Use of a model’s likeness

We have had a query about the model’s rights with regard to publication of artworks made in their image. Note: this does not include photography. Photographic modelling requires use of a contract, in which all conditions for publication of the photographs are written and agreed to.

As a life model, we are being engaged for the use of our image. The artists are paying us for the privilege of looking upon us, and taking down a version in their artwork.

For some models, privacy is a concern, and they would like to remain anonymous. This is a valid concern. You can ask an artist not to use your real name in their work, and/or use a pseudonym. You can also ask an artist not to tag you or refer to you in their social media or other publication platforms.

It is not reasonable to ask that an artist restrict the use of their artwork (note: this is not applicable to photography). If an artist wants to exhibit, publish, or show their artwork which features you as the model, this is their right. Rights to use of the artwork remain with the artist.

There may be an exception where the artwork depicts you in a manner that is morally in conflict with your values – for example, if you are depicted committing an act of violence. Otherwise, the artist retains the right to use their artwork as they see fit.

If the possible publication of your likeness (drawn, sculpted, painted etc.) is of concern to you, you must make this concern known before you accept any booking. Life modelling for non-photographic artworks may not be a suitable profession for someone with this particular concern.

Please contact the committee if you would like to discuss.

Spring Extravaganza

Join us for the last drawing event hosted by the LMS for 2022.

The Spring Extravaganza will feature multiple models posing together and individually over one afternoon – model announcements to follow.

Models booked: Peter H, Chris A, Sofia, Phoebe, Gigi, Nat, Monika A, Gabrielle

Date & Time: Sunday 13 November, 2:00 – 5:30pm
Venue: Princes Hill Community Centre
5 Bagung Lane, Princes Hill
(near the Melbourne General Cemetery)

Please note the venue is on the first floor, with one set of stairs and no lift. Contact the organisers if you need accessibility assistance.

Tickets to attend to draw:
Space is limited so get in quick to avoid disapointment. 

Bring your own materials (paper and drawing implements). Easels, tables and boards are available.

Light refreshments, tea and coffee will be provided.

Attendees will be asked to wear a mask at all times. Proof of vaccination may be required to attend.

Fleur, President. 

Monkeypox and Life Modelling

There has been a fair amount of coverage in the last few months regarding Monkeypox. Monkeypox may be spread from person-to-person through skin-to-skin contact, contact with contaminated items or surfaces, and respiratory droplets.

People with monkeypox are infectious from the time that they develop their first symptoms (which may be a fever or a rash) and until rash lesions crust, dry or fall off.

Often symptoms and rashes will develop in the genital and anal region, an area of the body usually covered by clothing. When a model is engaged for nude drawing, this region is exposed to contact with surfaces. For more information, refer to the Department of Health warning.

The LMS advises models to bring their own fabric to sit on while posing, however this is even more important as the Monkey Pox may be spread by a models sharing contact with a surface, including fabric.

We advise all models to use only fabric they had supplied to sit on, and never to sit on a surface, such as a chair, stool, or the floor, without a fabric barrier between their skin and the surface. We encourage employers of models to help reinforce this behaviour by asking models to use their own fabric for this purpose, and reminding any models who may forget to use fabric.

Regardless of the responsibilities on models to bring and use their own fabric, we ask employers and venues to uphold high standards of hygiene, including wiping down surfaces with anti-bacterial wipes, and washing of fabric used in the venue.

As with transmission of COVID-19 or any other contagious illness, we remind models and artists alike not to attend a class when they are unwell.

LMS Winter Life-Drawing Salons

We’re back in person with our Life-Drawing Salons

Saturday 25 & Sunday 26 June, Saturday 2 & Sunday 3 July.

Morning 10:30am – 1:00pm (short poses) & Afternoon 1:30pm – 4:00pm (long pose)

Models to be announced.

Hosted at Princes Hill Community Centre, 5 Bagung Lane, Princes Hill.

Tickets are available online here.

Email us for discounts available for bulk purchases

Attendees must provide proof of vaccination and wear masks to enter this venue. Numbers are limited.

‘Fully Vaccinated’ Status

It is becoming clear that many venues and employers define ‘fully vaccinated’ as having had two initial shots, plus as many boosters as are recommended by the government (as at time of writing three vaccinations would be required to be fully vaccinated). Many employers are mandated to require ‘fully vaccinated’ people only to attend their places of work.

In line with this, the Committee will review the vaccination certificates provided to us and update the next edition of the model list to indicate 2V or 3V.

Please note that access to the model list is a paid subscription service, contact us via email to enquire about this service.

LMS Autumn Life-Drawing Salons

We’re back in person with our Life-Drawing Salons

Saturday 9 April, Morning 10:30am – 1:00pm (short poses with Elevan)
Sundayt 10 April, Morning 10:30am – 1:00pm (short poses with Odelia) & Afternoon 1:30pm – 4:00pm (long pose with Emily)

Hosted at Princes Hill Community Centre, 5 Bagung Lane, Princes Hill

Tickets are available online here.

Email us for discounts available for bulk purchases

Attendees must provide proof of vaccination (or valid exemption) to enter this venue. Numbers are limited.

Fundraising Life Drawing Events

Hi everyone

A concern has come to our attention that we wanted to share with you.

In the current climate, with the war in Ukraine, and the floods in NSW and QLD, there are a lot of people out there trying to do what they can to raise money for relief efforts. This is to be commended, however people can engage entirely in good faith and still have serious issues.

The concern we had is that there are operators out there who will use these situations to their own advantage. If you are approached to participate in a fundraising activity, please ensure you do your due diligence before accepting the job.

It is also possible you will be asked to perform or work or provide rights to publish or share existing photos or artwork for no pay as part of this arrangement. While you are welcome to accept an unpaying gig for charitable purposes, we recommend strongly that you are highly cautious of these gigs, especially when they are online.

As with all modelling jobs, the other LMS working conditions still apply for gratis jobs, and as with photography jobs, a model release is needed to ensure that the photographs are only used in a manner to which you agree.

Gigs where cryptocurrency or NFTS are involved in any capacity are particularly insecure, as the platforms are vulnerable to hacking.

If you have any questions about fundraising activities you have been approached about, please contact the committee, or Posey Corps to discuss.

The Committee