Thursday, 11 October 2012


The Royal Anthropological Institute has launched its third international photo competition. The Body Canvas is open to anyone interested in photography, anthropology and science communication and explores the topic of body art and modification. Categories include: 1) tattoos and scarification, 2) piercings and body reshaping. 

Deadline for submissions is 31st October 2012.  

For prizes, guidelines please see attached and below or visit:
The RAI’s Body Canvas photo competition aims to:

• promote public engagement with the RAI’s Education Outreach Programme

• provide a platform for people to share their work and become actively involved in anthropology 

• develop an understanding for the personal, social and political reasons why people undergo permanent body modification 

• explore the many ways in which communities around the world develop and express relationships with their bodies 

• explore the industry of body modification, the artists, doctors and craftsmen who practise their trade
The submissions we are looking for:

Engaging photographs that explore biological, cross-cultural and social elements of body art and modification in relation to these categories:

1) Tattoos and Scarification

2) Piercings and Body Reshaping

Who can participate?

The competition is open to anyone interested in anthropology, photography and science communication.

What do contestants win?

All short-listed and winning contestants will have their work published in RAI online and printed materials. In addition, for each thematic category a £100 gift voucher will be awarded to the winning photograph.

For further information and submission guidelines please visit:  

Saturday, 22 September 2012

We are extInked featured in the Guardian Guide

We were very excited to find our exhibition had been selected as one of the exhibition highlights in the Guardian Guide - 22/09/2012.

Here is their lovely summary of the exhibition at Rugby Art Gallery and Museum:

We are extInked, Rugby

Launched in 2009 to celebrate Charles Darwin's 200th birthday, extInked is a strange and unusually affecting project combining graphic art, tattooing, photographic documentation and community action. From November of that year, 100 drawings of endangered birds, plants, reptiles, mammals and invertebrates were permanently transferred by Ink Vs Steel on to the various body parts of 100 volunteers who then became extInked living ambassadors. This show includes the original drawings and documentary images of the whole project, but it's the portraits that convey a passionate commitment to the cause.

Rugby Art Gallery and Museum, to 10th November 2012.

Thursday, 20 September 2012

Saturday, 15 September 2012

We are extInked at RAGM is open!

The final exhibition in the We are extInked UK tour is now open at Rugby Art Gallery and Museum.  

Gavin Parry and David Penny (pictured above) from Anatomy Projects were at Rugby Art Gallery and Museum for the launch of the exhibition showing visitors how their restored Victorian Studio Plate Camera works and taking some new portraits.  

We would like to thank Jessica Morgan and her team at Rugby Art Gallery and Museum for all of their hard work and support with this exhibition. 

We are extInked will be open until 10th November 2012. Free and open to all.

For Further information please contact:

Rugby Art Gallery and Museum
Little Elborow Street
CV21 3BZ

Photography by Simon Liddiard.

Tuesday, 26 June 2012

The Western Capercaillie and Cornflower Ambassadors Speak Out!

The Ragged Project launches it's Manchester series of free events focusing on the exchange of knowledge and skills in social spaces on Thursday 5th July 2012 at The Castle Hotel

Two of our extInked Ambassadors will speak about their involvement in the extInked project and their roles as Ambassadors for the Western Capercaillie and the Cornflower.

Manchester Ragged invites you to an evening of talks and music at The Castle Hotel:

'The Western Capercaillie and Cornflower Ambassadors Speak Out’

"We are two of the 100 selected ambassadors from the unique extInked partnership project. We'll speak about our work, including our motivation for taking on the challenge, the experience of the tattooing and subsequent endeavours on behalf of the endangered species we represent: the capercaillie and the cornflower." 

Nick Dixon and Annie Harrison.

Nick and Annie will also be joined by Rowena Hamilton, who will be talking about engaging the general public in museum exhibitions.

There will be music by Sukhdeep Krishan. Sukhdeep will be playing songs from his debut album ‘Kings’.

Event details:

Thursday 5th July 2012. Doors open 7pm, starting at 7.30pm.
The Castle Pub, 66 Oldham Street, Manchester, Greater Manchester M4 1LE.Tel: 01612 362945.

Everyone is welcome to come along to this free, open, informal education project so bring along your friends.

For further information about the Ragged events visit the Ragged website or Facebook page.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Wednesday, 30 May 2012

We are extInked - Upcoming event

We are extInked - Upcoming event - Saturday 23rd & Sunday 24th June 2012 (1-4pm/each day) at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh.

As part of the national tour of We are extInked and to celebrate the exhibition currently on display in the Gateway Gallery at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh until 29/07/2012. UHC will be hosting a family fun event weekend, packed with free activities including talks, arts and crafts and a children's tattoo artist. 

Event activities:

- Drop in to the Real Life Science Studio and have a chat with the People's Trust for Endangered Species, extInked Ambassador and Hedgehog expert, Hugh Warwick, Scottish Wildcat: The Highland Tiger and the Marine Conservation Society.

- Make your own clay hedgehog with the People's Trust for Endangered Species and listen to Hugh Warwick talk about his animal adventures and love for Hedgehogs.

- Discover more about the wonderful Leatherback Turtle and how the work of the Marine Conservation Society to help the plight of this amazing species as well as many others.

- Learn how to identify the Scottish Wildcat and head off into the gardens in search of a real wildcat camera trap.

- Get your very own temporary tattoo of an endangered species and find out more about the extInked project. It will also be a perfect opportunity to pop up to the Gateway Gallery to check out the We are extInked exhibition if you have not yet done so.

Event Details:

We are extInked activity weekend, Saturday 23rd & Sunday 24th June, 13.00 - 16.00 each day.

Real Life Science Studio located at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, John Hope Gateway, Arboretum Place, Edinburgh, EH3 5NZ.

All activities are free and open to all of the family.

To visit the RBGE website please click here.

Further information:

If you have any questions of require further information please email

- Project website.
- Follow us on twitter.

We look forward to seeing you there!

We are extInked exhibition details:

We are extInked opened to the public on Saturday 12th May 2012, the exhibition will be on display until 29th July 2012 in the Gateway Gallery, located in the John Hope Gateway at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh.