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We’re excited to announce plans to launch our first SUMMER SCHOOL this August! 15 participants will be able to spend 5 days with Art Macabre, becoming part of our a creative community exploring SKULLS and developing their sketching SKILLS. We hope that taking part will provide an inspiring, challenging and unique drawing experience.
The theme for this first Summer School programme will focus on the theme of ‘SKULLS’, both human and animal, and developing our skeletal sketching skills, as well as the occasional bit of life drawing of the nude figure in the mix too. The main focus will be on ‘The Skull’ though – the foundations of drawing from anatomy and a regular fixture at all Art Macabre events.
We’ll visit some weird and wondrous collections and cabinets of curiosities in London, as field trips to sketch and research at, as well as studio sessions to develop our sketches and ideas into more developed pieces. There’ll be opportunities to meet and hear from some guest artists and speakers. Different techniques and experiments in media from printmaking to embroidery will be encouraged.
All participants will be offered the opportunity to be part of an exhibition this Autumn, to exhibit work created in and inspired by the Summer School.
Plus a deadly afternoon tea to kick things off on the summer school’s first afternoon and get to know one another!
Priced at £75.00, we think that the programme is very good value and aim to remain accessible and affordable to all. Payments can be made in installments.
Limited places. Interested in joining us? Please email Nikki now to receive further programme info and book your place: firstname.lastname@example.org
More info: http://artmacabre.bigcartel.com/product/summer-sketching-school-2015-skulls-and-skills
We’ve received some fantastic testimonials lately, so thought we’d share them here. We don’t mean to blow our own trumpet or owt, but rather than sing our own praises, we thought we’d share what others have made of our little death drawing events…
“Imaginative, intimate and inspirational, Art Macabre is everything you could want from a life drawing class – or any night out, for that matter. ” Katie Antoniou, journalist
‘We’ve worked with Art Macabre on several occasions in the last year, and it is refreshing to commission an event with such a professional team. They bring a blend of dark wit and engagement with their fun, fresh approach to life drawing. As with all good events it’s in the details; the music, the props, and the models are all carefully planned and choreographed, but what visitors encountered is a smooth-running entertaining evening with its finger firmly on the cultural pulse.’ Annette Richardson, Somerset House, Learning & Participation Manager
“Working with Art Macabre has bought both new audiences and engaged our regulars in exploring the collection using creative expression to draw out new ways of understanding in the Museum. The format of life drawing works well and can be adapted to suit our themes that we run each term from Steam Punk to Pottery. Working with Nikki and her team has been stimulating and produced very successful and popular evenings here at The UCL Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology.” Helen Pike, Petrie Museum, Public Programmer
“Nikki has created something wonderful, and she continues to overflow with ideas, each one to be meticulously researched and refined on its way to becoming a rich, riotous reality. Such genius, such moments to treasure.” Steve Ritter, life model
“Art Macabre has been a wonderful addition to our programme, bringing in a fresh new crowd of art-lovers. We get so many great comments from our customers, with lots of inspired people sharing the pictures they have drawn in the class with us over social media. Nikki never fails to impress us with her interesting themes and incredible models and costumes.” Rose Payne, Programmer, The Book Club & Mothership
“Art Macabre add a thrilling aspect to Shuffle Festival – deep in the woods in the cemetery park you can find them drawing the things we only dare to think about in our daily lives – our bodies and the passing of time. They get large audience involvement and have really original concepts.” Kate MacTiernan , Creative Director, Shuffle festival
“Delightfully dark” Captain Crop, A Curious Invitation Ball
“Their ability to introduce new audiences to the museum and encourage respectful engagement with the collections means that we will certainly collaborate further in future” Carla Valentine, Barts Pathology Museum Curator
“What fun I had drawing! All thanks to your inspirational classes. You relit the fire of creativity inside me. A big thank you.” Vivienne, participant
THE DYING ART
A group exhibition as part of DYING MATTERS AWARENESS WEEK
18 May – 24 May 2015 @ The Old School Rooms, The Round Chapel, Clapton, E5 0PU
Art Macabre’s Director Nikki Shaill curates an exhibition that explores death and dying, memento mori, memory, loss and survival, personification of death, anatomy and the body, memorial and the art of dying.
Showcasing the work of 25 artists, from the UK, USA and Russia. Featuring drawings, paintings, illustrations, photographs, prints, textiles, poetry and memento mori sculpture.
