Reconfigure Life Drawing at Naked Aye Artists’ Residency

reconfigureAs part of the Naked Aye Artists’ Residency, we are collaborating with Topaz Pauls, life model and the face of Reconfigure, to offer an exciting and diverse programme of life drawing for both resident artists, and those who want to drop-in for a bit of drawing.

Reconfigure aims to bring together subversive figurative performance art and life drawing to challenge and push artists with something quite different to a conventional life drawing setup.

Fresh off the back of a successful weekly Edinburgh Fringe run this year, we’re now giving you the opportunity to do 3 hours + of life drawing a day between the 5th and 9th October; 12-3pm every day, including a special performance 6-9pm on Wednesday evening.


£6 for two hours or £8 for three; or buy a pass for the week for £35.

Materials: bring your own, there will be some there to buy, some to borrow.

Easels and boards can also be rented for the cost of £3 a session, or again, bring your own set-up.

This life drawing programme is being organised as part of an artists’ residency.

Resident artists will use the Gallery space as a studio during the Naked Aye exhibition, entitled Shapes that Shift Desire, running from October 3rd-16th.  It’s free to use the space; easels and boards can be rented.

We hope to cultivate an environment of collective support and inspiration for all involved.  For info about being a resident artist during the week email

For ease just pre book at Eventbrite, or contact to organise your tickets and easel hire directly.  Or of course, just turn up and pay ‘on the door’.


MONDAY 5th: Movement
Two models, ribbons, and a hula hoop.  Topaz, our organiser from Reconfigure, and Ross Cleland aka Volcanic Ash the hula-hoop dancer, will hypnotise you, doing a mixture of fast, slow, sequential and long poses.

TUESDAY 6th: Max[ine]
Max[ine] is a 5ft puppet made by Gavin Glover. acclaimed puppet-maker and founder member of FaultyOptic Theatre of Animation.  Max[ine] and our model will work together in a series of shorter and longer poses.

WEDNESDAY 7th (12-3pm): Still Life
A single long pose; an amalgamation of found objects with a life model.  A space, a narrative, an interaction.
WEDNESDAY 7th (6-9pm): Nude musicians
Grant McNeil and Sophie Somerville will awe and delight with their acoustic music and life poses.

THURSDAY 8th: Body-bag
Based on a performance piece by Naomi Garriock. Subverting the conventional ‘draped’ life model.  A collage of limbs emerging from a silken drape.  Mixed length poses.

FRIDAY 9th: The Bed
Dishevelled sheets, a sleeping figure emerging from the bedclothes.  Pose lengths will depend on the restlessness of the sleeper.

Further Information
Reconfigure: Facebook; Twitter; @reconfigurative (Instagram/twitter handle)
Gavin Glover:
Ross Cleland aka Volcanic Ash: Facebook; Youtube channel; Instagram: @volcanicashhulahoops
Grant McNeil: Youtube of his performance at SoFar Sounds Edinburgh

All take place in the gallery spaces at St Margaret’s House.


Author: Naked Aye Art

A collective of Scotland-based artists, with a common interest in exploring the shapes and stories of people and their bodies in our art.

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