THE NUTCRACKER: FESTIVE SPECIAL
Dec
15
1:00 PM13:00

THE NUTCRACKER: FESTIVE SPECIAL

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.

TIX ADV £15 HERE

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FREUD & DALI! SURREALIST SKETCHING SPECIAL
Feb
13
7:00 PM19:00

FREUD & DALI! SURREALIST SKETCHING SPECIAL

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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SANTA BABY! XMAS KITSCH FESTIVE SPECIAL
Dec
10
7:00 PM19:00

SANTA BABY! XMAS KITSCH FESTIVE SPECIAL

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).

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SABRINA SPELLMAN! Chilling Adventures Theme
Nov
28
7:00 PM19:00

SABRINA SPELLMAN! Chilling Adventures Theme

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.

TIX £15 ADV or £20 on the door HERE

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.

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TUTTI FRUTTI 4: LGBTQIA+ DRAWING at Queen of Hoxton
Nov
21
7:00 PM19:00

TUTTI FRUTTI 4: LGBTQIA+ DRAWING at Queen of Hoxton

  • Queen of Hoxton - Basement Level (map)
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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

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PARIS! BOHEMIAN SALON THEME @ LADY CELESTE'S / SOLD OUT
Nov
11
1:00 PM13:00

PARIS! BOHEMIAN SALON THEME @ LADY CELESTE'S / SOLD OUT

Ooo la la! Lady Celeste invites you to sketch at her 1900s Parisian rooftop bar! "Draw me like one of your French girls!" Drink absinthe! See the green fairy! Sketch our stockinged muse, reclining on a chaise longue, as we conjure up the bohemian spirit of 1900s Montmartre. Accordions! Moulin Rouge! Toulouse Lautrec! Melted cheese delicacies, mulled port and cocktails available to indulge in around fires outside.

A salon inspired by classic artists/muses such as Kiki de Montparnasse. With readings of Parisian poetry and prose from the turn of the century and a romantic soundtrack to transport you to the streets of Paris.

Materials & paper provided, thanks to sponsor GreatArt. Over 18s only.

TIX £15 HERE

About our venue:

This winter, Queen of Hoxton invites you to step back in time to 1900s surrealist Paris. Join us as we enter a world of extremes, sit back and enjoy the glitz, glamour, romance and eye-popping excess of Lady Celeste’s.

With the help of festival production maestros Fables Creative, our cosy rooftop Wigwam will be transformed into a music hall hidden amongst the back-ally Bohemia of Montmartre. Sip on Tarte Tatin Rum in our den of debauchery, dripping in velvet drapes and complete with cabaret tables and curious characters. Warm up with Parisian spiked hot chocolate, a sharing fountain of Absinthe, or Mulled Port and Wine cocktails. 

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LAST TUESDAY SOCIETY'S HALLOWEEN BALL
Oct
31
9:30 PM21:30

LAST TUESDAY SOCIETY'S HALLOWEEN BALL

We are doing 2 events on actual Halloween eve this year, as usual! Art Macabre invite you to try your hand at DEATH DRAWING, at this drop-in event as part of The Last Tuesday Society’s Halloween Ball! A Danse Macabre. We are delighted to present models JUJU and CARMEN MON OXIDE posing and hosting this area. By invitation of Torture Garden, Art Macabre return to this All Hallow’s Eve event (it was the first late night ball we were part of many blood moons ago). Be sure to dress the part, as Daniel Lismore shall be costume judging and awards given! Featuring performances, DJs and installations as part of the Ball event. Tickets via Last Tuesday here.

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PSYCHEDELIC SAMHAIN @ JIMI HENDRIX'S FLAT
Oct
31
7:30 PM19:30

PSYCHEDELIC SAMHAIN @ JIMI HENDRIX'S FLAT

Part of Handel & Hendrix Museum’s Halloween Late, join Art Macabre in Jimi Hendrix’s old flat for a night of psychedelic-inspired poster making! Take inspiration from our ‘Mother Nature’ model Zoe Reid posing on Hendrix’s bed and soak up the atmosphere, as spirits of musical legends past roam the house.

