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Figuration bring people together through creative workshops and events. They are indeed fuelled by the diverse talents in their community. They produce inspirational content on one hand and experiences on the other hand.

Creativity supports communication

Figuration founders Roy Joseph Butler and Leo Crane are already thinking about the future events. Two acts are already booked for Queer life drawing in The Glory’s cabaret lounge. The Starkers Academy for new models has now been announced. Also many plans are developing:

  • a visual storytelling course for neuro diverse teenagers,
  • an animation for a historic art gallery,
  • and an in-house workshops at a new architecture studio.

Roy and Leo both believe that creativity supports communication, wellbeing and the enjoyment of life.

In 2016, they founded the social entreprise Figuration in order to bring people together and also to produce inspirational creative content. They know how important creative experiences can be, they actually both met at a life drawing event: Roy the model and Leo drawing.

Five years later, they have galvanised a growing community of:

  • artists,
  • models,
  • groups,
  • cultural organisations,
  • creative companies
  • and members of the public.


What do they love most about their venture?

Roy – “Whether it’s someone trying life modelling for the very first time. Or an architect returning to drawing at one of our workshops. Or a private event designed to engage colleagues in an exciting and creative way. Figuration have always been about bringing something fresh to new audiences and generating opportunities for budding creatives. And this is why I love it. It’s these aims and successes that motivate me everyday to grow the community.”

Leo – “For me, it’s the opportunity to use creative techniques to explore and also reveal heritage and identity. We’ve worked with some amazing partners. For example last month, we brought Activist Life Drawing to the V&A. We’re now devising a masterclass at the British Library, using Anglo-Saxon manuscripts as inspiration for visual storytelling today.”


Celebrating the many others…

With demand bringing their creativity into new areas, they now have an ambition to scale up. They want to bring more creative opportunities to more people. They also recognise that the best way to achieve this is by celebrating the many others who share a similar philosophy, for instance with:

  • Art Model Collective,
  • Art Macabre,
  • Late Night Library Club,
  • Cityread London…

They recently opened their new studio in Crystal Palace, a base for their work. Also somewhere they can finally offer bespoke private experiences for individuals and small groups.

To see what’s on or to join the Figuration community as an artist, model, creative partner or participant:

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