Student Workshop: Drag and Drawing

Life-drawing session

Wednesday 3 November, 2 – 4pm

£3, on-site at the Barber

We welcome students into the Barber with an exciting life-drawing session led by Birmingham drag collective Dragpunk.

Inspired by the dynamic and characterful lithograph poster Le Divan Japonais, 1892, by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, we’ll capture cabaret and drag’s lively energy with Birmingham’s most fabulous drag models. This workshop will feature warm-up drawing exercises before moving on to short poses capturing movement and longer, more detailed studies.

Introducing the afternoon is Lecturer in History of Art, Dr Gregory Salter, reflecting on Toulouse-Lautrec’s social life through a ‘contemporary’ queer lens. He will import references and ideas from the current day to a time where queerness, as we understand it today, didn’t necessarily exist.

  • This workshop is for students aged 18+ and will take place on-site at the Barber
  • It has limited spaces so booking is essential
  • No drawing experience necessary, all materials provided
  • Please note that this is a clothed session

We look forward to welcoming you back to our collection:

This event is fully booked.

Dragpunk is a Birmingham-based queer Drag Family. They perform, host and run monthly shows across the city, pushing boundaries and celebrating difference.

Dr Gregory Salter is a Lecturer in History of Art in the Department of Art History, Curating and Visual Studies at the University of Birmingham, UK. His research to date has focused on themes of masculinity and home in post-war British art. His book – Art and Masculinity in Post-War Britain: Reconstructing Home – was published by Bloomsbury in November 2019.