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 present a Future Figures themed event, featuring a duo of models wearing bespoke leather armour. Designed by LCF graduate Harriet Holt, these Carapace designs transform the women's bodies into futuristic warriors. With retro-futuristic influences, observe and sketch how the fetishistic fashion designs both restrict and emphasise the body's natural shapes. Meet The White Queen and draw her subject. This session will evoke knights, sci-fi and Metropolis. Unleash your sketching and fashion illustration skills and creativity.
There's nowt as queer as folk..Art Macabre return to host another life drawing event at Jimi Hendrix’s former flat! May Day flower power! Art Macabre presents a curious vision of the strange, surreal elements of British folk traditions and May Day parade rituals for you to sketch. Create colourful illustrations depicting our weird and wonderfully macabre May Day moments and model. A riot of colour, pattern and your chance to get creative with "death drawing" from observation and imagination! Materials sponsored by GreatArt.
Part of a wider programme of live folk music, performances and after-hours drinks in the museum. Limited spaces, first come first served as part of the wider Late event programme. Tickets see here £15
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)
PAST & CURRENT ART MACABRE PROJECTS
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