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.
Christmas is approaching, and maybe you’ve got a hankering for some drawing early in the new year. We’ve got you covered: join us for the summer salon life drawing sessions.
Tickets are available for all sessions, see link. If you would like to attend 7 or more sessions, please contact us for a discount.
Dates: Saturday 7 January – Sunday 15 January 2023 Times: Morning: 10:30 – 13:00, Afternoon 13:30 – 16:00 Venue: Princes Hill Community Centre 5 Bagung Lane (rear of 270 MacPherson St) Princes Hill, VIC 3054
Near the Melbourne General Cemetery, see map snippet.
Please note the venue is on the first floor, with one set of stairs and no lift. Contact us if you need accessibility assistance.
Bring your own materials (paper and drawing implements). Easels, tables and boards are available.
Light refreshments, tea and coffee will be provided.
Conditions of entry include: – Drawing devices with cameras will need to have their lenses covered at all times. – Mobile phones are not permitted to be used in the drawing studio. – Attendees will be asked to wear a mask at all times. – Proof of vaccination may be required.
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.
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.
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.
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.