Temporary exhibitions programme

Upcoming exhibitions

Through their eyes: depicting Korea and UK then and now

7 July to 30 September     

This exhibition celebrates the significant presence of the Korean Community in the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames and UK-Korean cross cultural appreciation through historical and contemporary artworks.The exhibition showcases over 30 colourful woodblock and etching prints by Elizabeth Keith, Paul Jacoulet, Lilian May Miller and Willy Seiler. These reminiscent prints depict the life, landscapes and events of Korea from the 1920s to 1950s. Alongside these historical prints, four British artists present their interpretation of contemporary Korea and New Malden in the Borough which is home to the largest Korean Community in Europe. 10 Korean artists who live in or have visited the UK, some of whom are local residents in the Borough, are exhibiting new artworks expressing their experiences and views of life in the UK through different subjects and media. Korean art and craft activities for families and children will be hosted at the Museum throughout the duration of the exhibition.

Embroiderers Guild: bewitched stitches        

13 October to 28 October 

Kingston and District Branch of the Embroiderers' Guild would like to invite you to enter with them into the magical and mysterious realm of fairies and dragons, myths, legends and folklore. As always, work featuring a range of textile art skills and techniques will be on display, most of it for sale. A children's trail will be available to lead you through the exhibits, pointing out features of particular interest. Children's storytelling activities linked to the exhibition will also be available (see separate programme) as will workshops for adults and children. Raffle tickets will be on sale to win a beautiful embroidered casket for keeping your secret treasures safe, and there will be an extensive range of handmade cards and other items for sale.

Kingston Camera Club 

10 to 25 November

Kingston Camera Club's members display the results of a year's talented photographic work at their annual exhibition. Two themed competitions featured every year are the Nikon Trophy (for a title chosen that depicts the environment), and the Quarry Trophy. Visitors to the exhibition are encouraged to vote for their personal favourite print image, or one of the projected digital images displayed on the monitor screen. Members stewarding are happy to chat to visitors wanting to know more about the club. Photographers are welcome to join Kingston Camera Club. Visit the Kingston Camera Club website for further information. 

Hope for beauty: textile and wallpaper designs and ceramics by Denise Wren

15 December to 16 March 2018

This exhibition focuses on Kingston Museum's visually stunning archive of works on paper by Wren. It includes designs for textiles and wallpaper, as well as ceramics, and shows the wide range of styles she encompassed during her artistic career. Wren studied at Kingston School of Art under Arts and Crafts designer Archibald Knox. When Knox was dismissed for his contentious teaching methods, Wren and her fellow students formed the Knox Guild of Design and Craft, following Knox's mantra 'Aim for order, hope for beauty'. The Guild was based at 24 Market Place, Kingston, displaying their work locally and at the Whitechapel Gallery in East London. Wren went on to establish the Oxshott Pottery in Surrey.