Saatchi Gallery - Past Talks & Workshops



Date: SATURDAY 23rd + SUNDAY 24th of June
Time: 10.15am-4.45pm (lunch break 12.30-1pm)
Fee: £125 including all art materials
Where: Saatchi Gallery Education Room
Age group: Adults (from beginners to professionals)


Colour allows for the most emotional response of all the tools at an artist’s disposal. Nevertheless, it has been so mystified that many misconceptions still linger on. This workshop will help you to set things straight, becoming a much more efficient painter. Colour mixing is based on a series of fundamental laws that will grant you visible results.
In this practical workshop you will also learn about:
- Modern and ancient colour theory
- Principles for colour harmony and some different trends in western painting
- Colour wheels and the problem of primary colours
- Temperature shifts in coloured light sources
- Colour strings for more effective shading and depth of form
- The most effective ways of neutralising a colour
- Misconceptions about the use of black and the most effective ways of using it
- Terminology to accurately describe and understand colour, especially hue, value and Chroma
- Flesh tones and how to realistically render skin
- Performance of different brands of paint and how to get the best value for money

Workshop leader Nelson Ferreira is a qualified graduate with international experience, having worked as a visiting tutor at the National Portrait Gallery, National Gallery of Lisbon (MNAA) and several universities and teaching institutions abroad and in the UK. For more information and to book a place please contact Nelson Ferreira at:


Sunday 8th April 2018
Sunday 15th April 2018
Sunday 22nd April 2018
Sunday 29th April 2018
Sunday 6th May 2018
Sunday 20th May 2018
Sunday 27th May 2018
Sunday 3rd June 2018
Sunday 10th June 2018

Time: 10.30-12noon or 12noon-1.30pm
Where: Saatchi Gallery Education Room
Price: £295 for the 10 weeks
Age group: Adults (from beginners to professionals)


This 10 week course will offer participants the chance to experiment with the 'Alla Prima' technique through exploring painting methods using none toxic solvents. 'Alla Prima' explores techniques of layering different shades of paint on top of a still wet underpainting. Through this process, multi-coloured brush marks emerge with much more variety of colour and texture. The teaching of the course will focus mostly on realistic drawing and painting techniques. This course is open to all levels. All materials provided.

Workshop leader Nelson Ferreira is a qualified graduate with international experience, having worked as a visiting tutor at the National Portrait Gallery, National Gallery of Lisbon (MNAA) and several universities and teaching institutions abroad and in the UK.

For more information and to book a place please contact Nelson Ferreira at:


When: Thursday 31st May Time: 10-11.45am
Where: Saatchi Gallery Education Room
Price: £30.00 for two people (adult and child)
Age group: 8-11 year olds accompanied by an adult (children and adults to participate)
Tickets: contact

Using Known Unknowns as a starting point, this workshop will focus on how artist Maria Farrar plays with and combines traditions from the East and West. Playing with different yoga shapes and movements that are seen in the work of Farrar, participants will explore how objects can be seen in many interesting and diverse ways, making them exciting and fun.

Children will also be invited to draw and colour the object they chose at the beginning from a different angle or perspective to reflect what they learnt (e.g. different views, perspectives, shapes), then share their ideas with someone later that day. By looking at a collision of things from life, nature and culture, the workshop aims to deepen an understanding of differences when things are viewed from different perspectives, encouraging creativity and expression.

Beginners and professionals welcome. All materials are provided.

For more information and to book a place please contact Atelier 108 via


Five FREE creative sessions for people with Early-Stage Dementia and their carers.

Join 'Creating with Dementia' for a series of interactive art workshops aimed at engaging people with Early-Stage Dementia and their carers. Each workshop will be led by an art facilitator trained to work with Dementia.

All workshop sessions are free and all refreshments and materials are provided.

April 26th
May 3rd
May 10th
May 17th
May 24th

Age: Open to all ages
Price: FREE (all materials provided)
Time: 11-1pm, Thursdays
Where: Saatchi Gallery Education Room

For any further questions please call: 07775784520 or email:



Saturday 31st March
Saturday 7th April
Saturday 14th April

Time: 2.00pm - 4.30pm
Where: Saatchi Gallery Education Room
Price: £20.00
Age group: 16+
Tickets: contact

Take part in exploring your creativity by developing and making your own T-Shirt design in T-Shirt Art Lab Workshops, led by CSM-trained Fashion Designer Esmée Ertekin. Esmée has over 20 years' experience in the fashion industry and has worked in the fashion capitals of Paris, Milan, London and New York, for labels including Kenzo and Moschino.

