Studio Voltaire commissions a wide range of educational activities and projects working in collaboration with artists, local organisations, schools and community groups.

Closely integrated with the Exhibitions Programme, our Participation Programme often addresses notions of participation and collaboration. We have developed a strong track record of commissioning contemporary artists who work with people to produce collaborative and participatory works.

Recent examples include Sol Calero, Marvin Gaye Chetwynd, Ed Webb-Ingall and Rehana Zaman.

This programme aims to develop a closer relationship between the artist, the production of work and an active, contributing audience. Projects take place in the gallery as well as offsite.

If you would like to find out more or are interested in working in partnership with Studio Voltaire, please contact Laura Harford, Participation Programme Manager on or (0)207 622 1294.

Current Project

The Oscar Wilde Temple Arts Group

October 2018–March 2019

We are thrilled to partner with national LGBT youth homelessness charity The Albert Kennedy Trust, on a wide–reaching Participation Programme, offering a six month programme of workshops, events, mentoring and professional development for young people, in partnership with leading artists, writers and designers.

The Oscar Wilde Temple Arts Group is open to anyone aged 16-25 who identifies as LGBTQ. The group will draw inspiration from our current exhibition The Oscar Wilde Temple, by McDermott & McGough to explore queer and trans art history and politics, collaborating with artists to make your own work and take part in archive visits, events, workshops and mentoring.

The Autumn programme (October–December 2018) is led by prominent fashion designer Ashish, with artist Mark Amura. Renowned for his use of hand–embroidery, Ashish exuberantly mixes sportswear, high-octane glamour and intricate craftsmanship. He has designed outfits for a number high profile personalities including Beyonce, M.I.A and Madonna. Mark Amura is a printmaker and pattern designer, specialising in textile and graphic design.

Events in the Autumn programme:

Visit to the LGBTQ history collections at Bishopsgate library, Liverpool street (including material on activism, banners, t-shirts, club flyers and badges.)
Saturday 13 October, 2-4pm

Artist studio visit
Art, textiles and fashion workshop at Set, Bermondsey
Saturday 10 November, 2-5pm

Art, textiles and fashion workshop at Set, Bermondsey
Saturday 24 November, 2-5pm

Art, textiles and fashion workshop at Set, Bermondsey
Saturday 8 December, 2-5pm

Final event at The Oscar Wilde Temple: Studio Voltaire, Clapham
Friday 14 December, 6.30-8.30pm

The Winter programme (January–March 2019) will be hosted by writer and filmmaker Juliet Jacques. Jacques has published two books: Rayner Heppenstall: A Critical Study (Dalkey Archive, 2007) and Trans: A Memoir (Verso, 2015). Her short fiction, essays and criticism have appeared in Granta, The Guardian, The White Review, Sight & Sound, Filmwaves, Cineaste, Frieze, London Review of Books and many other publications and websites.

For more information on The Oscar Wilde Temple Arts Group please contact or call 0207 622 1294.

Selected Previous Projects

Ed Webb-Ingall, 'We have rather been invaded'

In 2016, Studio Voltaire commissioned British filmmaker Ed Webb-Ingall to undertake a project which looked at the impact and legacy of Section 28, partnering with the British Film Institute and METRO.

Webb-Ingall worked with a group of 15 LGBTQ+ young people to collate visual and textual material and collaboratively produce a new film, in response to the invasion of a broadcast of the BBC Six O’Clock news by four lesbians protesting against Section 28 in 1988.

Their research delved into queer archives, graphic and typographic design as well as performance and writing exercises, in order to create visual manifestations and interpretations to further their understanding and interpretation of the 1988 protest act. The resulting film explores the invasion and its representation as a form of collective action against Section 28. Elements of the resulting film were presented at Studio Voltaire during Sharon Hayes’ exhibition In My Little Corner of the World, Anyone Would Love You, 15 April–5 June 2016.

Not Our Class

Between Autumn 2011 and 2013 Studio Voltaire ran Not Our Class, a two-year pilot programme of educational and participatory projects, utilising both research and practice to investigate the legacy and potentials of the work of Jo Spence in relation to contemporary life and culture.

Through a series of commissions, offsite projects, workshops, public events and reading groups, situated within both Studio Voltaire’s neighbourhood and a wider contemporary art discourse, the programme explored the turn towards education and participation within contemporary art practice. Not Our Class had a multifarious span of activity, including new commissions by artists Marysia Lewandowska, working with the Jo Spence Memorial Archive, Rehana Zaman, working with King’s College Hospital and Body & Soul and the active participatory research group X Marks The Spot, originally based at Lambeth Women’s Project.

A series of workshops also took place between artist Conal McStravick and Intoart, and running parallel to all projects was a series of free reading groups, hosted in collaboration with Claire de Rouen Books and open to all.


Gallery tours

If you are from a community, school or college group and would like to tour the gallery or to talk about our education programme, please contact Laura Harford, Participation Programme Manager on or (0)207 622 1294.