CAMP VAMP BLOOD BATH with Mynxie Monroe
Feb
3
1:00 PM13:00

CAMP VAMP BLOOD BATH with Mynxie Monroe

Art Macabre kicks off 2018 with a death drawing gore galore special! Think Hammer Horror and B-movie blood bath meets 21st century fetish model fabulousness. Count Campula herself MYNXIE MONROE shall pose in her vampire lair. A camp vamp edition, injecting a lethal dose of the macabre into life drawing.

Tickets £15 adv or £20 on the door. Paper and drawing materials provided. Bring your red pens or ink to draw blood with you though! 

Photo credits: Mynxie Monroe by Magnus Hastings/ Corinne Cumming /George E. Gibson (c)

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NATURE MORTE: MEMENTO MORI COLLAGES
Feb
16
7:00 PM19:00

NATURE MORTE: MEMENTO MORI COLLAGES

Express your humanity with London’s purveyors of death-positive creativity Art Macabre and create your own unique memento mori collage. Be inspired by a contemporary twist on traditional a still life, with objects from fruit and bones to symbols of modern life. Look death in the face and create designs that reflects your own mortality.

Reject valentines and celebrate something we all have in common: life and death. Join Art Macabre at Guildhall Art Gallery for a night of music, art, taxidermy, drawing, and cocktails and explore the themes of still life, inspired by exhibition Nature Morte. Tours will also take place giving you a chance to hear from the artists and curators themselves, whilst DJ Museum of Vinyl will provide the soundtrack to the night, with a playlist inspired by life and death. Still life cocktails will also be on offer. Alongside the main exhibition, enjoy a variety of events that complement the themes on display.

TICKETS £15 via Guildhall Art Gallery here.

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TIL DEATH US DO PART: GOTHIC BRIDES
Feb
17
2:00 PM14:00

TIL DEATH US DO PART: GOTHIC BRIDES

Romance is dead. We cordially invite you to a white wedding with a difference post-Valentine's Day. Sketch our drop dead gorgeous brides, drawn straight from classic horror films. A heart macabre special. Bring a lover or come alone, bring an ex you want to hex, or invite someone you're hoping to have sketchual chemistry with...

TICKETS: Double deal - two tickets for £25 adv. £15 single ticket adv. £20 each on the door. 

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RA LATE: MASQUE PAPER THEATRE
Mar
3
7:30 PM19:30

RA LATE: MASQUE PAPER THEATRE

Join Art Macabre at a special RA Late event, this time exploring the decadence and drama of Charles I's royal Masques. The RA will become the King’s Whitehall Palace for the night, hosting dancing and extravagant feasts for a decadent night of courtly ritual.

Think spectacular Inigo Jones-inspired courtly masques, royal portraiture and political gossip in the Privy Lodgings, as the RA is transformed for a night of art, music, immersive experiences and creative activities.

Art Macabre presents a life-sized paper theatre, inviting you to clothe our models with your own paper drawings and designs. Think like Inigo Jones and sketch sumptuous costumes for our life models to wear. 

Tickets via RA Lates. 

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CELESTIAL BODIES: ASTROLOGY
Apr
19
7:00 PM19:00

CELESTIAL BODIES: ASTROLOGY

Back by popular demand, Art Macabre curate an evening of celestial life drawing in the Painted Hall.

Sketch live models and details from the ceiling as we take you on a journey of celestial discovery. Enjoy a dreamy soundtrack whilst sketching celestial bodies and myths of the sun, moon, stars and zodiacs.

Seating will be provided but for the best view of the ceiling feel free to bring a cushion, yoga mat or sleeping bag to lie back and enjoy the view. All drawing materials and paper included.

The observation deck is accessed via 67 steps. Please wear comfy shoes and avoid high heels for this event. Lift access is available but must be pre-booked by calling 020 8269 4799 or emailing access@ornc.org.

Tickets via Old Royal Naval College £22/£25 BOOK HERE

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ROCKY HORROR SKETCH SHOW!
Nov
25
2:00 PM14:00

ROCKY HORROR SKETCH SHOW!

Art Macabre finally tackles cult classic ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW! This one is set to be fun. Come sketch the key characters from the film and stage show. A sweet transvestite themed extravaganza with multiple models and the soundtrack blasted out.

Featuring MISTER LUCIAN as Frankenfurter!  SCARLETT O'HORA as Magenta!  SIAN CAROUSEL as Columbia!Get your fishnets and red lipstick at the ready!

