NOVEMBER DATES

We adore Autumn here at Art Macabre. Halloween may be over, but it is always time for deathly drawing and morbid curiousities here at Art Macabre! We embrace the darkness and the gothic side of life…come join us for some atmospheric sketching experiences and macabre mark making as the nights draw in?

Here is where you can find us this month…

VIKINGS: ODIN AND HEL Saturday 5 November, 1-3pm @ Nordic Rooftop Wigwam at Queen of Hoxton, Shoreditch BOOK HERE

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PATHOLOGY COLOURING BOOK LAUNCH with Lozzy Bones and Carla Valentine, Wednesday 9 November, 6-9pm @ Barts Pathology Museum BOOK HERE

DRAWN AT THE TOWER: TALES OF MARTYRS with Lozzy Bones, Wednesday 16 November, 7-9pm @ Tower of London BOOK HERE

EMMA HAMILTON with FRANKIE CLUNEY:  Seduction & Celebrity, Thursday 17 November, 7-10pm @ Royal Maritime Museum Late BOOK HERE

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MIGHTY BOOSH Art Macabre Special, Saturday 19 November, 2-4pm @ The Book Club, Shoreditch BOOK HERE

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MUSEUM OF THE NORMAL @ BARTS PATHOLOGY MUSEUM, 24 November 2016

Drop-in session with Amy Kingsmill and Drew Beckett modelling, as part of a wider event with lots of activities going on. Tickets and info here.

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Photos from Cutty Sark!

We had a brilliant time aboard the Cutty Sark historic ship last month. Photos from the event are now edited and up to view here

 

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OUR BIGGEST EVENT YET… ALL ABOARD FOR ART FUN!
DRAW ABOARD!
ART MACABRE AT CUTTY SARK

SATURDAY 15 OCTOBER, 7PM-10.30PM
@ CUTTY SARK SHIP, Greenwich
Draw aboard the historic ship that is Cutty Sark! An after hours takeover of all four levels of the vessel in Greenwich. Sketch nautical performers and characters aboard with Art Macabre. Get your portrait sketched by artist Jake Spicer. Sing sea shanties with Norfolk Broads Singers. Draw opera singing figurehead Carmen Mon Oxide, posing in front of many other figureheads. Sketch captured mermaid Naomi suspended in rope rigging on the upper deck. Meet the ship’s captain and play drawing games in his parlour. Explore the ship and feel free to dress up in sailor/nautical style!
TICKETS £25 includes a shot of Cutty Sark whiskey and entry to all of the ship
Photos: Carmen Mon Oxide by National Maritime Museum, Greenwich.
THE SERIES MAY BE OVER…BUT SKETCH GAME OF THRONES!

DRAWING CULT – NEW EVENT SERIES!
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SAT 16 JULY, 2-4PM  @ The Book Club barArt Macabre presents a new series, in collaboration with Jon Attfield: DRAWING CULT. Exploring cult literature, TV, film, comics and fantasy themes.
YES. WE ARE DOING A GAME OF THRONES THEMED SPECIAL, AT LAST! Illustration thanks to Jon Attfield

TICKETS £12 ADV/ £15 ON THE DAY. BOOK NOW 

OUR MODELS MALIK & TASHA..SPOT THE DIFFERENCE!
FESTIVAL COLLABORATIONS! OUTDOOR SKETCHING!
DRAWN AT DAWN: SHUFFLE FESTIVAL
SUNDAY 10 JULY @ dawn, 4.30am-6.30am
@ TOWER HAMLETS CEMETERY PARK
Draw with Art Macabre through the dawn! A very early bird special, exploring the magical moment of sunrise. Explore and draw light vs dark, day vs night, life vs death. In the natural setting of the cemetery, sketch our deities of the dawn amongst the graves. Then join in a morning yoga or tai chai session, watch Frankenstein, share in breakfast or another of the festival workshops. Book a place when you purchase a festival 24 hour access wristband.
SHUFFLE FESTIVAL 24 HOUR WRISTBANDS and full programme
RUN AWAY TO THE CIRCUS WITH US THIS SUMMER?
RA LATE: SUMMER CIRCUS
SATURDAY 23 JULY @ 7pm-10pm
@ RA LATE, ROYAL ACADEMYAs part of RA Late’s Summer Circus extravaganza with multiple rooms of entertainment, we’ll pay tribute to vintage circus! Create portraits of a unique circus-styled characters, drawing upon the darker side of sideshow entertainments and celebrating circus stars of the past. Sketch contortionist Tommaso Di Vincenzo, clowns FiFi Croissant and Molly Beth-White, and body activist model Harnaam Kaur aka The Bearded Dame. Join our sketching circus!

TICKETS FOR RA LATE HERE – be quick!
Includes entry to the Summer Exhibition
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MAY MUSEUM MACABRE TAKEOVER!

For the merry month of May, we’re going to celebrate the blossoming of new ideas and London’s cultural communities with a series of ART MACABRE MUSEUM TAKEOVERS! 

