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The Secret Drawing Club @ UpDown Gallery


UpDown Gallery is excited to announce its first collaboration with the much talked about ‘The Secret Drawing Club’.

Saturday10th and Sunday 11th September

Set over 2 days: The morning session will be from 11am – 1pm and the afternoon session from 2pm – 4pm, with an hours break for lunch.

Tickets are £85 per person; only 20 spaces are available so book early to avoid disappointment.

Vinyl Head Café, in Addlington Street, will offer a set lunch of a sandwich & drink for £5, between 1pm – 2pm.

Artists are asked to bring their own equipment, which can be left in the gallery over night. Artists can bring their own easels to work on upstairs, but we ask you don’t work larger than 1m sq, so all can get a good angle. In the downstairs sessions we request that people work in an A3 pad, again so all can see the model. We request that you only work in pencil, charcoal or pastel.

Parking is available at the gallery to drop off equipment, but the car park can only take 6 cars in total, the surrounding streets have free parking.

The 2 days will comprise of 2 groups. The first group will work on classic life poses in the downstairs gallery. The second group will start upstairs responding to one of The Secret Drawing Clubs unique sets. On the second day the groups will swap over. On the final Sunday the group will be invited to select their favourite piece to be pinned to the gallery walls downstairs to enjoy their work and others works, with a glass of wine, from 4-5pm

The Secret Drawing Club presents a unique blend of innovative, immersive Life Drawing salons; living tableaux inspired by the canon of Art History and Human Culture.

Over the past year The Secret Drawing Club has enlivened the life drawing format with new vigour and extraordinary attention to detail, delivering events around the county to a wide array of artists and makers. Striving to create a convivial creative environment for their participants to enjoy, using thematic subjects to inform their tableaux, which are complimented with a bespoke playlist curated for the occasion. Themes are thoughtfully transcribed into a dramatic and sensual experience that inspires and enthrals the audience.

There are a broad and varied set of influences from Modernism, Renaissance, Baroque, Romanticism to popular Literary and Visual Culture; including a full scale Raft of The Medusa, Millais’ Ophelia, Sante Muerte, Japonisme, Alice in Wonderland and the works of Toulouse-Lautrec, Frida Kahlo, Paula Rego, Diego Velasquez. As well as a tribute to the days of Disco with Studio 54, explorations of light with Caravaggio and Vermeer, the Odalisque through the centuries, Dickens’ Ms. Havisham, Delacroix’s ‘Liberty leading the People’ to name but a few. Scenes are regularly enhanced by extraordinary props and set pieces, which add to the sense of immersion in their vision presented for the delectation of their participants.

“A great challenge to artists of all levels, I haven’t done any life drawing for many years but I’m looking forward to seeing what I can do” – Kate Smith

TO BOOK TICKETS EMAIL: or text 07974740220NB. The gallery is currently closed during the week so please don’t leave a message to book tickets on the gallery number.

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