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
TUTTI FRUTTI LGBTQIA+ life drawing presents KATY JALILI!
Tutti Frutti offers a monthly portion of life drawing with a queer flavour. Everyone is welcome to enjoy sketching and collaging at this LGBTQIA+ inspired series of salons.
THIS MONTH'S MODEL is.... KATY JALILI (pronouns: they/them)
Katy Jalili (Katayoun Jalilipour) is a genderqueer Iranian born multidisciplinary artist, performer and writer. Katy’s performance work covers a variety of night club entertainment, comedy, cabaret and burlesque, live art and spoken word. Some have described Katy’s performances as provocative, terrifying, erotic, political and wickedly entertaining, whilst channelling the spirit of punk. They are the founder behind FemmiErrect, a club night dedicated to fighting femme erasure in queer spaces. They are also the co founder of Genderfvcker, a nonbinary drag competition started in 2018. Katy was named as one of the top 5 queer artists in 2017 by i-D.
Created and led by Aaron Jacob Jones (360 life drawing/artist) and Nikki Shaill (Art Macabre/Drawing Jukebox). Designed to celebrate all the fruits in the bowl! Expect a fruity cocktail of colourful styling, fashion, inspiring LGBTQIA+ models, fun tunes and drawing tuition.
Tuition on hand for those who fancy it. Complimentary drawing and collaging materials provided, thanks to sponsor GreatArt.
Photo credit: Noe Warren/KatyJalili
Calling all night owls and nocturnal occupants of London! Art Macabre are thrilled to be part of ‘London Nights Late: The London Night Council’. performances, live art, music, talks, and sideways opportunities to explore the capital after dark. The Night London Council, a fictional body representing those who live and work between sunset and sunrise, will introduce you denizens of the daytime to your nocturnal city.
Art Macabre will be bringing costumed models to be drawn, including the return of popular activist and model Jamie Windust plus a model captured by Damien Frost’s ‘Night Flowers’ photo series to sketch from life. The exhibition of photos ‘London Nights’ will be free to enjoy as part of this event.
Part of Museums at Night, explore the world that exists in London after dark. Find out more about the science of sleep, the psychology of night work, encounter nocturnal creature performances, printing workshops and visit the London Nights photography exhibition for free! Plus dance with office party style DJs into the night.
This event is FREE! Drop in drawing with us 7pm-9.30pm, with breaks, first come first serve. Materials thanks to GreatArt. The overall event goes on until late. Info here
Come and draw blood with our favourite teen TV idol Buffy Summers. Sketch the kick-ass protagonist and friends...Create some killer demon drawings and slay the forces of darkness with us through the power of the pencil. We'll summon up the most powerful poses for this Halloween supernatural spooktacular, gang!
Sip themed cocktails and poisons from the bar, including a delicious Bloody Mary or two. Enjoy a throwback to the 90s with a killer playlist of tunes to sketch to. Then stick around to watch a screening of 2 classic Buffy the Vampire Slayer TV show episodes back to back from 6pm onwards, followed by an after-party to shake your bones to and get your freak on from 8pm!
Drawing materials and paper provided thanks to sponsors GreatArt. Over 18s only.
*Entry to the screening and the after-party is free for those with tickets for this event. Priority for entry given with Art Macabre drawing ticket.
A FREE yes FREE sketching session for all ages! Ever wanted to bring your nan/children/baby sister along to Art Macabre? Now is your chance!
Art Macabre, purveyors of spooky themed sketching since 2009, present a family-friendly life drawing event this Halloween weekend. Sketch curious costumed characters posing on stage within Great Art’s store at this theatrical drawing event. Art Macabre will take inspiration from classic Halloween films from Tim Burton’s Edward Scissorhands to The Addams Family. With models Molly Beth and Drucilla!
Monsters and macabre characters to create in your imagination with Exquisite Corpse drawing challenges. Plus our duo of devilish characters to draw from observation! Get your sketch on to a suitably creepy soundtrack of tunes. Learn some drawing tricks and treat yourself to an afternoon of deathly drawing games and challenges.
All drawing materials and paper provided, thanks to Great Art. Just bring yourself and your friends, of all ages and drawing experience, for a fun creative afternoon. All ages welcome (children to be accompanied by adults, suitable for ages 5+). Tea and coffee provided in store too!
