May Queens – Art Model Collective’s 3rd birthday life drawing celebration

This Mayday Art Model Collective will celebrate its third birthday… Wow! What a journey it’s been so far, and may long it last!

On this joyful milestone, we decided to bring back our first ever theme, “A Spring Clean For The May Queen”, titled after Led Zeppelin lyric from Stairway to Heaven.

Not only that, we’ve invited a fellow artist, organiser, and one of the most inspiring women we know – TATIANA – to be our gorgeous guest model!

On this Tuesday at Underdog Gallery we will crown our models as May Queens – and indeed we want to extend the invitation to all of the AMC models who have ever posed in our sessions to be our dear guests, and to join us at this session both as artists – and models if the mood takes them.

Join us for traditional pagan frolicking around a Maypole, treats, fantasy costumes, themed soundtrack and all the joy of spring!

“If there’s a bustle in your hedgerow
Don’t be alarmed now
It’s just a spring clean for the May queen”

Tickets: £15 in advance, £20 cash on the door:

Art Model Collective is 2 years old!

This MayDay Art Model Collective turned two years old!

It’s a challenge to describe how brilliant it feels to see the love project of your deepest sentiment grow and flourish so successfully in two short years. Due are the heartfelt thanks to our supporters, collaborators, accommodators, assistants, comrades and everyone who found us curious and worthy to capture in their sketchbooks, canvases, monoprints; in charcoal, ink, oil, wire, iPads; and most importantly, we thank our artists for casting their keen eyes onto our efforts to create the best experience of life drawing that we, as life models, would bring true passion to create – and break our backs and necks – to bring to London’s flourishing and diverse life drawing scene.

Art Model Collective began as a life drawing revolution movement that brings the profit straight to the models rather than organisers. Therefore, as extremely hard-working artists models, we specifically chose to celebrate the International Workers Day aspect of 1 May.

Art Model Collective:  Manko and Carla, Rosie Riveter tribute

One of our inspirations for the celebratory session was the legendary American image of “Rosie The Riveter”, arguably the most feminist picture in the history of feminism.

Beyonce did itAmy Schumer did it, as did thousands of women in a Guinness World Record attempts.

Check out this article about the woman behind the iconic poster. It’s wonderfully telling about our favourite topic, which we plan to address in the future AMC endeavours – the women as subject in arts:

“In 1942, a photographer snapped a picture of then 20-year-old Naomi Parker-Fraley, wearing her favorite red and white polka dot bandana while she worked on a turret lathe at the Naval Air Station in Alameda, California.

After the photo was first taken, it appeared in newspapers and magazines across the country. “I even got fan mail!” she recalls with a laugh. It also caught the eye of J. Howard Miller, the artist who designed the famous WWII-era “We can do it!” Rosie poster.

Parker-Fraley didn’t realize the picture had been misattributed until 2009, when she visited the Rosie the Riveter/World War II Home Front National Historical Park. There, she saw an exhibit displaying her photograph as the poster’s inspiration but the wrong name was listed in the caption. “I couldn’t believe it because it was me in the photo, but there was somebody else’s name in the caption,” she remembers.”

The birthday session was laden with cakes, revolutionary soundtracks, presents and “happy birthday” song echoing through the Underdog Gallery!

Art Model Collective anniversary on MayDay 2018

Art Model Collective Rosie the Riveter: models Manko, Carla and Sara Kuan

Full house at Underdog Gallery

One of Art Model Collective ambitions it to bring the proper accreditation to the women featured in the works of art (so please credit us, as we always do with the artists we passionately promote on our social media).

AMC Rosie The Riveter pose – artwork by John Carbery, Aaron Jacob Jones, Codeture, Frank Gambino, and Martin Alton

Finally, keep the legend going! “Rosie” fans can find a Rosie the Riveter Action Figure, books and even socks online.

Power To The People! Life drawing on International Workers Day

MayDay is a date of a huge importance to AMC, and this theme was chosen by us in a considered and symbolic way. The 1st of May is an ancient European spring festival…one that Art Model Collective celebrated in its very FIRST session two years ago!

However, 1st of May has also been a focal point for demonstrations by various international socialist, communist and anarchist groups. This May Day Art model Collective will celebrate their sentiment and aesthetic.

On May 1st 1886 American workers went on strike in order to fight or an eight hour working day and bring to an end the unsafe working practices. Socialists and trade unionists around the world chose May 1 to become International Workers’ Day.

Since then it has become known as Labour Day, Workers’ Day or May Day – an annual celebration for the working classes and labourers, promoted by the international labour movement.

Our models – Carla and Manko – will be standing strong and proud amongst all the symbols that have made the labour-inspired art so relevant when it comes to expressing International solidarity towards the struggle of the proletariat.

For this session, the aesthetic of propaganda posters by the Soviet Communist Party will sit alongside colourful American Pop Art in order to portray a modern industrial landscape. Two subversive female workers will stand – tools aloft, chests out and chins up – urging people to fight for their freedom giving POWER TO THE PEOPLE!

It promises to be a blast, as well as the perfect opportunity to immerse yourselves into some humorous and political illustrations. Red will feature strongly in this session, so come prepared!

Please join our Life Drawing Revolution and bring your combative spirit to fill your sketch books with Labour Day images – in perfect preparation for the Local Elections which take place on May 3rd – don’t forget to use your vote!


Bar, evocative soundtrack, two models, like-minded group of creatives, at a perfect location just a few minute walk from London Bridge station.

Admission: £15 on the door

We’ll have some free art materials for spontaneously visiting artists, but as always, please bring your favourite tools.

Chairs and drawing boards provided, some easels and table spaces available.

All levels welcome.

Hosted by Jason Atomic