Summer School of Skulls: Day 4

Day four of the Summer School saw a bit of a change of plan. We had been planning on going to Highgate cemetery but given the rain we had on days two and three, we sought shelter and so headed to the Grant Museum of Zoology. In the end it turned out to be a lovely day, but Grant’s is one of my favourite places in London so I was very happy we ended up there.

drawing in the museum

The Grant museum is part of UCL and hosts a fantastic collection of zoological specimens. The most celebrated is the jar of moles (yep, a jar of moles), but they also have bones endangered and extinct animals such as Tasmanian Tiger or Thylacine, the Quagga, and the Dodo alongside a hundreds of other interesting skeletons and jars. I particularly like the skeletons of the bats and flying foxes as they look like little humans but with wings, almost like angels (or demons!)

batWe were very lucky as the curator of the museum was prepared to take some specimens out of the glass cases for us so we could work on more detailed drawings. We got to select and as a group chose a deer skull with fantastic twisted horns, one of those bat skeletons and a tiger skull.

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I spent ages drawing the deer skull. After my confidence boost drawing the real human skulls at Bart’s Pathology Museum, I felt that I wanted to continue with a longer observational drawing, rather than doing lots of quick sketches around the museum. I also realised that I find it so much easier to draw when I am not looking at something behind glass – you really get to see all the little details and changes in texture. I did also attempt to draw the bat, but it was way to complicated and I hadn’t left myself enough time.

bat drawingAs well as completing our own drawings we also played the surrealist game Exquisite Corpses (where you draw part of a drawing, cover it and pass it on to be added to by someone else, at the end the full drawing is revealed). We used the animals in the Grant collection to inspire our own weird and wonderful mythical beasts! They came out looking brilliant and it was really fun to do something collaborative where you weren’t worried about the outcome.

EQ2 Today was the day I felt the most confident in my drawing. I think this was from a combinations of things such as having fantastic objects to look at up close and having time to spend on my drawings, but also that I have been practicing and developing my skills for nearly a week now. I really feel like my drawing is improving over the Summer School as I am investing time in practicing the skill. Can’t believe it is nearly over!

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Summer School of Skulls: Day 3

Another very exciting venue was lined up for day three of the Summer School (I think I’ve said that every day so far!). Today we were visiting the Tower of London.

TowerI haven’t been to the Tower since I was a little girl, when my mother took me. Apparently I went a bit strange when standing on the spot where Anne Boleyn was killed and started speaking about ‘having been there before’. Either I was locked in the tower in a past life, or was just a slightly creepy child. I had always wanted to go back (maybe I would remember something else?!) but it is pretty expensive and always packed, so I never got round to it. This meant that being taken there was as part of the Summer School was very exciting.

Trailtors GateI am a bit of a history geek (especially when that history is dark and macabre) so I loved that we were able to join a tour. We followed a Beefeater while he explained about each of the towers and told tales of executions gone wrong and heads on spikes – it was brilliant! I also found out that the Tower used to be used to keep all the animals that were given to the Royal Family. Once they were given an elephant and having never seen one before, the guards had no idea how to look after it. Thinking that a ‘royal’ animal should be treated like royalty they gave him meat and bread to eat and port to drink! He died pretty quickly (no surprise!) There are now fantastic wire animal sculptures all around the tower, to commemorate this history.

Tower BearI loved exploring the collections, looking at the armoury and instruments of torture. I drew a few objects, however with the number of people around I didn’t want to stop for long so only managed very quick sketches. None of these were great drawings but are perfect as visual notes, to remind me of what I saw.

I was particular interested in the ‘graffiti’ that had been carved into the walls of one of the prison towers. From simple letters, to whole coats of arms and really intricate reliefs, they were incredible and really made you think about the amount of time that some prisoners spent looked up. Some of those carvings must have taken years.

It was really inspiring to be in a place with so much history. Whilst I didn’t have any other past life experiences, I did really feel the presence of all those people who inhabited the Tower. I found the architecture really interesting and spent a bit of time sketching it (though it started to rain so I never finished).

Tower DrawingAfter a quick break for coffee and dinner, it was time to re-join Art Macabre for an evening life drawing salon. This was not exclusive to the Summer School, but we were all invited along. The night was themed around Josephine Baker – the siren of the tropics – and we had the incredible dancer/choreographer Brooklyn Sanchez channelling the spirit of Josephine.

