Things are really hotting up for Art Macabre this summer season. As the temperature’s rising,we’re excited to reveal our JOSEPHINE BAKER themed special plus other outdoor life drawing opportunities! Come and sketch our models posing nude in nature…whether an urban beach, festival woodland or London cemetery…Plus we announce our new venue for COLOURDROME this Autumn!
UPCOMING EVENTS:  SIREN OF THE TROPICS / 14 AUGUST @ SHIPWRECK COVE
ALEXANDER MCQUEEN / 21 JULY @ THE PROUD ARCHIVIST
 SHUFFLE SKETCHING / 24 JULY @  TOWER HAMLETS CEMETERY
 FREUD’S GARDEN   / 25 AUGUST @ FREUD MUSEUM
PLUS FESTIVAL DATES & ANNOUNCING OUR NEW NEON VENUE!
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SKETCH ON THE BEACH
Poster design: Aaron Jacob Jones.
NEW SPECIAL EVENT ANNOUNCED!

SIREN OF THE TROPICS:

JOSEPHINE BAKER 

ALFRESCO LIFE DRAWING ADVENTURE
FEATURING BROOKLYN SANCHEZ!
FRIDAY 14 AUGUST, 7PM – 9.30PM
@ SHIPWRECK COVE (sponsored by John Payne) at THE CONSERVATOIRE SE3

A collaboration with The Conservatoire! Josephine Baker sashayed onto a Paris stage during the 1920s with a comic, sensual appeal that took Europe and then the world by storm. Taking her final bow 40 years ago, the impact and legend of the woman nicknamed the ‘Black Venus’ lives on to this day. Famous for barely-there dresses, bold dance routines and exotic beauty that broke boundaries, the Creole Goddess activist and her cheetah Chiquita captivated imaginations and inspire artists to this day…

FEATURING
BROOKLYN SANCHEZ

Leicester born Brooklyn is a London based dancer/choreographer and neo-burlesque performer. Her performances bring an element of culture and rawness to them without sparing the elegance and grace you can expect from any burlesque act.

Brooklyn will perform her unique dance routine and then a series of classic poses, channeling the spirit of Josephine. She’ll pay tribute to the legendary banana-skirt dance, with a distinctly 21st century flavour. Choreographed by Rubyyy Jones, in collaboration with Brooklyn, with costumes and headdresses designed by Lydia Cawson aka Prince Lydia.

Sketch outside on the sandy beach venue to a jazz soundtrack, with tropical cocktails available from the bar! Wet weather contingency in case the sun isn’t shining!

TICKETS NOW £15 with drawing materials & paper provided

 BOOK TICKETS HERE! 

SKETCH BY THE CANAL
GET TICKETS NOW – SELLING FAST! 

MORTE COUTURE:

ALEXANDER MCQUEEN 

THEATRICAL FASHION LIFE DRAWING 
FEATURING MANKO & ARRAN SHURVINTON

TUESDAY 21 JULY, 7PM -9.30PM
@ THE PROUD ARCHIVIST BAR & GALLERY, BY REGENT’S CANAL NEAR HAGGERSTON

Sketch macabre beauty, drama and wild nature inspired fashions. An Alexander McQueen inspired collection of different headdresses and silhouettes to sketch.
TICKETS SELLING FAST!
£20
including a beer/glass of wine on arrival & drawing materials

BOOK YOURS NOW HERE

SKETCH IN A CEMETERY
SHUFFLE FESTIVAL:

CRADLE TO GRAVE 

LIFE DRAWING IN THE CEMETERY PARK
FEAT LIVE SONG FROM CARMEN MON OXIDE

SUNDAY 26 JULY, 2PM -3.30PM
@ TOWER HAMLETS CEMETERY PARK

Explore the journey from cradle to grave, life to death and beyond within the nature and history of the cemetery park. Nude models pose amongst the graves, with live operatic and traditional song performed.
TICKETS £10 / local discounts
Bring your own drawing materials

BOOK YOURS NOW HERE

SKETCH IN FREUD’S GARDEN
THE UNCONSCIOUS:

 FREUD MUSEUM 

DRAWING FROM THE UNCONSCIOUS
TUESDAY 25 AUGUST, 7PM
@ FREUD MUSEUM & GARDENS, LONDON

As part of the Festival of the Unconscious at Freud’s London residence and practice, sketch dreamlike scenes featuring models around the museum and gardens. Explore how drawing can reveal our deeper thoughts and dreams.
TICKETS £15 including a glass of wine/soft drink on arrival.
BOOK YOURS NOW HERE
Photo: Lights of Soho venue by Dave Hogan (c)
THIS AUTUMN, WE LAUNCH OUR NEW  HYPER-COLOURFUL AND BRIGHT SERIES: COLOURDROME. THESE MONTHLY COLOUR-THEMED EVENTS WILL TAKE PLACE AT RECENTLY LAUNCHED SOHO GALLERY, BAR & MEMBERS’ CLUB LIGHTS OF SOHO! 2ND WEDNESDAY EVENING OF EVERY MONTH FROM OCTOBER. JOIN US FOR NUDES AND NEONS! Preview the venue here & themes here
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THE ART MACABRE ACADEMY announces SUMMER SCHOOL OF SKULLS!

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.
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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: deathdrawing@gmail.com

More info: http://artmacabre.bigcartel.com/product/summer-sketching-school-2015-skulls-and-skills

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DON’T TAKE OUR WORD FOR IT…

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

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THE DYING ART

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

Image featured Lucid Skull by Lauren Baker & Sequin Kay

Image featured Lucid Skull by Lauren Baker & Sequin Kay

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.

Artwork to be featured, Top Left to Bottom Right: Aaron Jacob Jones, Antonia Rolls, The Artchemist, The Artchemist, Marie-Louise Jones, Herald Black, Karen Harvey, Karina Yazylyan, Lizzie Learman,Lozzy Bones, Wolf Mask, Valeriya N-Georg

FEATURED ARTISTS:

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 deathdrawing@gmail.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

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CELEBRATE THE MAY BANK HOLIDAY in MACABRE STYLE?

CELEBRATE THE MAY DAY BANK HOLIDAY WITH US…
MAYDAY FOLK & BELTANE CELEBRATIONS
SAT 2 MAY, 2-4PM @ THE BOOK CLUB EC2
THE MEANEST JACK ON THE GREEN YOU’VE EVER SEEN, MACABRE MAYPOLES & CREEPY MORRIS DANCERS. THINK WICKERMAN! THERE’S NOWT AS QUEER AS BRITISH FOLK.
PART OF OUR GLOBAL CURIOSITIES SERIES.
 MORE INFO AND TICKETS HERE £10 
KILLER KINGS @ LAND OF KINGS FESTIVAL
SUN 3 MAY @ ARCOLA THEATRE, DALSTON
DALSTON’S HOMEGROWN MULTI-VENUE FESTIVAL. MUSIC AND ARTS PROGRAMME, FOOD, GIGS, TALKS & OUR BLOODY ROYALS THEMED EVENT. DAY WRISTBANDS ALLOW ENTRY TO ALL.

 MORE INFO AND DAY TICKETS HERE
RAINBOWS & MAYPOLES: FUNDRAISER
THUR 7 MAY, 7.30-9.30PM @ THE GALLERY CAFE CHAPEL, BETHNAL GREEN
INTIMATE SALON RAISING FUNDS FOR BROKEN RAINBOW (LGBT DOMESTIC VIOLENCE CHARITY) & WEST LONDON RAPE CRISIS CENTRE. A RIOT OF COLOUR IN THE CHAPEL!
 MORE INFO AND TICKETS HERE £10 
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APRIL & MAY EVENTS announced….

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!

Global Curiosities coming up

Global Curiosities coming up

4 APRIL – OSTARA & PAGAN FERTILITY GODDESSESEaster 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 APRILBART 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

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MARCH EVENTS

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

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Marnie Scarlet (c)

Marnie Scarlet (c)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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!

Photo credit: David Lloyd

Photo credit: David Lloyd

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