Take a trip back in time and commune with wild spirits of creativity as you listen to a soundtrack of psychedelic tunes. Express yourself in colourful designs to take home, on a night when the veil between worlds is at its thinnest.

Programme of music and performances taking place within the Museum throughout the night. Dressing up encouraged highly!

Tickets £15 available via Handel & Hendrix Museum here

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A SKETCHY SEANCE: HALLOWEEN SPECIAL
Oct
29
7:00 PM19:00

A SKETCHY SEANCE: HALLOWEEN SPECIAL

Do you dare to ascend the stairs and enter our drawing room for a sketchy séance? You are invited to East London’s first ever Sketchy Séance. Take your seat around the table, clear your mind of expectations and cynicism. Suspend your disbelief in your own drawing skills. Get ready, pencil and paper poised, to commune with a surprise guest spirit. A life model who no longer lives in our realm.

We cannot fully anticipate what the evening might hold. It cannot be foretold. You attend at your own risk. Will you feel moved to partake in automatic drawing? What messages and images might you draw from beyond the great beyond? Who might grace our stage with their ghostly presence to be captured in your sketches? Spirit sighting are not uncommon in Hackney, from Tudor ghosts at Sutton House nearby to strange encounters reported at twilight in the neighbouring church graveyard. 
Penetrate the veil between the living world and those passed, as Halloween/Samhain approaches fast. Led by the medium-sized host and fan of nineties trance music, Art Macabre’s Raven Rouge.

Taking inspiration from the showmanship, the power of suggestion and stage craft of Victorian and Edwardian seances, Art Macabre presents a uniquely creative way to mark the occasion of Halloween.  

FULL INFORMATION & TICKETS £20 ADV (includes materials, paper and a drink of wine/beer/soft drink) 

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FAMILY FRIENDLY HALLOWEEN SPOOKY SKETCHING!
Oct
28
2:00 PM14:00

FAMILY FRIENDLY HALLOWEEN SPOOKY SKETCHING!

A FREE yes FREE sketching session for all ages! Ever wanted to bring your nan/children/baby sister along to Art Macabre? Now is your chance! 

Art Macabre, purveyors of spooky themed sketching since 2009, present a family-friendly life drawing event this Halloween weekend. Sketch curious costumed characters posing on stage within Great Art’s store at this theatrical drawing event. Art Macabre will take inspiration from classic Halloween films from Tim Burton’s Edward Scissorhands to The Addams Family.  With models Molly Beth and Drucilla! 

Monsters and macabre characters to create in your imagination with Exquisite Corpse drawing challenges. Plus our duo of devilish characters to draw from observation! Get your sketch on to a suitably creepy soundtrack of tunes. Learn some drawing tricks and treat yourself to an afternoon of deathly drawing games and challenges. 

All drawing materials and paper provided, thanks to Great Art. Just bring yourself and your friends, of all ages and drawing experience, for a fun creative afternoon. All ages welcome (children to be accompanied by adults, suitable for ages 5+). Tea and coffee provided in store too! 

Tickets are free but need to be booked via GreatArt. 

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BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER! SKETCH & TV SCREENING SPECIAL
Oct
27
4:00 PM16:00

BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER! SKETCH & TV SCREENING SPECIAL

Come and draw blood with our favourite teen TV idol Buffy Summers. Sketch the kick-ass protagonist and friends...Create some killer demon drawings and slay the forces of darkness with us through the power of the pencil. We'll summon up the most powerful poses for this Halloween supernatural spooktacular, gang!

Sip themed cocktails and poisons from the bar, including a delicious Bloody Mary or two. Enjoy a throwback to the 90s with a killer playlist of tunes to sketch to. Then stick around to watch a screening of 2 classic Buffy the Vampire Slayer TV show episodes back to back from 6pm onwards, followed by an after-party to shake your bones to and get your freak on from 8pm! 

TICKETS £15 ADV HERE

Drawing materials and paper provided thanks to sponsors GreatArt. Over 18s only.
*Entry to the screening and the after-party is free for those with tickets for this event. Priority for entry given with Art Macabre drawing ticket.