Beginners and professionals welcome. The workshops are suitable for absolute beginners to practicing designers and illustrators wishing to work in a beautiful creative space. All materials are provided.

For more information and to book a place please contact esmee studio London ltd via



Join us on the weekend of Saturday 24th March and Sunday 25th March for our Easter themed family workshops. Use a range of dry and wet materials, as well as different coloured card and paper to design and make a themed card for Easter on the Saturday and your very own bunch of brightly coloured Easter eggs on the Sunday. Both are great for gifting and as decorations.

Card Making:

When: Saturday 24th March 2018
Time: 11-12pm and 1-2pm
Price: £5 per person

Easter Egg Decoration:

When: Sunday 25th March 2018
Time: 11-12pm and 1-2pm
Price: £5 per person

Age Group: Family workshop, suitable for children & adults alike.

All children need to be accompanied by an adult.

For further information please email

Pop-up Cards and Paper Flowers Workshop

Join us on Wednesday 14th February for a Valentine's themed family workshop. Share the love by making your own pop-up Valentine's Day card and paper flowers. Use a range of coloured card and paper to make Valentine's gifts for the ones you love.

When: Wednesday 14th February 2018
Time: 11-12pm and 1-2pm
Price: £5 per person
Age Group: Family workshop, suitable for children age 5+

All children need to be accompanied by an adult.

For further information please email


Join us on Saturday 9th December for a Christmas family workshop, delivered by artist Zoe Scammell. Get messy with printmaking and create your own Christmas cards and wrapping paper! Experiment with pattern, shape and collage and try out new ink printing techniques.

When: Saturday 9th December, 2017
Time: 1pm-2pm and 2:30pm-3:30pm
Price: £5 per person
Age Group: Family workshop, suitable for children & adults alike.

For further information please email


Join us on Saturday 16th December for a Christmas family workshop, delivered by artist-educator Hanna Whiteman.

Have fun making your own sparkly snowy miniature Christmas trees. Use a range of materials including glitter and tinsel to build a 3D festive fir, perfect as a table topper, ornament or gift.

When: Saturday 16th December 2017
Time: 1-2pm and 2.30-3.30pm
Price: £5 per person

Age Group: Family workshop, suitable for children & adults alike.

All children need to be accompanied by an adult.

For further information please email


Date: Monday 23rd, Tuesday 24th, Wednesday 25th October 2017
Time: 10am-4pm, drop-in
Where: Saatchi Gallery Education Room
Age group: Open- adults, families and young people all welcome. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Please note- this workshop is not suitable for very young children.
Price: FREE

Join us for a free public workshop in which you will contribute towards creating a 6m long crowd of faces using a range of materials including paint, print and pens. Additionally there will also be a smaller, A1 size artwork of the Saatchi Gallery building, which people will be asked to paint a 'brick' onto. There will be a draw, where one lucky participant has the chance to win this piece.

For further information please email

#ME MY_SELFIE AND I: Self-Expression in the Digital Age

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5 July 2017
6:30pm - 9:30pm
Symposium, 7:00pm – 8:30pm
Tickets: £15


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We are living in the age of selfie mania. Everyone from the Pope to Obama has appeared in one. In the past, only a handful of people were able to propagate their own images, whether it was artists like Rembrandt or Van Gogh painting self-portraits or society beauties - commissioning fashionable artists to create a flattering likeness of themselves to be admired by a select few. But now, the smartphone has democratised visual self-expression. The instant transferability of photos to social media and imaging apps at our disposal allow us all to constantly ‘curate' our look and present ourselves as we want the world to see us, recording ourselves day by day.

But what effect is this cultural addiction having on us? Do we look out at our exciting world as observers full of curiosity, or do we simply wonder how we look in it, and what filter would work best? Has the selfie reduced life to a popularity contest governed by likes, Instagram followers and Facebook friends? How do we deal with the increasing social pressure to constantly post images of an impossibly perfect self?

