Figuration founders Roy Joseph Butler and Leo Crane are brainstorming the next season of events. Two acts are booked for Queer life drawing in The Glory’s cabaret lounge, the Starkers Academy for new models has been announced, and plans are developing for a visual storytelling course for neuro diverse teenagers, an animation for a historic art gallery, and in-house workshops at a new architecture studio.
Roy and Leo believe that creativity supports communication, wellbeing and the enjoyment of life. In 2016, they founded Figuration, a social enterprise to bring people together through workshops and events and to produce inspirational creative content. They know first-hand how pivotal creative experiences can be, having 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.
Roy explains what he loves most about their venture: “Whether it’s someone trying life modelling for the very first time, an architect returning to drawing at one of our workshops or a private event designed to engage colleagues in a exciting and creative way, Figuration has always been about bringing something fresh to new audiences and generating opportunities for budding creatives, and all while celebrating the human form. I love it. And it’s these aims and successes that motivate me everyday to grow our enterprise and the community.”
Leo says: “For me, it’s the opportunity to use creative techniques to explore and reveal heritage and identity. We’ve worked with some amazing partners, for example last month, we brought Activist Life Drawing to the V&A and we’re now devising a masterclass at the British Library, using Anglo-Saxon manuscripts as inspiration for visual storytelling today.”
With demand bringing their creativity into new areas, from business leadership conferences to private studio experiences, they have an ambition to scale up and bring more creative opportunities to more people. They recognise that the best and most fulfilling way to achieve this is by celebrating the many others who share a similar philosophy, from Art Model Collective and Art Macabre to Late Night Library Club and Cityread London. Community and collaboration will always be central to the Figuration approach.
This month, they open their new studio in Crystal Palace, a base for their work and somewhere they can 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, visit figuration.co or follow @figurationco on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and Meetup.
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