JB7As well a recreating some typical Josephine Baker poses, Brooklyn also performed a unique routine inspired by Josephine’s infamous banana skirt dance, but with a 21st century twist. A jazz soundtrack and delicious tropical cocktails from the bar helped to create a fabulous exotic atmosphere (even if the very British rain storm outside tried it’s best to dampen it!).

In my blog post from day one of the Summer School I said I found life drawing difficult, and I still don’t think I was there with my drawing. Try as I might, I could not get the proportions right. I did start to get more confident and improve as the evening went on but I still need to practice more. I guess that means I just need to go to more Art Macabre events!

After a full day at the Tower and then life drawing in the evening to I was exhausted! I definitely needed a good rest before picking up my pencil again for day four…

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Summer School of Skulls: Day 2

Having had mixed feelings about the quality of my drawings on day one, I was slightly nervous about the second day of the Summer of Skulls. Would I get my drawing mojo back today, did I have one at all?? But, I was also very excited as we were visiting somewhere I had wanted to go for ages and it is not normally open to the public during the day – Bart’s Pathology Museum.

Barts3It is an incredible collection of all sorts of weird and wonderful medical specimens. I could have spent the whole week just drawing and exploring in there! Whilst they are not open daily (it is still used by medical students) they do open for special events and I would really recommend going (coming up is Bart’s Bazaar on the 22nd August – a ‘macabre and medical market’ with stalls selling taxidermy and offering tarot readings which sounds amazing!)

We were very lucky to be introduced to the collection by Carla Valentine, the ex- mortician who is now in charge of documenting, researching and preserving the collections, as well as organising the events. She had got a load of real human skulls out for us to draw – very exciting! She told us the history of some of them so we had some idea of where they had come from, and what had happened to them. One had two holes drilled in the front which she said had probably been to cure a sinus problem (seems a bit drastic!).

barts2I really enjoyed drawing the skulls. Having looked at reproductions the day before I was amazed at just how much detail and different textures were on the surfaces of each. We were given a couple of hours to draw and were therefore able to spend longer on our drawings. In fact, I only completed 2 drawings in that time. I got so into looking at them and really enjoyed spending a bit more time to work into my tone and texture. I was really pleased with both of the drawings I produced, which gave me a lot more confidence in my work.

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We spend the second part of the day in the Wellcome Collection’s Reading Room. Having visited many exhibitions at the Wellcome, and loving their bookshop and café, I felt I knew it pretty well. I am ashamed to say that I didn’t even know the Reading Room was there! It is like a library but so much better! There are loads of comfy sofas, slouchy beanbags line the stairs, and there are lots of things to look at and play with, including an virtual autopsy table! Of course, the collection of books is brilliant too. With a focus on ‘what it means to be human’ there is everything, from religion and folk-law to science via art, love and death. I didn’t know where to start!

Reading RoombooksI didn’t do any drawing in the Reading Room, although some people did. Instead I used it as an opportunity to find out more about things that had been discussed during the course so far, or look at things that I find inspiring. For me this meant books about cults, alternative religions and memento mori. I left with my mind spinning with ideas and inspiration! Such a fantastic day.

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Summer School of Skulls: Day 1

Hello. My name is Christina and I was one of the participants in the first Art Macabre Summer School of Skulls. I am going to be blogging about my experiences each day – what we got up to, as well as my thoughts and feelings along the way.

I have to say that whilst very excited, I was also pretty nervous about the week. Though I do think of myself an artist, I studied Fine Art and university and now I teach art in a secondary school, I know that I am particularly good at drawing. (Though of course when in art teacher mode I would say that naturally everybody can draw and all drawing are of value, sometimes it can be hard to practice what you preach).

When at university I only drew very rough sketches as a way of planning sculptures and instillations. Now I am much more comfortable with a needle and tread than I am with a pencil. I do love drawing, but doing it in front of other people scared me, especially when I am so out of practice!

Thankfully, the lovely Nikki, put these fears to rest quickly – ‘no judgment’. This week, she said, was for us to develop our own personal practice and engage with our creativity. Perfect. The other participants seemed really friendly (I was confident no one would be mean about my slightly wonky drawings!). There were 13 of us – very appropriate number for this macabre week!

