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!
We’ve got lots of fantastic Bloody Valentines, Love Potion, witchtastic events coming up to celebrate St Valentines this February.
Will you be our broken hearted bloody Valentine?
Details of all of our upcoming events can be found here.
RAVEN ROUGE RECOMMENDS…ART MACABRE’S FESTIVE GIFT LIST! If you’ve not taken part in the rather scary commercial zombie-like grabbing hoards of shoppers that has been Black Friday and are still looking for some Christmas gift ideas, Raven Rouge is here to help. On her list to Krampus this season (Santa is so passe) are these macabre gifts and treats…
RED VELVET SKULL
We’ll let you into a little secret…Shhhh! We get lots of our prop skulls from Urban Outfitters. Plus they double up as money boxes when not being held by our models to pose with. This new blood red velvet covered version would fit in with our gold, black and white ones in the studio collection we have, we think…
ADOPT A SPECIMEN…AT THE GRANT MUSEUM OF ZOOLOGY I whole-heartedly agree that most pets are NOT for Christmas, but these little preserved critters and creatures would make fantastic and truly unique gift to give someone, adopting a specimen from the Grant Museum collection in their name and allowing them to become a Friend of the Museum
There’s a glorious long list of specimens up for adoption here. What would you choose? Perhaps a brown long-eared bat taxidermy for your brother, a preserved cockroach as an original Secret Santa gift or a collection of rabbit legs for a lucky lover? It’s a great way to support this small but spectacular London museum.
MORTE COUTURE LOVERS
I’m wishing for this bone necklace from Indigo Black…although I’d be happy to find any of these gothic, magical pieces of costume jewellery in my stocking. Bargains galore! Ouija board Iphone case, anyone? Or a horned floral crown? Take a peek at the treasures there.
ANYTHING AND EVERYTHING FROM KILLSTAR
This year we’ve had the pleasure of being introduced to new model Maya (you may have seen her posing as Lilith, an Aztec goddess, Day of the Dead Catrina or more) and with that I’ve been introduced to the amazing Kill Star (oc)cult clothing range.
You may have only seen her sans clothes, but when off stage Maya is a walking ambassador of the brand, turning up in another amazing hooded dress or Egyptian iconography blazoned leggings. I’m now coveting all of these clothes. Join the coven…They love a deadly pun as much as we do! My particular favourite (plus everything with Cats on it!)
MONSTER SUPPLIES – gifts for the little monsters in your life!
Hoxton Street Monster Supplies are ‘purveyors of quality goods for monsters of every kind’.
If you’re an East Londoner like us, you may well have wondered past this curious shop on Hoxton Street and wondered what supplies monsters could possible require? Well, humans, you can also shop online for Monster Supplies. Lucky for you non-Londoners!
Run as a front to the secret (shhhh!) Ministry of Stories young people’s story writing and mentoring project, you can choose from Fang Floss, Banshee Balls, Tinned Heebie Jeebies, Cubed Ear Wax, Night Sweats, or my personal favourite ‘Dead Good’ tote! Plus shop knowing you’re supporting a fantastic charity supporting young people to become the most imaginative and confident writers that they can. Win win.
Shop online, or if you dare to visit the Monster shop in person, listen out for their invisible pet cat Wells in store!
Art and edibles are always winning present choices. My friend Tasha Marks, the ever talented and inventive artist and food historian, has created these 100% edible art prints. We love the idea of this transient, tasty art and the anatomical prints she’s chosen to print too. The above prints can be found on the online museum gift store of one of my favourite museums- New York’s Morbid Anatomy museum. BEWARE: If you go on this site, you may want to purchase everything!
Personally, I love getting books for Christmas that I can enjoy reading over the holidays. This year, this one is on my list:
THE MORBID ANATOMY ANTHOLOGY
If you like Art Macabre, Barts Pathology Museum and the like then you’re sure to find so much to enjoy, fascinate, repulse and learn in this big hard back book edited by museum founder and general queen of all things macabre and wondrous Joanna Ebenstein. I visited the museum last year and I can’t wait to see the new extended site too. It was fantastic to meet Joanna and collaborate on an event at the Old Operating Theatre. She’s an inspiration! Stuck for any ideas for lovers of the darker arts and you’ll be fine heading to either this online shop, or the closest UK counterpart I know of at the Wellcome Collection shop…
ART MACABRE GIFTS! And then last but not least, how about letting someone you like enjoy a free death drawing experience?! Give the gift of Art Macabre! Gift vouchers (from £10 to £100) to attend future salons available. Annual Gold Skull membership cards can be purchased to allow someone to sketch at discounted prices and get free events for their loyalty for £7. Order now to get in time for Xmas! Handmade membership card and Art Macabre pin badge can be posted out. Email email@example.com now to order and then arrange payment via Paypal. Happy shopping & I hope that Krampus is good to you!
WE’RE GETTING INTO THE DARK DECEMBER SPIRIT…
Forward planning your festive fun for friends, family and work colleagues? How about some Death Drawing this December to get you into the alternative Christmas spirit? Fancy being chilled to the bone with some skull sketching fun? Or meeting the Krampus in his grotto?
SATURDAY 29 NOVEMBER – RENAISSANCE CHRISTMAS – RA LATE Art Macabre will feature as one of many interactive elements at this special late opening of the Moroni exhibition at Royal Academy, including our friend Odette Toilette!
SATURDAY 6 DECEMBER – Krampus Alpine special @ The Book Club, 2-4pm TICKETS ON SALE NOW here
SATURDAY 6 DECEMBER – Frightfully Festive Krampus Grotto @ A Curious Invitation Winter Ball, Conway Hall, 10pm-1am
OFFICE CHRISTMAS DEATH DRAWING – We’ve already been booked for several Christmas team parties, to add some creative fun and Christmas themed sketching to cultural industry team’s Christmas lunch celebrations. Would your work place like some Art Macabre to bring some deathly mirth to their team celebrations? Get in touch for a quote and to book us in!
Art Macabre presents…
GLOBAL CURIOSITIES PREHISTORIC SPECIAL!
Saturday 4 October 2014, 2-4pm
@The Book Club, Leonard Street, Shoreditch EC2
A life drawing event with a deathly, theatrical and curious difference! Sketch models dressed as neanderthals through to homo sapiens as they portray prehistoric inspired poses for you to draw.
Featuring nude and costumed models, explore the earliest recorded expressions of art, ritual and burial by humans from around the world. We look at fertility rituals, representations of the female form in Palaeolithic sculpture, cave art and what prehistoric cultures believed about death and the afterlife.
Drawing materials provided (pens, paper, pencils, charcoal). Over 18s only.
TICKETS HERE £10 adv, earlybird £8. On the door £15 cash.