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Art class for the morbidly minded
We've been enjoying a trip to the circus for two and a half centuries. Troupes of travelling performers amaze us with stunts, and entertain us with humour. Up front everything looks very jolly, but behind the scenes lies a macabre world. Well maybe not so much nowadays, but in the seventeenth and eighteenth century, life as a circus performer could be very grim. Especially if you were part of the caste of sideshow freaks.
Goggled at by spectators because of their deformities or disabilities, they were merely objects of curiosity. There was one family in particular that was even too freakish to be accepted by the sideshow community.
If you are into art and have a morbid curiosity, then why not meet this family at Cass Art? The shop in Islington runs several workshops, and its next one is grim, gruesome, yet oddly appealing. Circus of Skeletons: A Family Portrait is an art class organised by the Art Macabre Drawing Salon. For £15 you'll meet a freakish cast of characters, come to pose for a family portrait. In the workshop you will learn how to tell a story through the use of composition, costumes, and mementoes.
You can book tickets online for the 6th August at 8pm-10pm, but it is strictly and 18 plus affair.