Tickets are free but need to be booked via GreatArt.
Do you dare to ascend the stairs and enter our drawing room for a sketchy séance? You are invited to East London’s first ever Sketchy Séance. Take your seat around the table, clear your mind of expectations and cynicism. Suspend your disbelief in your own drawing skills. Get ready, pencil and paper poised, to commune with a surprise guest spirit. A life model who no longer lives in our realm.
We cannot fully anticipate what the evening might hold. It cannot be foretold. You attend at your own risk. Will you feel moved to partake in automatic drawing? What messages and images might you draw from beyond the great beyond? Who might grace our stage with their ghostly presence to be captured in your sketches? Spirit sighting are not uncommon in Hackney, from Tudor ghosts at Sutton House nearby to strange encounters reported at twilight in the neighbouring church graveyard.
Penetrate the veil between the living world and those passed, as Halloween/Samhain approaches fast. Led by the medium-sized host and fan of nineties trance music, Art Macabre’s Raven Rouge.
Taking inspiration from the showmanship, the power of suggestion and stage craft of Victorian and Edwardian seances, Art Macabre presents a uniquely creative way to mark the occasion of Halloween.
Part of Handel & Hendrix Museum’s Halloween Late, join Art Macabre in Jimi Hendrix’s old flat for a night of psychedelic-inspired poster making! Take inspiration from our ‘Mother Nature’ model Zoe Reid posing on Hendrix’s bed and soak up the atmosphere, as spirits of musical legends past roam the house.
Take a trip back in time and commune with wild spirits of creativity as you listen to a soundtrack of psychedelic tunes. Express yourself in colourful designs to take home, on a night when the veil between worlds is at its thinnest.
Programme of music and performances taking place within the Museum throughout the night. Dressing up encouraged highly!
We are doing 2 events on actual Halloween eve this year, as usual! Art Macabre invite you to try your hand at DEATH DRAWING, at this drop-in event as part of The Last Tuesday Society’s Halloween Ball! A Danse Macabre. We are delighted to present models JUJU and CARMEN MON OXIDE posing and hosting this area. By invitation of Torture Garden, Art Macabre return to this All Hallow’s Eve event (it was the first late night ball we were part of many blood moons ago). Be sure to dress the part, as Daniel Lismore shall be costume judging and awards given! Featuring performances, DJs and installations as part of the Ball event. Tickets via Last Tuesday here.
We are excited to take to Richmond Art School for a session based on the incredible cult classic, The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Draw inspiration from the twisted cult classic - a perfect theme for this time of year. Featuring a macabre cast of misfits, you will be sketching the incredible characters of Frank, Magenta, and Columbia. All drawing materials and paper are provided thanks to sponsors GreatArt, but feel free to bring along your favourite inks/paints or pens too.
Enjoy listening to the fun soundtrack whilst you draw, and we challenge you to resist singing along too. Let's do the time warp again! Tickets £25 here via RHACC
Ooo la la! Lady Celeste invites you to sketch at her 1900s Parisian rooftop bar! "Draw me like one of your French girls!" Drink absinthe! See the green fairy! Sketch our stockinged muse, reclining on a chaise longue, as we conjure up the bohemian spirit of 1900s Montmartre. Accordions! Moulin Rouge! Toulouse Lautrec! Melted cheese delicacies, mulled port and cocktails available to indulge in around fires outside.
A salon inspired by classic artists/muses such as Kiki de Montparnasse. With readings of Parisian poetry and prose from the turn of the century and a romantic soundtrack to transport you to the streets of Paris.
Materials & paper provided, thanks to sponsor GreatArt. Over 18s only.
About our venue:
This winter, Queen of Hoxton invites you to step back in time to 1900s surrealist Paris. Join us as we enter a world of extremes, sit back and enjoy the glitz, glamour, romance and eye-popping excess of Lady Celeste’s.
With the help of festival production maestros Fables Creative, our cosy rooftop Wigwam will be transformed into a music hall hidden amongst the back-ally Bohemia of Montmartre. Sip on Tarte Tatin Rum in our den of debauchery, dripping in velvet drapes and complete with cabaret tables and curious characters. Warm up with Parisian spiked hot chocolate, a sharing fountain of Absinthe, or Mulled Port and Wine cocktails.
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