TAXIDERMY: Polly Morgan in the Studio



  • Thursday 26 April
  • 6:30-8:15pm


  • Polly Morgan's Private Studio in Hackney Wick


  • Nearest Tube
  • Hackney Wick (Overground)


Polly Morgan is the UK’s most famous contemporary taxidermist and as you might imagine, her studio is a truly mind-boggling place. For instance, there aren't many folks that have separate freezer shelves labelled ‘voles’, ‘cats’, ‘birds’ and ‘foxes’. And to add to her extraordinary menagerie she has two adorable dogs, live ones, who constantly look at each other as if to say, ‘we’d best behave otherwise we’ll be next.’ Taxidermy, despite being all the rage a few hundred years ago has in more recent times tended to languish in the dusty corners of junk shops run by old men that could do with a shower. But thanks in part to a new generation of contemporary artists like Polly, this ancient and highly skilled craft has enjoyed a huge revival, much to the delight of just about every trendy bar in the East London. And unlike in Victoria & ALbert's day, it’s no longer cool to kill animals simply to stuff them, so it’s important to say that all of Polly’s specimens are already dead. Polly's inviting us into her studio to chat about her work, how she makes it, her forthcoming solo show and with a spot of luck she'll give a live demonstration of this fascinating art in action. And in case you’re wondering, it is not gruesome or upsetting, in fact it’s extremely clean, gentle and beautiful to observe. Utterly brilliant.

This event is for Members Only (25 places)