Alan Kane: Life Class: Today's Nude

A Jerwood/Artangel Open Commission

Channel 4 Broadcast: Monday 6 - Friday 10 July 2009, daily at 12.30pm
Maggi Hambling (Mon)
Humphrey Ocean (Tue)
Gary Hume (Wed)
Judy Purbeck (Thu)
and John Berger (Fri)

Live life drawing classes: 22 - 26 June /
29 June - 4 July 2009

Feet, statuettes, painting in progress Humphrey Ocean tutoring Life Class: Today's Nude

In July 2009 the nation learned to draw through television life drawing classes led by John Berger, Judy Purbeck, Maggi Hambling, Gary Hume and Humphrey Ocean. Broadcast during the daytime on Channel 4 in a series of five half-hour classes, an audience was guided by a tutor giving insights into the techniques of figurative drawing, art and life. Each class featured a different type of model and the classes took place in a range of settings from the Life Drawing room at the Royal Academy of Arts to the artist’s own studio and a dance studio.

From the end of June, in advance of the broadcast of the programmes, Artangel organised temporary drop-in life drawing classes in five locations across London – in the City, Soho, Covent Garden, Canary Wharf and Bloomsbury – and in four cities across the UK: Manchester, Bristol, Southampton and Glasgow. In a different location every lunch-time, a class appeared for just two hours and passers-by were invited to sit behind an easel, pick up a pencil and draw.

Life Class: Today’s Nude continued Kane’s often irreverent attempts at democratising the production and dissemination of art and culture by taking the nude life class model out of the rarified intimacy of the studio and transmitting it nationwide.

Life Class: Today’s Nude was conceived by artist Alan Kane, commissioned and produced for Channel 4 by Artangel as part of the Jerwood/Artangel Open. The programmes were commissioned by Jan Younghusband, Commissioning Editor for Arts and Performance, Channel 4. The commission was supported by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

Artists’ materials for the ‘pop-up’ life drawing classes supplied by London Graphic Centre.

This project was supported by Arts Council England, Artangel International Circle, Special Angels and The Company of Angels

Funders and Collaborators
Channel 4 logo Jerwood foundation National Lottery Arts Council England logo