The first stop on our macabre tour of London was the extraordinary Viktor Wynd’s Cabinet of Wonders. It’s been on my must-see list for ages but I had never made it, so I was very happy to have the opportunity to explore the collection whilst drawing it!

If you haven’t been Viktor Wynd’s collection is made up of strange taxidermy, natural history specimens, Victorian toys, artworks, shrunken heads and many more curiosities (…did I just spot a box of Russell Brands pubes….). It is so much fun to look around, there was so much to see that it was hard to decide what to draw. I am already planning another trip back.

ViktorWynds4ViktorWynds3ViktorWynds2ViktorWynds1Nikki set us the challenge of drawing a skull, something beautiful, something repulsive and something to scale. I quickly found a skull and sketched it (very roughly). I then found a strange double baby head thing, with roses where the mouths should be. It was repulsive, but also beautiful. I was really drawn to it although not sure why! Babies are lovely, roses are gorgeous and it looked like it was make of porcelain but all together it was just horrific. I decided to draw that too, along with a taxidermy mouse in a Santa hat with a toy reindeer (of course!) and a rare orchid.

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After a quick break for lunch and a short walk, the second part of the day took place in the Art Macabre studios. Nikki has set up a still life with loads of reproduction skulls. We did timed drawings which was challenging – I struggled so much with the quickest sketches, though other people seemed to capture them so perfectly. I was reasonably happy with some of my drawings though, and I tried out my new inks, which produced a more stylised image but one that I was pretty happy with.

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drawing skulls

CakeWe had a quick break for tea and cake (which was covered in chocolate skulls and bones) then, did a final drawing, this time with a life model, holding a skull – of course! Now, if I found sketching skulls difficult, the life drawing was so much harder. It really is a skill you need to practice and it was a year since I last attempted it. It was really enjoyable, as working from the figure is so inspiring, however the resulting drawing was not good! But then, this was just the first day and it takes a while to get warmed up…

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Things are really hotting up for Art Macabre this summer season. As the temperature’s rising,we’re excited to reveal our JOSEPHINE BAKER themed special plus other outdoor life drawing opportunities! Come and sketch our models posing nude in nature…whether an urban beach, festival woodland or London cemetery…Plus we announce our new venue for COLOURDROME this Autumn!
UPCOMING EVENTS:  SIREN OF THE TROPICS / 14 AUGUST @ SHIPWRECK COVE
ALEXANDER MCQUEEN / 21 JULY @ THE PROUD ARCHIVIST
 SHUFFLE SKETCHING / 24 JULY @  TOWER HAMLETS CEMETERY
 FREUD’S GARDEN   / 25 AUGUST @ FREUD MUSEUM
PLUS FESTIVAL DATES & ANNOUNCING OUR NEW NEON VENUE!
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SKETCH ON THE BEACH
Poster design: Aaron Jacob Jones.
NEW SPECIAL EVENT ANNOUNCED!

SIREN OF THE TROPICS:

JOSEPHINE BAKER 

ALFRESCO LIFE DRAWING ADVENTURE
FEATURING BROOKLYN SANCHEZ!
FRIDAY 14 AUGUST, 7PM – 9.30PM
@ SHIPWRECK COVE (sponsored by John Payne) at THE CONSERVATOIRE SE3

A collaboration with The Conservatoire! Josephine Baker sashayed onto a Paris stage during the 1920s with a comic, sensual appeal that took Europe and then the world by storm. Taking her final bow 40 years ago, the impact and legend of the woman nicknamed the ‘Black Venus’ lives on to this day. Famous for barely-there dresses, bold dance routines and exotic beauty that broke boundaries, the Creole Goddess activist and her cheetah Chiquita captivated imaginations and inspire artists to this day…

FEATURING
BROOKLYN SANCHEZ

Leicester born Brooklyn is a London based dancer/choreographer and neo-burlesque performer. Her performances bring an element of culture and rawness to them without sparing the elegance and grace you can expect from any burlesque act.

Brooklyn will perform her unique dance routine and then a series of classic poses, channeling the spirit of Josephine. She’ll pay tribute to the legendary banana-skirt dance, with a distinctly 21st century flavour. Choreographed by Rubyyy Jones, in collaboration with Brooklyn, with costumes and headdresses designed by Lydia Cawson aka Prince Lydia.

Sketch outside on the sandy beach venue to a jazz soundtrack, with tropical cocktails available from the bar! Wet weather contingency in case the sun isn’t shining!

