Director: Trilby Lawlor MA

1995 – 2015
Art and design inset courses for teachers
Established inset course programme
Inset days in schools

2000- 2012
VLF after school art class for 24 gifted and interested KS2 children

The age limit was extended in 2005 to enable children to stay on in the class post-secondary transfer.

Class funded by the DfES Partners for Study Support, Sir John Cass’s Foundation, The Dame Alice Owen’s Foundation, and CEA Islington.

Trilby Lawlor established the first special class for gifted and interested primary aged children in 1981 for the Inner London Education Authority. The class ran until 1997.

2005 – 2010
Kings place – local environment project

Tracking the construction of a new central London building through art with seven local primary schools.

Kings Place is on the Regents Canal behind Kings Cross. It has two art galleries and two concert Halls and is the home of the Guardian Newspaper.

2008 – 2010

Kings Place – linking art and music 2008 – 2010

New art and design projects for local primary schools 2008-2010

Exhibition celebrating the opening of Kings Place. Kings Place 2007.

Kings Place projects funded by Parabola Land

2006 – 2010
London Gifted and Talented rolling programme

VLF in partnership with London Gifted and Talented (DfES)
Series of Art and Design teachers’ courses KS2 and KS3 British Museum, Victoria and Albert Museum, VLF base

One day G&T workshops for London children and their teachers at VLF.

VLF at Chelsea school of Art
L G & T Art and design summer schools for London primary and secondary children. Teachers’ courses for primary and secondary teachers.



LG&T Film Carnival of Birds, Teachers TV 2010

Building Works

Local environment sculpture project
Kings cross and st pancras redevelopment area

Class filmed drawing at the heritage Granary Building now the new
Central St Martin’s School of Art

Exhibition at the VLF opened by Margaret Hodge (Minister for Children)

Funded by Creative Partnerships 2003

2003 – 2006
VLF Developmental INSET Half termly art and design residencies in Islington Schools

Funded by The Cripplegate Foundation

1998 – 2005
Art Store 1
Channel 4 Learning

Series of five television programmes featuring the work of the Visual Learning Foundation

Nominated for an Royal Television Society award
Made by Twenty Twenty Television

Japan – ways of introducing children to Japanese art and culture through art education

VLF makes research visit to Japan in 1997
Ideas piloted in London Primary Schools 1998 – 2000
“Fans Screens and Neon Lights” EXHIBITION and Education programme Children’s art works inspired by Japan at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. July – September 2001.
Core education event of UK festival Japan 2001
Top prize awarded to VLF for promoting Japanese culture in the UK.
Japan Festival Awards 2001


Funded by The Daiwa Anglo Japanese Foundation, The Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation, and Japan 2001.

VLF exhibition at QCA Oct- Dec 2001
Japanese projects from Fans, Screens and Neon Lights

2000 – 2002
Art Present

Free package of art training for art co-ordinators
Funded by Crayola UK

2003 – 2004
Connecting with Collections

VLF Art and Design courses for teachers in 8 major museums in England
Including The British Museum, The Ashmolean Museum, The Yorkshire Sculpture Park, The Imperial War Museum, Royal Botanic Gardens Kew
Funded by Crayola UK

1998 – 1999
Art Start

Free package for 20 London primary schools
Free Art INSET days, free residencies, free art materials.
Funded by Crayola UK

PGCE art and design courses Institute of Education, University of London

Trilby Lawlor visiting tutor for the Primary Art and Design course 1995 – 1999.
Trilby Lawlor and Judy Cam planned and taught the Art and Design in the Early Years course at The Institute of Education 2000 – 2004

Masquerade – Schemes of work for art in the Primary School by Judy Cam, Ruth Elia, Trilby Lawlor

Arts Council of England 1998
Units of work exploring Afro Caribbean and European Masquerading traditions. Projects piloted with London Primary Schools.
Book available from VLF.

The figure in art in the primary school

Units of work in art and design
Exhibition 1999 at the VLF
Funded by The Arts Council of England


The Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation

Japan 2001

The DfES

The Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation

The Paul Hamlyn Foundation

Arts Council of England

The Sir John Cass’s Foundation

Crayola UK Ltd

Islington EAZ (EPIC)

CEA Islington Gifted and Talented

The Mercers’ Company

The Morris Charitable Trust

The Dame Alice Owen Foundation

Parabola Land