approaches to teaching non-western art and culture in the classroom and to make links across the curriculum.  Places are £free but limited. Please email education@octobergallery.co.uk to book your place.

Monday 14th May 6.00pm-8.00pm
Tibetan Tales

How can you use Tibetan artwork to engage young people in story making?

Join us and discover a range of possibilities for cross-curricular links with English, Geography and R.E, whilst learning about visual techniques used by Tibetan artists.

We will be exploring how to widen participation so that one session can be inclusive of all abiliti

To book a place on this FREE CPD please contact Ella or Beth on 020 7405 1851 or email us at education@octobergallery.co.uk 


We also offer accessible, skills-based INSET sessions for teachers, both in schools and at the gallery. They are rooted in our exhibitions, and are designed to support teachers' work in art from other cultures. Contact Ella Phillips or Beth Atkinson on education@octobergallery.co.uk or 020 7242 7367 for details.

The artist-led community outreach programme emphasises collaborative work rooted in the exhibited art at the gallery, but takes place both at the gallery and at our partner venues. All outreach projects are funded by external grants. Please contact us at education@octobergallery.co.uk or on 020 7242 7367 for details of October Gallery artist-led workshops that might be suitable for your group.


family workshops

These sessions are £FREE, but places are limited. Please arrive early to avoid disappointment. For further information please call Ella Philips at October Gallery on 0207 242 7367 - education@octobergallery.co.uk.

Saturday 21st April 10 - 11.30 am October Gallery
Tuesday 1st May 10 - 11.30 am 1a Children's Centre
Saturday 12th May 10 - 11.30 am October Gallery
Saturday 16th June 10 - 11.30 am October Gallery


So long but not farewell

So long, but not farewell! In 2009 PAN Intercultural Arts and October Gallery collaborated on a very special community art project with children from refugee families. Together with Artist Susan Swartzberg, a Superhero was made from recycled materials and unveiled to the public in Russell Square. After surviving the worst of the winter weather the Superhero is now on the move to the Calthorpe project where he will continue with his adventures! However the journey does not end there...

To ensure the Superhero lives on, we are now planning to work with the Cartoon Gallery and Camden Recycling to transform him into a cartoon strip. The young participants will work with a cartoonist and design a story encouraging even more people, to help look after the environment.

So keep your eyes peeled, as this is not the last you've heard from the Holborn Superhero!

We wanted to take this opportunity to say a huge thank you to everyone who has supported us so far in making this happen! It has been extremely inspiring to see the children's ideas, designs and imaginations literally come to life and we appreciate all of your help. We hope you enjoy 'the making of the Holborn Hero' video and continue to be involved in the next stage of our adventure.

Best Wishes, Laura McPartlin and Liz Fraser-Betts



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We offer a range of bespoke outreach artist-run workshops to schools and community groups. Themed around October Gallery artists and exhibitions from around the world, we can design a workshop that tailors to your specific needs. Led by an artist or gallery educator, these creative sessions will encourage pupils to explore contemporary art from around the world and develop their own personal responses.

Please contact us with your ideas or questions at education@octobergallery.co.uk or on 020 7242 7367.



In the last few years, we have worked with a variety of schools and community groups. Some examples of our projects are shown below:


Big PictureOpened by the Mayor of Camden, Dawn Somper, our biennial education exhibition, the Big Picture, showed the work of a wide range of participants from both our schools and community projects over the past two years.

sew whatSew What? A textile arts project led by Lara Hailey and Sally Taylor ran for a year in partnership with the Young People's Unit at University College Hospital. The project, funded by Children in Need, was aimed at engaging teenage patients in the exploration of a range of textile techniques, materials and art forms informed by contemporary textile art practice. The sessions were designed to be accessible to teenage patients with low physical energy and in some cases limited mobility.

a  bitter aftertasteHeritage Lottery funded project A Bitter Aftertaste used the October Gallery's exhibition From Courage to Freedom as a catalyst for art and storytelling workshops in Kingsgate Primary School, Camden, and at the African and Caribbean Elders' Centre nearby. Tuup and Kiran Chahal led the investigation of the transatlantic slave trade and its aftermath, which culminated in an animation, performance and exhibition.

pathfindersFamily Art Days We continued our successful monthly art sessions for young children and their parents. These took place at the gallery and at 1a Children's Centre - the local Sure Start service. Avigail Ochert and Carlos Cortes led our regular sessions. Funded by the Bromfield Educational Foundation.


pathfindersAimed at the diverse cultural communities using the holiday playscheme at Camden's Calthorpe Project, Monica de Miranda worked with local children to look at the visual geography of their locale, creating two personalised maps of the UK and a video about themselves. Funded by Awards for All.

pathfindersRecast. A project that explored ceramics and sculpture with young refugees. Three artists - Susan Swartzberg, Duncan Hooson and Jehan Haddad - led a series of workshops for young people, who sculpted self portraits using a range of materials such as plaster and found objects, created investigative research pieces in ceramic, and built six beautiful, deeply carved ceramic stools for the garden at  the Medical Foundation for the Care of the Victims of Torture. This was a partnership project between October Education and Pan Centre for Intercultural Arts. Funded by Camden Council.

pathfinders Pathfinder.  Participants from SHP , Kings Cross, who are homeless or in danger of homelessness, took part in a six month project to create mixed media works investigating Holborn, Kings Cross and their environs through photography and print led by artist Edori Fertig, culminating in an exhibition at the Foundling Museum. Funded by Camden Council. "It looks like it should be on someone's wall. I did this". SHP participant

pathfindersFamily Art Days.  These sessions, targeting families with under fives, proved to be a great success. Their aim was to promote the gallery to local families whilst developing children's art skills and creativity. The monthly events, sponsored by Sure Start and the Peabody Trust's Local Network Fund, introduced very young children to the October Gallery's collections through storytelling, song, movement and art. Carlos Cortes, Caroline Jones and Avigail Ochert led the sessions. “A good introduction to an interesting art gallery and space.” Parent. 


