Jane Wildgoose is an artist, writer, and NESTA Fellow. She is Keeper of her own collection, The Wildgoose Memorial Library, and works to commission with museums and archives in the UK and USA: exhibiting most recently with Sir John Soane’s Museum in London, and at the Yale Center for British Art in the USA during 2009-10; also as one of sixteen ‘Museumaker’ selected makers working with museums across the UK, with the Portland Collection at Welbeck in Nottinghamshire, during 2010-11.
She has co-devised /presented documentaries for the BBC, including a Sunday Feature for Radio 3 in which she examined her responsibilities for two human skulls in The Wildgoose Memorial Library collection (A Tale of Two Skulls 2008); and a meditation on the post mortem fate of a wisp of hair from the head of Horatio Nelson, bought on eBay (On One Lost Hair, Radio 4 2004). In 2001 she was co-recipient of a Wellcome Sciart Award with a consultant gastroenterologist and an opera director, and she received two Arts Council ‘Year of the Artist’ Awards with fellow artists working with collections in the same year.
She was awarded a PhD studentship in the School of Art & Design History at Kingston University in 2011; her practice-based research focuses on collection and interpretation of human skulls and hair in late Victorian London. She is co-leader of the Material Thinking and Creative Practice Module, MA Museum and Galleries/Heritage and Contemporary Practice at Kingston University.