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Life drawing class at The Island, Bristol

Life drawing with a twist

Come Funk up your portfolio!

Join us on Saturday 30th June @ The Island for an afternoon of life drawing. We have an array of bizarre props, masks and furniture left over from a performance piece we put on the day before. So let’s make the most of them!

Not your regular life drawing class!

2 models

Snacks and drinks provided.

Black and white paper up to A2 size provided!

Basic materials provided but B.Y.O if you really wanna jazz it up!

3pm – 4.30pm
Text names to 07740945604 to reserve places.
There will be more available on the door.

Gallery Space, The Island
1st Floor
Bridewell Street

Life in the Asylum exhibition at The Vestibules, Bristol

Exhibition and Drawing Classes: Life in the Asylum

Glenside Hospital Museum comes to town bringing a taste of its historic collection of drawings, photographs, and artefacts relating to mental health care in Bristol, with a series of experimental drawing workshops, open to all.
29th May – 8th June 2018
11am-6pm weekdays – 12 – 4pm Sat & Sun
For workshop timetable and booking go to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/captured-on-paper-drawing-workshop-tickets-44981262166

The Vestibules (Park Street entrance), City Hall, at the front of the building, looking out onto College Green, BS1 5TR

Glenside Hospital Museum’s perceptive documentary drawings by Denis Reed (ARCA. RWA), artist and patient at Bristol Mental Hospital, speak volumes of what life was like in this psychiatric hospital in the 1950s, shortly after the NHS had taken over the management. Each of his beautiful A4 line drawings of patients – sleeping, shaving, bathing, walking, talking – retain a startling power. The Victorians had placed a value on occupation as a treatment and previously patients, wherever possible, would have been given a job to do within the hospital community. This was not considered appropriate for the new establishment and this lack of occupation is illustrated by Reed’s drawings.
On display will be a selection of photographs and artefacts to give insight into the hospital at that time. Doctors faced with ever increasing pressures to find solutions to mental illness developed many experimental cures, such as leucotomy, ECT and Insulin Therapy. Although, still relatively little is known about the brain, it is now recognized that many of these treatments, while they may in some part have seemed to help the patient, for the most part were extremely primitive. History however is a powerful reminder that what is considered progress at the time, in hindsight may not be. While less physical intervention is currently used, in the future some of the drugs prescribed today may be considered equally primitive. 

To accompany the free exhibition there will be a series of one hour, £5 per person, experimental drawing workshops, no experience necessary and open to all.
Supported by Esmée Fairbairn Collections Fund, Bristol City Council Imagination Fund and the Association of Independent Museums Pilgrims Trust Fund, the exhibition is designed to broaden the public’s understanding of mental health and inspire the creative process.


Join the Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/211914662935527/

Figure Drawing at SPACE Bristol

Figure Drawing

Join Lauren for a figure drawing class unlike any you’ve done before.

With a live model combining expressive dance and music in their poses – expect this class to be quick, make lots of mistakes and come out energised!

Open to both beginners and those with more experience.

All materials will be provided.

Instagram: @laurenratcliffeart



Book onto the class: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/figure-drawing-tickets-45590774233

The Dragons We Slay exhibition, The Island, Bristol

The Dragons We Slay

You’re invited to an exhibition curated by Ruby Hinton (http://www.rubyhinton.co.uk/), Showcasing Illustrators and their dragons drawn from memory, no cheating, all imagination. Showing each individual has a different perspective no matter what the idea is, how metaphorical!

In association with Kinship Carers UK, an amazing charity that supports families caring for relatives children, helping both the grandparents/siblings and the children. money raised at the exhibition will go to Kinship Carers UK to help with other amazing events the charity helps with.

30th June – 6th July 2017 11am – 5pm
Private View: 30th JuNE 2017 6 – 10pm


Featured Artists:
Ruby Hinton – http://www.rubyhinton.co.uk/
Robbie Cathro – http://www.robbiecathro.com/
Emma Buckley
Max Kemp – http://www.maxkdesign.co.uk/
Steve McCarthy – http://www.stevem.co.uk/
Lawrence Wilford
Jack Goddard
Iona Jones
Jack Gardner
Aslan King
Ella Charles
Bethan Mure – http://www.bmurecreative.co.uk/
Mr G Johnson – http://cargocollective.com/MrGJohnson
Rosie Tasker
Gordon Wright
Sophie Filomena
Meg Tallis
Lize Meddings
Nathan Johnson
Helen Ellsworth
Karnn Bhullar – http://karnnbhullar.format.com/
Jono Kamester
Jenny Mure – http://www.littlemure.com/
Kay Wilson – http://kay.ink/
Jack Teagle
James Willetts
Jessica Sharville
Russel Taysom – http://cargocollective.com/russelltaysom
Rachel Arfin
Howard Ridgeon, Joe Watson-Price and Ferg Kirkman of Thunderchair –http://www.thunderchair.com/
and more TBC


Join the event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1219501574838957/

Untutored Life Drawing at The Island: Circus Inspirations

Excited to be back experimenting with aerial circus life drawing
sessions next month! Two Tuesdays, 7th & 14th February. No experience
necessary but artists of all mediums welcome.

Some materials will be available to borrow and paper available to buy. Would be great to see you all there.

Informal and experimental life drawing sessions. Working from short to long poses, using aerial circus equipment to explore tension, suspension and alternate perspectives

£7 /£6 Concessions/Island Residents