Queer Life Drawing Conversation at the De La Warr Pavillion

Queer Life Drawing events at the De La Warr Pavillion: Saturday 25 March 2023 –
Saturday 13 May 2023

Please note: These events are for ages 18+

Queer life drawing and conversations at the De La Warr Pavillion led by artist Miles Coote. Three sessions focusing on three different themes with different sitters; Horticulture, the environment and queer cooperatives, Queer identities surrounding sex and sexual health, and a focus on the art of Angelo Madsen Minax and Miles Coote.

25th March

A focus on the art of Angelo Madsen Minax and Miles Coote

An online Zoom session and hybrid event in conversation with Angelo Madsdn Minax and Miles Coote. This is a queer intervention of the format of Angelo’s current exhibition at the De La Warr Pavilion, which will aim to intimately explore both artists’ practices through queer life drawing and conversations.

29 April

Queer identities surrounding sex and sexual health and the Bareback Museum

In 2020 PrEP (Pre-exposure prophylaxis antiviral) was made available for free by the NHS to prevent the infection of HIV.  This session will focus on conversations about sexual health scripts within the LGBTQIA+ community since the introduction of PrEP and will invite Anthony Gifford ( PhD candidate and retired dancer) to model for this session and to discuss his research on the psychosocial influences on the decision to take PrEP. We hope to broaden the conversation towards the queering identities of unprotected sex and queer methods interacting in social science on embodiment theory and the nude interview as a qualitative research practice.

13 May

Horticulture, the environment and queer cooperatives

The final session will explore environmental activism in relation to queer bodies, exploring a conversation about embodiment as a methodology for environmental change: drawing on histories of queer organising, queer cooperatives and connections with the environment and horticulture. We are thrilled to have Councillor Claire Carr of the Green Party to model for this session.


InternationalWomen’s Day 2023

Queer Life Drawing Conversation hosted by LGBT Foundation: Tuesday, 7th March 2023, 19:00 – 21:00 GMT, Online

A Queer Life Drawing Conversation led online on Zoom by Miles Coote and Lucie Russell, hosted by LGBT Foundation’s Sexual Health Team with a life model. The theme of this session will focus on women’s sexual health awareness in relation to visual arts practices. You are welcome to join in drawing, posing and contributing to the conversation.

This event is suitable for ages 18+ and contains nudity.

Please have your materials ready – pencil, pens, paper, anything you can draw with. Beginners welcome and encouraged!

Queer Life Drawing Conversation is a project led by Miles Coote which developed during the pandemic as a way to explore queer bodies and conversations. Lucie Russell is a PhD candidate at University of the Arts London and leads life drawing and community arts workshops, Drawing People Together

Catherine Hoffmann will be life modelling for this event. Catherine is a Live artist based in Folkestone, who attempts to address aspects of contemporary life looking at class, healing, mental health & feminism. Her work sits in the intersection between performance, absurd humour and music. She creates interactive work, cabaret as well as staged pieces for theatres, art centres, festivals, galleries, club settings and varied sites in the UK and abroad. DIY song making and music is a big part of her practice.

Sugar & Spice is a chance for LGBTQ+ women to come together, learn, and celebrate themselves and each other, with a host of free events. Delivered by LGBT Foundation’s Women’s Programme, with support from our Sexual Health team.

This event is open to all, but please be aware Sugar & Spice is centred around LGBTQ+ women.

Our events are for those aged 18+.

By attending any of our events you agree to adhere to our Safer Spaces Policy.

Online events take place over Zoom and live captioning will be made available.

Access requirements or questions? Email


Make An Exhibition of Yourself

QueerLDC is excited to be curated in the show!

Drawing People Together invites you to “Make an Exhibition of Yourself” – a series of affordable and accessible events that explore representing people.

