GRAD welcomes educational collaborations

Through our international programme, we aim to share our specialist knowledge in ways that capture the imagination, inspire creativity and spark new ideas. Our visitors and participants have included secondary schools, undergraduate students and adult learners from as far afield as Moscow, Boston or Ghent. Our programme can support a wide-range of disciplines and we have welcomed students of art history, graphic design, sculpture, film, media and many other related fields. If you would like to discuss educational collaborations, please contact our Learning team:

Educational visits to GRAD Gallery are free.

Please note we have a range of digital resources to support your teaching around our programme.


We are pleased to announce a series of talks, Roaring 1920s in Russia: Art, Design, Architecture organised in collaboration with Dorich House Museum.

The era of the New Economic Policy (NEP), from the end of the Russian Civil War in 1921 to the onslaught of collectivization and rapid industrialization in 1929, was a time of transition from what tsarist Russia had been to what Soviet Russia would become. It was a short period when Russians were given some 'breathing space', when starvation and shortages were replaced by a free market economy and a jazz age splashed onto the streets of the Russian cities.

Three lectures, held in the most remarkable art deco house in London, which was built in 1930s as a studio home of the Russian sculptor Dora Gordine and her husband the Hon. Richard Hare, will discuss innovative Russian architecture which thrived in the 1920s, Soviet film which became one of the most popular forms of entertainment, and fashion which was given a new lease of life at the time when women wanted to look beautiful again.

15 February
Professor Ian Christie Making the movies Soviet: new direction in 1920s Russian film

Ian Christie is Anniversary Professor of Film and Media History, Birkbeck College, University of London, and Fellow of the British Academy. Co-curator of the GRAD exhibition Unexpected Eisenstein, he also co-curated Eisenstein: His Life and Art, (Oxford Museum of Modern Art/Hayward Gallery, 1988), and co-edited Eisenstein Rediscovered (1993) and The Film Factory: Russian and Soviet Cinema in Documents, 1896-1939 (1988), both with Richard Taylor.

1 March
Dr Djurdja Bartlett Soviet Fashion in the 1920s: Fusion of socialism and Art Deco

Dr Djurdja Bartlett is Reader in Histories and Cultures of Fashion at the London College of Fashion, University of the Arts London. Bartlett is author of Fashion East: The Spectre That Haunted Socialism (MIT Press, 2010) and editor of the volume on East Europe, Russia and the Caucasus in the Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion (2010). Bartlett’s new monograph European Fashion Histories: Style, Society and Politics (Bloomsbury Academic, 2019) has been funded by an Arts and Humanities Research Council Fellowship grant. Bartlett is also editor of a book on Fashion and Politics (Yale University Press, 2019).

22 March
Professor Christina Lodder New Buildings for a New Society

Christina Lodder is Professor of Art History at the University of Kent, President of the Malevich Society and a Co-Editor in Chief of Brill’s new series on Russian History and Culture. The main focus of her research is the art of the Russian avant-garde of the 1910s and 1920s, with a particular interest in Constructivism, extending into International Constructivism, and design. Her numerous publications include Russian Constructivism (1983); Constructing Modernity: The Art and Career of Naum Gabo( (2000, with Martin Hammer); Gabo on Gabo: Texts and Interviews ( (2000, co-edited with Martin Hammer); Constructive Strands in Russian Art ( (2005) and a translation of and introduction to Aleksei Gan’s seminal text, Constructivism( (2013).

All lectures will be pre-seeded by the tour of the house which will start at 6.30pm. Lectures will start at 7pm.

The price (£8 and £6 concessions) includes tour of the house (usual price £5), a glass of wine and a lecture.

The address is: Dorich House Museum, 67 Kingston Vale, London SW15 3RN

Please ensure that you book tickets in advance as places are limited.



GRAD’s innovative learning programme brings new insights into Russian art, design and culture in ways that capture the imagination, inspire creativity and spark new ideas. We aim to make our gallery and its exhibitions accessible to all. In addition, our online resources offer support for your teaching around our exhibitions.

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“On behalf of myself and all my students I want to say a massive thank you for making Friday’s visit to GRAD such an engaging, informative and enjoyable experience. Your talk was very enlightening and several of my students have already told me how much they enjoyed it. So thank you again so much for your time and efforts – which are hugely appreciated. I know my students have benefitted greatly from this. I hope we may be able to visit GRAD again at some point in the not too distant future.”

Senior Lecturer, Bristol University

“We were all impressed and very much enjoyed your exhibition, which was especially pertinent as [the students] had just been researching Russian Constructivism and had put together their own proposals for an exhibition.
Your comments and insights about your experiences working as a curator at GRAD, and in particular the issues involved working with institutions outside the UK and focusing on Russia, were particularly interesting to everyone. They really value such practical information. There were also quite a few comments made by the curators about your attention to detail in the displays and in the appeal of the overall exhibition design. You have held some fascinating exhibitions so far […] and it will be interesting to see how you transform the gallery space with your next exhibitions.
Thank you again for talking to us and we look forward to visiting you again”

Visiting tutor, MA Curating Contemporary Design, Kingston University

“The final session at GRAD was just brilliant. Knowing the students who came, I think you reached some who really needed that experience, and they certainly got a great deal from it.”

Team Leader of Visual Arts, City and Islington College