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MUSEUMS AT NIGHT: THE NIGHT LONDON COUNCIL
Oct
26
7:00 PM19:00

MUSEUMS AT NIGHT: THE NIGHT LONDON COUNCIL

Calling all night owls and nocturnal occupants of London! Art Macabre are thrilled to be part of ‘London Nights Late: The London Night Council’. performances, live art, music, talks, and sideways opportunities to explore the capital after dark. The Night London Council, a fictional body representing those who live and work between sunset and sunrise, will introduce you denizens of the daytime to your nocturnal city.

Art Macabre will be bringing costumed models to be drawn, including the return of popular activist and model Jamie Windust plus a model captured by Damien Frost’s ‘Night Flowers’ photo series to sketch from life. The exhibition of photos ‘London Nights’ will be free to enjoy as part of this event.

Part of Museums at Night, explore the world that exists in London after dark. Find out more about the science of sleep, the psychology of night work, encounter nocturnal creature performances, printing workshops and visit the London Nights photography exhibition for free! Plus dance with office party style DJs into the night.

This event is FREE! Drop in drawing with us 7pm-9.30pm, with breaks, first come first serve. Materials thanks to GreatArt. The overall event goes on until late. Info here

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TUTTI FRUTTI with KATY JALILI
Oct
24
7:00 PM19:00

TUTTI FRUTTI with KATY JALILI

TUTTI FRUTTI LGBTQIA+ life drawing presents KATY JALILI! 

Tutti Frutti offers a monthly portion of life drawing with a queer flavour. Everyone is welcome to enjoy sketching and collaging at this LGBTQIA+ inspired series of salons.

THIS MONTH'S MODEL is.... KATY JALILI (pronouns: they/them) 
Katy Jalili (Katayoun Jalilipour) is a genderqueer Iranian born multidisciplinary artist, performer and writer. Katy’s performance work covers a variety of night club entertainment, comedy, cabaret and burlesque, live art and spoken word. Some have described Katy’s performances as provocative, terrifying, erotic, political and wickedly entertaining, whilst channelling the spirit of punk. They are the founder behind FemmiErrect, a club night dedicated to fighting femme erasure in queer spaces. They are also the co founder of Genderfvcker, a nonbinary drag competition started in 2018. Katy was named as one of the top 5 queer artists in 2017 by i-D.
Created and led by Aaron Jacob Jones (360 life drawing/artist) and Nikki Shaill (Art Macabre/Drawing Jukebox). Designed to celebrate all the fruits in the bowl! Expect a fruity cocktail of colourful styling, fashion, inspiring LGBTQIA+ models, fun tunes and drawing tuition.

Tuition on hand for those who fancy it. Complimentary drawing and collaging materials provided, thanks to sponsor GreatArt. 

TICKETS £15 adv HERE

Photo credit: Noe Warren/KatyJalili

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RA LATE: COSMIC OCEAN
Oct
20
8:00 PM20:00

RA LATE: COSMIC OCEAN

A non-drawing event! Film and performance installation produced by Nikki Shaill and in collaboration with Art Macabre. We are so excited to be working with Shakaiah Perez to present this specially commissioned film/spoken word piece.

Join us for a special RA Late event celebrating contemporary Oceanic culture and the unique natural landscape of the pacific islands, from seas to skies.

Shakaiah Perez presents 'Exotic Savage: The Decolonisation', a new site-specific film installation

Shakaiah Perez is a multi-disciplinary artistsfrom New Zealand of Afro Polynesian descent who draws from her ethnic heritage, ancestral linkages and experiences as a woman of colour to create art.

This new multi-sensory artwork incorporates poetry, dance, film, installation and participatory performance art to weave together narratives of (de)colonialism while celebrating Perez’s layered heritage and the stories of those in her communities.

