Batten down the hatches and prepare for a storm, as theatrical sketching company Art Macabre commandeers Cutty Sark for an evening of sea shanties, shipwrecked mermaid models and sailor sketching on Saturday 13 August.

In this exciting event, the likes of which the world’s sole surviving tea clipper has never experienced, Art Macabre will bring its very own taste of the salty sea as it reflects the ship’s dramatic history through life drawing and live performances. Purveyors of London’s most innovative and immersive sketching events, Art Macabre will present nude and costumed characters performing across the historic ship’s decks, to the nautical sounds of the Snottledogz Shanty Trio which will lead sea shanties, folk songs and singalongs.

If classical music is more your style, then never fear, opera-singing Carmen Mon Oxide will grace the ship as ‘Nannie the Witch’ from the famous Robert Burns’ poem, Tam o’Shanter from which Cutty Sark gets her name. Launched in 1869 from Dumbarton, Scotland, Cutty Sark sailed the globe carrying cargo ranging from the finest teas, gunpowder and whisky to buffalo horns, and made her name as the fastest ship of her era during her time in the wool trade.

Celebrating this remarkable history, down in the belly of the ship in the Cutty Sark Theatre characters will pose in theatrical tableaux vivant depicting the Chinese tea voyages of the clipper’s past. Suspended on the Upper Deck and wrapped in rope amongst the rigging, will be tattooed mermaid model Bliss Theadora, waiting to be drawn. In the Captain’s Parlour join the ghost of shipping magnate Jock ‘White Hat’ Willis, original owner of the ship, to play drawing games. Or down your free shot of whisky for some Dutch courage, and become a model yourself as author of Draw Faces in 15 Minutes, Brighton-based artist Jake Spicer, sketches your portrait.

Event Details:

Date: 13 August 2016 | Time: 19.00 | Venue: Cutty Sark | Age: 18+ | Admission: £25, including a shot of whisky

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General Information

Cutty Sark reopened to the public in April 2012, marking a new chapter in the extraordinary life of the last surviving tea clipper and one of the world’s most famous ships.

Visitors to Cutty Sark can venture aboard and beneath the beautiful three-masted clipper: walk along the decks in the footsteps of the merchant seamen who sailed her over a century ago; explore the hold where precious cargo was stored on epic voyages; and even walk underneath the 963-tonne ship in the dry berth below to view the elegant lines of her hull.

Cutty Sark, National Maritime Museum, Royal Observatory Greenwich and the Queen’s House operate under the banner of Royal Museums Greenwich. 

Cutty Sark is located a short walk from the Cutty Sark DLR, and Maze Hill and Greenwich train stations. The closest tube stations are North Greenwich (to change to local buses) and Canary Wharf (to change to DLR), both on the Jubilee line.

About Art Macabre

Art Macabre injects a lethal dose of theatricality and curiosity into drawing. Directed by Nikki Shaill, Art Macabre specialises in creating immersive drawing events in unique spaces bringing together elements of narrative, performance, music and theatrical themes. Since 2010, thousands of participants have enjoyed drawing from both the imagination and observation. From the Royal Academy to the Tower of London; Latitude Festival to Tower Hamlets Cemetery; Art Macabre run regular drawing events with unusual and imaginative themes across London and beyond.

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