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
We 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 VENETIAN 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
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.
SUNDAY 22 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).
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.
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.