‎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.

Eros and Psyche: Valentine’s with Manko & Carla

AMC Valentine’s themes are usually quite dark and Noire, however this year AMC founders Carla and Manko decided to embrace the subject of classical romance!
The love story between Eros, the god of desire, and Psyche, the personification of the human soul, is probably one of the most wonderfully enduring in classical mythology, and has inspired museums-full of beautiful artwork through the centuries.
This tale, the epitome of love, will take place on stage at The Underdog Gallery, embodied by Carla and Manko during this life drawing session just two days before Valentine’s day.
Eros (or, as the Romans knew him, Cupid), son of Aphrodite was obsessed with love and desire, always depicted shooting arrows at people‘s hearts in order to make them fall in love. Manko can’t wait to create an androgynous version of this god god, seen as a powerful, yet mischievous angel.
Psyche (or anima), was the most beautiful woman on earth, personifying the purity of the human soul, learning to find eternal happiness whilst transcending passion and misfortune.
Psyche is human, often depicted with butterfly wings, symbolising the fleeting beauty of the human soul, and it’s a perfect role for Carla.
In this beautiful love story between Eros and Psyche, we see both the perseverance of Eros possessed by passion and the efforts of Psyche to overcome the many obstacles placed in front of her in order to experience the wonders of love.
Can you think of a more beautiful way to celebrate Valentine’s day? Because we can’t!
All levels welcome, join our friendly and social crowd of regulars!
Full bar, and themed soundtrack.
Table spaces, comfy seats and easels.
Free paper and art materials, courtesy by Great Art.
(£15 in advance via EventBrite, £20 cash on the door)