Experiment with diverse creative experiences and materials;

  • Draw and/or be drawn at a wide range of life drawing events (models with and without clothing)*
  • Make a zine, collage with fabric, create a recipe of yourself on canvas
  • Wear yourself out (represent yourself on a tote) – Take a nail art masterclass
  • Send yourself to a loved one (on a postcard)
  • And immerse yourself in innovative local fashion and film

Everybody is welcome, all abilities. We provide the materials… you provide the talent!

Have serious fun taking part, display your work in the gallery, and go home with a new (or even nude?!) experience, and perhaps a masterpiece!

See @drawing.people.together for details of individual events and prices.

Please note that although some events welcome all ages, for all life drawing, attendees must be over the age of 18.

Copeland Gallery, Painting by Miles Coote with collaboration from Peter Hollamby, Drawings created by participants of the Queer LDC: Life Drawing Cafe Performance Workshop

Life Drawing Cafe Event Description:

A social event and durational performance workshop inviting you to collaborate in the imagining of a life drawing cafe co-op

A durational performance workshop exploring the hybridity of life drawing and cafes. This event is inspired by Queer life drawing conversations and Jurgen Habermas’s writings on coffee houses and the public sphere.

Miles will host the event  You are welcome to draw and/or take part posing and workshopping a live art performance. Six sheets of A2 Paper and drawing materials will be provided, with an extra cost for additional paper. Participants may bring their own materials, props and garments (suitable for life drawing).

Drawings created by participants


Life Drawing Cafe

Queer Life Drawing events hosted on alternate Tuesdays, hosted at Brief Encounter Cafe, Bexhill on Sea.

About the Event:

Life drawing cafe is a durational performance workshop exploring the hybridity of life drawing and cafes. This event is inspired by Queer life drawing conversations and Jurgen Habermas’s writings on coffee houses and the public sphere.

The event will run as hybrid event, online on Zoom and live from Brief Encounter Cafe, Sivyers, Bexhill-on-Sea (East Sussex, UK). Miles will host the event. You are welcome to draw, take part posing and workshopping a live art performance. Three sheets of A2 Cartridge Paper and drawing materials will be provided for participants attending at the venue, with an extra cost for additional paper. Participants may bring their own drawing materials, props and garments (suitable for life drawing).

The performance workshop was curated by Lucie Russell at the Copeland Gallery in September 2022 for the Exhibition “Making an Exhibition of yourself” in a group show with artists: Nicola J Reid, Jaffar Aly, Yo Keshh,Life Drawing 2B or Not 2B Collective, Breakfast Bodies, Sketch Appeal and Steve Russell. Since then, live events are led on a bi monthly basis at the Brief Encounter Cafe, Sivyers Auction Emporium, Bexhill on Sea.

The Brief Encounter Cafe has a fantastic selection of cakes and beverages available and original furniture for sale.

This event contains nudity. You must be eighteen or above to attend.

brief encounter cafe, life drawing cafe
Brief Encounter Cafe, Sivyers Auction Emporium, Bexhill on Sea

Newham Library

Join us at Canning Town Library for an art-filled evening led by Queer Life Drawing Conversation. In addition to drawing life models, focus is given to developing conversations about nudity, sexuality and queer theory in relation to queer bodies and sexual health.

Art materials and refreshments provided. All you need to bring is yourself and an open mind. You are welcome to join in drawing, posing and contributing to the conversation. The theme for the event is the ‘Life Drawing Cafe.’

This event contains nudity. 18+ Adults only.

Can’t make it in person? Contact Queer Life Drawing Conversation to take part online via Zoom at

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Peckham Queer Art Boot Fair

Peckham Queer Art Boot Fair
Bellenden Road and Choumert Market
August 29, 2021
12 – 3 PM

MOCA London and The Queer Life Drawing Conversation (Miles Coote) would like to invite you to join us for the first ever Peckham Queer Art Boot Fair. Over 50 artists from the LGBTQ+ community and their allies will be showing works of art on Bellenden and Choumert Roads in the heart of Peckham.

