Cre­ative Space

All The Young Nudes: Glas­gow.

ImagineFX: Sci-fi & Fantasy Art magazine - - Contents - To find out more about All The Young Nudes visit www.atyn.co.uk. When Joanna's not run­ning the ses­sions she over­sees Toad's Car­a­van, an art col­lec­tive in Glas­gow. www.toad­scar­a­van.com

Tak­ing her cue from David Bowie’s barn-storm­ing 1972 hit, as made fa­mous by Mott the Hoople, and a life-drawing class at the Glas­gow School of Art, Joanna Susskind founded the Scot­tish art group All The Young Nudes about six years ago. Af­ter her artis­tic con­tacts pro­vided a venue in the form of the Fly­ing Duck night­club, the group has met ev­ery Tues­day since.

"We cre­ated a brand and let the word spread," she says. "We now have up to 100 peo­ple in Glas­gow, 50 in Ed­in­burgh and 20 in Dundee. Most of our at­ten­dees heard of us through word of mouth. We do very lit­tle ad­ver­tis­ing, although we do keep on top of so­cial me­dia in­ter­ac­tion. It's great to see the sketches posted on­line from all three cities each week."

A big part of the at­trac­tion of All The Young Nudes is down to its un­fussy and bu­reau­cracy-free way of run­ning. There are no join­ing fees, no set course dates, no cer­tifi­cates – and they don't even charge an en­trance fee. "For this rea­son we have peo­ple of all ages, from all sorts of back­grounds turn­ing up to draw. Peo­ple tend to bring their friends and col­leagues along – or a date!"

Joanna's seen peo­ple join the group and grow as artists, too, which has to be the sign of a suc­cess­ful cre­ative meet-up. "Drawing from life is an in­valu­able skill be­cause it's so chal­leng­ing," she ex­plains. "It teaches you to ob­serve and to fo­cus. It also helps you with scale and anatomy. This can be a great boon in so many dif­fer­ent lines of work."

As the group's grown so to has its rep­u­ta­tion, and other or­gan­is­ers have been keen to get in on the life-drawing ac­tion. "There have been re­quests for ATYN from all over the world," says Joanna. "We're work­ing on our for­mat to en­sure con­sis­tency in each new spot. This year we're look­ing at open­ing clubs in Lon­don and New York."

Artists hard at work dur­ing a life-drawing ses­sion.

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