Explore some of London’s leading museums and galleries after-hours with Art Macabre life drawing salons. A unique way to enjoy temporary exhibitions, looking deeper and closer as you draw both the artwork and artefacts alongside  our Art Macabre living statues and interventions.

DATES AND MORE INFO ABOUT OUR MAY MUSEUM EVENTS…

WEDS 4 MAY – MUSEUM OF LONDON: TATTOO LONDON

Alice Snape Tattoo LondonWe respond to the TATTOO LONDON exhibition, placing beautifully inked life models within the museum’s atrium and invite you to play tattoo artist for the night on a blank human canvas too. Last few tickets remain here.

(photo: model Alice Snape, for Women & Ink magazine, who will pose to be drawn for us)

SAT 14 MAY – ROYAL ACADEMY: RA LATE VENExtravaganzahTIAN MAGIC

We love being part of the RA Late events, where hundreds invade the galleries at night for after-hours exploration of the exhibitions, themed performances and participatory creative shenanigans (and cocktails). The next one is Venetian Carnival themed, so we’ll be featuring the incredible performer VIRGIN XTRAVAGANZAH posing as a saintly Virgin Mary as you’ve never quite seen them. BYZANTIUM LIFE DRAWING with Venetian Renaissance religious imagery with a twist and lots of decadent bling! It sold out super fast, as they tend to do, but for more info on other lates that we’ll be part of see their website. 

Photo: Virgin Xtravaganzah will be our model. Headdress: Hysteria Machine. Model: Virgin Xtravaganzah (c)

 

FRIDAY 20 MAY – SIR JOHN SOANE’S MUSEUM: SARAH LUCAS -POWER OF WOMAN

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We’re excited to be exploring the bold sculptural display by YBA artist Sarah Lucas in collaboration with Sir John Soane’s Museum. If you’ve not been there before, this could be a good first visit but there is so much to see there that you’ll need to go back again to explore the rest of the collection!

In response to Sarah Lucas’ bold exhibition of cast sculptures there, we’ll have model MANKO posing in a series of poses that focus on the Sarah Lucas exhibit three ‘muses’ – plaster casts from life of her female friends – in the stunning yellow Drawing Room. These sculptures offer a gritty, modern and natural twist on Soane’s collection of classical casts, and guests will draw inspiration from these by studying them in-situ. Manko will pose reflecting Lucas’ muses and the power of the female figure.to the artworks and questions raised by the artist.

Sir John Soane Museum is to the historic house, museum and library of distinguished 19th century architect Sir John Soane. At Soane’s request, the house has been left untouched since his death – almost 180 years ago.It’s an intimate, atmospheric place, designed by Soane himself, and filled with his exceptional collection of famous artworks, sculptures, furniture and artefacts.

Tickets are £20 each and available here

SUNDAY 22 Old Woman Giorgione (Giorgio Barbarelli da Castelfranco)MAY – RA FRIENDS WEEK: GIORGIONE’S WOMEN

We’ll be back at the Royal Academy to explore the Age of Giorgione exhibition a second time, for two life drawing event for RA Friends. So if you
are an RA Friend, you can book to come and explore artist’s Giorgione’s portrayal of women with our two models Kitty and Lieve (two different aged yet equally beautiful and distinctive looking women).

Tickets available for RA Friends only £18 here

 

TUESDAY 31 MAY – UCL ART MUSEUM: REVOLUTIONARY DEATHS

To end our month of museums, we’ll collaborate with the small but crammed with arty artefacts UCL Art Museum- our first event there. Capture the spirit of drama of the French Revolution with us. Join us for a unique evening of drawing and history. View the exhibition ‘Revolution under a king’ and draw life models posing in theatrical tableaux. Create your own illustrations from these key moments in history.

Tickets and info via UCL Art Museum here £15

UCL Art Macabre has more than 10,000 prints, drawings, sculptures, paintings, and media works dating from the 1490s to the present day.

We love collaborating with museums and galleries, exploring and responding to their unique and challenging collections. If you know of a special place that you think we should visit, let us know? We still have our dreams set on Natural History Museum one day (all those bones!) but we love discovering new smaller and wonderfully strange little museums too.

 

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UPCOMING EVENTS

2016

MAY

4 MAY / TATTOO LONDON / Museum of London

7 MAY / PRINTS OF DARKNESS: LINO PRINTING / The Book Club, Shoreditch

14 MAY / RA LATE: VENETIAN MAGIC feat Virgin Xtravaganzah / Royal Academy SOLD OUT

20 MAY / ART MACABRE & SARAH LUCAS / Sir John Soane’s Museum SOLD OUT

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We’ll have pearly skeleton faced queer queens at our event on 21 May

21 MAY / PEARLY KINGS & QUEENS: COCKNEY REBELS / The Book Club, Shoreditch

22 MAY / RA FRIENDS EVENT: Giorgione’s Women / Royal Academy

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HRP (c) Tower of London once had beasts including lions and tigers

