The Bomb Factory Art Foundation enables greater access to contemporary art by developing new audiences, especially within the local community.
The gallery is 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 the community, 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.
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 aim to provide clear, fun classes in an engaging format. During the past year we have facilitated, 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.
The Bomb Factory Art Foundation is an essential resource for the local education sector. We welcome group visits from schools, universities and colleges. Our approach is simple - we work with schools to find creative and inspirational ways of supplementing their art education.
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. Past collaborations include: Islington Council, The Cripplegate Foundation, ARTiculation, 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
To arrange a school or university visit to The Bomb Factory Art Foundation, or to discuss a future partnership please e-mail Pallas at email@example.com
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.
Partnership with The Bridge School
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