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Art Model Collective

Art Model Collective

Art Model Collective

Artists’ models Manko Sebastian and Carla Tofano founded Art Model Collective. The goal is to give everyone the opportunity to hold sessions and with a high level of creativity for both artists and models.

Life drawing has exploded in London with sessions in every other pub most nights of the week. They are indeed now offered as part of stag & hen dos, tutored or untutored, on weekdays or weekends, for professionals or beginners. And also offered in locations as diverse as the Royal College of Art, strip clubs or supper clubs. It is indeed the perfect, affordable activity for individuals or young couples to take up or as a way for professional artists to keep their eye in.

Art Model Collective

Over 20 years of modelling experience…

And on the other side of the coin there is a wide variety of ways in which sessions are run, as well as varying levels professionalism and experience of models used. Art Model Collective models Manko and Carla have over 20 years of modelling experience, posing for artists such as:

  • Rodolfo Villaplana,
  • Chris Guest,
  • Nick Cuthell,
  • Anastasia Pollard,
  • Lola White,
  • Simon Davis,
  • Shane Wolf…

They have been working at:

  • The Royal College of Art,
  • LARA (London Atelier of Representational Arts),
  • The Royal Academy,
  • Art Academy,
  • London Fine Arts…

Art Model Collective

Art Model Collective is unique and is run by models for models. The collective always takes into account what artists need and want throughout the creative process. It was founded with the intention of allowing models to take on the leading role and to step into more conceptual and organisational territories.

The result of this ethos is that AMC hold events with themes as diverse as:

  • classic nude sessions,
  • comic book heroes,
  • tributes to artists,
  • dialogues with exhibitions,
  • films,
  • literature,
  • political events.

They have worked in close cooperation with live musicians, fashion designers, writers and fine artists, and the sessions always include a minimum of two models. But most of all Carla and Manko use AMC to let their hair down, allow creative juices to flow, push their bodies to their limits and to have fun.

Art Model Collective

Over 70 sessions hold…

Over the last two years AMC have held over seventy sessions in many venues, ranging from small intimate rooms to the RA Lates Summer Show. Their most regular venue and residency is The Underdog Gallery in London Bridge. The welcoming space is already familiar to a significant amount of artists that regularly join the sessions. They chase the opportunity to challenge their own stylistic boundaries and observational skills. The sessions at Underdog Gallery are held every other Tuesday and regularly attract over thirty artists – which is close to capacity – in a spacious venue that provides big tables, sound system, good lighting and sometimes – depending of the theme – an incredibly appropriate stage.

Art Model Collective

Also, Art Model Collective is expanding their range of venues and events to keep spreading the life drawing fever everywhere they go.


For Life Drawing inspiration and information about upcoming sessions, follow Art Model Collective on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. Full details, and their extensive and varied portfolio, are also available on their new website www.ArtModelCollective.com


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