Upcoming events on this page:
27/09/2019 – Mind & Bodies Late at Dulwich Picture Gallery, London
05/10/2019 – With Claire Collison at Metal, Peterborough (women only)
19/10/2019 – With Claire Collison at Metal, Liverpool (women only)
26/10/2019 – Body Narratives #3 with London Drawing: Valentina
14/11/2019 – Night School at The Barber Institute of Fine Arts, Birmingham
Friday 27 September we will be at the Minds & Bodies – body positive – Late at Dulwich Picture Gallery, from 7pm to 11pm. It’s part of a bigger London-wide festival of Lates that weekend called ‘Emerge’, where you can visit multiple venues. You must be 18 or over to attend and there are discounts for groups of young people.
What to expect from Spirited Bodies at this Late!
Spirited Bodies currently have a strong focus on teenagers and young people. Our main mission is about encouraging body positivity, and tied into getting comfortable with our bodies are many related mental health issues. These include self acceptance; confidence to try new things; understanding our and others’ boundaries; as well as embracing our need to be seen and appreciated. In this event four professional life models will pose and also speak about their experiences on the journey towards body acceptance. Together they will discuss naked gender politics; the way that nakedness is perceived in our society; and how confidence in the life room may radiate into the rest of their lives. Initially some of the models arrived at being life models because of a need to love their own bodies more; they share how successful that struggle has been, so far.
Whether you are experienced at drawing or have never tried it, you are welcome to witness this and we encourage you to try making some marks. It’s not a competition – it really is about the process. Drawing is a primal activity many of us sadly have lost touch with, but here is an opportunity to reconnect with it (materials provided). The results do not matter! Or, just come to listen and see. This promises to be very insightful and potentially cathartic for all present. There is also the chance to ask questions and join in the discussion. It will be a rolling session flowing through various themes as the evening progresses and different models join the tableau.
Women’s life modelling and drawing workshops with Claire Collison’s performance about breast cancer and living with a mastectomy.
October is breast cancer awareness month! We are celebrating with artist, writer and model Claire Collison, with whom we have collaborated on several occasions since 2015. Our events with her take place on:
- Saturday 5 October, 1pm to 4pm at
Metal, Chauffeurs Cottage, St Peters Road, Peterborough, PE1 1YX
- Saturday 19 October, 1pm to 4pm at
Metal, Tunnel Road, Liverpool, L7 6ND
See links for all details, including her ‘Intimate Tour of Breasts’ in both places, about a month prior to our workshops with her. All events are free but booking is essential.
Body Narratives focuses on a life as well as a life model, as carefully selected models pose and speak, touching on a range of subjects close to all our hearts.
In collaboration with London Drawing, our third session presents Valentina Rock, who will talk about her life as a performer and her journey of self acceptance through life modelling. Come and draw, listen and creatively exchange in the lovely intimate atmosphere of Vaulty Towers.
You can read more about Valentina, including her campaign for body positivity, in Women’s Health Magazine.
Join us on Saturday 26 October from 4pm to 6pm at Vaulty Towers, 34 Lower Marsh, London, SE1 7RG.
Tickets are £15 and can be booked online via London Drawing: Body Narratives.
On Thursday 14 November 2019, from 6pm to 8pm, we’ll be back in Birmingham as guests of The Barber Institute of Fine Arts.
Head up to their galleries for a relaxed life-drawing session that will explore notions of body image and acceptance. You will be able talk with the models while you draw, allowing the conversations to inform your drawing.
Tickets are £10, or £8 concessions. Book Barber Lates: Spirited Bodies tickets online.
At the Barber Institute of Fine Arts, University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham, B15 2TS – find out about visiting The Barber Institute.