Drawing out the Darker Side of Roald Dahl Art Macabre returns to Woodley Library

We asked Raven Rouge aka Nikki Shaill, Art Macabre’s Director to tell us about her career and work as an artist.

Dark Dahl Drawing Salon with Art Macabre will be at Woodley Library on Friday April 15 from 7pm to 9pm, tickets are £8 and places must be booked by calling 0118 969 0304.

Fancy giving some life drawing in a library a go? Never drawn before/not for a long time? Don’t worry! Art Macabre will guide you through and inspire you to pick up a pencil again, to make some macabre marks as we celebrate the theme of DARK DAHL with performer models Carmen Monoxide and Jon Atwood aka Ragina posing as frightful Dahl villains.

Last year, we had the delight of visiting Woodley Library for the first time and hosting an Art Macabre life drawing workshop among the aisles of books. To have our nude and costumed models pose in this palace of reading pleasure was brilliantly novel – and the first time Art Macabre had taken place in a library! More info about last time can be seen here, in a report about it from one of the models. We’ve held events in many places, from festival fields to cemeteries,old operating theatres to the British Museum. But a library was a first and a lot of fun it was too!

This year, following the enjoyment from everyone who attended last time, we’re returning to bring more life models and ‘death drawing’ fun to the festival. The theme this time will be Dark Dahl – marking the fact that this year legendary author Roald Dahl would have celebrated his 100th Birthday.

We’re happy to have two fantastic performers model for this event next Friday evening: Carmen Mon Oxide and Jon Atwood aka Ragina. They’ll both pose in a series of scenes to be drawn depicting two adult characters from Roald Dahl stories who share a hatred and repulsion towards children…

Carmen Mon Oxide (credit: Carmen Mon Oxide in one of her opera costumes)Carmen Mon Oxide shall be playing the fierce and much feared beastly headmistress of Matilda – the one and only Miss Trunchbull. Carmen is a multi-talented performer, well known in both London’s cabaret and performance art scene but also having performed across the world including Dubai.  Carmen is a twisted cabaret singer and burlesque performer who takes her influences from the darker side of culture. From highly polished acts containing elements of opera to Weimar era cabaret songs, punk, circus stunts and vaudeville humour, and anarchic drag king performances. Carmen regularly captivates audiences in London and beyond. Renowned for bold and daring performances, Carmen has many different persona and we’ll be transforming her into the super strict Trunchbull – the teacher of children’s’ nightmares- to inspire some strong and striking sketches.

Jon Atwood aka Ragina performing on stage:
Jon Atwood aka Ragina performing on stage

Another well-respected star of London’s cabaret and performance art world is Jon Atwood aka Ragina. A neo-drag ballerina originally from Detroit, Jon is  a mesmerising and intelligent performer. Bringing his dance background and movement to life modeling, his poses convey a sense of emotion as he channels the characters. Jon will play another iconic Roald Dahl evil adult who we all remember being scared of as children: The Grand High Witch!

From alluring to terrifying, elegant to hideous, can you remember how to spot a child-detesting witch in disguise as a normal woman? We’ll refresh your memory as Jon portrays this wicked beauty of a woman and her transformation for you to draw.

Art Macabre’s host, Nikki Shaill, will share some extracts from the well-loved children’s’ classics as we celebrate the darker side of Dahl. Plus there’ll be music playing to help set the scene and atmosphere. For adults only! Create your own illustrations inspired by our models posing in character. Life drawing injected with a lethal dose of theatricality and dark drama! We look forward to seeing you there.

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

Dark Dahl Drawing Salon with Art Macabre will be at Woodley Library on Friday April 15 from 7pm to 9pm, tickets are £8 and places must be booked by calling 0118 969 0304.

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