AMC Library Late at Bishopsgate Institute. “Archive Alive”: Dawson family

Sadly, though not surprisingly, the venue is stopping events til future notice due to the virus outbreak, and this event had to be cancelled.


AMC models already posed at Bishopsgate Institute during the Valentine’s Vice Lates event, with readings accompanying the poses – and they will return again on Wed 25 March!

Bishopsgate Institute is excited to be launching a new life drawing collaboration with Art Model Collective, Archive Alive.

Library Lates will welcome guests to this beautiful Victorian library during the closing hours, where costumed life models will literally bring characters from the library archive to life, posing and reading from texts in our Collections.

To mark Women’s History Month, for March we will be drawing a modern take on the Dawson Family – educators, feminists and suffragists.

You can also enjoy exploring a pop-up archive display and bar which will accompany each session.

Tickets £16:

Art materials included in the ticket price, courtesy of GreatArt.

‎Valentine’s Vice at Bishopsgate Institute

This year we start working at an incredibly exciting new venue: Bishopsgate Institute!

What better way to launch this exciting collab if not on a naughty Valentine’s night, where you will have a chance to draw our models – Manko and Tatiana – wearing Torture Garden Latex,  and enjoy other kinky entertainment for a ticket of mere £5! But hurry – spaces are very limited.

NB: This is a 18+ event.

Looking for an alternative way to spend Valentine’s Day? Join the Bishopsgate Institute for a deep dive in to our archive’s Erotica and Pornography Collection…

Flirt with a stranger, impress a new beau, or spice up a relationship, over life drawing with Art Model Collective, talks from professional dominatrix Miss Kim Rub and treasures from the darkest depths of our archive.

The evening’s programme:

Art Model Collective (19:00 – 22:00)
Drop into a fetish and erotica-themed life drawing session run by Art Model Collective at any time across the evening. Models will be costumed (think rubber…) and poses will be accompanied by a soundtrack and intermittent erotic readings from the Institute’s Erotica and Pornography Collection.

Miss Kim Rub (20:00 and 21:00)
Enjoy two pop-up talks from professional dominatrix Miss Kim Rub, whose archive is part of the Bishopsgate Institute’s Collection. Miss Kim will be reflecting on her career as a dominatrix and 30+ years of experience in the fetish scene. She will also be talking about how to learn your craft and be a true professional dominatrix.

Archive Pop-Up (19:00 – 22:00)
We’ll be pulling out all the good stuff from the darkest depths of our archives, so take the opportunity to explore them at any time across the evening!

In a beautiful historic building in Spitalfields / Liverpool Street Station, this institution was ‘erected for the benefit of the public’ in 1894 with the motto ‘I grow old but I do not grow lazy’, and to this day they continue to be home for ideas and debate, learning and enquiry, with the mission to inspire independent thought, connecting past and present.

Bishopsgate Library contains 150,000 books, and holds nationally-important archives on London history, socialism, activism, feminism, LGBTQ+ history, free thought and humanism, as well as a wide adult learning programme.