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R.I.P. Vic Stevens (founder of RAM)
I found out today that a very dear friend of mine passed away
on Monday. I knew he was very ill and I knew he was dying. It is still always a
I met Vic when I’d been modelling for a few years. Someone
suggested i join RAM (The Register of Artists’ Models)
which I’d never heard of. Vic, at the time, was running it. He started it 20
years ago in 1997. I joined, met Vic and immediately had an affinity with him.
Vic was a very special man. He was intelligent, so knowledgeable, very funny and
kind – always kind.
He started RAM to better the lot of the life model. Thanks
to his hard work, models today are much better paid and much better treated. So
many models owe Vic so much. Including
I started helping Vic run RAM in little ways after a few
years. And gradually took over some of his duties, as he headed for retirement.
When he retired i was handed RAM to safeguard and keep going. Which was an honour
and a privilege.
I found out i was a businesswoman (who knew!) and expanded
RAM in all sorts of ways. Without Vic’s constant guidance and help I could
never have done this. I literally wouldn’t be where i am today in so many ways
if it wasn’t for him. I owe him a great deal. As my daughter (always the drama
queen!) said “Mum, we owe him everything!”
Farewell, Vic. I’ll always love you and miss you. You’re so
Love to Angela, his partner . Thank you too, Angela xxx
What RAM means to me, by Dominic Blake: I have been life and portrait modelling for just over a year, and am now a full time life model, having left a conventional job to pursue my dreams of immersing myself more intimately within the artistic community. I would like to take a brief moment to write about what being a member of RAM means to me. My first port-of-call on deciding I wanted to be a Life Model was the excellent Register of Artists Models' website, which provides a wealth of information and advice both for people who are new to Life Modeling and also for experienced Life Models. I devoured all of their articles and blog posts, and took the decision that once I was in a position to approach my career in a serious way, I would register for membership. Soon after becoming a provisional member, I auditioned in London within a formal RAM Life Drawing class led by a very friendly and knowledgeable tutor, working with a female Life Model to recreate poses from
Kelley Swain's memoir of modelling, The Naked Muse, examines her experiences, what she learnt about art & self-image. She was a member of RAM while working. More: http://www.valleypressuk.com/book/66/the_naked_muse & Kelly on Start the Week, R4: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b078xf12 (28 mins). https://inews.co.uk/essentials/culture/arts/feels-like-pose-nude-artists/ http://www.heraldscotland.com/arts_ents/14521874.Kelley_Swain_on_being_a_life_model__the_art_of_the_nude_and_body_image_in_a_digital_age/
I know many models are struggling and wondering what will happen to life modelling jobs. First of all, if any of you are having issues with tutors or artists about not being paid for work you have been booked for, please let me know. I'll do what i can to help. Artists are in the same boat, don't forget. The arts industry is being decimated by this awful virus. One piece of long awaited good news is that the self employed will now receive 80% of their earning averaged over the last 3 years. There are basic details here https://www.gov.uk/guidance/claim-a-grant-through-the-coronavirus-covid-19-self-employment-income-support-scheme?fbclid=IwAR0sq-i3tQ9Cs57ESpnOjp3T6ea4r2nDoC5h_zkdqC09sgt1JkbFiCMN4hg#how-to-apply and you should all also be emailed by HMRC. Basically, it's saying we can't apply yet and they will let us know when we can. Can you please let me know if this will help you and what you are doing meanwhile. I know many of you have other jobs,