Over 600 people and 50 volunteers took part in a free all-night event that was part of the annual White Night arts festival in Brighton, in 2011 themed on Utopias. It set out to break down the inhibitions that obstruct drawing by offering a friendly and informal life-drawing event in the vaulted interior of St Paul’s Church. A dozen models draped in white posed for drawings until 4.00 am, accompanied by live music written specially for the evening to help create an oasis of calm concentration and intense observation. Just outside the streets were filled with raucous late-night revellers. People stayed at the event an hour on average, but some remained for the entire 8-hour session, working in sketchbooks or on large sheets of paper stretched across the floor. Invitations went to all Brighton life classes, and information on future drawing opportunities was readily available.