Ink in Kingston: celebrating our borough's tattoo culture

Credit: David Hadland

Kingston Museum’s new thought-provoking exhibition will showcase artwork by talented homegrown tattoo artists and local photographers.

The exhibition, which runs from 9 March to 15 April, will also examine how the local community perceives tattoo culture, giving visitors the chance to join the debate. Visitors will also discover how the borough played a pivotal role in the history of British tattooing. 

Councillor Andrea Craig, Cabinet Member with responsibility for Heritage, Arts and Leisure at Kingston Council, said: 
“We’re proud to offer such an eclectic mix of exhibitions at the Museum, which sits in the heart of Kingston. The practice of tattooing has stood the test of time, from Neolithic iceman to present day. This exhibition will explore the change, diversity and importance of tattoo history and culture.

“This particular exhibition could not have been possible without the work of the Young People’s Board, which is made up of a group of 18 to 30 year olds who take an active role in the shaping of our Museum. If you’re interested in joining the board, or indeed volunteering at the museum, do get in touch.”

To find out more about the Young People’s Board, or volunteering at the Museum, email [email protected]

Notes to editors

Associated exhibitions events

  • 9 March - Lecture: Sutherland McDonald: Victorian tattooist of Surbiton
    By Dr. Matt Lodder, University of Essex, Lecturer in Contemporary Art and Visual Culture, and expert in the history of tattooing. 7pm.
  • 30 March - Life Drawing with a Difference: Tattooed Bodies
    Join Art Macabre for a life drawing workshop dedicated to tattooed bodies. You will also get to try drawing directly onto our human canvas. Suitable to 18+, all levels of drawing experience and beginners welcome. Call Museum to book. 7 to 9pm.
  • 1 to 17 April - Easter Eggstravaganza
    Come along and celebrate spring with our seasonal fun! There will be free craft activities, ‘Thumbs up it’s Thursday’ and our annual easter egg hunt, too. Ages 5+,  younger siblings are welcome.
  • 3 March to 15 April - Hungarian 'tattooed' Easter eggs 
    As part of the tattoo exhibition, be sure not to miss the Hungarian 'tattooed' Easter eggs on loan from the Horniman Museum.

There is no need to book and events are free unless stated.

Address: Kingston Museum, Wheatfield Way, Kingston upon Thames KT1 2PS
Contact: / 020 8547 5006
Opening hours: Tuesday, Friday, Saturday 10am to 5pm, Thursday 10am to 7pm.
Cost: Free. 

For more information, contact Tove Bellingham, Exhibition Officer, on 020 8547 6463 or email [email protected]

Photo credit: David Hadland.