Animals in the Drawing Studio

Recently the Committee has had a query regarding the presence of pets in the drawing studio.

Many artists have pets, and if the pet/s are to be present at the session, this should be discussed with the model at the time of booking to ensure they are aware of the likely presence of your pet. If the model has concerns regarding the presence of an animal in the studio, this should be negotiated at the time of booking. Some models may choose not to take a job where pets or animals will be present, such as in the case of allergies, where it may be unsafe for the model to be in a room with an animal. Some models may be open to posing with the animal/s for an additional fee negotiated when booking the session.

All pets/animals should be kept under control at all times, and not interact with the model while they are posing, unless prior consent and payment arrangements have been made.

For hygiene reasons, no animals are to be allowed on the model’s sheets or other belongings under any circumstances.

Service animals can of course be present in the studio, however as above should be kept at a distance from the model and their belongings. The model should be notified in advance of the presence of a service animal.

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The Life Models' Society (LMS) is a collective of artists' models. We were formed in 1989 to provide a means for life models to get to know each other, and as a support group to standardise rates of pay and to improve our working conditions. Although we do not have the resources to act as a booking agency, we publish a list of available artists' models which is sent to all our subscribers, and updated several times a year.

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