Life Drawing at Jazzbourne

  • Dec 1, 2021 - Apr 13, 2022
  • Jazzbourne

    443 New Cross Road
    Deptford, London SE14 6TA
Ticket Price (GBP) £15.00 This event is now over

London’s loveliest Life Drawing evening. Art, drinks & jazz! Try your hand at figure drawing with a live model - it’s a fun & relaxing evening for all levels. Price includes a free drink!


Bringing together the magic of the life room and the ambience of a jazz club, listen to some jazz, sip a drink from our ethical bar menu and draw some of London's finest models with theatrical lighting and thoughtful setups. The ticket price includes a free drink! 


This is an untutored session ideal for beginners through to experienced artists, all are welcome. Basic drawing materials are provided, or bring your own sketchbook. This session is run by artists with a passion for life drawing and creative expression.


Book your place online or just show up and pay at the door (we are cashless, so card and contactless payments only please).


Doors open at 6pm. Everyone is invited to stay on after the session to meet other participants, share your work (if you feel like it), enjoy a drink and chat! It's a great way to meet people and a lovely, friendly atmosphere. 


Frequently Asked Questions

When? Various Wednesdays 7pm-9pm (doors open 6pm and bar stays open afterwards until 11pm)


Where? Jazzbourne, 443 New Cross Road, London SE14 6TA


How much? £15 (includes a free drink)


Can I drop in? Yes, pre-booking is encouraged but not essential. You can just show up and pay at the door (card/contactless only).


What is life drawing anyway? 

Life drawing, also sometimes known as figure drawing, is drawing the human form from life - meaning with a live model. In a life drawing session, there will be a model (generally nude) surrounded by artists. The model will pose in different positions and for different durations - some for just a few minutes (for quick sketches) and some for much longer. The style of the drawing is completely up to each artist, and everyone in the room might have different levels of experience. Some popular mediums used during life drawing are graphite pencils, charcoal or pastels.  For beginners, life drawing is a fun creative outlet and a way to start learning to draw the human form. It's also very relaxing, with a calm atmosphere and a focused activity that will take your mind away from your daily cares! For artists, regular life drawing is an important part of their creative practice, to develop and explore their personal style, and practice fundamental skills like observation, mark-making, form, proportion, perspective, light and shadow.


I have zero art experience, is this for me? 
Absolutely, all are welcome and there are always first-timers in the room! This is an ideal evening to introduce you to the pleasures of life drawing. Enjoy a drink and the jazzy soundtrack while you try your hand at figure drawing with a live model in a relaxed & friendly atmosphere. We can provide you with basic drawing materials and we promise a supportive space to explore your creativity. 


I'm an experienced artist, is this for me?
Also yes! Our evening is run by professional artists and life models, who know exactly what is needed for the best life drawing experience. Expect experienced professional models, raised platforms, short and long poses, interesting lighting and a glamorous setting. We hire a diverse rotation of models, pay our models a fair wage and treat them with respect. 


Who runs this? 
This evening is organised by professional artist Nick Cuthell ( A brief bio:  "Nick Cuthell is a New Zealand artist living and working in the UK. He trained at the Charles Cecil studios in Florence and the Art Students League of New York. Nick has a well developed portrait practice and has painted many notable sitters including Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Nick has taught artists of all levels in the UK and New Zealand, with a particular focus on portraiture, still life, the figure, and landscape painting, he hopes to share his great love for drawing and painting in all his work."



Photo by @benjaminstreetgallery

Date & Time

Dec 1, 2021 - Apr 13, 2022

Venue Details


443 New Cross Road
Deptford, London SE14 6TA Jazzbourne

Jazzbourne is an intimate subterranean arts club in southeast London for theatre, cabaret, live music, dance, film, art and more.  


We are an independent not-for-profit venue. Though we be but little, we try to make socially & environmentally responsible choices. We are aiming to be London’s most ethical and sustainable small venue.


Our bar menu showcases only big-hearted brands that are trying to make the world a better place. Gin made from surplus table grapes rescued before being sent to landfill. Rum that donates profits to marine conservation charities. English Vodka that plants a tree for every bottle sold. Organic, fairtrade wines and carbon-negative breweries.  Award winning beverages made by social enterprises, B-Corps and closed-loop, zero-waste farms. Come to Jazzbourne to experience our lovingly curated drinks list bursting with ethical alcoholic and non-alcoholic options.


A few good things to know:

  • Jazzbourne is a cashless venue. Card and contactless payments only please.
  • Jazzbourne is an 18+ venue and we operate the "Challenge 25" proof of age ID scheme. If you are lucky enough to look under 25, please be prepared to show valid photo ID to prove you are over 18 when buying alcohol.  Anyone under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult. 
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