You, Me & 2023 – Newsletter

✧ Ongoing Projects ✦ Upcoming Events ✧ Applications ✦ Services

Black Brighton Market

Photo of Nmia Arts by Sam Rogers

Ongoing project

“Black Brighton Market is a place where Black and People of colour have the opportunity to sell their art, goods, services and perform to the general public. Creating equal opportunities and better profits within the BIPOC community. Black Brighton Market will be held every month.”

The last six months of 2022 were almost a blur. I started putting the idea of BBM down on paper about this time last year, set up the website, created applications forms for vendors and performers and applied for funding. With the help of Arrianne, Jenni Lewin-Turner and Joe at The Actors, the first market in October was a booming success, which proceeded for November, finishing the year with quite the experience in celebration of Kwanzaa, we had performance from Cuban singer Adriana Lord and Twerk4Fitness Africa duo from Johannesburg, with audience participation, it was an almost ethereal experience. 

After three markets now (October, November and December), I am still in the stage of trial and error. For the first market, I didn’t charge vendors and paid performers, I found I spent most of the ticket money on paying performers and promotions. For the second market, again I didn’t have a deposit system, and found I wasn’t able to pay my performers. For December, I asked you for deposits and collaborated with the performers, so no outgoings there. However, I found out I wasn’t able to get my Arts Council funding application approved. I have had donations on GoFundMe, but most of it has gone on advertising and printing and promo. Now, I know I can apply again, and there are other applications I can apply for, and I will, but with so many hours that go into working on this project, and to continue my motivation, dedication within the project, I am asking for £10 from each vendor per market to help the upkeep and continuation of the project. This will change as and when I get funding, but for now I ask people to share the GoFundMe page and please donate as Black Brighton Market becomes an integral part of our city, or community and for some of us, our livelihood.

Keep up-to-date with the new BBM Instagram

I caved! and I got another Instagram handle. Keep up to date with Black Brighton Market dates, ticket sales, pop-up event opportunities and see all the photos from each event on the BBM Instagram. Click image to follow.


Applications to sell and perform at BBM spring/summer -March, April, may, June & July are being planned and spots are filling up fast! Go to the BBM page to fill out an application.

Summer/Spring Dates, Saturday 11:00 – 19:00

4th March
1st April
6th May
3rd June (closing at 17:30)
8th July
Pop-up event dates coming soon


Ongoing project

“Drawversity is a life model class that focuses on introducing more black models and people of colour to the world of life modelling. During the session a new model will pose for the group, choosing their own pose lengths, guided and supported by myself. These sessions are clothed, giving artists the opportunity to draw the clothed figure, or portrait, with the option of the model posing unclothed if they prefer. The session is open to all abilities & levels of experience and I will be on hand to offer any help you need.”

They say necessity is the mother of invention. Drawversity was created from my own experience working as a life model – living in such a creative city where Life art is so popular – I had found there really weren’t enough BIPOC Life models in the industry, in a city where there were so many life drawing studios and artists. I wanted to change that, to try and eliminate the class and culture barriers of life art and modelling. For our children and children’s children, to see a reflection of themselves through art in history and not as a monolith. Alongside Drawversity being for the purposes stated, I also have experienced artists unable to replicate particular features and shades I have due to a lack of diverse models, this is another reason I think it’s important to create a more diverse society within the life modelling community. 

Due to the epidemic in 2019, I was faced with a barrier, so I teamed up with Draw Brighton to do an artists reference photoshoot for creatives who were signed up to their Patreon and drawing at home – this really helped create a buzz about the class with the Draw community, who became eager to attend once the studio was back open. Since March 2022, I have been able to run Drawversity on a monthly basis at Draw Brighton, on the last Saturday of every month. Since I started, the class has really developed; with more of a guided approach to the model, the artists are able to see how the life modelling side of the collaboration between artist and muse works, creating a more synergetic energy in the class.


If you or someone you know are from the BAME community and have an interest in Life modelling, please forward them this blog, or contact me to talk further.

The last Saturday of every month 13:00 – 15:00 @ Draw Brighton

28th January
25th February 
25th March
More dates coming soon! Go to the Events Page for updates.

Other Locations

FemFest 2023
Monday 6th March 18:00-20:00
The Actors

SOHO Brighton Beach House (members only)
Wednesdays 16:00 – 18:00
5th April, 14th June, 9th August

Life Modelling

Art by Emma Prothero

What’s new?

I got new wigs! I’m entering 2023 with the mission to create a whole new look for you, new photo packs and new poses!

Upcoming events

I’ve decided to start putting my future modelling dates on my website so you can follow and draw, paint, sculpt me! In all my new looks. Head to my Life Model page to see all my classes currently booked up until March in Brighton, Lewes and Newhaven.

Book me

You can book me on my Life Model page by filling out the form.

Photo packs

My first three photo packs I created are still up available for a one of purchase (no sign up or member fee). And I am planning to create three new packs this year with some of my new looks.


Ongoing project

By the time 2022 came to it’s end, I had been hired for and completed a plethora of different and unique jobs, from web banner designs, to logo designs, band photo shoots, band poster designs. Starting the new year I have already been hired as a web developer, and approached as a TEFL tutor. One of the things I love about my work, is the diversity – in the jobs, the people I meet and the final pieces I get to create. 

As much as I am trying to focus on my ongoing projects, part of that is doing jobs like this, It’s something I have been building up to since I finished my studies; working with people and their creative craft.

Book me

You can see all my services, a breakdown of all I offer and some prices, head to the Services page on the drop-down under ‘About’.

Feedback & Testimonials

As a self-employed artist who’s had to make their own rules and create their own work, it’s really important to get feedback and testimonials. I’ve created a feedback form you can fill in anonymously if you wish, I can take criticism, as long as its constructive 🙂 and testimonials really help back up my work so please click on the link and scroll to the bottom of the page to fill out the testimonials. 

Thank you!

Lastly, I want to say thank you to all that are reading, to all that have donated, attended my events, booked me for an event, as a life model, or a host or a DJ. Through these hard, hard times we’ve been through and are still going through. Without you I wouldn’t have been able to be who I wanted to be and do what I wanted to do. So I have to say a huge thank you and I look forward to us working together in this crazy world we’re living in, in a hopefully more fruitful and lighthearted year. Love, Jade x

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Published by Jade Hylton

"Doing It All, All Of The Time"

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