Singles Life Drawing: Our chat with the awesome London Drawing

You know here at Smudged, we only like to bring you the quirkiest, coolest and best dating events London has to offer and so we bring you London Drawing, the most awesome partners for our brilliant Singles Life Drawing events.

We had the opportunity to get chatting with Anne Noble-Partridge of London Drawing to find out what makes their company one of the best around!

London Drawing is such a cool company. What inspired you to start it?

David Price and I started London Drawing when we were asked to develop a new type of life drawing workshop in the galleries of Tate Modern 10 years ago. We had been working together for quite a long time already, but the move here forced us to create ourselves a brand and make what we did more formal. We pretty much ripped up the rule book for life drawing and started again, rethinking how we could approach everything from how we worked with the models, where a life drawing class could take place and what materials we used to draw with. We completely rethought the whole thing to place life drawing in a contemporary context.


What is the quirkiest event you’re running at the moment?

We are planning an immersive Saturday workshop based around William Blake poetry for October at the moment but this month we have a candle lit Shibari (Japanese rope bondage) life drawing workshop in the atmospheric Crypt Gallery on the 30 August and also a multi-model life drawing workshop with the Life Drawing Gymnasia who do amazing balancing and lifting poses in derelict tunnels in London Bridge on the 24 August.

What’s your favourite thing about running our Singles Life Drawing classes?

A really friendly and up for it crowd, it’s great teaching mostly beginners as you can see how much people delight in just being able to get their hands dirty and do something creative which they might not have done for years. Plus it’s really fun seeing people get to know each other and how they interact together. Who knows, the class with us may be the start of a beautiful relationship for someone!


What’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever had to draw?

That’s a tricky one. We have done lots of unusual drawing workshops. We once did a conceptual life drawing class at Tate Modern without any life models, everyone turned up expecting to be working from models to discover they were the models and the people formulating the workshop!

If you were commissioned to draw your celebrity crush, who would you pick and why?

Another tricky one! A collaboration with Lady Gaga would be up there with our favourites and also fashion icon Iris Apfel.  David Bowie, we did a big immersive event earlier in the year based on his BlackStar video which was completely amazing. FKA Twigs would be another, but I think a Missy Elliot collaboration would be top of our list at the moment!

Amazing! Thank you so much, Anne! We’re looking forward to hosting another Singles Life Drawing event with you on Monday 4th September at Drink, Shop & Do. Guys, if you haven’t already got tickets, grab some, there’s literally only a handful left and this is such a fun night, you won’t want to miss out!

And to find out more about London Drawing’s other cool upcoming events, check out their website for more details: