Drafting the Manifesto

Spirited Bodies Manifesto

To empower life models; by gaining recognition and understanding for their work

To offer the opportunity of life modelling to other people who can benefit in a variety of ways; by becoming comfortable in their own skin, and engaging in a silent meeting with the self

People get to experience nudity in front of others in a safe, artistic environment, as well as understanding what it is to life model

To reclaim nakedness from negative social assumptions

To give artists a unique opportunity to work from a group of diverse models in directed tableaux

Life models transform their position in the eyes of artists, by empowering themselves. Through sharing their skills with non-professionals, and training potential life models, models may express their previously unspoken qualities

Life modelling is offered as a valuable chance for getting in touch with our inner self, which enhances wellbeing

The stillness of life modelling enforces another level of discipline

Spirited Bodies, www.spiritedbodies.com, is an arts organisation that empowers people through modelling for artists.  Founded in 2010, Spirited Bodies creates events where individuals new to modelling for artists pose in groups, providing a rare opportunity for artists to work from more than one nude model at a time.  For people who are not used to being naked in public, it is an empowering chance to hold a meeting with themselves in a managed artistic context.

can’t buy love

Megan Morgan follows me as we cycle over the bridge to the Mall, I want to show her where it is. I tell her what it’s like to model naked all the time and why I love it. How the artists, some of them, know a part of me neither friends nor family do. How it’s a performance of self expression in the moment, and while you could get self absorbed, you also get beyond the self, and beneath layers. It may be hard sometimes, but when you enjoy it, it’s a pleasure to be drawn. After a difficult spell in another part of my life, modelling can take me back to a happier place in myself, what a treasure. I love sharing this knowledge with someone who wants to take it on too. Feels like something I ought to do.

Glyn Howard makes me look cooler than Top Cat!
Glyn's groovy cartoon style, i dig it