TICKETS NOW £15 with drawing materials & paper provided

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SKETCH BY THE CANAL
GET TICKETS NOW – SELLING FAST! 

MORTE COUTURE:

ALEXANDER MCQUEEN 

THEATRICAL FASHION LIFE DRAWING 
FEATURING MANKO & ARRAN SHURVINTON

TUESDAY 21 JULY, 7PM -9.30PM
@ THE PROUD ARCHIVIST BAR & GALLERY, BY REGENT’S CANAL NEAR HAGGERSTON

Sketch macabre beauty, drama and wild nature inspired fashions. An Alexander McQueen inspired collection of different headdresses and silhouettes to sketch.
TICKETS SELLING FAST!
£20
including a beer/glass of wine on arrival & drawing materials

BOOK YOURS NOW HERE

SKETCH IN A CEMETERY
SHUFFLE FESTIVAL:

CRADLE TO GRAVE 

LIFE DRAWING IN THE CEMETERY PARK
FEAT LIVE SONG FROM CARMEN MON OXIDE

SUNDAY 26 JULY, 2PM -3.30PM
@ TOWER HAMLETS CEMETERY PARK

Explore the journey from cradle to grave, life to death and beyond within the nature and history of the cemetery park. Nude models pose amongst the graves, with live operatic and traditional song performed.
TICKETS £10 / local discounts
Bring your own drawing materials

BOOK YOURS NOW HERE

SKETCH IN FREUD’S GARDEN
THE UNCONSCIOUS:

 FREUD MUSEUM 

DRAWING FROM THE UNCONSCIOUS
TUESDAY 25 AUGUST, 7PM
@ FREUD MUSEUM & GARDENS, LONDON

As part of the Festival of the Unconscious at Freud’s London residence and practice, sketch dreamlike scenes featuring models around the museum and gardens. Explore how drawing can reveal our deeper thoughts and dreams.
TICKETS £15 including a glass of wine/soft drink on arrival.
BOOK YOURS NOW HERE
Photo: Lights of Soho venue by Dave Hogan (c)
THIS AUTUMN, WE LAUNCH OUR NEW  HYPER-COLOURFUL AND BRIGHT SERIES: COLOURDROME. THESE MONTHLY COLOUR-THEMED EVENTS WILL TAKE PLACE AT RECENTLY LAUNCHED SOHO GALLERY, BAR & MEMBERS’ CLUB LIGHTS OF SOHO! 2ND WEDNESDAY EVENING OF EVERY MONTH FROM OCTOBER. JOIN US FOR NUDES AND NEONS! Preview the venue here & themes here
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THE ART MACABRE ACADEMY announces SUMMER SCHOOL OF SKULLS!

We’re excited to announce plans to launch our first SUMMER SCHOOL this August! 15 participants will be able to spend 5 days with Art Macabre, becoming part of our a creative community exploring SKULLS and developing their sketching SKILLS. We hope that taking part will provide an inspiring, challenging and unique drawing experience.
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The theme for this first Summer School programme will focus on the theme of ‘SKULLS’, both human and animal, and developing our skeletal sketching skills, as well as the occasional bit of life drawing of the nude figure in the mix too. The main focus will be on ‘The Skull’ though – the foundations of drawing from anatomy and a regular fixture at all Art Macabre events.

We’ll visit some weird and wondrous collections and cabinets of curiosities in London, as field trips to sketch and research at, as well as studio sessions to develop our sketches and ideas into more developed pieces. There’ll be opportunities to meet and hear from some guest artists and speakers. Different techniques and experiments in media from printmaking to embroidery will be encouraged.

All participants will be offered the opportunity to be part of an exhibition this Autumn, to exhibit work created in and inspired by the Summer School.

Plus a deadly afternoon tea to kick things off on the summer school’s first afternoon and get to know one another!

Priced at £75.00, we think that the programme is very good value and aim to remain accessible and affordable to all. Payments can be made in installments.

