Born in Banbury, Oxfordshire in 1980, Polly Morgan moved to East London to read English Literature in 1998. She took up taxidermy and began making sculptural work in 2004. One of her first professional works – a white rat curled-up in a champagne glass – was snapped up by Richard Branson’s sister, Vanessa, hours before it was due to be exhibited at Zoo Art Fair.

“I’m drawn to the delicate and fragile” says Polly, as a consequence, perhaps, there is a quiet, haunting quality to her work. Having studied with Scottish taxidermist George Jamieson, Morgan plays with and dismantles taxidermy traditions, creating sculptures that have brought her work to the attention of many notable collectors and curators both in Britain and internationally. Today, having been spotted by Banksy, hailed by Hirst and picked up by Saatchi, she’s the toast of the big galleries; as well as amateur enthusiasts including Kate Moss and Courtney Love.

Polly Morgan continues to live and work in London.


2015      Taxidermy is Dead, Long Live Taxidermy, Horniman Museum
2014      Short Sentences, Spoken Softly, Other Criteria, New York
2014      The Box, Pippy Houldsworth Gallery, London
2014      Fate’s Refrain, Robilant + Voena, Milan
2013      Curiouser and Curiouser, Warrington Museum and Art Gallery, Warrington
2013      Foundations / Remains, The Office, Nicosia
2012      Endless Plains, All Visual Arts, Omega Place, London
2011      Dead Time, Void, Derry
2011      Burials, Workshop Arte Contemporanea, Venice
2010      Psychopomps, Haunch of Venison, London
2010      Still Birth, Other Criteria, Hinde St., London
2007      The Exquisite Corpse, One Marylebone Road, London