Part of a wider programme of installations, workshops and performances. See the link for all the info.Tickets via RA Lates here

Photo: Roymata Holmes/Shakaiah Perez (c)

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BAUHAUS BALLET with GREAT ART
Oct
4
6:00 PM18:00

BAUHAUS BALLET with GREAT ART

Art Macabre, London's purveyors of theatrical life drawing events, invite you to explore the theme of movement and dance in your sketches. Taking inspiration from the iconic Bauhaus ballet designs of the 1920s, draw our surreally costumed dancer as they pose on stage for you. 

The 'Triadic Ballet' became the most widely performed avant-garde artistic dances,also known as 'choreographed geometry'. A mixture of dynamic, slowly moving and still poses for you to create colourful and bold artworks. Sketch to the original soundtrack to this extraordinary dance designed Oskar Schlemmer. 

A unique sketching experience to take part in, sure to inspire some unusual artworks and shapes in your sketches and collages. 

Drawing and collaging materials will be available to use, thanks to GreatArt. All ages welcome.  Free! Tickets needed as spaces limited. Available soon via GreatArt.

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TUTTI FRUTTI with SADIE SINNER
Sep
26
7:00 PM19:00

TUTTI FRUTTI with SADIE SINNER

Our second event in the TUTTI FRUTTI LGBTQIA+ series. Model SADIE SINNER (The Cocoa Butter Club/UK Black Pride). Trust us, they will be a corker!

Tutti Frutti offers a monthly portion of life drawing with a queer flavour. Everyone is welcome to enjoy sketching and collaging at this LGBTQIA+ inspired series of salons.

MODEL: SADIE SINNER (UK Black Pride & The Cocoa Butter Club) Pronouns: she/her 
Sadie Sinner aka The Songbird is founder/Artistic Director of The Cocoa Butter Club. As a velvet-toned songbird or powerhouse of a host, “a bad girl with a good voice and a lot of loving to give…”, Sadie Sinner is a creative force! Founder and curator of The Cocoa Butter Club, Sadie performs a seamless repertoire bursting with the RnB, Blues, Jazz, Motown, Funk and Neo-soul that raised her. Sadie brings entire rooms to their feet- her vocals and vibe, compelling them to dance the night away! We cannot wait for her to model for us on stage and see what artwork she inspires.

Created and led by Aaron Jacob Jones (360 life drawing/artist) and Nikki Shaill (Art Macabre/Drawing Jukebox). Designed to celebrate all the fruits in the bowl! Expect a fruity cocktail of colourful styling, fashion, inspiring LGBTQIA+ models, fun tunes and drawing tuition.

Tuition on hand for those who fancy it. Complimentary drawing and collaging materials provided, thanks to sponsor GreatArt. 

TICKETS £15 adv HERE

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LINO CUT PRINTING WORKSHOP: BOTANICALS & NATURE THEME
Sep
15
2:00 PM14:00

LINO CUT PRINTING WORKSHOP: BOTANICALS & NATURE THEME

Join Art Macabre's Nikki Shaill for a lino cut printing workshop. Following the sell out success of our last workshops, design and create your own A4print/A5 prints (or repeat pattern wrapping paper).

A fantastically accessible workshop for beginners or those who want to print with others in a relaxed, fun environment.

You will create a design of your choice, inspired by our theme or of your choice. 
This workshop's design theme inspiration is taken from NATURE: Autumn Leaves, Botanicals, Succulents, Plants, Fruits and Vegetables. As the seasons change, we celebrate Harvest and turn to the natural world for our print design inspiration.

Whether you choose to print a pineapple or a pine cone, a pine tree or a pomegranate, play with patterns and shapes inspired by the natural world to create stamps and lino cuts to take home and use again.

All materials provided. Including colourful and gold inks to play with! You will create several practice prints and a final print on card or wrapping paper to take home.

Tickets £30 in adv here

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CUBIST MUSES
Sep
5
7:00 PM19:00

CUBIST MUSES

After a fantastic hit at Tate Late, Art Macabre bring their Picasso inspired living portrait model to The Book Club. Get your colourful and bold pastels, chalks and pens at the ready.

We launch our Autumn season with a bright and surreal CUBIST MUSES theme. Our fantastic model will become a living, breathing version of one of Picasso's portraits through bodypaint and makeup. Get ready for block colour and bold drawings to be inspired during this session.

