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Queer Life Drawing Workshop

  • Free
  • Workshop
  • 14 to 19-year-olds
  • Relaxed
Photograph of a life drawing workshop showing a young woman sketching at a charcoal drawing of a male figure who can be seen posing in the background.
Life drawing workshop, Michael Bowles. Source: Wellcome Collection.

What you’ll do 

Join a life-drawing workshop led by artist Gaby Sahhar, focusing on queer bodies.

For the first part of the session you will be exploring materials related to queerness in our permanent gallery, Being Human.

You will then go into the Forum to create a large-scale installation. You’ll do this by working as individuals or groups, and will use your imagination to redefine what a queer body looks like through drawing.

For the second part of the session, there will be three trans and non-binary models for you to draw against the backdrop of your installation. The models will be clothed. As part of this process, we will also be looking at images from the James Gardiner Collection to explore ideas around vulnerability and resistance.

All required materials will be supplied, but you are welcome to bring your own if you like. Snacks and drinks will be provided. You are welcome to bring a packed lunch, and there will be an hour’s lunch break.  

Who can come

This activity is for people aged 14 to 19 years old and disabled people aged 14 to 25 years old.

No previous experience in art is necessary. This is also a great opportunity to build your portfolio.



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.

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 contributors

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.



Queerdirect is an LGBTQI+ artist network, curatorial platform and arts programme. Formed in 2017, Queerdirect provides artists with a platform for exhibiting offline and online, as well delivering teaching through workshops, tutorials and events.

Black and white photographic portrait of Nan Dorrego Carreira

Nan Carreira


Nan is a non-binary artist and Visitor Experience Assistant at Wellcome Collection. Their work reflects on the conditions and repercussions of being queer through artistic responses such as drawing, painting and collage. They have been researching at Wellcome Collection to find and highlight LBTQIA+ stories around health, medicine and art.

For 14 to 19-year-olds

This activity is for people aged 14 to 19 years old and disabled people aged 14 to 25 years old.