‘Reflect Reconnect Renew’ 2022 exhibition at the Art Pavilion

The ‘Reflect – Reconnect – Renew’ exhibition will celebrate the artwork of local art students from 13 Tower Hamlet schools.  As part of the exhibition we will host a series of workshops to enable students to explore and experiment with new ideas and processes. The workshops will be delivered by selected artists and our partners, University of the Arts – Central Saints Martins; ‘A’ Team Arts Education; Bow Arts; Whitechapel Gallery; Chisenhale Gallery,  The Princes Trust and London Metropolitan University of Art, Architecture and Design, who will also have a presence at the exhibition. 

Alongside this, we will offer visitors the opportunity to capture memories and thoughts over the last two years as part of a live collaborative art piece. 

The Art Pavilion exhibition will run from Tuesday 22nd – Friday 31st March, opening times 11am-6pm on most days, with a Private View on Thursday 24th March 2022 4.30-7.30pm.

Exhibition launch date : Monday 14th June 2021 https://sites.google.com/view/creativedisruptions2021/home

THAT network London is proud to present a virtual summer exhibition of art students’ exceptional  artwork from GCSE, A level and KS3 students from across fourteen schools in Tower Hamlets.  The exhibition showcases work produced during an unprecedented year of blended learning. At a time when the world fell silent and the streets emptied, we went online and learned in different ways. 

We normally hold a physical exhibition of our students’ work but this year, like so many events, we have gone online and entered the virtual world. This is a great opportunity to explore and celebrate the creative output of Tower Hamlets students, who have managed to make some stunning work and rise to the challenge of working in unusual, difficult, and stressful times and conditions, showing the power of art and the necessity of creative outlets. Go to the exhibition website to be amazed, come away inspired. 

Over the course of a month, various workshops exploring interdisciplinary approaches and creative disruptions will be delivered by our partners and a selection of artists for students in our schools.

Creative Disruptions 2021 exhibition WEBSITE

With generous support from Tower Hamlets Arts and Music Education Service (THAMES), part of Tower Hamlets Council.  

Thank you to all our supporters University of the Arts Central Saint Martins, London Metropolitan University of Art, Architecture and Design, Bow ArtsRoyal Drawing School

Visual Thinking exhibition at the Art Pavilion Mile End

Art in the park, the ‘Visual Thinking‘ part 1 took place at the Art Pavilion, Mile End Park, 27th Feb – 9th March 2020.

The preview night, 27th Feb, was a vibrant and busy night showcasing an array of art from young people across the borough of Tower Hamlets in the stunning exhibition space. 13 secondary schools participated in the collaborative showcase.

The Visual Thinking project was generously supported by our partners University of the Arts-Central Saint Martins; ‘A’ Team Arts; Sir John Cass School of Art, Architecture and Design; RIBA; Whitechapel Gallery; Royal Drawing School; Bow Arts; Chisenhale Gallery, Auto Italia, Spotlight; and generously funded by THAMES (Tower Hamlets Arts and Music Education Services)



MP for Poplar and Limehouse, Apsana Begumphotograph by Andreas Lambishttps://www.andreaslambis.com/

Art Prizes

Judges Karen Brock MBE, Head of Tower Hamlets Arts and Music Education Service (THAMES); Andrew Stone, Head of School, Sir John Cass School fo Art, Architecture and Design and Michael Burkitt, Young Artist Programme Manager at The Royal Drawing School awarded four prizes.

Prizes were generously donated by Great Art https://www.greatart.co.uk/

First Prize was awarded to A level Art student Takir Hossain – Stepney Green School.

Second Prize was awarded to A level Art student Maxwell Akinbiyi – Bishop Challoner Catholic Federation of Schools.

There were two prizes for GCSE Art students:

Keefe Chong – Bow School

Guilly Uddin – Swanlea School

Poster prizes

4 poster prize students were awarded art goody bags from UAL – University of the Arts, Central Saint Martins and THAT (winners were selected by Berni Yates – UAL Insights-CSM).

Gold award winner went to Khadija Begum – St Paul’s Way Trust School.

Silver award winner went to Neha Ahmed – St Paul’s Way Trust School.

