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
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
Are you a young person who is interested in being part of an Art Macabre workshop? Now is your chance! We are delighted to be part of Wallace Youth organised ‘Late Knight’ event. Inspired by the Henry Moore ‘The Helmet Heads’ exhibition and the Wallace’s incredible permanent collection of armoury. An after-hours museum event, curated by Wallace Youth. Featuring metallic mask making, knight sculpture battles and us!
Collaborating with Wallace Youth group, young people aged 14-18years old are invited to take part in a mixed media life drawing workshop with us. Featuring costumed metallic armour fashion designs on our guest model Harriet Holt to a soundtrack curated by the young people involved.
A free, pre-Mothers’ day workshop with GreatArt! Who are your 'art mothers' and creative matriarchs? Celebrate the matriarchy and the inspiration women in your life in a pre-Mothers' Day mixed media workshop led by Art Macabre's Nikki Shaill. Using a mixture of embroidery and collage, create unique cards or artwork gifts to remember the inspirational women in your life or gift to them. Whether your mum/grandmother/fairy godmother/an inspirational aunt/ancestors/adopted matriarch figures/inspirational 'art mothers'; we'll take inspiration from women artists in our creations from Hannah Hoch and Lubaina Himid to Annegret Soltau. Feel free to bring along photos/photocopies of chosen women to incorporate into your creations and stitch over.
FREE. Drop-in workshop. Booking recommended. All genders and ages, aimed at adult participants. Families are free to bring along babies in arms and children, however please be aware that embroidery needles will be being used in this workshop so it may not be suitable for younger children to participate.
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