Huawei and the Saatchi Gallery are bringing together a panel from the worlds of cultural criticism, social media and neuroscience to discuss the impact of selfie culture from a multitude of perspectives. The event will be hosted at the Saatchi Gallery on 5th July, where the exhibition 'From Selfie to Self-Expression', presented by Huawei is currently on display.

Following the debate everyone will have the chance to participate in an exclusive photography experience using the awarded Huawei P10, co-engineered with Leica. Drinks and canapés will be served amid thousands of works by acclaimed artists including Tracey Emin, Van Gogh, Rembrandt, Cindy Sherman, Gavin Turk and Velázquez. Alongside them are selfies taken by celebrities and the general public, which have become icons of the digital era – from the beautiful and sublime to the mad, bad and downright dangerous.

Sarah Diefenbach

Professor of market and consumer psychology at the Ludwig-Maximilians University of Munich. Her research explores the side effects of technology use on happiness and the psychological effects of social media.

Will Storr

Award-winning journalist and novelist, whose work has appeared in The Guardian Weekend, The Sunday Times Magazine, The New Yorker and Esquire He is the author of Selfie: How We Became So Self-Obsessed and What It’s Doing to Us.

Pandora Sykes

Journalist, broadcaster, stylist and brand consultant who has written about culture, social commentary and fashion for titles including New York Magazine’s The Cut, Vogue Australia, Red magazine, Marie Claire and Net-a-Porter’s The Edit. Until January 2017 she was Fashion Features Editor and Wardrobe Mistress columnist at The Sunday Times Style. She co-hosts the weekly pop-culture/news podcast, The High Low.

Clemency Burton-Hill (Chair)

Broadcaster, novelist and musician. As well as presenting Breakfast on Radio 3, she is a presenter of The Culture Show, BBC Young Musician, The Review Show, the BBC Proms, and numerous other arts and current affairs programmes.

Remaining speaker to be announced.
(Will Storr Image courtesy of Jay Brooks)
Speakers are subject to change.

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A two-day workshop with artist Alice Morey

20th & 21st May 2017
Suitable for ages 11-15 years

£80 for both days, all materials included

A two-day workshop at the Saatchi Gallery with British artist Alice Morey. Processing Materials focusses on painting as a material process, concentrating on the physicality of paintings and paint itself- controlling mark making, manipulating materials, layering surfaces and peeling them off. During the workshop participants will have the opportunity to engage with unconventional painting materials such as latex and silicone, as well as learn how to make their own pigments, dye canvas with organic materials and experiment with different tools.

Alice Morey is a South London-born artist based in Berlin. She studied at Camberwell College of Arts and University of Brighton before moving to Berlin in 2009. Her work breaks down boundaries of traditional methods of painting by using chemical experiments and through creating her own rituals in material processes- leading to large format paintings. Her methods often combine categorisations of objects, painting and performance, and her materials range from clay, home-made charcoal, natural pigments and hydrochloric acid. There is a strong sense of rhythm, poetry and playfulness to her mark making.

The artist asks each participant to bring an old toothbrush and a vegetable of their favourite colour.


Thursday March 2nd 2017
Saatchi Gallery, Duke of York’s HQ, London, SW3 4RY
Ticket price includes refreshments.

Join us for an evening of contemporary art-inspired music, composed by young composers from The Purcell School for Young Musicians and performed by collective Music off Canvas.

Composers from The Purcell School for Young Musicians have worked with Music off Canvas to compose pieces in response to the Saatchi Gallery exhibition Painters’ Painters. The exhibition draws together nine present-day painters whose work is seen to be influencing a younger generation of artists graduating from art schools around the world.

Music off Canvas 'creating collaborative art through the meeting of minds' is a pioneering collective of musicians specialising in cross-arts collaborative practice. Unique works are created through group experimentation with featured artists of various disciplines for commissions, performances and workshops.