Bronze award winner went to Takir Hossain – Stepney Green school

Special mention winner went to Aisha Ahmed – Morpeth School

Preview night photographs by Andreas Lambis – https://www.andreaslambis.com/
University of the Arts:Central Saint Martins – UAL:CSM
Chisenhale Gallery
Whitechapel Gallery
Auto Italia
Royal Drawing School

Photographs by Andreas Lambis – https://www.andreaslambis.com/

Visual Thinking – Exhibition at the Art Pavilion, PV Thursday 27th Feb-9th March 2020 5-8pm

THAT network has organised a collaborative project titled: Visual Thinking Part I, involving the full range of visual art specialisms (textiles; photography; fine art; digital media and ceramics) with the focus on interdisciplinary approaches to creative thinking and how art education has a positive effect on students’ learning across the curriculum

For ‘Visual Thinking Part I’, THAT network’s art departments from 14 schools across Tower Hamlets will submit a range of artworks produced by all key stages in the various specialisms available at their particular school.

These outcomes will be exhibited at the Art Pavilion over two weeks Thursday 27th February – Sunday 8th March times 10.30-5.30pm and Monday 9th March 2020 10.30-2pm, launched with a Private View on Thursday 27th February 2020 5-8pm.

Over the course of two weeks, various workshops on creative thinking and interdisciplinary approaches, will be delivered by our partners for students and the local community in LBTH. In addition, all our creative partners (THAMES; Whitechapel Gallery; Chisenhale Gallery; The Royal Drawing School; Auto Italia; Bow Arts; UAL:Insights; ‘A’ Team Arts; The Cass School of Art, Architecture and Design; RIBA; Spotlight and Great Art,) will have an active presence at the event to showcase their organisation’s contribution to learning across the curriculum and engage with guests at the Private View.

Leiston Abbey – Artist-Teacher CPD

THAT Network offered a residential CPD 15-17th NOV 2019
for network teachers to take part in a variety of innovative Visual Thinking workshops to
inform their pedagogy, refresh their skills and revisit their creative practice. The weekend proved to be fun and inspirational weekend, where we as a group Connected Collaborated and Created. Thank you to THAMES for their support in making this happen!

A Discourse on Contemporary Drawing

THAT network presents a collaborative exhibition between art students and art teachers from across the borough of Tower Hamlets celebrating the practice of drawing. Alongside the show will run a series of workshops and seminars inquiring into various drawing methods for analysing the empirical, led by: UAL Insights, ‘A’ Team Arts, Royal Drawing School, Bow Arts, Chisenhale Gallery, Whitechapel Gallery and  Auto-Italia.

With generous support from Tower Hamlets Arts and Music Education Service (THAMES), part of Tower Hamlets Council.

Thank you to Great Art for their generous support.

The exhibition is at the Art Pavilion, Mile End Park, Clinton Road, E3 4QY from the 27th February 2019 – 4th March 2019.

Artist Teachers’ Residential CPD Weekend


THAT Network offered a residential CPD for Network teachers in November at Othona-Bradwell-on-Sea- to take part in a variety of innovative drawing workshops to inform their pedagogy, refresh their skills and revisit their creative practice. The work produced on this weekend will inform and develop further investigations into art practice and developed work will be exhibited alongside the artist students’ work at the Art Pavilion in February 2019.


Creative Pathways 2018 Review


Celebrating the creative arts within our schools and sixth forms in Tower Hamlets is at the top of the agenda for THAT Network; a collective group of artist teachers.

The message, creative arts are integral to our society and yes it is a viable career path; it generates £98 billions pounds – who knew?

Amid cuts to the arts and it being marginalised when it comes to options in many a school curricula, what better way to showcase the talent of students via an exhibition at the Arts Pavilion, Mile End and inspire future generations.

Ten participating schools within the Network selected students work who were studying either GCSE or A level art, graphic communication, photography or textiles alongside sketchbooks and prototypes. The work in the exhibition was ‘stunning and people need to see this’ as quoted by one Head Teacher, was one of many positive reactions heard throughout the week.

The private view, held on Thursday 22nd February 2018, with the show being open to the public from Wednesday 21st – 25th February and was a huge success with so many positive comments about the work and  the importance of showcasing and celebrating it within a community setting.

The exhibition was supported by partners and art organisations within the borough and further afield such as the Whitechapel Gallery, Chisenhale Gallery, Auto Italia, Bow Arts, UAL – Central St Martins and their student ambassadors who led workshops alone side ‘A’ Team Arts and THAMES, whose invaluable support has been integral to us creating and collaborating as a funded network.

Presentations from Whitechapel Art Gallery and from designer, Rahemur Rahman and artist, Ayo Akingbade (Chisenhale Gallery) who told their personal stories of how they followed their passions of being creative in school and pursued this to where they are now as designer/ lecturer and film maker was so inspiring to hear.

So what’s next? Another show, build upon the success of the last one and create more of a stir, reach out, agitate and wake people up to the amazing talent in the borough and wonderful opportunities that are available.

Tania Swift