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
Join us for one of our first events of 2019 at an event exploring the magic and myths of the moon. A theatrical life drawing event exploring legends and symbolism of the moon. Sketch lunar themed tableaux with our nude and head-dress bedecked performance-artist model Viva Lamore (fresh from New York City to our Shoreditch stage!). 2019 marks a year of celebrations marking a special year for lunar exploration and we kick off our new year of drawing events to contemplate and celebrate La Luna in all her glory!
Viva Lamore is a performance artist and artist model from New York City whose bump and grind comes with a twist. A teenage runaway, she lived in a cage in the basement of a theater and worked at Coney Island Sideshows by the Seashore as Blade Box Girl and Electric Girl
Sketch to a dreamy moonscape playlist and enjoy incense burning during the event to stimulate the senses. A 2.5 hour long event to allow you to relax into some longer poses and capture the scenes. Drawing materials and paper provided thanks to GreatArt.
SOLD OUT! Art Macabre return to run a special salon at another evening of RA Late’s series of after hours extravagant fun. This time celebrating two of our favourite artists, Klimt and Schiele, inspired by their exhibition at Royal Academy.
Join us for this one-off RA Late event as we recreate Vienna’s avant garde art scene within our historic town palace for a night of adventure and play. Think experimental cabarets, secret café societies, life drawing, film screenings, salons in decadent bourgeois drawing rooms, fashion shows, speakeasy bars and live music until late.
Ahead of Valentine's Day, Art Macabre presents a romantic vintage themed life drawing salon. The love of two clowns: Pierrot and Pierette! A sweet and tragic love story between two classic clowns in costumed and semi-nude poses on stage at the sumptuously red rooftop bar of Lady Celeste's. After a sell-out French themed salon last year, Art Macabre return to the vintage Paris themed venue for romantic theatrical special.
Sketch ruffles and pom poms, as we look at these classic clown characters and their love story. Expect magical gentle melodies with a French vintage chanteuse soundtrack to sketch to. Absinthe and cocktails available from the bar.
TICKETS £15 ADV here or £20 on the day/on the day if not sold out in advance.
SOLD OUT // Egg. Seed. Bulb. Flower. On Valentine’s eve, indulge yourself in a theatrical drawing date as Art Macabre explores the theme of Dali, Freud and narcissism. In response to Dali’s iconic painting ‘Metamorphosis of Narcissus’.
Art Macabre present a series of tableaux featuring nude models, creative installations within the museum’s rooms to sketch and draw from (including creating an intimate self portrait), and poetry. Inspired by the myth of Narcissus, we will explore through drawing themes of self-love, surrealism and psychoanalysis. An opportunity for self-reflection and creative exploration through sketching. An alternative to St Valentines, join us to explore the relationship between Dali and Freud and between you and your self in the unique setting of the Freud Museum.
All drawing materials and paper provided thanks to the support of GreatArt.
Part of an exciting series of talks and events which coincide with ‘Freud, Dali and the Metamorphosis of Narcissus’ on display the Museum from 3 October 2018 – 24 February 2019.
Entry to the museum and exhibition included in your ticket
TIX £17- £20 ON SALE NOW via Freud Museum here: https://www.freud.org.uk/event/art-macabre-surrealist-life-drawing-salon-self-love-reflection-and-sketching/
Rumour has it that John Ruskin was not enamored by the sight of pubic hair on a woman. Taking this infamous and controversial story as a playful starting point, Art Macabre and Two Temple Place present a theatrical life drawing salon that will celebrate and explore body hair and ‘feminine’ beauty standards. Sketch up close and carefully observe women’s bodies that challenge traditional beauty ideals and aesthetics in art. Apply the drawing techniques taught by Ruskin to carefully observe and render from life our models’ body hair and perfectly-imperfect body. Plus sketch items from the exhibition ‘The Power of Seeing’ and enjoy seeing the artwork with a glass of wine. Featuring model Francesca Cluney and her floor length hair!
£21.91 (includes booking fee) Ticket here https://twotempleplace.org/events/artmacabre-drawing-salon
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