Time for Tattoos…

With only a week to go until the first salon of our Autumn season, we’re excited to announce the two tattooed models who shall be taking to the plinth at our event ‘Tattoos for Life & Death’ next Thursday. They’ll both be posing at Somerset House’s studio for your sketching pleasure…capture the drawings on their bodies in your own drawings.

Heather has tattoos by many different artists, including several featured in the Time:Tattoo Art Today exhibition (free to view at Somerset House so do be sure to browse the exhibition before coming to our salon on Thursday!). Her work includes pieces by Valerie Vargas, Guen Douglas, Chad Koeplinger and Tutti Serra.

 Model Heather Holyoak. Photo taken by the wonderful Heather Shuker for the first issue of Things and Ink, wearing BloodyMary Metal and Agent Provocateur.

Model Heather Holyoak. Photo taken by the wonderful Heather Shuker for the first issue of Things and Ink, wearing BloodyMary Metal and Agent Provocateur.

Our second model Drew is equally covered in amazing art. Including a large skull and anatomical heart piece on his chest, a work in progress, and several quotes that really are ‘memento mori’ addressing ideas of mortality, death and the passing of time. His artists include Duncan X, Delphine Noiztoy, Thomas Hopper and Alex Binnie.

Photo: Drew Beckett. All rights reserved Drew Beckett.

Photo: Drew Beckett. All rights reserved Drew Beckett.


To join us, you can buy tickets here for £15, which includes drawing materials provided and a complimentary rum cocktail!

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A Dame to Die For…

Excited for the impending release of Sin City 2? We are! And to celebrate the latest film in Frank Miller’s killer crime thriller series, we’re holding a specially themed film noir graphic novel special @ Wenlock & Essex next week!

Our Sinful Special
Thurs 21 August, 7.30-9.30pm

Be there to draw our very own femme fatales Ava Iscariot and Maya, plus of course some fierce henchmen. All in black, white and red style.


The venue is the suitably dive bar Satan’s Circus back room of the North London boozer Wenlock & Essex, with flashing neon go go girl lights and drinks and cocktails at the bar.

Do you dare to enter the sinful, bloody world of Dames of Death?
Tickets here…

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New events! New look! New month!

We’ve just announced news of several new events taking place over the coming weeks, which we hope you’ll join us for? Our summer of sketching sure is heating up!

What do you think of our new look branding?






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FRIDA: Pain, Pleasure & Death….

“I used to think I was the strangest person in the world but then I thought there are so many people in the world, there must be someone just like me who feels bizarre and flawed in the same ways I do. I would imagine her, and imagine that she must be out there thinking of me too. Well, I hope that if you are out there and read this and know that, yes, it’s true I’m here, and I’m just as strange as you.” 

We celebrate Frida Kahlo on Tuesday 15 July, celebrating 60 years since the iconic artist died. We explore her legacy, the PAIN, PLEASURE AND DEATH of her imagery, self-portraits and diary entries.

Tues 15 July, 7-9pm @ The Proud Archivist, Haggerston.

Tickets here. £10 in adv, £15 on the door.


We’ll have not one, but 3 ‘Fridas’ posing nude and costumed for you to capture in your drawings and paintings, representing and inspired by her art work and the different sides of her character.

We’ll celebrate the bright and strong, bold and inspiring Mexican spirit of Frida Kahlo….


Along with exploring the darker, painful and macabre sides of her artistic visions and life. Here are some quotes to get you in the mood…

“pain, pleasure and death are no more than a process for existence. The revolutionary struggle in this process is a doorway open to intelligence”

“I don’t paint dreams or nightmares, I paint my own reality.”

“I paint flowers so they will not die.” 


“Nothing is absolute. Everything changes, everything moves, everything revolves, everything flies and goes away.”




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Solstice Sketching Specials…Triple Art Macabre Action this Saturday!

The Summer Solstice is a special, mystical and magical time of year.

Worthy of not one, not two, but indeed THREE Art Macabre events taking place. If you’re looking for some sketching Solstice action this Saturday to celebrate Midsummer then we’ve got three different options to choose from…Take your pick!

SATURDAY 21 JUNE – here’s where you can join us to celebrate the Solstice!

1) CELTIC SPIRIT: GLOBAL CURIOSITIES @ The Book Club, Shoreditch 2-4pm


With Special Guest Tutor JAKE SPICER  (head tutor of  Draw Brighton and author of ‘Draw a Face in 15mins’) , the next destination on our Global Curiosities tour around the world of macabre myths and deadly festivals is ANCIENT CELT territory.

Expect to sketch the fierce Queen of Celts Boadicea and wild warriors of Celtic countries. Models costumed, with Celtic pattern bodypaint and nude shall pose for you to capture.


