East London Strippers' Collective art classes in London
East London Strippers' Collective art classes in London


East London Strippers' Collective

4 reviews
4 reviews

The East London Strippers Collective are a group of feisty, articulate and fiercely independent women, who also happen to be strippers, challenging stigma and smashing stereotypes with their refreshingly honest and open discourse about their culture, working conditions and feminist beliefs. They have come together as a collective, united in their shared grievances about poor working conditions and exploitative business practices within their industry. They also lament the stigma surrounding their jobs; the lack of wider public understanding about what they do, compounded by negative connotations that come from poor mainstream media representation and “feminist” campaigns that seek to erase their industry and destroy their livelihoods.

In 2012 they began taking matters into their own hands, and started the world's first life drawing classes the The White Horse, Hackney's first strip club to open it's doors to artists, illustrators, painters, sketchers, doodlers, and anyone interested in drawing from life... in a unique setting! The members of the collective are among some of the best striptease performers in London, and decided to offer a rare and uncommon glimpse into their world. Their life drawing classes have become their flagship event, breaking through stereotypes and bringing the age-honoured relationship between art and sex work bang-up-to-date...!

ELSC are inviting a whole new audience of visual artists to come and draw these amazing performers as they do their thing. All levels are welcome, same for gender.

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15 May
Really good! I love the concept and the movements were amazing. Very busy but that added to the vibe!
16 May
A fantastic class for practicing quick, gestural drawings in a friendly informal setting. The models are very talented: they present beautiful, interesting and varied poses. This class is a lot of fun and I look forward to going back!
22 May
Really fantastic evening with ELSC - beautiful model with a real sense of drama and seduction in her poses, and a fast paced, friendly class. The striptease performed allowed a progression from draped to nude poses and the killer heels were a fun challenge :) I'll definitely be drawing with ELSC again!
23 May
I had a really great time! The location is perfect, the atmosphere is incredibly lively, and it's such an interesting take on the classic life drawing class. Make sure you come prepared with cash, as drawing supplies are £2!! Also, if you haven't done life drawing before, it might not be the best class for you as there isn't any teaching guidance. All in all though, it's a fun way to spend a creative Monday :)

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