Collaging materials also provided at this Cubist muses themed session. Longer poses will be held (with 2 twenty minute poses and then a 45 minute long pose) to allow for the detail and nature of capturing our living portrait model scene.  You are welcome to bring paints/inks or easels for this event. There will be table space for everyone.

Tickets £15/£10 (includes drawing materials, collage materials and paper thanks to GreatArt)

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ROMEO & JULIET: QUEER SHAKESPEARE
Aug
21
7:00 PM19:00

ROMEO & JULIET: QUEER SHAKESPEARE

Romance, tragedy, forbidden love and a classic story revisited through the Art Macabre lens.Sketch this Shakespearian tale with a queered contemporary vision. A theatrical and relaxed summer life drawing session.  Cocktails and foos available at the bar. Soundtrack of themed tunes playing throughout.

Tickets £15 here. Or £25 on the door/on the day.

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TUTTI FRUTTI: LGBTQIA+ FLAVOURED LIFE DRAWING
Aug
15
7:00 PM19:00

TUTTI FRUTTI: LGBTQIA+ FLAVOURED LIFE DRAWING

Tutti Frutti launch event! A fresh monthly portion of life drawing with a queer flavour. Everyone is welcome to enjoy sketching and collaging at this LGBTQIA+ inspired series of salons. With model JAMIE WINDUST at our first event!

Created and led by Aaron Jacob Jones (360 life drawing/artist) and Nikki Shaill (Art Macabre/Drawing Jukebox). Designed to celebrate all the fruits in the bowl! Expect a fruity cocktail of colourful styling, fashion, inspiring LGBTQIA+ models, fun tunes and drawing tuition.

Tuition on hand for those who fancy it. Complimentary drawing and collaging materials provided, thanks to GreatArt. LGBTQIA+ models.

OUR LAUNCH EVENT MODEL IS... 
JAMIE WINDUST (@leopardprintelephant) 
Non-binary activist, writer and model Jamie Windust is our debut model. Editor in chief of Award Winning Fruitcake magazine. The most colourful model we could think of to launch this series! We cannot wait to sketch them. Image credit: Jamie Windust @crumbagency and @poppymarriott__ (photographer)

OUR TUTTI FRUTTI VENUE is....
THE APPLE TREE 45 Mount Pleasant, London WC1X 0AE

A quirky, colourful LGBTQIA+ and alternative lifestyle friendly venue. Serving cocktails, vegan grub, beers and friendly queer vibes. They have rainbow stairs and gender-neutral toilets and were a brilliant match for Tutti Frutti events! Please note, the event takes place on the second floor up a set of stairs and there is no lift at this venue.

TICKETS £15 HERE

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SEASIDE RENDEZVOUS: CARRY ON SKETCHING!
Aug
8
7:00 PM19:00

SEASIDE RENDEZVOUS: CARRY ON SKETCHING!

Take a trip to the Great British seaside with us at this summer special! Summer Holidays special edition. A cheeky, camp and tongue-in-cheek themed life drawing trip. Carry On comedy classics meets Butlins holiday camp meets saucy vintage postcards. 

Model Sian Carousel will pose ready for the beach with co-model Latrice the Lobster inflatable! Giving cheesecake bikini poses with a contemporary response back to those 'saucy' fat-phobic and sexist vintage postcards by artists such as Bamforth. 

Grab a pina colada and a portion of chips at the bar, a bucket full of art supplies and CARRY ON SKETCHING with Art Macabre! 

Paper and drawing materials supplied thanks to our sponsor GreatArt. Over 18s only. 

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WILDERNESS FESTIVAL
Aug
3
to Aug 5

WILDERNESS FESTIVAL

We return to the wilderness...this time with three life drawing workshops across the weekend! Look out for us in the ART STUDIO presenting mythical monsters and mystics. Then an outdoor life drawing session shall see Worzel and Aunt Sally posing for your drawing pleasure! Relive that nostalgic childhood terror! 

Other festival highlights include Andrew Logan's Alternative Miss World Festival special and lots lots more! 