24 MAY / DRAWN AT THE TOWER WITH ART MACABRE: ROYAL BEASTS / Tower of London

31 MAY / REVOLUTIONARY DEATHS: French Revolution / UCL Art Museum

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JUNE

4 JUNE /  BOTTICELLI BEAUTIES / The Book Club

7 JUNE / THE DRAWING JUKEBOX / Looking Glass Cocktail Club

13 JUNE / COLOURDROME: ORANGE / Paper Dress Vintage, Hackney

14 JUNE / CAIUS MAY BALL- PRIVATE EVENT

JULY

2 JULY / THE BOOK CLUB, 2-4PM

2 JULY / A CURIOUS INVITATION BALL @ MASONIC TEMPLE. Part of EAST LONDON FILM FESTIVAL

9 JULY / SHUFFLE FESTIVAL: DRAWN AT DAWN  / Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park

17 JULY / CITADEL FESTIVAL: DRAWING JUKEBOX / Victoria Park, East London

AUG

4-7 AUG / WILDERNESS FESTIVAL with A Curious Invitation Natural History Tent

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The raven has landed…

Draw with us at the Tower!

Art Macabre are delighted to be able to announce a new collaboration with Historic Royal Palaces, creating together a series of after-hours drawing events at the Tower of London. Ahead of monthly events, launching in Spring 2016, we’d like to invite you to part of a preview event, introducing the Drawn at the Tower tutoring team and the experience of drawing after-hours at this unique, historical landmark site.

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PREVIEW EVENT: Rebel Queens and Killer Kings

Tuesday 24 November 2015, 6.30-9pm

@ Tower of London

Tickets £20 (includes drawing materials, paper and a drink). Tickets purchased here.

Unlock your drawing potential and discover the scandalous romances and rebellions of medieval monarchs at this after-hours drawing event at the Tower of London. Inspired by Isabella the “She-wolf of France”, and her tyrannical father-in-law Edward I, create your own portraits in the unique and dramatically lit Medieval Palace with tutors Jake Spicer and Sue Dray.

From an enthusiastic newbie to a seasoned artist, Drawn at the Tower is designed for adults (18+) of all levels and abilities. Tutoring will be available.

About DRAWN AT THE TOWER

Drawn at Tower is a new creative collaboration between Historic Royal Palaces and Art Macabre, inviting participantsto use drawing to explore stories from the Tower of London’s remarkable 1,000 year history. From royals and rogues to ravens and rituals, each event will illuminate the Tower’s dark past. Drawn at the Tower is directed and designed by Art Macabre, and delivered by a team of tutors and artists including Jake Spicer,Sue Dray and Lozzy Bones, to create an immersive experience. Be among the first to experience this unique after-hours drawing series at the Tower of London that will run regularly from spring 2016.

About Art Macabre

Art Macabre inject a lethal dose of theatricality and curiosity into drawing. Directed by Nikki Shaill, Art Macabre specialise in creating immersive drawing events in unique spaces that bring together elements of narrative, performance, music and theatrical themes. Since 2010, thousands of participants have enjoyed drawing from both the imagination and observation.

Accessibility

Please note access to the Tower of London site will be restricted to a different part of the Tower for each event, and does not include access to the Crown Jewels or whole site. This event involves using steps around the historic site and is unfortunately not suitable for wheelchair users or for people with limited mobility. Please note that chairs are not provided to sit on during this event. If you have particular seating or access requirements, please contact 0844 482 7777 or learning.info@hrp.org.uk

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ART MACABRE TURNS 5 this Halloween!

We can hardly believe it ourselves, but this October 31st 2015 we will mark five whole years of macabre mark making! Yes, Art Macabre Death Drawing salons are proud to celebrate that we’ve been running our events for 5 years now.

To celebrate this occasion, we’ll be:

  • Throwing a Halloween birthday celebration – a joyfully macabre shindig on Halloween even itself! So keep Saturday 31 October free for dressing up, dancing, DJs and drinking fun with some of our bestest Art Macabre family, friends & fiends. KEEP THE DATE FREE! Details and venue TBA very soon…
  • Creating a zine – called ‘ART MACABRE: DIY or DIE’ to acknowledge in the true DIY spirit that we started with our roots in Ladyfest Ten. It will be for sale for a bargainous price. Featuring black and white artwork and prints by School of Skull participants and some of our favourite Art Macabre artists. Including some pages designed for colouring in!
  • Holding the Summer School of Skulls exhibition – our third exhibition, following on from the success of our previous exhibition earlier this year ‘The Dying Art’, we’ll be exhibiting the artwork and sketches created and inspired by the 13 participants in our Summer School of Skulls programme. Work produced on the theme of Death and Skulls – there’ll be prints, drawings, textiles and more – created and inspired by trips to Wellcome Collection, Barts Pathology Museum, Viktor Wynd’s Museum of Curiousites and Grant Zoology museum amongst other places.
  • Looking back at 5 years of Art Macabre with photo archives and favourite events memories shared online, plus exciting announcements released for 2016!

WATCH THIS SPACE FOR DETAILS ON ALL OF THESE VERY SOON!

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