Monday 14 – Friday 18 August 2017
Following the success of the first Summer School in 2016, LINLEY returns to Messums Wiltshire in August 2017 for a week of making and design education with eight talented students.
The LINLEY Summer School will give a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to learn a range of cabinet making and marquetry skills from master craftsmen. The week-long course will be taught by Jonathan Rose, marquetry expert and fine furniture maker for LINLEY since 1997, and William Warren, award-winning designer and draftsman, and former senior lecturer in furniture design at The CASS. The Summer School, which is being held at Messum’s Wiltshire, a magnificent Tithe Barn in Wiltshire, will also host a programme of guest lecturers and craftsmen.
“I had the privilege of being taught by the famed John Makepeace at Parnham House School for Craftsmen in Wood, a course that like so many has now sadly closed. It is my passionate belief that we should utilise the imaginative and creative resources of this country to their maximum potential and with workshop spaces and hands-on making courses disappearing at an alarming rate, I hope the LINLEY Summer School will be the beginning of an arts and crafts movement in the 21st Century.”
David Linley, Founder and Chairman of LINLEY
The Messums Wiltshire Patrons are supporting a place for one lucky person to join the LINLEY Summer School along with students selected from the best furniture colleges in the UK and Ireland and welcome CV applications from interested parties.
If you would like to apply for the available place, please email your CV and images of your work along with a statement to email@example.com
Deadline for applications 22nd July 2017.
Friday 25 August 2017, 10-1pm & 2-5pm Booking
Using their student-built boats as visual aids, the award winning Boat Building Academy from Lyme Regis are running two half day courses at Messums Wiltshire, introducing the skills of lofting and of cold-moulding planking. Lofting is the art of enlarging the plans and drawing to full-size to produce key components of the boat’s structure, cold moulding uses layers of veneers to form the hull. Just for fun everyone will also try their hand at the very traditional boat building skills of steam bending and copper nailing, making not a boat but a bracelet.
The courses are two half day sessions and are open to adults and children over 16 with an interest in wood work and boats. No prior experience is required and all tools are supplied. Both morning and afternoon courses will cover lofting and planking.
Thursday 24 August, 10-5pm Bookings
Learn about wood carving and then using traditional techniques and tools, take on and complete a leaf in relief to take home at the end of the course.
Run by Hannah Hartwell. Hannah was the winner of the S.P.A.B fellowship in 1996, which enabled her to tour the country visiting restoration and conservation projects, Hannah trained in restoration and woodcarving at the City & Guilds of London School of Art. Hannah was then employed by St Paul’s Cathedral to work on a number of restoration projects including the repair of Grinling Gibbons Quirestalls. Hannah has worked on a variety of projects including replacement carving for a number of Wren city churches, All Souls College, Oxford and the Royal Exchange amongst others.
Over 16 year olds only.
26 & 27 August, 10-5pm Booking
Two one-day courses in printmaking exploring and learning techniques and skills in woodblock and monotype print making. Come away with a finished work of art on both days.
Taught by Finn Bush and artist Mathew Hayward, work alongside them on a series connecting the beauty of woodgrain with the lines and textures of the ocean and exodus and migration narratives. Attend either day separately or both days together for a journey across the inky world of the prinkmaker and printing press.
Day one – Experience the monotype process, combining it with wood grain printing.
Day two – Introduces wood engraving, using highly polished lemonwood blocks and a range of engraving tools.
Saturday 26 August 2017, Bookings
In an age when young hands often seem to be more on screens and key boards than making and materials, sign up to one of our courses designed and run by leading furniture maker and designer Hattie Speed.
Watch or help with assembling and creating their own stool that has been designed to fit and become one object with all the others at the end of the class before going home with its proud maker.
This course has been specifically designed to engage the mind and the hand in making, previous experience is not necessary, but parent/carer supervision is required for children under 12 years old.
Wednesday 26 July, 6:30pm Booking
Forgot folksy teapots or conventional balls and cones: as part of our exhibition celebrating wood, Jake Hobson will talk on the art of creative topiary on Wednesday 26 July at 6:30pm. Jake studied sculpture at the Slade, then travelled to Japan where he became so enamoured by the Japanese art of cloud pruning that he swapped his chisel for shears and has never looked back.
Today he is one of the country’s leading experts on finding the natural form in trees, shrubs and hedges, relating them to the context of the gardens in which they sit – and adding an extra, beautifully sculptural element to the landscape. His company Niwaki, which also supplies specialist pruning equipment, is based in Semley, just north of Shaftesbury.
Wednesday 23 August, 6:30pm Booking
Author and playwright Barney Norris joins us at the barn to discuss his highly lauded debut novel set in Salisbury, ‘Five Rivers Met On A Wooded Plain’.
‘There exists in all of us a song waiting to be sung which is as heart-stopping and vertiginous as the peak of the cathedral. at is the meaning of this quiet city, where the spire soars into the blue, where rivers and stories weave into one another, where lives intertwine.’
One quiet evening in Salisbury, the peace is shattered by a serious car crash. At that moment, five lives collide – a flower seller, a schoolboy, an army wife, a security guard, a widower – all facing their own personal disasters. As one of those lives hangs in the balance, the stories of all five unwind, drawn together by connection and coincidence into a web of love, grief, disenchantment and hope that perfectly represents the joys and tragedies of small town life.
Barney Norris was born in Sussex in 1987, and grew up in Salisbury. Upon leaving university he founded the theatre company Up In Arms. He won the Critics’ Circle and Offwestend Awards for Most Promising Playwright for his debut full-length play Visitors. He is the Martin Esslin Playwright in Residence at Keble College, Oxford. this is his debut novel.
‘Remarkable, makes you thrill to be alive’ Financial Times
‘Deeply satisfying…a tolerant and insightful debut’ The Guardian