FULL FESTIVAL LINE UP AND TICKETS INFORMATION Workshops free to those with festival tickets

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RA SUMMER LATE: PLEASURE PALACE
Jul
21
7:30 PM19:30

RA SUMMER LATE: PLEASURE PALACE

The biggest and most exciting RA Late so far! To celebrate the Summer Exhibition and the opening of the sparkling new Royal Academy, this event promises to be a wonderland of creative participatory fun, magic and spectacle that we are thrilled to be part of once more. The programme is bursting at the seams and tickets are very nearly sold out!

As part of a modern pleasure garden theme, in the RA's recently reopened historic Life Drawing Room we shall present illicit sensual marionettes. A cheeky peepshow styled puppet show, revealing costumed and nude characters to be sketched across the night. Think Tim Walker meets Angela Carter.

Our friends at Wildlife Drawing are also offering the chance to sketch butterflies and bunnies too! So lots of drawing fun to be had across the event. 

FULL PROGRAMME AND TICKETS HERE

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CITADEL FESTIVAL
Jul
15
3:00 PM15:00

CITADEL FESTIVAL

We return for the 3rd year to Citadel Festival - this time in a new West London location in Gunnersbury Park. 

Sketch outdoors with us as we take our models alfresco to check some surprise characters. Part of a packed line up of performers and music taking place across the day!

 Festival ticket allows you to take part in our workshop free £49.50 for the whole festival day pass INFO AND FULL FESTIVAL LINE UP HERE

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CLOWNS! SUMMER IN THE SQUARE
Jul
14
12:00 PM12:00

CLOWNS! SUMMER IN THE SQUARE

Join us at this free community event! Sketch our clown model on stage, in a deckchair no less. Materials provided and paper. Just turn up and take part in a fun, relaxed summery sketching opportunity. 

This event is part of Summer in the Square - a free week long festival at Grosvenor Square. Other activities taking place across the day that we are happy to be part of!

FREE! All ages welcome to this costumed clown themed event. 

INFO HERE

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BY THE SEASIDE: PUNCH & JUDY
Jul
13
6:00 PM18:00

BY THE SEASIDE: PUNCH & JUDY

Our Punch & Judy marionette models are being revived, ready to pose this time at Dulwich Picture Gallery's Late: By The Seaside! Inspired by the Edward Bawden exhibition's depictions of the traditional British Seaside, sketch a life-size duo of puppets. Nostalgia with a creepy twist. With Carmen Mon Oxide, Punch, the baby, a crocodile and sausages to sketch! 

Outdoors in the beautiful gardens of Dulwich Picture Gallery (if the sun is shining)! Part of a gallery Late event that also includes exhibition entry, Mr Carradine's cockney singalong, a seaside themed soundscape, perfume scents, paper relief printing workshop and Eye magazine talk. Oh we do like to be beside the seaside...

TICKETS £12/£10 including all materials and entry to Edward Bawden exhibition

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BEAT THE BUGS! DISEASES DRAWING RCN LATE
Jul
2
7:00 PM19:00

BEAT THE BUGS! DISEASES DRAWING RCN LATE

Do you have a fascination with disease and the body? At this season's RCN Late, find out how quickly viruses can spread. Explore archive collections in hands-on discovery sessions, grab some pencils and paper for life drawing, play infection-spreading games and get crafty with quilt making. Plus, there’ll be a bar to keep your hydration levels up as you expose yourself to some of history’s deadliest diseases.

A Royal College of Nursing Late

Info and tickets here

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ALSO FESTIVAL
Jun
29
to Jul 1

ALSO FESTIVAL

Another festival season kicks off with ALSO! Also Festival, run by those wonderfully cerebral and creative folk at Salon London, is 'A Small Festival of Big Ideas'. Set in an idyllic lakeside setting in Warwickshire,  we shall be sharing the line-up with the likes of Phillipa Perry, Sarah Corbett, Jamie Bartlett and many more. Across the weekend we shall present two life drawing workshops for everyone attending to take part in:

THE QUANTUM LIFE DRAWING EXPERIMENT - a unique collaboration! The world premiere of quantum physics Art Macabre life drawing mashup with CERN scientist Prof Ben Allenach.