You can watch a TEDxTalk by Jake Spicer about his thoughts on drawing here:

It’s an inspiring watch! Come and meet Jake and enjoy an Art Macabre collaboration with him on Saturday whilst enjoying a drink at The Book Club, downstairs.

Tickets here.

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2) MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S FETE  @ Royal Academy, 6.30-10pm

We’re delighted to be part of a fantastical feast of creative delights and frolics at Royal Academy, hosting a dark and twisted vision of Shakespeare’s classic shape-shifting tale of fairie queens and bare Bottoms! There’ll be 3 different sessions throughout the evening featuring a tableau of 3 models to draw. Come find us  in the 19th century Life Drawing Room,  as part of RA’s Summer Exhibition Late event. Enjoy Art Macabre, led by Jon, at this evening fete spectacular featuring so many other offerings such as music from former Art Macabre model Gabby Young, complimentary summer cocktails and immersive theatrical experiences. Plus the RA Summer Exhibition to explore during the special late night opening, of course!

Full programme and tickets here.



















and last but not least….

3) ALSO FESTIVAL – a festival of Ideas @ Compton Verney, Warwickshire – Saturday21 & Sunday 22 June

We’ll be taking Art Macabre to our first festival of the season as well, simultaneously, this Solstice weekend! Our friends at Salon London are putting on their first festival this weekend- called Also Festival. We can’t wait to join them to  look at the theme of ‘Speed’, feed and delight our brains, our souls and our bodies this weekend. There’s a whole host of different speakers and artists involved, and we’re running both a family friendly SUPERHEROES themed workshop, on the Saturday and then an adults only Midsummer themed session on Sunday in The Bunker or by the lake outside if the elements are smiling on us.

More info on Also Festival’s programme here.

Phew! Will you join us at any of these events? See you there!


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It’s a Full Moon & Friday the 13th- It’s going to be a fun one tomorrow evening!

Here at Art Macabre we’ve got a funny feeling that tomorrow evening shall be a fun Art Macabre death drawing occasion. Call us superstitious, but with the full moon, Friday the 13th and our Maleficent theme, we are rather excited for an evening of death drawing.

There are still tickets left for our MALEFICENT special on Friday the 13th at the chapel behind Gallery Cafe, Bethnal Green. Tickets are an apt £13, which includes booking fee and drawing materials. 

Model Kate Shields shall be transforming her self into a vision of Maleficent magnificence for us to draw and sketch by candlelight within the confines of a disused chapel.

She’ll pose nude with horns in strong poses, conveying the different sides of the iconic Maleficent’s character as we tell her story through a series of tableaux.




See you there? There are a limited amount of tickets to this one, as it’s an intimate space, so get yours now if you fancy your chances! TICKETS HERE

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We’re delighted to have been invited to be part of Royal Academy of Arts : Midsummer Night’s Fete Summer Exhibition late event. On midsummer’s eve, we’ll explore the solstice with dark woodland creatures, fearsome fairy queens and transformed beings. Explore reflection and mirrors, costume and illusion, flora and fauna at our Midsummer special drop in sessions and workshops as part of the programme.  DSC_0640


Midsummer Night’s Fête

Summer Exhibition Late

Saturday 21 June 2014 18.30 — 22.00

Tickets £25 available here RA describe what to expect of this magical Midsummer event: In the courtyard, The Vintage Mafia will roll out the greens and unveil a village fête from a bygone era. With a free cocktail in hand (thanks Fever-Tree!), experience the The Candid Jug Orange Band, stalls, Mr Smith’s Letterpress workshop and a takeaway van manned by a crack team of poets who will write, perform and hand deliver to you your very own verse. Then step inside the galleries, where The Gabby Young Trio (Gabby Young – former Art Macabre model!) will perform their unique mix of jazz and raggle taggle folk, or as they like to call it, ‘circus swing’ in the incredible surroundings of 1,000 works of art from the Summer Exhibition. Walk through Lora Avedian’s oversized flower installations, see yarn bombing by Whodunnknit, play a round of artist bingo with a chance to win prizes including Young Friends membership, and experience art brought to life with roaming performances curated by Frog Morris with Calum F Kerr,Daniel Lehan and Joanna McCormick. In RA’s 19th century Life Drawing Room, the world of A Midsummer Night’s Dream will be transformed into scenes for you to draw. Art Macabre will be hosting this ‘death drawing’ salon to open your eyes to the subversive side of life drawing, join in and flex your own creative muscles. Round off your night with a trip to the normally hidden Victorian vaults of the Academy and lose yourself in our DJs’ selection at our silent disco. Or relax in the Keeper’s House where sounds, drinks and bar snacks will be available until midnight. Come and see how we’ve brought the history and tradition of a 246 year old institution right into 2014, to create an unforgettable night.


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