The first time: nerve-wracking, intimidating, exhilarating and empowering - and that's what the Starkers Academy is all about. Last week, Jason Fallone and Vee took to the stage for the first time as nude life models.
Starkers was proud to host one of the many Pride in London events for 2017, celebrating Queerness at the Royal Institute of British Architects. A large group of Pride goers, architects and Starkers regulars descended on RIBA’s Art Deco headquarters for the only creative workshop in the 2017 Pride in London calendar.
In June 1969, the Stonewall Riots in New York were the spark that set off the fuse of pride protests around the world. As we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the decriminalisation of gay sex in the UK, Starkers brought Pride & Protest to The Glory
Roman Ackley gave a dramatic Burlesque performance to those drawing at The Glory. In black tutu, killer heels and theatrical make up and to a playlist of Gothic Retro, he set the scene for something macabre and seductive: Boylesque Horror.
The votes have been counted. The people have spoken. And to usher in what was to prove a watershed moment in British electoral politics, Starkers went to the ballot box in its own special way with life drawing at The Glory, featuring up-and-coming model MARGO BLOOM.
Maya Williams made her debut to life modelling with real aplomb. An aim of the life model is to give the artist something to capture and translate, and Maya seemed to intrinsically know how to do this. She used every aspect of the setting: the different heights of the stage, tall and short stools, even the ceiling!
She wore hair Marie Antoinette herself would be proud of. Or even Catherine the Great. And when she walked onto the turf (Astro, of course, and complete with raised tent, sleeping bag and tin of beans) in her negligée, red Converse Chuck Taylor’s and nothing else, Miss Apple Tart truly went to CAMP!
Comic servant, mischievous trickster, romantic hero HARLEQUIN entertained us on The Glory stage this week. Projected onto WILL's nude body and spilling onto the curtain behind was his trademark pattern of colourful diamonds
Life drawing has something for everyone. We truly believe this. It’s an enjoyable experience in itself, and one wherein the benefits lie also in its power to help and heal. As we tip out of Mental Health Awareness Week, we recognise a health issue unseen yet keenly felt and suffered by more and more people in the UK and globally.
Dolls and dildos disrupted the pink pageant of girlhood with THE PRINCESS GIRLY DOLL SHOW at The Glory this week. With a palette from pastel to Pepto Bismol, artist and model LIDIA surrounded herself with over-sized soft toys, headless Barbies, a sturdy dildo, various wigs and a menacing saw.
What do you get when you put two amateur life models in the spotlight in front of a bunch of artists with drinks and a little Pomp and Circumstance? The Starkers Academy!We were proud to launch our amateur modelling night last Tuesday at The Glory with two models who are bound to be very successful on the life art circuit: Pinto Nan and David Sparkes.
Carla swept us off our feet this week with her distinctive style. In Jessie Parsons’ documentary Mirror Doesn’t Love You Like This, Carla says: “You have some sort of power when you model.” With whip in hand and leopard-print heels, she brought that power to the stage.
Starkers at The Glory kicked off with a competitive pose-off at London's queer and alternative hotspot. Roy and Leo welcomed 15 guests of all abilities, from professional artists to drawing newbies. Drinks in one hand, drawing materials in the other, they settled into their ring-side seats as PAVEL, the Czech with the Pecs, took on Miss Sheibari herself, FREYIA.
Grab your pads and pencils and head to The Glory tomorrow night for the launch of Starkers, a new life-drawing company with a queer twist. Kicking off at 6.30pm, The Fig Leaves are Off: Freyia VS Pavel is a queerly themed nude pose-off challenging constructions of masculinity and femininity.