Dr Matt Lodder is a lecturer in contemporary art and Director of American Studies at the University of Essex, his latest major exhibition, ‘British Tattoo Art Revealed’, is on tour around the UK throughout 2018 and 2019 and is currently at the Historic Dockyard in Portsmouth until January (you can find out details HERE). The Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries on the 18th October will be hosting ‘Tattoo: British Tattoo Art Revealed’, a talk by Dr Matt Lodder to be held at the University of Portsmouth’s Eldon Building. This talk is open for all University of Portsmouth students, staff and members of the public. This event is free and can be booked HERE.
In this talk, Dr Matt Lodder will discuss both the research content of the exhibition “Tattoo: British Tattoo Art Revealed” at the National Museum of the Royal Navy, and the practical issues of creating a major exhibition of a marginalised art form, with material drawn primarily from disparate and uncatalogued private collections. Spanning 400 years from the middle decades of the 17th century to the present day, the exhibition includes 400 objects including photographs; drawings; paintings; prints; commissioned sculpture; tattoo tools; rare books; two tattooing studios recreated from collected and re-sourced objects; and several pieces of preserved human skin. As the most intimate of all art forms, the show argues that tracing the history of tattooing becomes a proxy through which broader art and cultural histories of Britain can be read, and through which insights on class, gender, empire, anxiety, nationalism, politics, religion and more can be gleaned.
Come and have your tattoo photographed and enjoy free refreshments, prior to the talk at 6pm in the Eldon foyer.
Students, when attending this free talk in Eldon Building, you will be given a discount code at the event to visit the Tattoo: British Tattoo Art Revealed exhibition. All other visitors can book their tickets to the exhibition online in advance at a reduced rate).