TICKETS £15 ADV HERE

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MEMENTO MORI COLLAGES - DULWICH PICTURE GALLERY LATE
Nov
3
6:00 PM18:00

MEMENTO MORI COLLAGES - DULWICH PICTURE GALLERY LATE

DIY Memento Mori and Vanitas Collages with Art Macabre

Part of Gallery Lates: Death: A Portrait at Dulwich Picture Gallery. Remember remember that you too will die. Create your own contemporary twist on traditional memento mori with Art Macabre. Take a moment to reflect on your mortality and what matters in life to you. Cut and paste imagery to design your own personalised pictorial reminder of life, death and the passing of time. A drop-in workshop led by Art Macabre's director Nikki Shaill and team.

Full programme and tickets here £12/£10

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DRAWN AT THE TOWER: WOMEN & WITCHCRAFT
Oct
30
6:30 PM18:30

DRAWN AT THE TOWER: WOMEN & WITCHCRAFT

This Halloween, explore the dark arts through women, politics and propaganda at the Tower of London. Sketch dramatic costumed figures in the Medieval Palace.

Under the watchful eye of guest artist Matt Valentine be inspired by 16th Century woodcut illustrations depicting witch rituals. Be prepared to be put under a spell as you experience the eerie atmosphere of the Tower at night. With model Amy Kingsmill as one of our witches.

This popular creative collaboration between Historic Royal Palaces and Art Macabre returns to the Tower of London, inviting adults of all abilities to use drawing to explore stories from the Tower’s remarkable 1,000 year history. Photo: Farida Yesmin's sketch.

Information and tickets via HRP here. Tickets from £22.50-£25.

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HOCUS POCUS HALLOWEEN LIFE DRAWING & FILM SCREENING!
Oct
28
4:30 PM16:30

HOCUS POCUS HALLOWEEN LIFE DRAWING & FILM SCREENING!

Art Macabre and The Book Club present a HALLOWEEN SPECIAL! 
HOCUS POCUS themed life drawing session plus film screening (included post-drawing in the ticket price) & after party 

Sketch the Sanderson sisters with us! A magickal macabre mark making special, celebrating our favourite childhood classic Halloween movie.

With a trio of fantastical models channeling the spirits of these witchy legends, including MOLLY BETH MOROSSA as Sarah. Draw to a soundtrack of Halloween classic bewitching tunes. 

Choose to stick around post-drawing for a fun screening of the full film at the venue and themed cocktails available from the bar. Fancy dress encouraged!

TICKETS £15 adv here

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RA LATES: MANHATTAN STUDIO PARTY
Oct
21
7:00 PM19:00

RA LATES: MANHATTAN STUDIO PARTY

Come celebrate the experimental, avant-garde New York art scene in the ‘60s and ‘70s.  

Experience a night in Lower Manhattan and discover experimental artist studios, creative activities, talks, film screenings and secret bars, then dance until late to live bands and DJs.We take inspiration from Jasper Johns’s notable collaborations with Merce Cunningham, John Cage, Andy Warhol and Bruce Nauman, who epitomise the avant-garde scene through their developments in choreography, composition, performance and art.

Think fluxus festivals, early conceptual art, experimental compositions, modern dance performances and happenings. A drop-in drawing event with Art Macabre, open to all ticketholders to the rest of the event.

BOOK TICKETS FOR RA LATES HERE

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DRAWING BLOOD: LIFE UNCUT
Oct
19
7:00 PM19:00

DRAWING BLOOD: LIFE UNCUT

PART OF LIFE UNCUT festival with Science Gallery.

In this live art life drawing session, Art Macabre invite you to explore the taboos associated with blood, pain and endurance. Learn about the history of socially sanctioned and pathological models of blood and bleeding in an introduction by historian of medicine Sarah Chaney, before witnessing a performance of ‘Bloom’ by artist Amy Kingsmill, in which the artist pins white rose petals to her face with hypodermic needles. While drawing or writing poses from this slow motion work, viewers will be asked to consider the potential beauty in sacrifice, and the full spectrum of feeling associated with extreme endurance. Followed by the opportunity to share creative responses and discussion with the artist Amy Kingsmill and Sarah Chaney.

#BLOOD17

Find out more about the BLOOD: Life Uncut season at london.sciencegallery.com/blood.

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STEPHEN KING SPOOKTACULAR
Oct
7
2:00 PM14:00

STEPHEN KING SPOOKTACULAR

A Stephen King inspired special edition!

Sketch Pennywise and Carrie, plus perhaps a few surprise guests, at our STEPHEN KING tribute special. Ahead of Halloween, get into the spooky spirit as we celebrate the classic and cult horror imagery of Stephen King's IT and Carrie. Inspired by recent film adaptations and classics alike, pick up your red pencil and inks and capture these creepy characters and scenes in your sketches. 

