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Truth is Beauty: Life Drawing Event

Opening: 04/08/18 4:30 PM – 6:30 PM | Free

You are invited to a life drawing event, Truth is Beauty


at: TOMA Project Space, Unit 13, Royals Shopping Centre, Southend on Sea, SS1 1DG


Saturday 4 August 2018:   4.30pm – 6.30pm

Metal artist-in-resident Claire Collison is a breast cancer survivor who chose not to have reconstructive surgery following her mastectomy.  During the drawing event she will link this part of her life with her life modelling and story-telling – followed by a discussion about women, health and representation, the body politics of life modelling and related matters.

No previous drawing experience required –

Whilst women artists are extremely welcome, this free event is open to all women – regardless of their previous drawing experience – and especially welcomes women with personal experiences of breast cancer, providing a safe space for sensitive discussion. Please bring an open heart and mind along with your sketch pad (some art materials will be provided).

Participation in this event means you will automatically be increasing the visibility of unreconstructed women: drawings from the event (with your credits and permissions) will be documented for Claire’s archive, and also shown the following day at Metal Art School, Chalkwell Park, Chalkwell Avenue SS0 8NB.


Book your FREE place onto Truth is Beauty HERE.  If you would like further information or to talk about what to expect please contact us on chalkwell@metalculture.com / 01702 470700


Clare Collison drawing 1

Artwork by Lucie Russell

Truth is Beauty: the exhibition

Date:  Sun 5th August

Venue:  Metal Art School, Chalkwell Park, Chalkwell Avenue  SS0 8NB

Time:  1pm – 4pm  (Artist’s reading:  2pm)

Celebrating the right of women to be comfortable – whatever shape, size or skin they are in.  You are invited to an exhibition of the artwork produced at Claire Collison’s life modelling event, Truth is Beauty, designed to help make unreconstructed women feel less freaky.

Claire will give a short reading (fully clothed!) at 2pm and looks forward to meeting you.


Claire Collison




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