The Artchemist / Art Macabre / Lauren Baker / Herald Black / Lozzy Bones / Laura Brett / Christina Rose Brown / Drucilla Burrell / Lucinda Chell /Olina Divisova / Rachel Harmeyer / Karen Harvey / Jason Alex Hill / Aaron Jacob Jones / Marie-Louise Jones / Inky Layla / Lizzie Learman / Clare Lowe / Valeriya N-Georg / Nikki Shaill / Joanna Shears / Jo Tedds / Natalie Thomas / Linsay Trerise / Karina Yazylyan / Wolf Mask Art
Private View: Thursday 21 May, by invitation only. Email email@example.com for press/PV enquiries
Exhibition dates: 18 May – 24 May (Dying Matters Awareness Week)
OPENING TIMES: Monday – Thursday 12pm – 6pm. Friday 12pm – 3pm. Saturday & Sunday 11am – 6pm.
Private view evening event: 21 May, 6.30-9pm supported by Pressure Drop & Clapton Craft
Location: The Old School Rooms, URC, The Round Chapel, Powerscroft Road Clapton, Hackney E5 0PU
TO GAIN ACCESS: Go to the wooden door on street level on Powerscroft Rd side of the church. Press the buzzer marked ‘Studio 1′ or call 07845 310 272
For more information about Dying Matters Awareness Week: http://www.dyingmatters.org/YODO
For more information about Art Macabre: http://www.deathdrawing.com
“We’re particularly interested in work that focuses on the journey from life to death and beyond, memento mori, vanitas, the relationship between the living body and death, memorial, grief and bereavement, end of life, the art of dying well, death positivity and explorations that look at life through the awareness of our mortality, unpick and trace the process of dying, the unknown, the light and dark of death, or that relate to this year’s Dying Matters theme of ‘Talk, Plan, Live’.
This isn’t going to be an exhibition packed full of Gothic skulls, macabre, dark imagery (although I’m sure there’ll be a few skulls in there!) Shadows and emotion, yes, but we’d love to explore new imagery of death and a diverse representation of what it means to look at and dance with death through art.”
Nikki Shaill, Art Macabre
We can’t wait to spring into Art Macabre action this April and May. There are lots of fun themes coming up…and seeing as it’s Spring time, we’re a little less dark and a bit more light and colourful in our concepts. But don’t worry, there’ll still be the death drawing dramatic twist to all we do!
4 APRIL – OSTARA & PAGAN FERTILITY GODDESSES – Easter Special @ The Book Club
14 APRIL – CATS – The Cult of the Cat @ The Round Chapel Old School Rooms
18 APRIL – APRIL FOOLS – Clowns @ The Book Club
22 APRIL – BART MA CABRE – 50 SHADES OF PATHOLOGY @ Barts Pathology Museum
23 APRIL – AUBREY BEARDSLEY @ The Scarlett Society, BRIGHTON
29 APRIL – BEARDS @ The Looking Glass Cocktail Club
2 MAY – MACABRE MAYDAY & BLOODY BELTANE @ The Book Club
3 MAY – KILLER KINGS: LAND OF KINGS FESTIVAL, Dalston
16 MAY – ARABIAN NIGHTS @ The Book Club
18 MAY – 24 MAY – THE DYING ART EXHIBITION Curated by Art Macabre @ The Old School Rooms, The ROUND CHAPEL – Part of Dying Matters Awareness Week
22 MAY – SKULL STORIES @ Wokingham Library Fest
What have we got coming up in the macabre month of March? We’ll have a spring in our step and hope you’ll follow us down the rabbit hole…
MARIE ANTOINETTE : FRENCH Global Curiosities special
Saturday 7 March, 2-4pm @ The Book Club
Tickets and more info here on how you can join us to sketch ‘Madame Guillotine’ in all her decadence.
ALICE IN WONDERLAND : LEWIS CARROLL SPECIAL
Tuesday 17 March, 7-9pm @ Looking Glass Cocktail Bar, Shoreditch
Manko will pose as our very adult Alice, led down the rabbit hole by Marnie Scarlet as the White Rabbit. A cocktail included in the ticket price. Celebrate 150 years of Lewis Carroll with us! Tickets here
THE AROMA RITUAL NIGHT – ODETTE TOILETTE EVENT
Tuesday 24 March, 7pm @ The Masonic Temple, The Andaz Hotel
NON SKETCHING EVENT – COME EXPLORE ANCIENT RITUALS AND FRAGRANCES HISTORY WITH Odette Toilette INSTEAD – with demo models Art Direction by Art Macabre. Info and tickets here
BEARDS: SOMERSET HOUSE special
Weds 25 March, 7-9pm @ Somerset House
Tickets here – includes a Gin Lane cocktail!