Dr Sketchy's Anti-Art School is what happens when cabaret crashes with visual art, when drunkenness meets drawing and life modelling is melded with live performance. Founded by acclaimed artists Molly Crabapple, Dr Sketchy was born in 2005 of an artist fantasy of Bohemian excess. Dr Sketchy’s has grown from an unassuming infancy in the achingly cool New York district of Williamsburg to become an international phenomenon, spawning branches in over 50 cities around the world, a book, calendar, jewellery – even an Edinburgh Fringe show.  

I took over the Glasgow branch of Dr Sketchy in 2007, hosted then in one of the UKs edgiest multi-purpose arts venues - The Arches.  For six years I co-produced and co-hosted this remarkable art event, and it's still going strong in Glasgow, with my co-producer at the helm. We achieved some astonishing things with Dr Sketchy; our monthly sessions garnered dozens of press articles, TV coverage, and some of the most respected cabaret and burlesque performers from around the world graced our stage - including our esteemed leader and founder, Molly Crabapple. One of the things we were most proud of was that of the 50 sessions taking place across the globe, we became the largest, boasting upwards of 80 Art Monkeys in attendance each month.   

In addition, our models inspired some fantastic artwork from extremely accomplished artists, which was subsequently exhibited in galleries around Scotland and as part of the Glasgow International Art Festival.  Examples from some of those artists can be found in the triptych below. I had some of the most fun of my young adult life producing Dr Sketchy Glasgow and made some amazing friends. It will always be special to me. Have a look around the images and videos below to get a sense of what went on each month. Art and mischief in equal measure!

 

Vive le Sketchy!

Molly Crabapple, Commander-in-Chief

Molly Crabapple, Commander-in-Chief

Founder and lead of the Dr Sketchy's Anti-Art School movement, Molly Crabapple, on the cover of The List Magazine

Dr Sketchy Glasgow does Banksy

Dr Sketchy Glasgow does Banksy

Dr Sketchy Glasgow is still going strong. Find it monthly at Stereo.

Getting Sketchy

Getting Sketchy

Miss Lucille Burn by Fiona Wilson

Miss Lucille Burn by Fiona Wilson

Poster Art Work

Poster Art Work

From our early sessions in 2008

Model: Leyla Rose

Model: Leyla Rose

Photo by Thomas Wiborg Thune - http://www.flickr.com/photos/thomaswiborgthune

"Miss Di-o-Rama" by Fiona Wilson

"Miss Di-o-Rama" by Fiona Wilson

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Art Monkeys

Art Monkeys

Dr Sketchy in The Scotsman

Dr Sketchy in The Scotsman

Our four page spread in one of Scotland's major national broadsheets

"Mia Meow" by Linda O'Grady

"Mia Meow" by Linda O'Grady

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Model: Cat Aclysmic

Model: Cat Aclysmic

Photo by Heidi Kuisma

Art work by Erin McGgrath

Art work by Erin McGgrath

Model: Alan McPartlan

Model: Alan McPartlan

Photo by Heidi Kuisma

Bonnie on the Clyde

Bonnie on the Clyde

Art Monkey at work...

Art Monkey at work...

Photo by Heidi Kuisma

Model: Scarlett Letter

Model: Scarlett Letter

Taken at the very first Dr Sketchy Glasgow session in November 2007. Photo by Heidi Kuisma