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 on Saturday 27th July at Uniqlo’s flagship 311 Oxford Street store for a free printing workshop and complimentary drinks to celebrate the launch of Uniqlo’s Ukiyo-e UT collection. We’ve designed a workshop for the amazing brand and we are inviting YOU to join us!
Visit the 4th floor of Uniqlo’s flagship store to play and experiment with printmaking at a 30 minute hands-on workshop by Art Macabre, Originary Arts and Saki & Bitches. Choose from different block printing techniques to create your own unique design to take home. You can choose to draw your own print designs, play with ink and abstract patterns or layer up bold block shapes inspired by their range featuring traditional Japanese Ukiyo-e wood block designs.
Evolving from our support of the monthly Uniqlo Tate Lates at Tate Modern, Tate and Uniqlo have elaborated on our shared values through product collaborations and a Tate programme-led series of in-store events at Uniqlo’s flagship London store, always keeping art at the heart of everything we do. This workshop is part of our ongoing collaboration around the UNIQLO Tate Lates, where Art Macabre are frequent contributors.
The workshop will take place from 2pm – 6pm on the 27th of July. The event and printing workshops run for half an hour and are free of charge available on a drop in basis for each workshop session between 2-6pm. Attendees must be over the age of 18.
No booking required- Facebook event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/2137483789878081
To view Uniqlo’s full Ukiyo-e collection visit: http://bit.ly/Ukiyo-eUT
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)
With model HEATHER BANDENBURG aka RANA VENENOSA- Queen of the Sewer
Art Macabre return to the Book Club for a one-off summer sketching special! With an extra special model to capture in your doodles in the form of a pregnant wrestler...posing in costume and full nude in all her bumped glory.
Yep, you read it right. Where else will you get to sketch a pregnant Lucha Britannia wrestler on a Tuesday evening? Join us at The Book Club's basement bar to sketch Heather Bandenburg aka Rana Venenosa - "Queen of the Sewer". Not only is she a kick-ass Lucha wrestler but she also has a baby growing in her tummy and we expect some amazing poses to be drawn!
Rana Venenosa is resident femme fatale at the UK's only Lucha Libre wrestling show. Heather trains at the London School of Lucha Libre, amongst some of the craziest and warmest wrestling talent in the world. Forget GLOW - this is the REAL THING!
Heather is also author of the recently published 'Unladylike: A Grrl's Guide to Wrestling', with Unbound, the first book written about feminism and wrestling - it follows one unlikely woman's journey to becoming an infamous masked wrestler, and honestly retells the life lessons grappling teaches her on the way. And as it that weren't enough, Heather is also the founder and event producer for the incredible I Need to Cher nights. What a wonder woman! We can't wait to welcome her for her Art Macabre debut and see what poses she brings...to a soundtrack featuring a few Cher power ballads, no doubt.
Drawing materials and paper provided, thanks to GreatArt. Bring your favourite paints and inks if you'd like, there'll be tables and space to get messy/draw big!
TICKETS £12-£20 HERE
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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