Life Class: Today’s Nude

Life Class: Today’s Nude

Jerwood Artangel Open

Still from Life Class: Today’s Nude, by Alan Kane, with tutor John Berger

June 4, 2009

Alan Kane
Life Class: Today’s Nude
With John Berger, Judy Purbeck, Maggi Hambling, Gary Hume and Humphrey Ocean

Channel 4 Broadcast:
6 – 10 July 2009, 12.30pm

Also available on from 7 July 2009
Live life drawing classes in London and UK-wide, 22 – 26 June and 29 June – 4 July 2009

A Jerwood/Artangel Open Commission

This July, Artangel presents television life drawing classes led by John Berger, Judy Purbeck, Maggi Hambling, Gary Hume and Humphrey Ocean. Broadcast during the daytime on Channel 4 in a series of five half-hour classes, the audience is guided by a tutor who gives insights into the techniques of figurative drawing, art and life. Each class features a different type of model and the classes take place in a range of settings from the Life Drawing room at the Royal Academy of Arts to the artist’s own studio and a dance studio.

From the end of June, in advance of the broadcast of the programmes, Artangel is organising temporary drop-in life drawing classes in five locations across London – in the City, Soho, Covent Garden, Canary Wharf and Bloomsbury – and in four cities across the UK: Manchester, Bristol, Southampton and Glasgow. In a different location every lunch-time, a class appears for just two hours and passers-by are invited to sit behind an easel, pick up a pencil and draw. Click here for information about the times and locations of these drop-in classes.

Life Class: Today’s Nude continues Kane’s often irreverent attempts at democratising the production and dissemination of art and culture by taking the nude life class model out of the rarified intimacy of the studio and transmitting it nationwide.

Life Class: Today’s Nude is conceived by artist Alan Kane, commissioned by Artangel and the Jerwood Charitable Foundation, and produced for Channel 4 by Artangel. The project is part of the Jerwood/Artangel Open, a new commissioning initiative for the arts launched in association with Channel 4 and supported by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

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