Full details can be found on the Dr. Sketchy North Wales & Chester facebook page.
Mixing Burlesque and Life drawing in a open happy non-judgey environment!
Dr. Sketchy’s is taking a trip up Norf! A drive up the coast to the pretty seaside resort of Morecambe Bay on the Sunny Lancashire Coast. Once a hotspot for British holiday makers, the destination offered music hall magic and variety entertainment that is now being revived and relived at the hands of Goldust, epic event organisers extraordinaire!
The first ever Morecambe Variety Festival will be taking place May Bank Holiday weekend at The Winter Gardens.
The Winter Gardens first opened in 1897 as The Victoria Pavilion theatre Dating from 1878, the original complex included seawater baths, bars and a ballroom. In the 1950s, the Winter Gardens were taken over by Moss Empires, however declining profits in the following decades led to its closure in 1977. Although the theatre building that remains today was listed the same year, the ballroom building was demolished in 1982.
Its faded glamour still holds so much appeal we can’t wait to get stuck in, in this my dream art studio, steeped in so much charm, it would be impossible not to be inspired by the echoes and whispers of performances past.
There will be a dazzling amount of things to do, see and experience over the Festival weekend. Think cabaret, variety, circus and sideshow culminating in a King Neptune’s Ball on Saturday night from 8pm.
Its going to be a real celebration of the area, the arts, vintage cabaret as well as showcasing some of the very best international burlesque vaudeville and cabaret artists on the scene today.
Vicky Butterfly, Emmanuelle Clare, Juggler Rod Laver, Sword Swallower Bendini, Live contortion and side show, Circus from Frayed Knot, Chinese pole gymnastics from Ed Muir, Dr Diabalo and his side show
Sea Beasts pre show Carnival parade!!
Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art School joins the 1st ever Morecambe Variety Festival at Winter Gardens, May Bank Holiday – Saturday from 3pm!
Sharpen those pencils and dust off your chalks as you get set for a life drawing class like no other!
Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art School was set up to encourage everyone to the world of drawing and sketching, whatever skill level they’re at.There will be a variety of poses and lengths in which to draw, along with some fun challenges!
And who do our lucky classmates get to draw? Well, we’ve been fortunate to capture Morecambes very own Mermaid!!
Not ONLY that but we will have “Serpentina” a beautiful seductress of serpent style belly dancing to pose for you pencils.
This will be just a 1 hour taster session!
At our usual events you can expect to see burlesque performances, cheeky poses, plenty of sketching challenges, ear popping music, prizes and all within a good few feet of the bar!
Now REMEMBER you don’t have to be a superstar artist to enroll in a class ~ its truly open to all and the perfect night out for folks who are ‘I can’t draw-ers’, the ‘not surers’ and ‘cult explorers’….
You don’t need to bring a thing! Paper and pencils are provided. But if you prefer to bring your own materials, please make sure wet media aren’t any more messy than a neat watercolour set.
This event is FREE and open to all ages!
Event details for this particular event can be found here: Dr. Sketchy’s At Morecambe Variety Festival
Stalls, Winter Gardens, Morecambe from 3pm.
I’ve booked the ‘Sunset Suite’ at a local Guest House and bags are packed!
I’m thrilled to be taking Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art School & some select Extinct Design vintage items to this delightful seaside resort – reliving its past splendour and imprinting some memories of our own!
Visit Morecambe Variety Festival blog for some chat on the events, vintage clothing and Morecambe in times gone by!
The beloved 60s sitcom starring Barbara Eden ~ I Dream Of Jeannie ~ will be the central theme to our next Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art School event in Wrexham at Penny Black on 19th April.
Although Jeannie was often the sulky minx she was by far the most strongest female character I had come across growing up. Ultimately getting her own way and running circles around those mere male mortals.
I’ve heard said the Jeannnie bottle represented feminine captivity and object treatment “her” life is devoted mostly to his (Major Nelson), and most of their problems stem from her love and affection towards “Master”, and her desire to “please” him.
My take on that? Pfft.
It was a fun happy show that opened my eyes to more exotic dress, mysticism with an iconic stunningly beautiful Jeannie who acts only to fulfill her ancient heritage.
In Jeannies world her powers override any disease and discomfort, she is happy in her pursuit and goals.
Steeped in fabulous 60s decor the look and feel of this infamous TV Series is still such a delight. Really looking forward to the poses and the pictures!
Her ‘Jeannie’ bottle was a palatial feminine hide-out in. I will be trying to re-create her bottle on stage with a plethora of bejewelled materials and cushions. In prep too of changing my sun room at home into the Jeannie Bottle! I like to take a theme and run with it!
After the scouring the Internet for a quick fix outfit, I was left wanting…
So have decided to make one myself. The costume itself caused much controversy at the time, evidently based on a Middle Eastern dance or ‘Belly Dancing’, but to have Jeannie showing her belly button on TV at the time was a big no-no and lots of
To model as Jeannie will be Belly Dancing Teacher – Angel T’Lite. Also Singaporean sensation – Sukki Singapora will perform and pose for your pencils.
Tickets are available now from www.drsketchynorthwales.co.uk
Check out the event details here – Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art School North Wales – We All Dream of Jeannie
Our next sponsored event – fusing fashion & art with Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art School North Wales & Chester
Featuring Kiki Kaboom who recently won the “Best Burlesque Performer 2012″ from the London Caberet Awards!
Be part of our Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art Class 2011 – last roll call for this Friday 16th at Scala Cinema & Arts Centre!
We’ll be the ones upstairs in the bar, handing out the the Christmas Candy canes, posing and performing for your pencils and getting you to take part in C-razy challenges!!
I can’t believe its been one whole year since I set up the North Wales branch of Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art School. So much has happend this year, all brilliant, fun, time consuming, life affirming stuff.
I’ve invited back Burlesque Goddess Anna Fur Laxis – who will be performing and posing for your pencils at the Scala Cinema & Arts Centre in Prestatyn.
We’ve got a bit of twist on the night too… we have been applauding our pupils all year for their sketchy endeavours but this Friday we’re inviting YOU to come and pose in a sexy Zombie Pin-Up style comp! The sexiest most pin-upable Zombie will be crowned our 1st year winner, will be looking for great costumes, fab poses and pretty undead pouting.
If you haven’t checked out the Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art School, North Wales & Chester on Facebook yet – what are you thinking? Get yourselves over there!!
Heres some fab vintage spooky pictures to get everyone in the mood!
So pleased to announce that sister site Dr. Sketchy’s is now live and looking good.
I’ve been making some costumes, backdrops and staging as well as the website designing. Its been a brilliant time so far, so many more ideas to realise in the coming weeks!