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Reimagining Beauty Through Life Drawing

  • Free
  • Workshop
  • Youth event
  • Relaxed
The back of a seated woman who is drawing using a red biro on a piece of paper. In the background there are two people posing surrounded by other seated people who are drawing.
Youth Life Drawing Workshop. Photo: Kathleen Arundell. Source: Wellcome Collection. © All rights reserved.

What you’ll do 

Inspired by our ‘The Cult of Beauty’ exhibition, this workshop will interrogate ideas about subversive beauty through life drawing. You will consider different aspects of beauty, including racialised beauty, gender identity and the cost of beauty.

First you’ll visit the exhibition to get inspiration, and then return to the studio, where artists Nan Carreira and Gaby Sahhar will facilitate different activities.

Next will be a collaborative mask-making session where you’ll think in subversive ways about the self and beauty. What does the mask reveal and what does it conceal?

You’ll be able to draw from life with models from traditionally underrepresented backgrounds in poses inspired by the exhibition, such as iconic beauty images from Vogue and reflections on selfie culture. The models will wear a variety of clothing that shows and enhances their bodies. Whether you already love to draw or would just like to try something new, the workshop is open to all levels.

All art materials will be provided, and there will be regular breaks throughout the workshop, with a longer break for lunch. Lunch is not included, but we will be providing snacks and drinks. 

This is a relaxed event with a chill-out space with ear defenders and fidget toys available. 

Who can come

This event is designed for 14- to 19-year-olds and disabled young people aged 14–25 years. We may ask your age at the venue to make sure you’re the right age for our youth programme events.



Need to know


We’ll be in the Forum. To get there, take the lift or stairs up to level 1 and then follow the signs through the ‘Being Human’ gallery.

Place not guaranteed

Booking a ticket for a free event does not guarantee you a place. You should aim to arrive 15 minutes before the event is scheduled to start to claim your place. If you do not arrive on time, your place may be given to someone on the waiting list.


This is a relaxed event, which means that if you need to, you are welcome to move around and make noise at any time.

For more information, please visit our Accessibility page. If you have any queries about accessibility, please email us at access@wellcomecollection.org or call 0 2 0. 7 6 1 1. 2 2 2 2

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About your artists

Gaby Sahhar


Gaby Sahhar is an installation-based painter and filmmaker. Their work aims to deconstruct the representation of queerness within public spheres to understand its wider impacts on queer consciousness and communities. Gaby founded Queerdirect, an arts platform and project space dedicated to queer arts.

Black and white photographic portrait of Nan Dorrego Carreira

Nan Carreira


Nan Carreira is a non-binary artist working primarily with painting, drawing and participative art, with a special focus on queerness. Nan’s work can be seen as a call to imagine new worlds where traits like vulnerability and self-expression are celebrated instead of being punished and repressed.