Mentored through the Help Musicians UK ‘Emerging Excellence Awards’, Music Off Canvas has produced and performed new works for Salisbury Arts Centre, Victoria & Albert Museum, Southbank Centre, Royal College of Music, Elgar Room of the Royal Albert Hall, Saatchi Gallery, Friends of Streatham Common, Platform33, Nonclassical, Peirene Press, Music Orbit, GAPSalon, WOW Festival and The Commonwealth Resounds.

With a thriving education branch, Music Off Canvas delivers cross-arts workshops for the Royal College of Music, the Royal Academy of Arts, the Purcell School for Young Musicians, Sound and Music Summer School for Young Composers, the Live Music Now Scheme, Serendipity Trust, Ocean Stars Trust, and The Music Project Sri Lanka.

Hannah Grayson - Flute
Jenny Melville - Oboe
Joanna Baillie Stark - Bassoon

The Purcell School is an independent, co-educational, boarding and day school for talented young musicians aged 10 to 18 years. For more information, please visit


Saturday 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th January
Saturday 25th February
Saturday 4th March

Time: 2.00pm - 4.30pm
Where: Saatchi Education Room
Price: £30.00
Age group: 16+

Beginners and professionals welcome.
Easels and drawing materials provided.

Fashion Illustration Workshops with CSM-trained Fashion Designer Esmée Ertekin.

Esmée has over 20 years experience in the fashion industry and has worked in the fashion capitals of Paris, Milan, London and New York, for labels including Kenzo and Moschino.

The workshops are suitable for absolute beginners to practising designers and illustrators wishing to work in a beautiful creative space. The life model will be wearing both contemporary and vintage fashion items.

Family workshop:
Experimental dye art using natural materials with Babs Behan

When: Friday 28th October 2016
Time: 2pm-3.30pm
Age group: Family workshop, suitable for children & adults alike. Children under the age of 6 must be accompanied by an adult.

Individual ticket: £35
Family of 4 ticket: £120 (1 adult 3 children OR 2 adults 2 children)

lnspired by Saatchi Gallery artist Sigrid Holmwood, this workshop provides an opportunity to experiment with a range of exciting natural dyes and pigments- from flowers, berries, roots, leaves, insects and minerals. Learn how to use Japanese Shibori tie-dyeing to create resist patterns using simple folding and binding techniques, inject botanical dyes into folds of cloth, scatter fresh and dried flower petals into bundles for steaming to release their olour and create direct impressions on cloth. Learn about the joy of using natural materials to create exciting prints and colour on fabrics.

Notes: All materials are provided and included in the cost, including a piece of organic British silk which has been pre-treated with natural mineral salt for aiding colour-fastness, to make into a napkin or other small item.

HALF TERM WORKSHOP: People Participatory Artwork

Date: Monday 24th, Tuesday 25th, Wednesday 26th October 2016
Time: 10am-4pm, drop-in
Where: Saatchi Gallery Education Room
Age group: Open- adults, families and young people all welcome. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Please note- this workshop is not suitable for very young children.
Price: FREE

Join us for a free public workshop in which you will contribute to a collaborative painting of the Saatchi Gallery building. Artist Jo Mortimer will lead a 3 day drop-in session featuring a large scale drawing of the Saatchi Gallery which visitors will fill in themselves. Particpants can also contribute to one of Jo’s trademark Tumbling Houses paintings.

For further information please email

Monday 15th February

Paperchain Theatre presents...

Join Paperchain Theatre for an immersive and interactive workshop exploring the current Saatchi Gallery exhibition Champagne Life.

When: Monday 15th February
Age: 6-11
Price: £12 p/child (all materials provided)
Time: 10am-12pm / 1pm-3pm
Where: Saatchi Gallery Education Room

For any further questions please contact Emily:

Wednesday 17th February


Join us for a FREE half-term workshop run by the Saatchi Gallery Education team

Using a mixture of media, participants will look at the work of Champagne Life Artists Suzanne McClelland and Julia Wachtel and construct images that borrow from popular culture and current issues. Using printing, photography and collage, participants will work on an individual panel that will construct a bigger collaborative group piece and narrative.

Wednesday 17th February
Age: 11+


The After School Art Club is for 6-12 year olds. It’s a space for children to have fun and develop confidence in their own creativity and ideas.

We meet up on Wednesday afternoons from 4:00pm-5:00pm. Price for a 6 week term is £60, concessions are available on request.