Limited places. Interested in joining us? Please email Nikki now to receive further programme info and book your place: deathdrawing@gmail.com

More info: http://artmacabre.bigcartel.com/product/summer-sketching-school-2015-skulls-and-skills

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DON’T TAKE OUR WORD FOR IT…

We’ve received some fantastic testimonials lately, so thought we’d share them here. We don’t mean to blow our own trumpet or owt, but rather than sing our own praises, we thought we’d share what others have made of our little death drawing events…

“Imaginative, intimate and inspirational, Art Macabre is everything you could want from a life drawing class – or any night out, for that matter. ” Katie Antoniou, journalist

We’ve worked with Art Macabre on several occasions in the last year, and it is refreshing to commission an event with such a professional team. They bring a blend of dark wit and engagement with their fun, fresh approach to life drawing. As with all good events it’s in the details; the music, the props, and the models are all carefully planned and choreographed, but what visitors encountered is a smooth-running entertaining evening with its finger firmly on the cultural pulse.’ Annette Richardson, Somerset House, Learning & Participation Manager

“Working with Art Macabre has bought both new audiences and engaged our regulars in  exploring  the collection using creative expression to draw out new ways of understanding in the Museum. The format of life drawing works well and can be adapted to suit our themes that we run each term from Steam Punk to Pottery.  Working with Nikki and her team has been stimulating and produced very successful and popular evenings here at The UCL  Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology.” Helen Pike, Petrie Museum, Public Programmer 

Nikki has created something wonderful, and she continues to overflow with ideas, each one to be meticulously researched and refined on its way to becoming a rich, riotous reality. Such genius, such moments to treasure.” Steve Ritter, life model

“Art Macabre has been a wonderful addition to our programme, bringing in a fresh new crowd of art-lovers. We get so many great comments from our customers, with lots of inspired people sharing the pictures they have drawn in the class with us over social media. Nikki never fails to impress us with her interesting themes and incredible models and costumes.” Rose Payne, Programmer, The Book Club & Mothership

“Art Macabre add a thrilling aspect to Shuffle Festival – deep in the woods in the cemetery park you can find them drawing the things we only dare to think about in our daily lives – our bodies and the passing of time. They get large audience involvement and have really original concepts.” Kate MacTiernan , Creative Director, Shuffle festival

“Delightfully dark” Captain Crop, A Curious Invitation Ball

“Their ability to introduce new audiences to the museum and encourage respectful engagement with the collections means that we will certainly collaborate further in future” Carla Valentine, Barts Pathology Museum Curator

What fun I had drawing! All thanks to your inspirational classes. You relit the fire of creativity inside me. A big thank you.”  Vivienne, participant

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THE DYING ART

THE DYING ART

A group exhibition as part of DYING MATTERS AWARENESS WEEK

18 May – 24 May 2015 @ The Old School Rooms, The Round Chapel, Clapton, E5 0PU

Image featured Lucid Skull by Lauren Baker & Sequin Kay

Image featured Lucid Skull by Lauren Baker & Sequin Kay

Art Macabre’s Director Nikki Shaill curates an exhibition that explores death and dying, memento mori, memory, loss and survival, personification of death, anatomy and the body, memorial and the art of dying.

Showcasing the work of 25 artists, from the UK, USA and Russia. Featuring drawings, paintings, illustrations, photographs, prints, textiles, poetry and memento mori sculpture.

Artwork to be featured, Top Left to Bottom Right: Aaron Jacob Jones, Antonia Rolls, The Artchemist, The Artchemist, Marie-Louise Jones, Herald Black, Karen Harvey, Karina Yazylyan, Lizzie Learman,Lozzy Bones, Wolf Mask, Valeriya N-Georg

FEATURED ARTISTS:

The Artchemist / Art Macabre / Lauren Baker / Herald Black / Lozzy Bones / Laura Brett / Christina Rose Brown / Drucilla Burrell / Lucinda Chell /Olina Divisova / Rachel Harmeyer / Karen Harvey / Jason Alex Hill / Aaron Jacob Jones / Marie-Louise Jones / Inky Layla /  Lizzie Learman / Clare Lowe  / Valeriya N-Georg Nikki Shaill / Joanna Shears / Jo Tedds / Natalie Thomas / Linsay Trerise / Karina Yazylyan / Wolf Mask Art

Private View: Thursday 21 May, by invitation only. Email deathdrawing@gmail.com for press/PV enquiries

Exhibition dates: 18 May – 24 May (Dying Matters Awareness Week)

OPENING TIMES: Monday – Thursday 12pm – 6pm. Friday 12pm – 3pm. Saturday & Sunday 11am – 6pm.