The event is free for all to come along and look, join in the free life drawing events and purchase wonderful works (such as prints, drawings, sculptures, photos, ceramics and clothing design) from amazing contemporary artists. Wander down Bellenden Road and pop into the many shops who are participating, many hosting an artist, and then attend the main area of the boot fair in the traditional Southwark market street – Choumert Road.

The fair will open to the public at 12 noon for 3 hours so it is not a long day. Many of the local shops participating are also planning wonderful surprises too!

We will have friendly volunteers in MOCA branded rainbow shirts to guide you.

Lockdown and arts funding cuts have made us aware that many Queer archives may be lost, so the event is another way of sharing Queer Art/objects in the public space, where they may be seen, archived and discussed with local communities. The Queer LDC and Drawing People Together (Lucie Russell) will run a pop up drawing event on Choumert Road and we would love people to bring along any Queer objects they would like to share or have drawn on the day.

The event will also feature artists from the Peckham Levels studios.

Local Partners: Frost furnitureECAD GalleryStuart Ross hair studiosReview Book storeMiss Tapas restaurantBoff’s BagelsThe Odds Cafe


Queer Disability

This sessions was comprised of drawing a life model in Canada, who spoke about their chronic pain disability and Bionic implants. Thanks Taylor for such an incredible session.


Yard Sale

QueerLDC was invited to be part of a yard sale at Filet gallery in December 2020. This gave attendees from the online events a chance to meet IRL for the first time and to sell their artworks.

We can’t have an office christmas party this year, but we can have an art/cheese/book/mulled wine yard sale.

Please join us for the Filet Art Yard Sale with 4cose, crttxt, Sarah Staton, Hi-Noon, Miles Coote, Body Odor Studio, Everyday Press, Phillipa Horan, Pierre’s Pickles, Adrian Lee, and Fecund World.

Saturday 12 December, 12 noon to 4pm.

At Filet, 103 Murray Grove, Hoxton, London N1 7QP
Inside and out, weather permitting.

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Visual AIDS

Day With(out) Art 2020: TRANSMISSIONS

Queer Life Drawing is proud to partner with Visual AIDS for Day With(out) Art 2020 by presenting TRANSMISSIONS, a program of six new videos considering the impact of HIV and AIDS beyond the United States. The video program brings together artists working across the world: Jorge Bordello (Mexico), Gevi Dimitrakopoulou (Greece), Las Indetectables (Chile), George Stanley Nsamba (Uganda), Lucía Egaña Rojas (Chile/Spain), and Charan Singh (India/UK).

The program does not intend to give a comprehensive account of the global AIDS epidemic, but provides a platform for a diversity of voices from beyond the United States, offering insight into the divergent and overlapping experiences of people living with HIV around the world today. The six commissioned videos cover a broad range of subjects, such as the erasure of women living with HIV in South America, ineffective Western public health campaigns in India, and the realities of stigma and disclosure for young people in Uganda. 

As the world continues to adapt to living with a new virus, COVID-19, these videos offer an opportunity to reflect on the resonances and differences between the two epidemics and their uneven distribution across geography, race, and gender.

Queer Life Drawing will present a screening of TRANSMISSIONS at 7pm on the 2nd of December. After the screening a conversation will be facilitated, followed by queer life drawing. If you would like to attend the premiere screening event and Q&A with the artists involved please follow the information below:

TRANSMISSIONS will premiere on November 30 at 6pm EST as part of a special online screening event hosted by Visual AIDS and supported by [institution name]. A live Q&A with the commissioned artists will follow the screening. Please RSVP here to receive updates about this event. 

Beginning December 1, the video program will be available to view online at

Visual AIDS is a New York-based non-profit that utilizes art to fight AIDS by provoking dialogue, supporting HIV+ artists, and preserving a legacy, because AIDS is not over.


A Life Model Academic

Calo Giametta joined us to model, discussing his work on queer refugee migrants and sex workers.