Taxidermy Masterclass with Meesh Bryant

Meesh Bryant|Saturday 21st April

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A Saturday Afternoon of Anthropomorphic Taxidermy with Top Taxidermist Meesh Bryant

If you’ve ever fancied enlivening your mantelpiece with a dancing, singing, pipe-smoking or motorbike-riding mouse this workshop is for you. Come for a fun, practical and fascinating Saturday afternoon.

Taxidermy has been accepted, both as a craft and an art, for centuries, and is once again making a place for itself in the homes of thousands of enthusiasts. All it takes to learn to stuff your own animals is a little basic knowledge and a creative imagination. Join taxidermist Meesh Bryant for a beginners class in naturalist taxidermy looking. All materials – including a mouse for each student – will be provided, and each class member will leave at the end of the day with their own taxidermied mole.

Meesh will take each student through the step-by-step process of taxidermy: from ethically sourcing your rodents, to preservation, stuffing, and positioning. By the end, you’ll have a happy little mouse, a quirky talking point for your mantelpiece and a new experience to tell your friends about.

Students can pose their mouse in a naturalist setting but they will also be introduced to the art of anthropomorphism, the attribution of human characteristics to animals, plants or non-living things. This practice has been widely explored through taxidermy, most famously by the Victorian taxidermist Walter Potter.

The class is intended for beginners and no former taxidermy experience is required.

No dangerous chemicals will be used and all animals are disease free. Please be advised that this class is not for the faint-hearted. There will be minimal blood and gore, but taxidermy is not for everyone.

Please do not bring any dead animals with you to the class. All materials will be provided, including a wonderful selection of anthropomorphic accessories to dress up your mole.

About the

Meesh grew up in an old farm house in the Buckinghamshire countryside and spent her childhood scavenging for bones, nests and owl pellets. Her fascination with the natural world led her to experiment with creating sculptures from the bones that she found, and when studying art at school and college, she focused on anatomy in painting.  As a student she experimented with basic taxidermy, teaching herself through guide books before she went on to take an apprenticeship in London where she honed her craft whilst experimenting with the medium in an artistic context. Meesh now teaches beginners taxidermy for ‘A Curious Invitation’ specialising in anthropomorphism where the animals are given humanistic costumes and qualities.  As a long term vegetarian and animal lover, Meesh is interested in the conversations that anthropomorphic taxidermy opens up surrounding respect for animals, animal rights, treatment and welfare.



Saturday 21 April


1.30pm – 6.30pm


The Idler Academy at Great Western Studios, 65 Alfred Road, London W2 5EU




All tools and materials, tea and biscuits, Idler Academy exercise book and a Hendrick’s cocktail

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