Models will pose in character costumed,nude and rather a lot of fake blood. For the brave only! An atmospheric soundtrack to sketch to. Not suitable for under 18s, coulrophobias or scaredy cats. Drawing materials and pencils provided. Bring your red pens!

TICKETS £15 ADVANCED / £20 on the door or the day. BOOK HERE

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TWIN PEAKS FESTIVAL
Oct
7
to Oct 8

TWIN PEAKS FESTIVAL

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Art Macabre will revive our sell out Twin Peaks themed death drawing salons as part of TWIN PEAKS FESTIVAL this October. A must for any Twin Peaks fans, as part of the festival weekend ticketholders can draw iconic scenes and characters from the cult series.  Led by graphic artist Jon Attfield, an hour long drawing event will take place on both the Saturday and Sunday. Ticketholders can register in advance via email to lindsey@twinpeaksukfest.com

More information about the whole festival and festival tickets here

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DEATH AND THE MAIDEN
Sep
16
2:00 PM14:00

DEATH AND THE MAIDEN

Art Macabre takes inspiration from expiration. A classic death drawing salon.  Create portraits of life and death together. Sketch a skeleton posing with a nude human figure, as they dance the danse macabre together. Flesh and bone.

Tableaux inspired by classic 'death and the maiden' imagery from Franz Fiedler to Klimt and Maria Abramovic. This event will feature some longer poses for you to capture the serene and poetic tableaux. 

TICKETS £15 in adv, £20 on the door. Book here

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KEW AFTER HOURS: THE HIVE
Aug
31
7:00 PM19:00

KEW AFTER HOURS: THE HIVE

Art Macabre are buzzing to be collaborating with Royal Botanic Gardens Kew. As part of their The Hive After Hours events, exploring pollination and the power of bees based around the installation in the gardens. We will be part of a wider series of activities exploring themes of the bees and pollination. Tickets include a chance to see the Hive at dusk, honey tasting, talks and more. Come and sketch our models posing as larger than life flowers and bees! Featuring models Antonia Forster and Marnie Scarlet (photo by Peter Diablow- DarkMindedAngels).

TICKETS FOR THE HIVE (which includes participation in our sessions) here

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CEMETERY SKETCHING: SHUFFLE FESTIVAL
Aug
27
2:00 PM14:00

CEMETERY SKETCHING: SHUFFLE FESTIVAL

Join Art Macabre as we take death drawing to a Victorian cemetery. Sketch outdoors in the beautiful historic surroundings of graves, trees, ivy and angel architecture. Draw upon the rich history of the living and the dead that exists at Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park. 

Part of Shuffle Festival - an annual celebration of Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park, founded by Danny Boyle and team.

MORE INFO & BOOK TICKETS HERE: £17 adv tickets, £10 concession price for E3 residents. £25 on the day/on the door. 

Photo: Art Macabre at Shuffle Festival 2016 & 2014. Featuring previous models Maya, Lili and Ava.

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KEW AFTER HOURS: THE HIVE
Aug
24
7:00 PM19:00

KEW AFTER HOURS: THE HIVE

Art Macabre are buzzing to be collaborating with Royal Botanic Gardens Kew. As part of their The Hive After Hours events, exploring pollination and the power of bees based around the installation in the gardens. We will be part of a wider series of activities exploring themes of the bees and pollination. Tickets include a chance to see the Hive at dusk, honey tasting, talks and more. Come and sketch our models posing as larger than life flowers and bees! Featuring models Antonia Forster and Marnie Scarlet.

TICKETS FOR THE HIVE (which includes participation in our sessions) here

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KEW AFTER HOURS: THE HIVE
Aug
23
7:00 PM19:00

KEW AFTER HOURS: THE HIVE

Art Macabre are buzzing to be collaborating with Royal Botanic Gardens Kew. As part of their The Hive After Hours events, exploring pollination and the power of bees based around the installation in the gardens. We will be part of a wider series of activities exploring themes of the bees and pollination. Tickets include a chance to see the Hive at dusk, honey tasting, talks and more. Come and sketch our models posing as larger than life flowers and bees! Featuring models Antonia Forster and Marnie Scarlet (photo by Peter Diablow- DarkMindedAngels).

