EDUCATION & OUTREACH

EDUCATIONAL AIMS

The Bomb Factory Art Foundation enables greater access to contemporary art by developing new audiences, especially within both of our sites in the local community. 

 

The galleries are positioned as a resource where people are provided with opportunities to experience contemporary art through the agency of our resident artists, not just through our exhibition calendar but through a program of artist talks, workshops, classes and family days which all aim to promote visitor engagement, understanding, and enjoyment of the arts. 

 

During the past five years we have formed strong relationships and partnerships within Archway and Chelsea.  working with schools, colleges and other independent groups. We are a vital arts and educational resource for many people in the area, offering free workshops to a diverse and underfunded public.

PARTNERSHIPS

The Bomb Factory works with a wide range of partners to make a positive social impact in our community. We place great value on our partnerships and work closely with others to improve opportunities for local people. Collaborations include: Islington Council, The Cripplegate Foundation, ARTiculation, Chelsea Academy, Hurlingham Academy, Canonbury Primary School, Central St Martins, The Bridge School, Riverside College, Elthorne Pride Community Group, UAL, Acland Burghley School, The Us Programme, Guts Gallery, Five years Group, Justin Hammond, Friends of Fairbridge, Hargrave Park School, Duncome Primary School etc. 

BOMB FACTORY THEATRE

The Bomb Factory Theatre is a women-led theatre company, created to platform women’s voices and develop emerging women-identifying artists. Click here for more information and current opportunities.

CLASSES &

WORKSHOPS

Our classes and workshops offer a high standard of teaching and are suitable for all levels – including the complete beginner. Our tutors are practicing artists and members of The Bomb Factory Art Foundation artist community. We provide clear, fun, age appropriate classes in an engaging format. We regularly  facilitate a diverse range of workshops.  

Past examples include; Zine making workshops, Performance Art workshops, Printmaking workshops, Cyanotype Sun Printing, art crit sessions, Mentoring for Teenage artists, Professional Practise workshops, Graffiti T-shirt design and much more.

Please email info@bombfactory.org.uk if you would like to attend.

SCHOOLS &

UNIVERSITIES

Hurlingham Academy

In October 2021 Bomb Factory  began to work with the art department at Hurlingham Academy in Chelsea. The Hurlingham Academy is an 11-16 mixed Secondary School based on Peterborough Road in Fulham. The head of art Jasmine Sullivan is working to develop the presence and focus on Art within the curriculum at Hurlingham to  provide students further creative opportunities within the community.
So far, the gallery has hosted multiple trip visits and workshops for GCSE and KS3 students, who have benefited from the experience greatly - this is a partnership that we wish to continue, as it has allowed so many young people that do not have opportunities at home to experience Art in their community - supporting wellbeing and better mental health.

Bomb Factory and Hurlingham Art department have ambitious plans to collaborate using Bomb Factory resident artists expertise to provide 3D workshops in graphics, clay/model construction and textiles that will enable students to have vital experience of the evolving Art and creative world around them. 

These opportunities will support students in developing skills that will prepare them for life when they leave Hurlingham.

Alongside the planned workshops, will run a collaborative mural project supported by the gallery and its artists. Students will develop cultural capital by supporting the visual development of the school, working with members of the Fulham and Chelsea community whilst exploring a very prevalent social issue. The project will have a focus looking at the future world and environmental impacts that we are facing.

The Hurlingham Academy has plans to reinvent the culture of Art at the Hurlingham Academy with the support of the Bomb Factory Art foundation.’ Jasmine Sullivan

Acland Burgley School

​In June the artists from the Bomb Factory helped link up with the sixth form students from a local senior school “Acland Burghley’ who were studying towards a L3 Btec in Art & Design, in order to continue in further education at Art School. The course unit was entitled 'Creative Process’. Each pupil was allocated an artist from The Bomb Factory to work with, they then discussed and disseminated the methodologies and working processes of what it is to be a practising artist. The sixth former's benefited from ongoing support and mentoring from The Bomb Factory who facilitated portfolio workshops and aided preparation for interview for Higher education in the Arts.

 

The Bridge School

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As part of our ongoing Arts Education Initiative, following a successful second year of funding from the Cripplegate Foundation / Islington Council Funding. We are happy to continue our workshop and outreach programme with pupils from The Bridge School, an all-age special school with three sites in Islington. We have partnered with The Bridge School for the past 3 years, inviting pupils aged 15-19 and their teachers to complete workshops based on our exhibition programme. 

Taking inspiration from the exhibits in the Bomb Factory Gallery, we look at each show as a way of exploring different themes and practices in Art and how we can translate those ideas into engaging workshops for the pupils. 

Last year we held, sculpture workshops, life drawing and portrait painting workshops, puppet making and storytelling workshops, culminating in a large-scale projection and video exhibition at the school for family and friends of the young people. This year we have already had a performance art interaction and we will continue with a dance and movement workshop, a virtual reality workshop, a landscape painting workshop and t-shirt design and making day. We ask our artists to work with the pupils both at the bomb Factory and at their schools or places of learning.

"Working with the Bomb Factory has been an exciting opportunity for our students to learn more about how artists work. They have had opportunities to visit studios and exhibitions. Grassroots arts organisations that put production/exhibition and education at the heart of what they do are becoming increasingly rare in London and at the Bridge, we value such partnerships very much."

Ryan McClelland, Art/Senior Teacher the Bridge School, London, 2017