Events

The Stories of Women at The Feminist Library

The 2nd event in this new series will be on Monday 21st August; our model will be Jennifer Farmer; 7pm – 9pm at The Feminst Library;

Multipurpose Resource Centre
5 Westminster Bridge Road
London
SE1 7XW

Jennifer will be modelling and telling you some of her story and experience of modelling. There will be time for a brief discussion, and then You will have the chance to pose! You are welcome to just come and draw if you prefer. No experience necessary.

Tickets cost £5, £7.50 or £10 depending on your income – you decide. Tickets available online in advance or on the door. The events are open to All women. This is a body and sex positive environment, supportive of sensitive discussion that is wholly inclusive.

Some drawing materials provided.

Tickets are available here.

Spirited Bodies with All the Young Nudes, Edinburgh

On Wednesday 23rd August we will be at the Edinburgh festival, hosted by All the Young Nudes. This is a mixed event, accompanied by an eclectic DJ set. We are looking for up to 10 people to model, of all genders; whether for the very first time, or a seasoned professional. Get in touch to express interest, explaining a bit about your reasons. This is not a paid gig, but guidance will be given; and as well this is a unique and special opportunity to pose as a group. It is of course also a fabulous opportunity for artists to challenge themselves with multiple figures of varying body types in tableaux.

6:30pm – 9pm

Whitespace, Norloch House, 36 King’s Stables Road, Edinburgh, EH1 2EU

For tickets see here

Spirit of Women Changemakers – Fawcett Society conferences in London & Manchester

The London event is on Saturday 12th November and takes place at St Thomas’ Hospital.

The Manchester event is on Saturday 19th November and takes place at The Studio.

Our workshops will be from 2:30pm – 3:30pm.

If you identify as female and would like to take part in one of the events as a model, please email me at info.spiritedbodies@gmail.com stating your reasons – there are limited places. This is not paid modelling, but nor would you need to pay to come to the event. Similarly if you are a female life drawing artist in or near Manchester who would like to come and draw at that event, please get in touch. It is great to have some experienced drawers present! It looks like we may not have space to accommodate the same in London unfortunately, however if that changes I shall put the word out. In any case, you can always buy a ticket to the conference and join us that way, as well as seeing lots of inspiring talks. I will be bringing drawing boards and materials.

There is lots more information here, including how to buy tickets.

MARY5b© Spirited Bodies 2016, photograph by www.lidialidia.com at Loving Bodies event, April ’16

NB I am not intending to photograph the event at Spirit of Women Changemakers conference.

Collaboration with All the Young Nudes in Edinburgh

We are returning to Scotland as part of the Edinburgh festival, for one evening with All The Young Nudes on Tuesday 23 August, 8pm to 10pm, at the legendary Studio 24.

We invite those who would like to try life modelling but who wouldn’t ordinarily have the chance, as well as seasoned professional models who would enjoy creating group tableaux with us. This is unpaid but we are neither making a profit, nor even covering all expenses. We do this as a one-off because we love it, and want to share that passion in many exciting places.

Modelling as a group is different to solo, with its own dynamics and challenges. We will be there to offer support and guidance for those new to modelling, and to connect with like-minded professionals. This is a liberating practice with many benefits for all involved.

There are limited places for models so we would ask you to email us well in advance if you are interested, telling us a little about your reasons for wanting to join in. Email Esther at info.spiritedbodies@gmail.com

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© Tatiana Moressoni, at Spirited Sound, November 2015

Sound & movement with life drawing

Two workshops with soundbath; slow nude movement and stillness; and life drawing.
1pm – 3pm Women
4pm – 6pm Mixed
Participants are invited to flow with Sarah Kent’s healing sounds, finding ways to embody sound, whilst being drawn, or drawing. A sharing of practices is encouraged – people may come to try modelling as well as drawing, and possibly also experiment with sound making.
Collaborative drawing on very large paper, and posing as a group.
Kathleen Dutton will lead drawing exercises, and Esther Bunting the movement and modelling work. This will be a very free and model-centred type of posing, for experimental drawing.
We will begin with a circle of meditation and intention making.
This collaboration began between Esther, Kathleen and Sarah last year at Bargehouse in November, then in March this year we met to experiment together with our different art forms. We are excited to open this up to small workshops, with up to 8 models, and 8 artists/mark makers at each session. If you are interested please email estherbunting@gmail.com explaining your interest in participating. We can then send you the ticket link if selected. We will try to gender balance the mixed event (though mainly with regard to models), and the women’s session is naturally open to all who identify as women.
Tickets are £10 or £15 depending on income. Special rate available for women staying all day.

The sessions are ideal for those wishing to embrace their nudity, feel at one with their body, perhaps already on that path to naked liberation, feeling comfortable nude with others. Alongside that is opening up to creativity of a different nature through mark and sound making. Explore your energy and switch on your senses; this is a healing, moving meditation with soundbath and drawing.

Sarah is a collaborative sound artist, folk fiddler, homeopath, reiki practitioner and bodyworker.

Kathleen is an artist & creative director; zen yoga, theta healing & reiki practitioner with passion for well-being and creative collaboration.

Esther is a movement and performance artist, playwright, event facilitator and life model.