When: Wednesdays 4:00pm-5:00pm
Starts: Wednesday 13th January
Where: Saatchi Gallery Education Room
Price: £60 for a 6 week term

For more information and to book a place please contact Alex Myers on 07905 780308 or

Saturday 5th March


Following her hugely successful workshop in August, Artist Maya Mitten is bringing her inspiring collage workshop back to the Saatchi Gallery on Saturday 5th March.

Maya Mitten is a freestyle collage artist who uses her medium to create surrealist landscapes and snapshots of stories yet to be told - always with warmth and humour. Her work has somewhat of a cult following and her unique style is recognised internationally with much of her work displaying her trademark love for sound system culture. In this workshop session you will be guided through the process Maya Mitten uses to create her pieces, and be provided with tips on techniques and ideas on how to develop your own collage piece. All materials and equipment are provided and Maya provides handouts and further links she may think of interest to you as an individual. You'll leave this session inspired and never able to look at a magazine in the same way again!

Date: Saturday 5th March
Time: 10:30am-5:00pm
Age group: 16+

Saturday 13th February

Sculpture/Assemblage with Artist Teresa Paiva

Join artist Teresa Paiva in creating relief sculptures inspired by Champagne Life Artist Maha Malluh. Using detritus of food and drink packaging collected from around London and at the gallery, participants will create their own work by assembling these found 'artefacts' in multiple compositions. On the threshold between fossils and artefacts, these hint to aspects of consumerism in contemporary living and the re-valuation of such materials.

Age: 12 to 16
Time: 1pm-4pm
Where: Saatchi Gallery Education Room


#LowTechLabLondon2016 is a project developed by Raúl Marroquín and coordinated by Daniela Medina Poch for the Educational Program of the Saatchi Gallery that will take place on January 15th, 16th and 17th of 2016.

“‘LowTech means technology that is cheap or free.” James Wallback, LowTech Manifest for The Next 5 Minutes conference in Amsterdam, March 1999.

This experiment is inspired in the role artists have had in the development of technologies and innovation from very early stages. To mention a few, alchemy in the Middle Ages, multidisciplinary advancements throughout the Renaissance and more recently during the second half of the XXth Century and the first decade of this millennium: Video of the 1960’s and 1970’s, cable television of the 1980’s and 1990’s (USA & Canada and later in the Netherlands and Continental Europe) digital communications of the first decade of the 2000’s up to the present with user information and communication platforms, internet, streaming mobile, social media, augmented reality, etc.

As Klaus Fruchtnis mentions: “LowTech applied to communications has given the possibility of having a more exhaustive control in the management of information.”

Today artists continue to play a crucial role in the development of hardware, software and applications. The last four decades are full of examples; to mention a few: "Music Video" is based in the progress and achievements of video artists in the 1960 - 1980’s, video and media art have also influenced audio visuals in education, news gathering and journalism, activism and, last but not least, the advertisement industry.

#LowTechLabLondon2016 is a three day lab that makes use of LowTech, user and discarded technologies coupled with the repurposing of existing hardware and other facilities. It involves those present at the Educational Space of the Saatchi Gallery taking part from tabletop stations devised to interact in one-to-one and one-to-few engagements, as well as remote contributors from abroad, via social media: WhatsApp, Illustrated Twitter, SnapChat, video conferencing and live streams.

The aim of #LowTechLabLondon2016 is to generate a brief, concise and powerful event, that will include artists, students (PCA, Paris and Universidad Nacional, Bogotá, and others) musicians, writers, stage actors and directors, academics, researchers, journalists, politicians and designers realising artworks, workshops, tutorials, experiments: successes and failures, processes, interviews and discussions, presentations, discussions, performances and recitals, as well as urban bootcamps, klutges, scale models and prototypes either live or transmitted from other locations in London, the continent and the Americas.

One of the goals of the lab is to monitor the developments of LowTech throughout the last 50 years and how it has been redefined through the beginning of the second half of the XXth century. From low quality and low resolution, evolving into current user technologies were, for instance, average phone cameras are better than a betacam of 30 years ago, the LowTech have expanded and transformed into user technology.

