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The Jam Tree, London, 12 March 2018

14 Mar 2018

With The Sun in Clapham undergoing refurbishment, Moon and Nude removed their regular Monday evening life drawing group in south London to a very different space a mere 136m up the road, at The Jam Tree. I arrived early and went through to a large back room where metal chairs had been arranged in a double semi-circle on a kind of AstroTurf carpet, facing two heavy wooden tables draped with material. I guessed this would be my stage for the evening, and was keen to give it a go.

The venue had changed but pose times remained the same: 5-minutes, 4, 3, 2, 1, 10, 15 and 20-minutes to a break, then finishing with 30-minutes and 10-minutes. I began by balancing on one leg and placing both hands on the ceiling, then cycled through a sequence of ups and downs, lefts and rights. During the interval I noticed unevenness beneath the sheet on which I posed and, on closer inspection, saw that planks in the table top had started to creak asunder! I would be more cautious in the second half…

Organiser Aless suggested I lay down for the half-hour pose but, doubting how visible this might be, I opted to prop my head on one hand and half twist my body. Needless to say this wasn’t the most comfortable variation I could have picked. I finished facing forward on all fours, gripping the table’s edge. Generous applause was forthcoming at the end, which is always nice. I rather warmed to working this room and wonder what future it has as a life drawing venue when The Sun reopens. It’s worthy of more use.

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