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Saturday 16th April, Loving Bodies

A mass women’s life modelling and drawing event

St John’s Church, Waterloo – 73 Waterloo Road , London SE1 8TY

11am – 4pm

£15 to come and draw, contact info.spiritedbodies@gmail.com to model

This is a fundraising event for women in a Syrian refugee camp –

At present sanitary towels are not often part of the aid available to women in refugee camps. They must purchase these and other items such as nappies and incontinence pads themselves. Vulnerable women have to make the choice between feeding their families and basic feminine hygiene; and the loss of dignity, freedom and access to opportunity (such as going to school) such a choice entails.
Loving Bodies is a mass women’s life drawing event to raise money to buy sanitary towel (& nappy) making machines for women in Za’atari Syrian refugee camp. Proceeds will benefit the charity Loving Humanity UK
The interior of St John’s Waterloo, the host venue, will provide a stunning backdrop to the work.
Whether you are an experienced artist, or a curious beginner this event is a remarkable opportunity to discover something new for yourself and make a differnece in the world.
Spirited Bodies are providing the life models for this event; experienced and totally novice women are welcome to come and pose. This is unpaid for all involved.
Participants are welcome to bring their own drawing materials, although basic materials will be available on the day.

Buy tickets here

 

 

Spirited Bodies at Telegraph Hill Festival 2016

This is a fairly small mixed event, which will be part of the regular life drawing session at Telegraph Hill Centre, that meets on Thursday evenings. It is currently run by Frances Felgate and was started by Alexandra Unger.

This is a free event, though donations are very welcome. A group of up to 6 models will pose in tableaux, from 7:30pm – 9:30pm, with a short break in the middle.

In the Craft Room at the Telegraph Hill Centre, Kitto Road, London SE4 5TY – access via St Catherine’s Drive.

For upcoming women’s events, see our Women page.

Our last event was: Spirited Bodies at Tanner Street

An all day event, starting in the morning with a session for women. Two hours of getting comfortable naked, exploring our energy and how we can create poses to enhance ourselves and engender confidence.

Women artists are welcome to come and draw throughout. Nudity is optional. This is open to all trans women. Some drawing materials provided (everyone has a chance to draw).

Tickets £15, concession available, and tickets may be bought on arrival.
Women artists wanting to attend the mixed session as well can pay £20 for the whole day. Models do not pay to participate in the mixed session, and must apply to pose. Please get in touch letting us know your reasons for wanting to participate, at info.spiritedbodies@gmail.com

Women’s session: 11am – 1pm
Mixed session: 2 – 5pm
Time to reflect and share experiences with tea: 5 – 6pm

Both modelling sessions will incorporate an element of sound art, as Sarah Kent who created a soundbath at the last event – Spirited Sound – will again be in residence. Models will also be guided to make their own soundscape during some poses.

The mixed session is less of a workshop with actual instruction, and more a mass model ensemble for the artist who is well seasoned or enjoys the challenge. Models may be professional or new, sharing in the heightened ambience of group nudity and stillness, together with the focused gaze of artists upon them. It is a chance for the professional model who is also an enthusiast, to enjoy a different type of posing, in combination with other figures.

Making sound adds to the models’ collective presence, literally giving them a voice to be reckoned with, to suggest new ways of mark making to their artful audience. The soundscape is led by more experienced models with a singing background, and is a fairly low-level harmonious affair, in case the idea makes you shudder!

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For tickets: www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2469845

at the Drawing Theatre with Spirited Bodies, February 2012, Battersea Arts Centre
at the Drawing Theatre with Spirited Bodies, February 2012, Battersea Arts Centre

16 thoughts on “Events”

  1. Well done girls!!
    I might take Spirited Bodies abroad to Barcelona. The blog is looking beautiful!
    loads of women love

    isabella

  2. Well done girls!!
    I might take Spirited Bodies abroad to Barcelona. The blog is looking beautiful!
    loads of women love

    isabella

    ps: it will all come together Esther!

    1. Thank you Darling, please invite me when you’re thinking of Spanish Spirited Bodies; I would love to be there too!! Perhaps we could have a translated version of the site… probably wordpress do it automatically. Lots of love xxx

  3. i found your leaflet at the institute where i am modelling aswell, so i really like your website, its nice to see life models enjoy their work and try to share their thought.
    great idea and drawings… i mlike yhe description about life modelling which is true.
    looking good naked is a fact.

    all the best
    philip

  4. Do you mind if I quote a couple of your articles as long as I provide credit and sources back to your site?
    My blog is in the very same niche as yours and
    my visitors would really benefit from some of the information you provide here.
    Please let me know if this okay with you. Thank you!

    1. Hi Chloe, we did come to Edinburgh and Glasgow a couple years ago, but it’s quite a lot of logistics to juggle so not on the cards right now. Would love to return however some time. Perhaps you can join us in London meanwhile?

    1. Hi Nicholas, it would have been lovely to see you again, however it looks like all places for men are already taken. I will let you know if that changes.
      All the best, Esther

      1. Hi Esther

        So good to hear from you too – been a long time ! Too long – really enjoyed my previous session with the group – so fantastically liberating the nudity and the free expression and friendliness & love amongst everyone there – participants and drawers /sketchers too

        Yes if any places come up that would be lovely – if not no worries – and please if poss book me on your next event

        Kind regards

        Nicholas

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