From ruffians to royalty; from sailors to socialites; from pilgrims to punks: tattoos have been etched into our bodies all through British historical past.
Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery is internet hosting over 400 authentic artworks, images and historic artefacts, in a significant new touring exhibition; Tattoo: British Tattoo Artwork Revealed, curated by Nationwide Maritime Museum Cornwall. Open at Tullie Home from Saturday 17 October 2020 till Saturday 16 January 2021, this exhibition presents a genuinely ground-breaking and complete historical past of British tattooing.
The exhibition options cutting-edge designers, main lecturers and main personal collectors to inform a narrative that challenges long-standing myths and preconceptions about tattooing on the subject of class, gender and age. On the similar time, it provides a voice to and celebrates the astonishingly wealthy creative heritage of tattooing as an artwork kind within the UK.
Showcasing the work of main tattoo artists from George Burchett, through the Bristol Tattoo Membership, to Alex Binnie and Lal Hardy, that is the biggest gathering of actual objects and authentic tattoo paintings ever assembled in the UK. The exhibition options objects from three of a very powerful personal collections of tattoo materials in Britain, belonging to Willy Robinson, Jimmie Skuse and Paul ‘Rambo’ Ramsbottom, offering a uncommon alternative to show authentic paintings and artefacts not in any other case on public show. The exhibition additionally delves into beforehand unseen personal archives that reveal hidden histories, together with the unbelievable actual story of Britain’s pioneering feminine tattoo artist, Jessie Knight.
Tullie Home has labored with individuals throughout Cumbria to create a brand new documentary, Speaking Tattoos, particularly for the show on the museum. Members of the general public have been invited to contribute pictures of their physique artwork and video footage, telling the story behind their tats. This video piece showcases the paintings, celebrates the range, and shares the tales behind Cumbria’s tattoos.
It’s estimated that about one in 5 of the UK inhabitants is tattooed and this determine rises to 1 in three for younger adults. And but, while the visibility of tattooing in modern tradition could really feel like one thing new, tattoos and tattoo artwork have all the time held a big place in Britain’s historical past and historic creativeness.
The exhibition explores this historical past in depth and exhibits that whereas the phrase tattoo could have come into the English language following Captain Prepare dinner’s voyages, this was not the beginning of the story of British tattooing. Whereas showcasing the wealthy maritime heritage of tattoos, the exhibition additionally exhibits how individuals from all areas of society have all the time been tattooed. From ruffians to royalty; from sailors to socialites; from pilgrims to punks: tattoos have been etched into our bodies all through British historical past.
NMMC Director Richard Doughty stated: “We’re enormously pleased with this ground-breaking and award-winning exhibition, and the truth that we have been in a position to flip it right into a nationwide touring programme that reached new and really numerous audiences throughout the nation. After three years, we’re particularly delighted to complete the tour at Tullie Home, which is the final probability to see this distinctive assortment of fabric in a single place.”
Charli Summers, Programme Supervisor, Tullie Home stated: “We’re delighted to be working with Nationwide Maritime Museum Cornwall to host Tattoo: British Tattoo Artwork Revealed, which options distinctive collaborations between nationwide organisations, collectors, artists and main lecturers. The exhibition is really one among a sort; entertaining, difficult, stunning, and we’re thrilled to supply a platform for this wealthy and various artwork kind. Now we have additionally loved working with individuals throughout Cumbria to carry native tattoo tales into the exhibition by creating the Speaking Tattoos documentary.”
Tattoo: British Tattoo Artwork Revealed has been curated by Nationwide Maritime Museum Cornwall
Regular admission fees apply.