Naked people at the Museum of Contemporary Art


The MCA is the last place you’d expect to see a naked man and a diverse group of people ranging in sex and age prepared to test their artistic talents at life drawing. Friends old and new, couples and solos take their seats. This is Sundown Sketch Club.

This once-a-month, intimate class of 20 is held on the first Thursday of every month.

The group is welcomed into a private room where the iconic Opera House and Sydney Bridge twinkle in the background. You could quite easily get distracted by the view but model Heath commands your attention as he lounges out, fully naked, on a sheet laid over a make-shift couch and pulls some of the most abstract poses we have ever seen.  It’s all hanging out and there are a few giggles in the room, but this is no joke. A mixture of materials are provided for you to use, and you see charcoal dust rise as avid artists scribble crazily on paper fixed to table easels.

The class is accompanied by the encouraging tutor Will who walks around and provides feedback on your sketches while he delivers a sound track of music ranging from jazz to death metal. These varied audio sounds help you create different strokes, texture and alter the way you view the subject. This fusion of sound and sight really brings the evening together and takes the class to a whole new level of emotion and charge.

The night is broken up with a short break to explore each other’s drawings while rewarding your efforts with a very nice touch of complimentary cheese and wine.

The group is given ample opportunity to etch different angles of Heath as he holds anything from 1- to 5-minute poses.

Note that each class subject varies – one time you may be drawing a dog, another it could be the moving body, face, or any other number of subjects.

This is a great “try something different” experience, which really can be enjoyed by people of all ages.


Neil experienced the Sundown Life Drawing, which costs $40 for adults and $30 for MCA Members and concessions.


By Neil Singleton


Sundown Sketch Club (at the MCA)


t: +61 (02) 9245 2400

a: Museum of Contemporary Art, 140 George St, The Rocks NSW


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