Year of Muybridge

Year of Muybridge

Join us for a series of special celebrations to mark 190 years since the pioneering photographer’s birth

On the 9 April several local partners were due to be celebrating the life and achievements of one of the borough’s most famous residents – pioneering photographer and inventor Eadweard Muybridge – by putting on a special launch day in Kingston to mark his birthday.

Whilst we have postponed these physical birthday plans until time allows, we don’t want the day to be missed so are instead staging some online activity, which we would love you to join us for. We also wanted to inform you of exciting project plans once current COVID-19 (Coronavirus) restrictions have been lifted.

To mark 190 years since the inventor’s birth, Kingston Council’s Heritage Service has programmed special activity hailing the achievements of Muybridge – widely regarded as a significant influencer of modern cinema due to his trailblazing work on motion picture movement.

The official Year of Muybridge launch day is Thursday 9 April – Muybridge’s birthday – and this will start an ongoing year of celebrations, with the theme of the year being ‘movement’.

Find the full programme of events for the launch event here.


Take part

Muy-Art, 5-25 year old creative competition
Kingston Heritage Service’s Young Collective are working with Creative Youth & International Youth Arts Festival to host a creative competition in response to Muybridge’s work.

Winners will be displayed as part of Kingston Museum’s Muybridge Co-Curate exhibition later in the year and as part of IYAF 2021.

Further details can be found here.