Manko poses as Queen Isabella at our preview Drawn at the Tower event. HRP/ArtMacabre (c) Photographer: Benedict Johnson

Art Macabre are delighted to be able to announce a new collaboration with Historic Royal Palaces, creating together a series of after-hours drawing events at the Tower of London. View a trailer here

Drawn at the Tower with Art Macabre

After a successful series of Spring events, we will be taking a break over summer. Drawn at the Tower with Art Macabre will return this Autumn 2016. Dates for your diary are here.Tickets and full information on event themes will be revealed very shortly here.


12 September / 11 October / 16 November / 12 December 2016


Tickets are between £20 to £24 (concessions see website)- block booking discounts also available. All drawing materials, paper and a drink included in the ticket price.



Spring 2016 Dates TICKETS ON SALE HERE via the HRP website (to book for different events, find the date on the ticket booking calendar to select relevant event)

6.30-9pm @ Tower of London, various locations around the Tower’s site

Tuesday 15 February, Tower of Love: Romance is Dead. Guest artist Lozzy Bones

Tuesday 15 March, Witchcraft and Dark Arts. Guest artist Jason Atomic

Wednesday 13 April, Ravens and Morbid Corvids. Sketch the Tower’s famous corvids! Guest the Ravenmaster.

Tuesday 24 May, Royal Beasts. Guest artist Jake Spicer & Tim Maynard’s Travelling Menagerie (tbc- watch this space!)

Tickets are between £20 to £24 (concessions see website)- block booking discounts also available. All drawing materials, paper and a drink included in the ticket price.


Drawn at the Tower with Art Macabre presents…

Tower of Love:Romance is Dead Monday 15 February 2016, 6.30-9pm / SOLD OUT

Guest artist: Lozzy Bones

A post-Valentines sketching special, dedicated to those who died at the Tower in the name of love. Enter the drama and tragedy of the Tudor court, and explore Henry VIII’s doomed love affair with Anne Boleyn.  Sketch our costumed models, posing as their ghosts at the site of her burial in the Chapel of St Peter ad Vincula. Plus create miniature love tokens with guest artist Lozzy Bones, in the Chapel’s crypt.

Drawn at the Tower with Art Macabre presents

Witchcraft and Dark Arts Tuesday 15 March 2016, 6.30-9pm

Guest artist: Jason Atomic

Last year, archaeologists unearthed new evidence of protection against witchcraft and demonology carved and buried within the Tower’s walls. Discover the dark secrets of these ‘apotropaic marks’ and the compelling power of symbols at this after-hours theatrical drawing event. Sketch your own designs inspired by the history of witchcraft, sorcery and demonology at the Tower – under the watchful eye of guest artist Jason Atomic.

Drawn at the Tower with Art Macabre presents

Ravens and Morbid Corvids, Wednesday 13 April 2016, 6.30-9pm / SOLD OUT

Guest: The Ravenmaster and the ravens!

Legend has it that if the ravens should ever leave the fortress walls, the Tower and the kingdom will fall. In this unique event we’ll explore mythology, folklore and true tales of the Tower’s famous feathered guardians. Draw these magnificent birds up close as they pose alongside the Tower’s very own Ravenmaster.

Drawn at the Tower with Art Macabre presents

Royal Beasts, Tuesday 24 May 2016, 6.30-9pm

The Tower was once the historic home to a magnificent menagerie of beasts: from Barbary lions and the first elephants in England, to mischievous monkeys and a polar bear who swam in the river Thames. Explore through drawing the stories of London’s first zoo. More information to come!

Menagerie Tower of London The menagerie at the Tower of London

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Drawn at Tower is a new creative collaboration between Historic Royal Palaces and Art Macabre, inviting participantsto use drawing to explore stories from the Tower of London’s remarkable 1,000 year history. From royals and rogues to ravens and rituals, each event will illuminate the Tower’s dark past. Drawn at the Tower is directed and designed by Art Macabre, and delivered by a team of guest artists including Jake Spicer,Sue Dray and Lozzy Bones, to create an immersive experience. Be among the first to experience this unique after-hours drawing series at the Tower of London that will run regularly from spring 2016.

About Art Macabre

Art Macabre inject a lethal dose of theatricality and curiosity into drawing. Directed by Nikki Shaill, Art Macabre specialise in creating immersive drawing events in unique spaces that bring together elements of narrative, performance, music and theatrical themes. Since 2010, thousands of participants have enjoyed drawing from both the imagination and observation.


Please note access to the Tower of London site will be restricted to a different part of the Tower for each event, and does not include access to the Crown Jewels or whole site. This event involves using steps around the historic site and is unfortunately not suitable for wheelchair users or for people with limited mobility. Please note that chairs are not always provided to sit on during this event. If you have particular seating or access requirements, please contact 0844 482 7777 or learning.info@hrp.org.uk

Drawn at the Tower Colour



Tickets £20 – £24 (concession rates) includes drawing materials, paper and a drink). Tickets purchased here.