TICKETS FOR THE HIVE (which includes participation in our sessions) here

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RA LATES: THE OTHER PARADISE MERMAIDS
Aug
19
7:00 PM19:00

RA LATES: THE OTHER PARADISE MERMAIDS

Mermaid drawing as part of RA Late's Other Paradise summer extravaganza. Sketch sinister sirens and creatures of the deep with Art Macabre.  Capture these inked figures in your drawings, before their shoreleave ends and they turn to foam back to the sea. Enjoy an atmospheric soundtrack of tropical underwater tunes as you draw our strange sea-dwelling pair. Plus dare to strike a pose in our shell onstage and become a Venus-like muse for a minute. Features nudity. Models Elly and Matt. 

Drop in drawing with a ticket for RA Late overall event. Tickets for entry to the whole event here via Royal Academy.

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RA LATE: COLLAGE CLUB x ART MACABRE
Aug
19
7:00 PM19:00

RA LATE: COLLAGE CLUB x ART MACABRE

Art Macabre collaborate with Collage Club for a cut and paste Matisse's studio inspired special. Decorate a wall of the Royal Academy with your own colourful collage creations. Collage Club encourage fun with textures, papers and shapes at their London-based sociable workshops. Now we are working with them at a drop-in collage workshop as part of  RA Late: The Other Paradise. Part of a wider event, where lots of fantastic activities will take place. Including mermaid life drawing with us in a yurt too!

Drop in drawing with a ticket for RA Late overall event. Tickets for entry to the whole event here via Royal Academy.

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KEW AFTER HOURS: THE HIVE
Aug
17
7:00 PM19:00

KEW AFTER HOURS: THE HIVE

Art Macabre are buzzing to be collaborating with Royal Botanic Gardens Kew. As part of their The Hive After Hours events, exploring pollination and the power of bees based around the installation within the gardens. We will be part of a wider series of activities exploring themes of the bees and pollination. Tickets include a chance to see the Hive at dusk, honey tasting, talks and more. Come and sketch our models posing as larger than life flowers and bees! Featuring models Cecilia Bailey (photo Jane Philips) and Marnie Scarlet.

TICKETS FOR THE HIVE (which includes participation in our sessions) here

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KEW AFTER HOURS: THE HIVE
Aug
16
7:00 PM19:00

KEW AFTER HOURS: THE HIVE

Art Macabre are buzzing to be collaborating with Royal Botanic Gardens Kew. As part of their The Hive After Hours events, exploring pollination and the power of bees based around the installation within the gardens. We will be part of a wider series of activities exploring themes of the bees and pollination. Tickets include a chance to see the Hive at dusk, honey tasting, talks and more. Come and sketch our models posing as larger than life flowers and bees! Featuring models Antonia Forster and Marnie Scarlet (photo by Peter Diablow- DarkMindedAngels).

TICKETS FOR THE HIVE (which includes participation in our sessions) here

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LONDON LOOM X ART MACABRE: FRIDA KAHLO HEADDRESS MAKING
Aug
10
7:00 PM19:00

LONDON LOOM X ART MACABRE: FRIDA KAHLO HEADDRESS MAKING

This class is about creating your own unique “morte couture” Mexicana headdress. Taking inspiration from Frida’s signature style and design, you’ll make a fun textural piece to wear in your hair. Get playful and experiment with pompoms, yarn braiding and cactus customisation.

A sociable and spirited late night crafting event, with hot Latina tunes playing all evening and tequila for everyone! Draw on your darkest unibrow and practice your communist manifesto with your secret Russian lover, or just come on down to The London Loom and get your Frida craft on.

Materials provided to create your own headdress design, plus a cheeky shot of tequila if you smile at us just right! This workshop is BYOB!

Tickets £25 via The London Loom here. 

http://www.thelondonloom.com/workshops/late-nights/

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FRIDA KAHLO at THE BOOK CLUB
Jul
15
2:00 PM14:00

FRIDA KAHLO at THE BOOK CLUB

Our annual Frida Kahlo sketching celebration of her death anniversary and birthday. Celebrate the life of Frida Kahlo in the week that marks both her birth & Death anniversary. Explore and draw the pain and pleasure, drama and colour of this remarkable artist and icon.Models will channel the spirit of Frida as we present the multiple sides to her story and self. From her cross dressing and hair cutting, to her accident and pain, to her political costume to her passion.

Drawing materials & paper provided. Adv £15 tickets here

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FRIDA KAHLO
Jul
10
7:00 PM19:00

FRIDA KAHLO

Our annual Frida Kahlo sketching celebration of her death anniversary and birthday. Celebrate the life of Frida Kahlo in the week that marks both her birth & Death anniversary. Explore and draw the pain and pleasure, drama and colour of this remarkable artist and icon.Models will channel the spirit of Frida as we present the multiple sides to her story and self. From her cross dressing and hair cutting, to her accident and pain, to her political costume to her passion.

