Art Macabre are a creative events company, injecting a lethal dose of curiosity and theatricality into drawing and mark making. Founded in 2010 and directed by events producer Nikki Shaill, over the past eight years Art Macabre has inspired thousands of participants to pick up a pencil and explore the darker side of arts. Imaginative themes, diverse models and subjects, unique locations and cultural collaborators set Art Macabre apart from your average life drawing experience.
Based in Hackney and Peckham, Art Macabre run events, exhibitions and workshops across the UK and beyond. From regular weekly weekend workshops in East London basement bars, to monthly collaborations with many the UK's top museums, galleries and heritage institutions' Late events, or special after-dark events in Victorian cemeteries, crypts or summer festival fields.
Want to find out more and get involved? Come along to one of our next events or get in touch to find out more. Art Macabre believe that everyone can enjoy drawing, sketching, doodling or scribbling given the right inspiration and encouragement. We strive to be body-positive, feminist, welcoming and inclusive in all that we do.
We are sponsored by GreatArt, partnering with us to make art accessible for all and encouraging everyone to get creative.
WHAT'S ON - UPCOMING EVENTS & PROJECTS
Art Macabre return to Tate Late, as part of the Late programme across the gallery after-hours. FREE, drop-in and no need to book to take part in our Russian Paper Theatre activities, inspired by artist Natalia Goncharova.
Find us in the iconic Turbine Hall to get creative making your own colourful paper costume designs, to dress our models in, inspired by classic Russian folk tales and design motifs. From firebirds to flowers, design and cut your own paper creations and props to add to our Paper Theatre scene!
For full programme and the other workshops, performances, art, music and talks taking place see here.
LGBTQIA+ Life Drawing - FREE & DROP IN. For all ages. Join us to sketch two diverse queer and trans models within the National Gallery! Yes, Tutti Frutti is back! Your favourite fruity queer life drawing salons return for a Pride in London special, part of National Gallery’s Pride and Joy festival weekend. Art Macabre’s Nikki Shaill collaborates with fellow queer artists Hybrid Desire (aka Lee Anderson) and Aaron Jacob Jones to relaunch this LGBTQIA+ focussed series of drawing. Celebrating self-styled, clothed models posing in response to some classic masterpiece paintings within the National Gallery. All drawing materials and paper provided.
Festival Life Drawing After Dark with Art Macabre. Part of Also Festival, free to ticketholders. See Also for details of programme and tickets.
Spotted bats? Post bat-walk, get creative with Art Macabre's chiroptera celebration. London's infamous purveyors of theatrical life drawing present costumed models, music and myth to inspire you to doodle and make macabre marks. Find out more about our favourite flying festival friends and their reputation in legend and popular culture, from comic to gothic, Dracula to B-movies. An after-dark intimate drawing salon, directed by Nikki Shaill and her curious camp of creatrix. All materials and paper provided, thanks to GreatArt. All ages welcome, features nudity.
Festival Life Drawing by the Lake with Art Macabre. Part of Also Festival, free to ticketholders. See Also for details of programme and tickets.
Our sirens and selkies invite you to come cavort with them by the lake. Capture these shape-shifting creatures in your drawings. A contemporary twist on the classics, be inspired by a poetic tableau of mythical muses in a unique setting. Art Macabre's theatrical life drawing salon welcomes everyone, of all ages and sketching confidence, to grab a pen and get creative with us. All materials and paper provided, thanks to GreatArt. Photo (c) RA Lates Glenn Jeffrey.
We return to one of our favourite summer festivals! Come sketch at Wilderness festival, in between dancing, lake swimming and filling your cup! This time, for our fifth year Wilderness festival, we will run several sessions across the weekend. Including family friendly outdoor life drawing workshops to late night LGBTQIA flavoured salons. The Art Macabre crew of curious characters can be found outdoors for some drawing in the wild for all ages in the afternoons. Plus we’re excited to be part of new venue House of Sublime, bringing Queer Life Drawing to the mix at an evening event.
Full programme and info on the festival here. Our events are free as part of the festival. See you there? Photo: Art Macabre at Wilderness 2017 (c)
Roll up, roll up! Art Macabre return for another excitingly themed RA Late event! This time, be transported to the bohemian decadence of 1890s Paris at our end-of-summer party. Think underground café societies, cabarets, can-can dancing, absinthe dens and palatial salons at this end-of-summer party at the RA, inspired by our exhibition, Félix Vallotton: Painter of Disquiet.
Our Twisted Circus Drawing Salon will celebrate Moulin Rouge! This spectacular, infamous dancehall opened in 1899 and offered a range of entertainments from circus troupes and clowns, to acrobats and tightrope walkers. The circus was considered a form of artistic expression in 19th-century Paris, offering inspiration for painters of the time.
At this theatrical life drawing class, Art Macabre invite you to draw contemporary circus acts that take inspiration from the Moulin Rouge’s characters and performers, celebrating the physical spectacle and creativity of the circus. Get ready to sketch circus folk! Tickets and more programme info here.
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