Drawn at the Tower with Art Macabre

Drawn at the Tower with Art Macabre

4 February 2016


Tower of London, EC3N 4AB

Selected dates February – May 2016


Unlock the secrets of the Tower of London through a series of adult-only drawing events. Royals, rogues, ravens and rituals will all be illuminated by Drawn at the Tower, as visitors explore the Tower’s dark past through special themed drawing nights. Capture the iconic architecture of one of London’s most famous landmarks, while models pose as historical characters from its 900 years of history.

Adults of all abilities are invited to arm themselves with pen and pencil to explore the Tower. Each event features a special guest or guest artists including Jason Atomic and Lozzy Bones to keep your mark making fresh.

Drawn at the Tower is a new creative collaboration between Historic Royal Palaces and immersive drawing company Art Macabre. Launching its 2016 events at the Tower is an alternative Valentine’s Day themed event ‘Tower of Love: Romance is Dead’, on 15 February.  Upcoming themes include the ravens, witchcraft and the royal menagerie.

Art Macabre’s Director, Nikki Shaill, says:
“Drawing and mark-making is a powerful tool to explore subjects and stories; connecting the head, hand and heart. We’re excited to be able to access such a historic site after hours and look forward to bringing the diverse stories of the Tower’s past to life through costumed models, music, narrative and special guest artists. All these elements can help London’s culturally inquisitive immerse in the atmosphere of the Tower and inspire them to explore through drawing.”

Zinta Jaunitis, Learning Producer at Historic Royal Palaces says “Drawn at the Tower is a unique opportunity for those who think they can’t draw, want to draw and love to draw. Be prepared to be put under a 900 year old spell as you experience the Tower of London at night.”

Open to people of all artistic confidence and sketching experience, Drawn at the Tower is open to anyone over 18 who are interested in trying something new in 2016.

For more information and to book tickets visit: www.hrp.org.uk/drawn & http://deathdrawing.com/drawn-at-the-tower/


Notes to editors
For further information or images please contact the Historic Royal Palaces press office on 020 3166 6166 or email press@hrp.org.uk.

Art Macabre is a creative company led by Nikki Shaill, founded in 2010. Their immersive drawing events inject a lethal dose of theatricality and curiosity into drawing. They are held in unique spaces, bringing together elements of narrative, performance, music and theatre. Previous venues include Somerset House, Barts Pathology Museum, V&A, Latitude Festival, cemeteries and old operating theatres.

Historic Royal Palaces is the independent charity that looks after the Tower of London, Hampton Court Palace, the Banqueting House, Kensington Palace, Kew Palace and Hillsborough Castle.  We help everyone explore the story of how monarchs and people have shaped society, in some of the greatest palaces ever built. We raise all our own funds and depend on the support of our visitors, members, donors, sponsors and volunteers. With the exception of Hillsborough Castle, these palaces are owned by The Queen on behalf of the nation, and we manage them for the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport. Historic Royal Palaces cares for Hillsborough Castle under a separate contract with the Northern Ireland Office.

Registered charity number 1068852. For more information visit www.hrp.org.uk.

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Listings information:

Tower of Love: Romance is Dead

Monday 15 February 2016

A post-Valentines sketching special, dedicated to those who died at the Tower in the name of love. Enter the drama and tragedy of the Tudor court, and explore Henry VIII’s doomed love affair with Anne Boleyn.  Sketch our costumed models, posing as their ghosts at the site of her burial in the Chapel of St Peter ad Vincula. Plus create miniature love tokens with guest artist Lozzy Bones, in the Chapel’s crypt.

Witchcraft and Dark Arts

Tuesday 15 March 2016


In 2015 archaeologists unearthed new evidence of protection against witchcraft within the Tower’s walls. Discover the dark secrets of these ‘apotropaic marks’ and the compelling power of symbols at this after-hours theatrical drawing event. Sketch your own designs inspired by the history of witchcraft, sorcery and demonology at the Tower - under the watchful eye of guest artist Jason Atomic.

Ravens and Morbid Corvids

Wednesday 13 April 2016


Legend has it that if the ravens should ever leave the fortress walls, the Tower and the kingdom will fall. In this unique event we’ll explore mythology, folklore and true tales of the Tower’s famous feathered guardians. Draw these magnificent birds up close as they pose alongside the Tower’s very own Ravenmaster.

Royal Beasts
Tuesday 24 May 2016

The Tower was once the historic home to a magnificent menagerie of beasts: from Barbary lions and the first elephants in England, to mischievous monkeys and a polar bear who swam in the river Thames. Explore through drawing the stories of London’s first zoo. More information to be confirmed!

Location: The Tower of London, London EC3N 4AB
(nearest tube: Tower Hill)

To buy tickets visit  www.hrp.org.uk/drawn
Over 18s only.
£24 full price (includes all drawing materials and a drink)
£20 concessions (Tower Hamlets residents, students, unwaged, under 25, HRP members)

*Multi-buy offer* Book 3 for £60 by calling 0844 482 7777. Terms and conditions apply.
No exchanges or refunds. Calls cost 5p per minute plus your phone company’s access charge.

Unfortunately this event is not suitable for wheelchair users or people with limited mobility. If you have access or seating requirements, please contact +44 (0)20 3166 6646 or email learning.info@hrp.org.uk

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