ART MACABRE'S PAPER THEATRE: THE TEMPEST Use your imagination to create fantastical costumes, accessories and props for our life models- all from paper! Dress our lifesize paper dolls and watch them create tableaux vivant inspired by the magic and drama of Shakespeare's The Tempest. You get to play theatre director, set designer and scenic artist! A family friendly, all ages creative workshop event. 

PLUS a DRESS YOURSELF IN FLOWERS workshop too! 

FULL FESTIVAL LINE UP AND INFORMATION HERE

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HEAVENLY BODIES VS HELLISH VISIONS
Jun
26
7:00 PM19:00

HEAVENLY BODIES VS HELLISH VISIONS

"The path to paradise begins in hell.” Dante

Art Macabre presents an event inspired by the iconography of religion and artistic visions of hell. A crying Madonna. With model AMY KINGSMILL.

Inspired by The Met's current exhibition (those Met Ball outfits!), Nikki's recent trip to Catholic churches in Portugal and Art Macabre eternal favourite Hieronymus Bosch. 

Expect smells and bells, ritualistic iconography and lots of GOLD. 

Tickets £15 adv, £20 on the door. Refreshments available from the bar. Tickets on sale here.

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FRIDA KAHLO
Jun
16
1:30 PM13:30

FRIDA KAHLO

Our now annual celebration of Frida Kahlo, one of the world's leading artists. To coincide with the opening week of the V&A's blockbuster Frida Kahlo exhibition, we present a life drawing exploration of the vision and legacy of Frida.

Explore her unique Surrealist vision of pain, pleasure and passion. We will have two models, posing as contrasting aspects of Frida Kahlo's character and viewpoint. Recreating some of her self-portraits and paintings with flesh, flora, fruit and skulls.

From "Exquisite Corpse" drawing game warm ups to collage materials available to capture the colourful expressiveness of her art, we will do our best to conjure up the weird and wonderful world of Frida Kahlo at this workshop.

Grab a mezcal from the bar upstairs and sketch to a soundtrack of Mexican folk, jazz beloved by her and mariachi music.

Limited spaces...this one will sell out, mark our words!

Basic drawing materials and paper provided, along with some collage materials. But feel free as ever to bring your own favourite supplies. TICKETS £15 adv HERE

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TATE LATE: PICASSO
May
25
6:00 PM18:00

TATE LATE: PICASSO

Join us at another free Uniqlo Tate Late for life drawing themed this time on...Pablo Picasso! 

May's Uniqlo Tate Late celebrates The EY Exhibition: Picasso 1932 – Love, Fame, Tragedy with a vibrant mix of art, music, film, drop-in workshops, pop-up talks and street food. We shall be bodypainting models Sol and Arran Shurvinton to transform them both into Picasso muses! 

A colourful, playful take on Picasso's iconic portraits created during this period. Take part in our drop-in workshop in the iconic TURBINE HALL! Anytime throughout the evening. Plus enjoy all else that is taking place across the event. No booking required. All ages welcome, including families. Materials and paper all provided.

FULL INFO AND PROGRAMME DETAILS HERE

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CIRCUS! WITH SMASHLYN MONROE!
May
19
1:30 PM13:30

CIRCUS! WITH SMASHLYN MONROE!

Roll up, roll up! Art Macabre returns to one of our all time favourite themes...the CIRCUS.

Celebrating the 250th anniversary of modern circus this year, plus inspired by the fun musical theatre of The Greatest Showman, we present a circus themed life drawing special on the death anniversary of PT Barnum.

With SMASHYLN MONROE modelling!

Ring mistress of the macabre Nikki Shaill shall oversee proceedings and host the greatest life drawing show in Shoreditch...Free popcorn and peanuts!

Tickets £15 HERE in advance or £20 on the door. Paper and basic materials available but feel free to bring your own markers/inks/favourite drawing tools. Cocktails and coffees available from the bar upstairs to bring down. Over 18s only.

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