Drawing materials & paper provided. Adv £15 tickets here

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LEYTONSTONE LEGENDS: FANNY VS HITCHCOCK
Jul
6
7:30 PM19:30

LEYTONSTONE LEGENDS: FANNY VS HITCHCOCK

When Fanny met Hitchcock...As part of Leytonstone Festival, Art Macabre presents two Leytonstone legends: Fanny Cradock and Alfred Hitchcock! See what happens when the master of suspense meets the iconic celebrity cook. There'll be murder in the kitsch kitchen and plenty of blood, humour and camp fun! Featuring cabaret drag star Fagulous as Fanny Cradock. 

TICKETS VIA WANSTEAD TAP £15 BOOK HERE

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MASONIC TEMPLE MASQUERADE BALL
Jun
24
to Jun 25

MASONIC TEMPLE MASQUERADE BALL

Art Macabre returns to the magnificent hidden treasure of the MASONIC TEMPLE at Andaz Hotel. Part of East London Film Festival in collaboration with A Curious Invitation's Masquerade Ball event. We take inspiration from Hogarth's The Rake's Progress. Explore through our raucous and outrageous tableaux the moral "The Devil makes work for idle hands" with our trio of costumed and nude characters. A 'Silent Disco' style headset soundtrack will make the experience all the more intimate! 

A drop in activity as part of the wider ball event. TICKETS HERE Earlybirds £15
 

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FREUD MUSEUM: MOURNING & MELANCHOLIA
Jun
14
7:00 PM19:00

FREUD MUSEUM: MOURNING & MELANCHOLIA

Mourning and Melancholia: Death Drawing with Art Macabre at Freud Museum

A special collaboration with the Freud Museum. Explore and draw the complex web of emotions associated with these two states of loss, and their links to depression. Nude and veiled models will pose throughout the museum, presenting poetic tableaux and symbols portraying absence and loss. Sketch model Freyia and powerful hair symbolism and performance, inspired by Victorian mourning jewellery. Draw their presence and explore ideas of negative space and absence through your sketches too. With poetry readings by William Blake and quotes from Freud's essay "Mourning and Melancholia" published 100 years ago.

BOOK HERE £20 including drawing materials, paper and museum entry. 

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RAVENS & MORBID CORVIDS : DRAWN AT THE TOWER // SOLD OUT
Jun
5
6:30 PM18:30

RAVENS & MORBID CORVIDS : DRAWN AT THE TOWER // SOLD OUT

Part of the Drawn at the Tower with Art Macabre series. Legend has it that if the ravens should ever leave the fortress walls, the Tower and the kingdom will fall. In this unique event we’ll explore mythology, folklore and true tales of the Tower’s famous feathered guardians; the ravens. Draw these magnificent birds up close as they pose alongside the Tower’s very own Ravenmaster. Warning- last summer's event sold out super fast. The earlybird catches the worm! With guest artist Christian Sparrow. 

 THIS EVENT IS FULLY BOOKED

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ELECTRIC MERMAIDS
Jun
3
2:00 PM14:00

ELECTRIC MERMAIDS

Explore these alluring creatures of the deep. Far out to sea, beneath the waves, swimming amongst neon coral and electric eels you'll discover the rarely spotted Electric Mermaids aka Elly and Mia.

Nautical mysterious sirens lure you to your death with their beguiling style. Nautical naughtiness ahoy. Capture these rarely spotted creatures on shore leave in Shoreditch this summer.

BOOK TICKETS £15 HERE

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UNIQLO TATE LATES: GIACOMETTI
May
26
6:00 PM18:00

UNIQLO TATE LATES: GIACOMETTI

Art Macabre will be part of Uniqlo Tate Late for the first time. Looking forward to exploring the Alberto Giacometti exhibition. With Steve Ritter as our figure to draw from life (those Giacometti-esque limbs can be captured in pencil and also pipecleaner sculpting). Plus a 'vanitas' still life to sketch from.

We're one of several activities animating this iconic gallery after hours, including our friends from Death Cafe too, DJs, clay demos and a chance to see the exhibitions.

FREE Info about the event here

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TWIN PEAKS: FIRE CHALK WITH ME
May
20
1:30 PM13:30

TWIN PEAKS: FIRE CHALK WITH ME

It is happening. Art Macabre are presenting a TWIN PEAKS themed special life drawing event. On the day before the new series launches, join us to delve into the dark, twisted world of this cult classic. More to be revealed.

BOOK HERE Tickets £15 advanced. £20 on the door/on the day. Special VIP tickets available to guarantee a table seating place and a slice of cherry pie £20 (limited availability)

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