Andy developed the group back in 2010 after becoming tired of poor tutoring, cold rooms and very low pay. From the get go Cardiff Life Models guaranteed to pay all working models the agreed minimum UK rate and where possible, to pay more. The only caveat attached to this was that models wouldn’t work elsewhere for less. Cardiff Life Models from it’s inception then was a pressure group, driving up the wages and working conditions for sessional life models.
From one session of an hour and a half a week Cardiff Life Models quickly grew from a hobby into a business. We have worked with every college in South Wales, have had contracts with agencies and good relations with individual artists. If you like, Cardiff Life Models has become the one stop shop for naked people in South Wales and the West of England.
An important part of our work is to be seen to be confident naked. We want all who draw us to be encouraged to feel better about their own body image, to feel confident themselves. We all live in skin and skin is beautiful. Effectively we see ourselves as a counterweight to the crap that mainstream media attempts to immerse us in and so we attempt to repair the damage done by magazines, newpaper’s, TV and film. That’s a big ask but we keep on trying…
Andy’s other business is very different – out and about in the mountains and on the beaches both at home and abroad – Wales Outdoors – Join Him!
OUR MODELS HAVE BEEN NAKED HERE: Little Man Coffee Company, ITV3, BBC Radio Cymru, Come Dine With Me, Coleg Gwent Newport Campus, Neath Port Talbot College, Cardiff and the Vale College Barry Campus, The Bridge MPS, University of Glamorgan Foundation & Art Practice, Cathays Community Centre, The Project Space in Newport, Coleg Gwent AS/A Level and Diploma Courses, 10 Feet Tall Cocktail Bar, Buffalo Bar, The Atrium – University of South Wales Animation, Harry Holland – The amazing figure artist, Cardiff and The Vale College Cardiff Campus, Bridgend College, The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Cardiff University Art Society, Student Association of the Welsh School of Architecture, The PostPort Office – Newport, Third Floor Gallery Photography and Performance, Merthyr Tydfil College, Coleg y Cymoedd, University of South Wales Caerleon Campus, Porthcawl Community Centre, Milgi Lounge, Nos Da Studio Hostel, Inkspot Arts and Crafts, The Arnolfini Theatre, Garth Olwg Lifelong Learning Centre, CreativiTea Cafe in Nelson, Beaches across the globe :), Y Pant Comprehensive School, Ogmore Tipi’s, Private Houses/Holiday Cottages from Bala to Newton Abbot, East Devon Art Academy, Third Floor Gallery, Charmouth Art Evenings, The Art Workshop in Rhiwbina, Carnegie House in Bridgend, The American Museum in Bath – Get in touch to add your college or venue to this list 🙂