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
Another portion of our sell-out series TUTTI FRUTTI, organised in collaboration with Aaron Jacob Jones! We move to a new venue QUEEN OF HOXTON in Shoreditch. Our model will pose on stage, under professional lighting, for the next in our LGBTQIA+ celebrating sketching salons.
MODEL TBA SOON
Our model will pose self-styled and selecting the soundtrack to allow you to get to know them through drawing their portrait.
Drinks and snacks served from the bar upstairs.
Over 18s only at this event. TIX £15 HERE ADV
We couldn't resist this theme! Art Macabre pays tribute to Sabrina Spellman the teenage witch and her chilling adventures in a themed life drawing event summoning up the spirit of her story!
Inspired by the recent series on Netflix and looking at the original comic books, join us to sketch Sabrina and her occult adventures. Indulge in some dark arts death drawing theatrical fun. Featuring models posing as Sabrina and Madam Satan plus special guest cameos...you'll have to wait and see who! Nude and costumed poses.
Come and sketch your own versions of this cult figure to create your own comic strip illustrations of her journey. Enjoy our spooky atmosphere in the basement of Queen of Hoxton in Shoreditch, with models posing on stage to a soundtrack of 1960's tunes and creepy classics.
Drawing materials and paper provided thanks to sponsor GreatArt. Over 18s only or over 16s if with an adult. Drinks and food available from the bar.
The Art Macabre Office Party is here! Join us for a festive special with a kitsch and vintage twist. Wear your finest retro Christmas look, grab a babycham at the bar and get ready to sketch some classic Christmas scenes!
Upstairs on stage at the wonderful Paper Dress Vintage store in central Hackney, sketch our vintage styled cheesecake posing model Tinsel Lambrini, as they trim the tree and sit on Santa’s knee! With a big wink and a cheeky nod to Gil Elvgren and vintage Christmas cards, as well as the most kitsch of album covers.
This is as close as Art Macabre shall get to an office Xmas party so friends old and new, join us for a Monday evening of festive tunes on the jukebox, a few naughty sherries and a mince pie or two. It’s Monday but IT IS NEARLY CHRISTMAS! Be a festive little devil and join us?
TICKETS £17 includes a drink (a glass of wine/beer/soft drink/cuppa) and all drawing materials and paper (thanks to Great Art).
A festive magical special! Featuring three models posing in The Nutcracker inspired tableaux to tell this classic tale with a queer twist!
We will have a dancer model posing en-pointe! Plus a wonderful sugar plum fairy, Drosselmeyer and some soldier action too. With models Mim, Mister Lucien and a new ballet dancer model too!
Sketch these visions of dancing fairies and characters within the woodland set of the Book Club’s basement bar. There will be twinkling lights and sweet treats! Plus sugar scented paper to draw on too to stimulate all the senses
Hear the original soundtrack plus some contemporary themed songs in the mix too…this is Art Macabre after all! Enjoy an alternative yet fantastical festive treat for yourself and friends, as a creative break from the Xmas shopping. Cocktails and snacks available upstairs at the bar.
All drawing materials and paper provided thanks to GreatArt. Over 18s only.
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/
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