Additional to the activities taking place at the Educational Space and taking into account the historical past of the area: Kings Road, the Punk Movement, etc, the lab includes works realised outdoors on locations such as streets, parks, shops, bars and terraces near the location of the gallery.

Social Media plays an important role in the daily coverage of the experiment: Everything will be streamed via Periscope, LiveStream, YouTube Live and ephemeral platforms like SnapChat.

The #LowTech Blog:
Facebook: DeHoeksteenLiveCornetStone
LinkedIn: hoeksteencornerstone
Twitter: LowTechLabLondon2016
Recordings in YouTube: StudioMarroquin
Instagram: StudioRaulMarroquin
Google+: StudioMarroquin.
A final publication will round up the event.

This event is produced in collaboration with PCA Master's students in Transdisicplinary New Media.


Participants LowTech Lab London2016 Saatchi

Muu Blanco
Operating in Miami

C C Brown
Operating in New York

Nicolás Canal
Operating in Ubaté, Colombia

Elena Corchero
Operating in London

Catalina Correa
Operating in Chile

Melissa Cruz
Operating in The Hague

Yolanda Duarte
Operating in Bogotá

Alejo Duque
Operating in London

Jackie Fei Yongqing
Operating in London

Max Franklin
Operating in London

Klaus Fruchtnis
Operating in London

Cheryl Gallaway

David García
Operating in London

Jakobson Helga
Operating in London

Johanna Ibañéz y David Motos
Operating in Bogotá

Claire Leggett
Operating in London

Carlos Llávata
Operating in Valencia

Filippo Lorenzin
Operating in Düsseldorf

Raúl Marroquín
Operating in London

MauzZ Operating in Amsterdam

Svetlana Mircheva
Operating in Sophia

Michael O’Connell
Operating in London

Catalina Rodriguez
Operating in Bogotá

Basma Seif
Operating in London

Sanet Stegmann
Operating in London

Iván Tovar Operating in London

Alberto Vejarano
Operating in Paris

Andrew Voxakis
Operating in London

Carlos Zatizabal
Operating in Bogotá


Thursday 13th August
Age group: 10-15 years

A painting workshop looking at the themes used in Darrell Hawkins' artwork- focusing on colour, rhythm and play. Darrell mixes both abstract and figurative imagery with pop culture references. This free workshop coincides with a solo exhibition of his work in the Artist Editions and Print Gallery which is open from Tuesday 28th July 2015 to Monday 24th August 2015.



Monday 10th/Tuesday 11th/Wednesday 12th August 2015

Free workshop in devising theatre: 2-4pm

Performance: 4pm. Running time 65 minutes
Age group: 8+

East meets West across the education divide when four London teenagers compete for a prestigious scholarship. As they venture across the capital into unfamiliar territories, friendships are tested, aspirations are challenged and each is forced to decide what matters most. Will the best candidate win or will their postcodes keep them in their place?

This vibrant, timely and touching new work, by award-winning playwright Ade Solanke, takes the pulse on coming-of-age in an increasingly divided city.

Ade Solanke's previous play, Pandora's Box, premiered at Arcola in 2012 and returned as part of a national tour in 2014. It was nominated for Best New Play in the OffWestEnd Theatre Awards and for the 2014 Nigeria Prize for Literature.

Written and directed by: Ade Solanke
Producer: Hannah Tookey
Casting Director: Caley Powell
Assistant Director: Maa Yarkor-Addo
Set and Costume Designer: Anna Lewis
Lighting Designer: Peter Small
Sound Designer: Tim Shaw
Stage Manager: Drew MacNeil
Jennie Eggleton
Alhaji Fofana
Ismail Kamara
Montana Mascoll

Join our exciting, FREE and inclusive workshops, offered with our new play, East End Boys, West End Girls.

You'll create your own work and learn new games and techniques, exploring the themes of the play using drama, writing, music and movement.

We'll look at topics such as:

Friendship/Loneliness when at school
Societal pressures / personal ambitions
Similarities / differences within class, race, postcodes.

We'll devise short performances to be shared with an audience of family and friends in the theatre space on the last day.

Facilitator: Maa Yarkor-Addo


10am-6pm, 7 days a week,
last entry 5:30pm

Admission is free to all our exhibitions.

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