The Bare Necessity: Marathon Life Drawing Event
Craven Arts House
Sat 14 Oct 10 to 4
Life drawing marathon event to raise money for Cancer research charities The Bare Necessity Life Drawing Marathon The Big Draw
14th October 2023 10 to 4pm Craven Arts House

A professional life model is to stage a marathon nude modelling session in Skipton to raise funds for cancer research on a pay as you feel basis. The reason is that he has just lost his ex-wife and pal to three forms of the menace - and over the years has lost two of his sisters to the breast disease.“I’ve been trying to think of ways to raise money to help fund the research. Now, with the backing of Craven Arts, I’m in a position to do it, with the assistance of the community.”
The model, who prefers to remain anonymous, is to pose for six hours at Craven Arts House at 55 Otley St, on Saturday 14th October with anyone over the age of 16 invited to drop in and draw for as long as they like and donate whatever they feel to the collection.
The session will begin at 10am and continue until 4pm. “Obviously there will be little breaks, because – believe it or not – standing in one or two positions for long periods is quite tiring,” he says. The session is being held to coincide with the National Big Draw event – and hopes to draw in plenty of support. Apart from the vital money-raising effort, there are other reasons why people might like to drop in. People often say they’d like to try life drawing and then exclaim ‘But I can’t draw.’ Everyone can draw. Look at the example of children who without training instinctively draw. What I suspect makes people reluctant to try their hand is the fear that someone is going to criticise. In this session there will be none of that. People don’t have to show their drawings to anyone else. The marathon is untutored and could be a valuable session for students trying to improve their skills or those who just are starting out.Life drawing can be fun. There is no mystique, taboo or embarrassment. First-timers may find that the challenge is something they’d like to follow up with the regular sessions at Craven Arts House – completely informal and relaxed.
This is your chance to try something new, and contribute to a worthy cause. I hope to see you as well! Ann Rutherford, artist and director of Craven Arts, says: “We are very happy to  provide the venue and staff free for such a worthy cause.”Please bring your own paper and drawing utensils.

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This is a free event

Suitable for ages: All 16+

Organised by Craven Arts

Ann Rutherford

Family Friendly Facilities: easy access, child friendly building
Level Wheelchair access at rear of building
Accessible WC
Ann Rutherford
Ann Rutherford

Craven Arts House
Craven Arts
55 Otley St
BD23 1ET

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