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

Minds & Bodies Late
at Dulwich Picture Gallery

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.

Tickets for Friday evening cost £15.

The venue is Dulwich Picture Gallery, Gallery Road, London, SE21 7AD

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.

Bargehouse 2
from our event at Bargehouse in 2015

‘Truth is Beauty’ with Claire Collison

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:

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 #3: Valentina
with London Drawing

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.

Night School at
The Barber Institute of Fine Arts

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.

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


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


    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

  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


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