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Queer Life-Drawing Workshop

  • Free
  • Workshop
  • Youth event
  • Relaxed
A life drawing workshop showing a young person sketching a pen drawing of figures who can be seen posing in the background.
Youth Programme Life Drawing. Photo: Kathleen Arundell. Source: Wellcome Collection. © All rights reserved.

What you’ll do

Take the traditional life-drawing class a step further by creating the setting for your models to pose in before you draw them. In this workshop, you’ll spend the first half of the day designing and making the props and set-dressing for your models, to a themed brief. The rest of the day will be for drawing the models posed against the backdrop of your creations.

You’ll be able to draw in different mediums, with models from traditionally underrepresented backgrounds. The models will wear a variety of clothing that shows and enhances their bodies. Whether you already love to draw or would just like to try something new, the workshop is open to all levels.

All art materials are provided, and there will be regular breaks throughout the workshop, with a longer break for lunch. Lunch is not included, but we will be providing snacks and drinks. 

This event is designed for 14- to 19-year-olds and disabled young people aged 14–25 years. We may ask your age at the venue to make sure you’re the right age for our youth programme events.

This is a relaxed event with a chill-out space with ear defenders and fidget toys available. 



Need to know


We’ll be in the Studio on level 1. When you enter Wellcome Collection, head up the stairs or take the lift, then follow the signs.

Place not guaranteed

Booking a ticket for a free event does not guarantee you a place. You should aim to arrive 15 minutes before the event is scheduled to start to claim your place. If you do not arrive on time, your place may be given to someone on the waiting list.


This is a relaxed event, which means that if you need to, you are welcome to move around and make noise at any time.

For more information, please visit our Accessibility page. If you have any queries about accessibility, please email us at access@wellcomecollection.org or call 0 2 0. 7 6 1 1. 2 2 2 2

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About your facilitator

Jessica Au

Jessica is co-founder of 2B Or Not 2B Collective, an art collective run by people of colour and based in London, with monthly workshops and classes both in person and online. The collective focuses its work on raising diversity within the arts industry, and bringing different communities together through creative activities. They have worked with a number of institutions and companies, including the National Gallery, Victoria and Albert Museum, Universal Music, Tate Modern, Lululemon, and the British Red Cross.