Museums at Night 2012: Polly Morgan's taxidermy delivers knock out blow in Liverpool

By Nick Stockman | 19 May 2012
a photo of a woman doing a taxidermy demonstration
© Susan Eskdale
Culture24 on the road for Museums at Night 2012: Nick Stockman witnesses live taxidermy and a knock-out blow with Polly Morgan in Liverpool

Artist Polly Morgan packed out the 200-capacity lecture theatre at Liverpool  Victoria Gallery and Museum for her first ever full demonstration of the art of taxidermy last night, one of the stand out Museums at Night 2012 events.

The heat in the room and forensic nature of the work combined to overwhelm one cameraman, who collapsed to the floor mid-way through the fascinating display as if felled by an axe, but most remained captivated by the artist going quickly about her work. *

A large screen revealed close-up the intricate handy work and minute scale Morgan works in, as she dissected a starling and put it back together again - reborn.

Taken through the taxidermy process step by step, we were privileged to witness a much misunderstood craft. The ending demystified things, with a bird sat perched on a piece of wood nearly ready for one of the artists extraordinary pieces.

The evening was closed with questions from the audience, and Morgan was swamped with admirers. The table displaying the little bird, its discarded innards and the instruments of its artistic butchery was pounced upon by eager photographers.

* The cameraman made a full recovery.

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a photo of a woman demonstrating taxidermy
© Susan Eskdale
a photo of taxidermied starling
© Nick Stockman
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