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Artist social: life drawing in the Nunnery with Jamie Zubairi and Thamesmead Life Drawing

Thursday 7th December 2023 , 6:00pm to 8:30pm

Bringing together our artist community, spend a relaxed evening at a unique life drawing experience in the Nunnery Gallery hosted by Thamesmead Life Drawing’s Jamie Zubairi.

After settling in and setting the scene, Jamie will guide us through our life drawing experience for the evening – for some, a chance to start your drawing and mark making journey, for others, an opportunity to further hone your skills in the craft of figurative drawing.  

We’ll spend the first half of the session working through a broad selection of short length poses designed to warm up your drawing muscles and explore different methods of drawing and mark making, before taking a short break to grab a drink and stretch your fingers. After the break, we’ll spend the rest of the evening working through a handful of longer poses where you can really focus on your technique and finesse your drawings. 

The Gallery and Nunnery Café will remain open for around 30-45 minutes after the life drawing session comes to a close to give you the chance to chat and connect with the other artists attending. 

All levels of experience are welcome! 

Doors will open at 6pm, with the life drawing session running from 6.30pm til 8.30pm, followed by open socialising time. The Nunnery Café will be open from 6pm selling their usual fare of delicious drinks and snacks. 

What do I need to bring? 

We encourage everyone to bring along your own drawing materials and paper, but we will have a limited number of extras on hand for folks who are unable to do so. A hardback sketchbook is ideal as we will only be supplying seating, but bringing along your own easels, A3 drawing boards, or A3 clipboards would also work a treat too! 

£10 £7 concessions

Concession rate applies to students, over 65s, under 18s, Bow Arts artists, National Art Pass members, and key workers

181 Bow Road
London, E3 2SJ United Kingdom
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More about Jamie Zubairi 
Jamie Zubairi is an artist, actor, photographer, voiceover and creative facilitator of mixed Anglo-Malay heritage. After Art Foundation at DeMontfort, Zubairi trained as an actor at LAMDA and his work ranges from the Edinburgh Fringe to West End, to film and television. He’s best known for playing Inspector Chen in the BBC radio series INSPECTOR CHEN MYSTERIES. He painted and drew whenever he wasn’t acting and after meeting his mentor in 2009, created various performances that incorporate live painting, text, and performance, notably SKYLARKING (2011), UNBROKEN LINE (2012), and TIDES (2017, film directed by Tupaq Felber). He runs Thamesmead Life Drawing and occasionally teaches acting at LAMDA. 

Access information    

The Nunnery Gallery has step-free access throughout from street level, including to the accessible toilet, and is service animal friendly. This venue does not have a hearing loop system.  Accessible parking is not available on-site but blue badge parking can be found 500m away on Fairfield Road.     

If you have any questions regarding accessibility at this venue or event, would like to make us aware of any access requirements that you have in advance of visiting, or would like this information in an alternate format including Easy Read, please email nunnery@bowarts.com or call 020 8980 7774 (Ext. 3)    

Access requirements could include things like providing equipment, services or support (e.g. information in Easy Read, speech to text software, additional 1:1 support), adjusting workshop timings (e.g. more break times), adjustments to the event space (e.g. making sure you have a table near the entrance) or anything else you can think of!  

Transport Information    

Opening hours: Mon-Friday, 9am to 5pm    
Address: Bow Arts Trust, 183 Bow Road, London, E3 2SJ    
Nearest station(s): Bow Road (District and Hammersmith and City lines) is a 6-minute walk away, and Bow Church (DLR) is a 3-minute walk away.    
Bus: 205, 25, 425, A8, D8, 108, 276, 488 and 8 all service the surrounding area.    
Bike: Bicycle parking is located at Bow Church Station. The nearest Santander Cycles docking station is at Bow Church Station.