What's next?

 People have been asking and asking when the next show is. All I can say is soon. Need to remain mysterious. However don't cloak that mysterious venue from me and please please get in touch if you have or know of a suitable space. I'm always looking for places that will have me ;) What else? About to start working on a feature film with Jules Bishop called 'BORROWED TIME'. He won funding from the Microwave scheme, Plan B has just finished making his film with them too. Breaking news from the past: I got kicked out of the old people's home for 'processing animals'.  Pretty sure that wasn't in the contract but oh well. I'll go into more harrowing detail soon but somone is shouting at me in the libiary and I only have 4 mins of air time left. Love from Charlie Gates x


Today I got a phone call from a friend saying I was in the new i Independent newspaper! Amazing surprising news! THE INDEPENDENT ART  Taxidermy - this hobby is dead cool Once dismissed as a Victorian throwback, taxidermy is now hot stuff. Enjoli Liston speaks to the artists who are bringing it back – and tries it out for herself Wednesday, 9 March 2011 'Artist Charlie Tuesday Gates is smiling as she stands poised, scalpel in hand, over the lifeless body of a lamb. This is “DIY Taxidermy”, the increasingly popular evening class that is not for the faint-hearted. Within the hour, Gates will teach an eager audience of around 80 students the basics of skinning a lamb and stuffing it with household objects, while they sip wine and make polite conversation.  Over the past five years, British taxidermy has enjoyed a popularity revival that has seen the

D.I.Y Taxidermy III: The Future Gallery!

The response from the show was immense.  Some people loved it and as usual, some people hated it. I know there was some purists out there who were perhaps not expecting what they saw but the clue is in the title. D.I.Y really does mean D.I.Y. There was a good few taxidermists out in the audience who approached me and said they loved it too which was a surprise! I'm always most worried about them because I know I'm not doing it the 'traditional' way and that can be quite insulting for a craftsman/woman. Like a builder might feel about a cowboy.  However I hate being told what to do and how to think and am far happier making it up with more varied and interesting outcomes! Number 11 (Unamed photos by Nathan Whitham) For me there is nothing more boring than things turning out as expected...obviously I admire skill and craftsmanship...but we all have to make our own way in the world and I have chosen this one. The audience was brilliant. I like to think we had a rapport

D.I.Y Taxidermy III: Back From The Dead- LIVE

Amazingly Future Gallery has agreed to show the next LIVE D.I.Y taxidermy show!!! There's going to be a live stream with a big screen and everything. I promise this one won't smell as much .... On Wednesday 23rd Febuary.... Charlie Tuesday Gates presents: D.I.Y Taxidermy III: Back From The Dead LIVE  Doors open 6pm-  Resuscitations from 8  Future Gallery 5 Great newport Street WC2H 7JB In her 3 rd LIVE D.I.Y taxidermy show she will be ‘Dicing with Death’- getting inside the creatures you have grown to know and love her own D.I.Y style. Stuffing obscenities right in front of your very eyes…. ***** Absolutely NOTHING was harmed on purpose or even accidently on purpose. All animals were FOUND dead or they are refuse from the game or farming industry. These beautiful creatures have been saved, their discarded lives not left to rot at the bottom on a bin liner. ----------------   ‘Dark, tongue-in-cheek, fairly sick and utterly compelling’ Spoonfed 'Charlie Gates is fa

"I actually find it a bit disturbing"

I got a complaint today from a housemate. I live in a care home for old people so there are loads of random rooms. I'd taken one over as a special 'death room' where I could keep rotting corpses lying around without fear of persecution.... I moved it all to the room opposite the swimming pool because there is a much nicer view......but unfortunately the smell got out into the gym and I was discovered! Now me and my lambs are on the run...... I've got one more teeny tiny baby in the freezer waiting to be reborn. 


People have been asking when D.I.Y Taxidermy III will be.... Well I say spring at the latest. I have soo much great stuff from Dorsecore...just not a venue in London- so if you have one and you want an exhibition and a show in it then let me know. Here is a list of the great stuff I have for stuffing so far: Baby baby lamb Giant pigs head Squirrel Seagull from Brighton Pheasants Goldfish All these things were lawfully obtained by friends and family alike. I have the best friends. Another interesting thing is I have now actually read a book on the subject. Yes I branched out and broadened my horizons. It was good to know that intuition goes a long long way...but also a sturdy background means the foundations won't crack in the future. So now I know more of what I'm actually doing instead of just fumbling round in the dark parts of my mind.

The 'Lambinator'

A friend of mine has started work as a 'Lamber'. Basically making sure baby lambs are ok. Lots aren't because they are taken away from their mums at 3 days old. Pretty young but this is usual practice even in 'organic' places. Loads die. Loads and loads- mainly because they are taken away so young or they get special lamb diseases or because they are small and runty. The ones that die get thrown in a giant bin- huge-a massive stinking bin overflowing with baby lives. This giant bin of baby's then gets burnt somewhere secret. These were rescued for me. One is 3 days old and the other just a week. So today I skinned the older one for a future art something. The smaller I have saved for the next live D.I.Y Taxidermy III  It's tummy was all bloated and yuck where it has started to fill with methane gas.That's the smelly stuff. NEVER PEIRCE THE GUT!!!!!  An advert for those animal rights people And here is the lamb without it's body, hu