Outreach programmeMural project with Richard Cobden School. Kiran Chahal worked with Year 6 pupils from Camden's Richard Cobden Primary School to use themes arising from Romuald Hazoumè's work to look at austerity caused by conflict. The children compared the life of children in the UK in the 1940s and now, creating a life size mural incorporating found, copied and made objects. Funded by ACE and JP Morgan.

Fitzrovia Youth in Action, Euston Mosaic project with Fitzrovia Youth in Action. FYA near Euston needed to create a dramatic entrance to their basement offices in a narrow stairwell. Vanessa Benson, a mosaicist who has worked with many Camden schools, led workshops where young people from 11 to 19 took part in designing and then painstakingly creating a mosaic that represented what the youth project does. Funded by the Local Network Fund.

Thomas Coram CentreArtist Carlos Cortes worked with children from local Holborn nursery, the Thomas Coram Centre. They designed and made translucent panels of coloured drawings for the roof over an exterior play area.

Medical Foundation for the Care of Victims of TortureMemory lamps: a project in collaboration with Pan Intercultural Arts. Artist Susan Swartzberg worked with young people referred from the Medical Foundation for the Care of Victims of Torture to design and make a special lamp. This was painted and embossed with symbols invented by and representing them, based on the calligraphic work of exhibiting artist Rachid Koraïchi.

Adults from the Single Homeless Project, based in Kings Cross, took part in a project to design and make metal ‘memory boxes', engraved with images derived from the complex Sufi symbology of Rachid Koraïchi's work. This project was led by Susan Swartzberg. Funded by NIACE.

The Big Picture exhibition showed the work of users of October Education's programme from mid 2003 to 2005, displaying artworks by pupils from early years' centres; primary, secondary, special needs and hospital schools; and also by young people, adults and the elderly from various community organisations.

Signs of our Times. Creative Partnerships funded Gospel Oak Primary School to work with October Education to investigate the effect of art on literacy. Christine Robinson (calligrapher) and Ndidi Ekubia (silversmith) worked with a year 4 group who engaged in an intensive course of carefully focussed workshops using Rachid Koraichi's calligraphic prints. They learned how to make daffodil stems into paper, and used calligraphic inks and pens for their written pieces. They also designed their own individual crests, which were made into metal ‘flowers', which went into their school garden amongst the real flora, to create a permanent art work as a legacy of the project.

Miriam Zadik Gold, a mosaic artist, and Imogen Ward, a ceramic artist, worked with pupils and staff at Mary Paterson nursery in West London, to teach and develop new techniques of texturing and firing clay. These were used in the creation of five one-metre wide mosaics for the exterior wall of the nursery, based on the theme of ‘habitats'. Children designed the circular panels, and parents, staff and children made the mosaics up over several months. Volunteers worked with the artists to put the mosaics in place.

Susan Swartzberg worked with the children at Thomas Coram Early Learning Centre to design and make a withy hut in their garden, decorated with animals and insects created from recycled polythene bags on circular woven ‘spiders' webs'.

At the Great Ormond Street Hospital School, a group of young people looked at Frantz Lamothe's paintings, and with textile artist Lara Hailey made felt ‘paintings' using the bold colours and imagery based on graffiti, which informs Lamothe's style.

African and Caribbean Elders Luncheon Club, Maida ValeElderly participants from the African and Caribbean Elders Luncheon Club in Maida Vale took part in story telling workshops both in their Centre and in the October Gallery, led by Tuup. Participants listened to stories from Africa and the Caribbean, and were then encouraged to tell their own.

contacts and bookings

For further information and booking your workshop

Please contact Education Co-ordinators - Ella Philips & Beth Atkinsons for more details of workshops, to make a booking, or to discuss how the sessions can support and enrich learning through the National Curriculum.

Tel: 020 7242 7367

email: education@octobergallery.co.uk

The October Gallery's Education Department continues to run smoothly by means of support from St Andrew Holborn Charities. The October Gallery Education Department is an active member of engage.

Supported by:

St Andrew Holborn Charities  



October Gallery, 24 Old Gloucester Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1N 3AL
Tel: + 44 (0)20 7242 7367 Fax: + 44 (0)20 7405 1851

Director - Chili Hawes; Artistic Director - Elisabeth Lalouschek; Special Projects - Gerard Houghton;
International Sales - Rosalind King; Registrar and Exhibitions Coordinator - Margaree Cotten;
Press Officer - Alana Pryce Tojcic; Rentals Manager - Jo Walsh; Education Co-ordinators - Ella Philips & Beth Atkinson;

The October Gallery is open from 12:30 to 17:30, Tuesday to Saturday.
The Gallery is closed during official holidays and for the entire month of August.

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