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By Hannah Clugston

Although Endless Love Creative is named after the 80s coming-of-age drama, founder Charlotte Righton hasn’t actually seen the film. Rather, Charlotte was inspired by the Lionel Richie and Diana Ross song written for the film, Charlotte explains: “Imagine that vibe with fairy lights and some red wine – and that’s Endless Love Creative. My intention was to create a night that was romantic, considered and visually beautiful.”

Sounds good. But what exactly happens at an Endless Love Creative? The first event is a life drawing class happening once a month at Union St’s One Space. Charlotte decided to establish the session after feeling frustrated by the lack of variety in life drawing offerings in Sheffield: “I follow a few life drawing artists on Instagram and they are based in places like London, Sweden and Australia. They were going to events that looked like glamorous parties, where you could listen to great music, meet new people and feel personally rewarded. I would attend classes in Sheffield and they were all quite similar and would run in the daytime, which meant no-one I knew could come due to work. And the classes were advertised in a way that made it feel like you had to be good at drawing or even be an artist, that’s not what I wanted it to be about.”

Endless Love Creative is almost the opposite of all the other life drawing classes in Sheffield: it’s in the evening, in a relaxed setting and you don’t need any previous experience. “If anything, I want to encourage those with no experience to try this” Charlotte comments. “The reason why I’ve made it so casual, and more like an event than a class is for that very reason. Art is meant to inspire, encourage and welcome all, but it can also be intimidating. Endless Love Creative is about saying art is for everyone.”

The entire event is about making people feel comfortable and safe – whether that is to test out their artistic skills or get nude in front of an audience. Charlotte’s models are often partially dressed or layered in interesting textiles, and she provides wine and guides rookie artists with suggested tasks.

Endless Love Creative’s next Life Drawing evening is 15 January. Tickets are £10, available at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/endless-love-creative-life-drawing-night-fashion-and-the-female-form-tickets-41534884959

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