Founded in 2010, Spirited Bodies is an activist organisation that champions body positivity, feminism and personal empowerment through the practices of life modelling and life drawing.
People come to model with Spirited Bodies to experience being nude with others in a relaxed environment, for the creation of art. They want to face body issues and feel the warmth of human bonding in a way our society rarely offers; to be seen as a work of art and have the opportunity to express oneself in moments of silence and stillness.
From overcoming eating disorders, celebrating the joy of losing weight, adapting to a post-teenage body, rehabilitating after illness, addressing ageist stereotypes, rediscovering one’s beauty post-divorce and making new friends to being a part in the process of creating art – Spirited Bodies has a great deal to offer.
Led by professional life models, Spirited Bodies offers a chance to:
- practise posing – staying still and knowing what is suitable for your body, as well as bringing out your best features
- understand the difference between posing alone and in a group – when to be the ‘star’, and how to be part of an ensemble tableau
- experience a group dynamic, kinaesthetic response and spatial awareness – the connection models make with artists and how an awareness of their point of view informs poses
Group exercises tune you to make the most of your Spirited Bodies experience and give you a chance to connect with others participating at the same time.