Private view evening event: 21 May, 6.30-9pm supported by Pressure Drop & Clapton Craft

Location: The Old School Rooms, URC, The Round Chapel, Powerscroft Road Clapton, Hackney E5 0PU

TO GAIN ACCESS: Go to the wooden door on street level on Powerscroft Rd side of the church. Press the buzzer marked ‘Studio 1’ or call 07845 310 272

For more information about Dying Matters Awareness Week: http://www.dyingmatters.org/YODO

For more information about Art Macabre: http://www.deathdrawing.com

We’re particularly interested in work that focuses on the journey from life to death and beyond, memento mori, vanitas, the relationship between the living body and death, memorial, grief and bereavement, end of life, the art of dying well, death positivity and explorations that look at life through the awareness of our mortality, unpick and trace the process of dying, the unknown, the light and dark of death, or that relate to this year’s Dying Matters theme of ‘Talk, Plan, Live’.

This isn’t going to be an exhibition packed full of Gothic skulls, macabre, dark imagery (although I’m sure there’ll be a few skulls in there!) Shadows and emotion, yes, but we’d love to explore new imagery of death and a diverse representation of what it means to look at and dance with death through art.”

Nikki Shaill, Art Macabre

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CELEBRATE THE MAY BANK HOLIDAY in MACABRE STYLE?

CELEBRATE THE MAY DAY BANK HOLIDAY WITH US…
MAYDAY FOLK & BELTANE CELEBRATIONS
SAT 2 MAY, 2-4PM @ THE BOOK CLUB EC2
THE MEANEST JACK ON THE GREEN YOU’VE EVER SEEN, MACABRE MAYPOLES & CREEPY MORRIS DANCERS. THINK WICKERMAN! THERE’S NOWT AS QUEER AS BRITISH FOLK.
PART OF OUR GLOBAL CURIOSITIES SERIES.
 MORE INFO AND TICKETS HERE £10 
KILLER KINGS @ LAND OF KINGS FESTIVAL
SUN 3 MAY @ ARCOLA THEATRE, DALSTON
DALSTON’S HOMEGROWN MULTI-VENUE FESTIVAL. MUSIC AND ARTS PROGRAMME, FOOD, GIGS, TALKS & OUR BLOODY ROYALS THEMED EVENT. DAY WRISTBANDS ALLOW ENTRY TO ALL.

 MORE INFO AND DAY TICKETS HERE
RAINBOWS & MAYPOLES: FUNDRAISER
THUR 7 MAY, 7.30-9.30PM @ THE GALLERY CAFE CHAPEL, BETHNAL GREEN
INTIMATE SALON RAISING FUNDS FOR BROKEN RAINBOW (LGBT DOMESTIC VIOLENCE CHARITY) & WEST LONDON RAPE CRISIS CENTRE. A RIOT OF COLOUR IN THE CHAPEL!
 MORE INFO AND TICKETS HERE £10 
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APRIL & MAY EVENTS announced….

We can’t wait to spring into Art Macabre action this April and May. There are lots of fun themes coming up…and seeing as it’s Spring time, we’re a little less dark and a bit more light and colourful in our concepts. But don’t worry, there’ll still be the death drawing dramatic twist to all we do!

Global Curiosities coming up

Global Curiosities coming up

4 APRIL – OSTARA & PAGAN FERTILITY GODDESSESEaster Special @ The Book Club

14 APRIL – CATS – The Cult of the Cat @ The Round Chapel Old School Rooms

18 APRIL – APRIL FOOLS – Clowns @ The Book Club

22 APRILBART MA CABRE – 50 SHADES OF PATHOLOGY @ Barts Pathology Museum

23 APRIL – AUBREY BEARDSLEY @ The Scarlett Society, BRIGHTON

29 APRIL – BEARDS @ The Looking Glass Cocktail Club

2 MAY – MACABRE MAYDAY & BLOODY BELTANE @ The Book Club

3 MAY – KILLER KINGS: LAND OF KINGS FESTIVAL, Dalston

16 MAY – ARABIAN NIGHTS @ The Book Club

18 MAY – 24 MAY – THE DYING ART EXHIBITION Curated by Art Macabre @ The Old School Rooms, The ROUND CHAPEL – Part of Dying Matters Awareness Week

22 MAY  – SKULL STORIES @ Wokingham Library Fest

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