CREAE’s students working on the installation of the Education Lab, which accompanies Christina Quarles’ exhibition ‘Come In From An Endless Place’. Photo: Daniel Schäfer

Celebrating a Third Season of Learning in Menorca

5 June 2023

Christina Quarles’ practice and the themes in her exhibition ‘Come In From An Endless Place' have been addressed by the Education Lab and a dedicated learning program, with over 5,000 participants

Throughout our third season in Menorca, we have welcomed over 5,000 participants to our Education Lab and dedicated learning program, exploring themes in Christina Quarles’ ‘Come In From An Endless Place’ as well as ‘After the Mediterranean,’ the outdoor works and surrounding nature.

This year, over 1,500 students from local schools have visited the exhibitions and engaged with the Education Lab, in addition to weekly family workshops and live drawing sessions for adults. The Education Lab provided a dedicated learning space which addressed Christina Quarles’ approach to the body and language, created in collaboration with 19 students from CREAE Espacio Creativo, a non-formal arts school in Mahon for drawing, painting and ceramics.

Visitors to the Education Lab accompanying Christina Quarles’ exhibition ‘Come In From An Endless Place.’ Photo: Daniel Schäfer

Participants engage in our family workshop. Photo: Daniel Schäfer

Responding to a selection of texts from the artist’s drawings and her use of stencil techniques, CREAE’s students created an installation of large canvases depicting body parts. The canvases hung from rails and are intertwined with pieces of tulle, which visitors can play with and move to view the students’ work through a different colored lens.

At an interactive station consisting of distorting mirrors, a felt board and colorful fabric cut-outs, the audience was invited to explore representations of their body. Finally, a selection of books discussing Quarles’ work as well as readings suggested by the artist offered visitors the opportunity to take a seat and read about her work and influences.

Participants engage in our Closing Day's live drawing workshop. Photo: Carlos Torrico

A life drawing session in the Education Lab, inspired by Christina Quarles’ exhibition ‘Come In From An Endless Place.’ Photo: Carlos Torrico

About the Education Lab

The Education Lab is part of Hauser & Wirth’s commitment to inclusive learning programs that instigate a dialogue between art, artists and diverse audiences. Located at our galleries in Menorca, Somerset and Downtown Los Angeles, as well as at Chillida Leku museum, each Education Lab is a collaboration with a local community group, school or university. The interactive spaces take their starting point from one of our international artists, facilitating a platform for discovery, discussion and additional learning resources. 

The first Education Lab was launched by Mark Bradford in relation to his inaugural exhibition in Menorca, when the artist led an art education residency and worked with students from Escola d’Art de Menorca, the local arts high school, to create an impressive installation. In 2022, following a residency call to post-graduate students, residents engaged 350 Menorcan learners for the Education Lab linked to Rashid Johnson’s exhibition. 

Since the launch in Menorca in 2021, over 11,000 learners have taken part in our learning events, including workshops, talks and visits in collaboration with local entities, as well as a dedicated program for primary and secondary schools.