Set in the largest medieval barn in the UK, Material: Wood – Design and Inspiration celebrates the designers, makers, artists and artisans working in this remarkable material today.
Following the acclaimed Material: Earth exhibition this spring that brought together artists of the New British Clay Movement, this second materials-led exhibition shifts the focus to wood as a source of inspiration in art and design and will feature works by modern masters including Grant Aston, Fred Baier, Emma Buckmaster & Janet French, Sebastian Cox, Chris Eckersley, Thomas Heatherwick, Luke Hope, Eleanor Lakelin, John Makepeace, David Nash, Howard Phipps, Jonty Sale, Petter Southall, Wycliffe Stutchbury, Jago Treays, Jeroen Verhoeven, Gareth Neal, William Warren and Nic Webb.
“As a country, we produce some of the best quality and greatest variety of woods but also some of the most forward thinking and creative minds working with it as a material’ said Johnny Messum, Director of Messums Wiltshire. “From the bog wood cabinets of Thomas Heatherwick, to the coppice wood constructions by Sebastian Cox, we are home to some of the world’s most progressive makers and designers, whose works are not only beautiful objects, but metaphors for a shift towards objects that resonate with a different value – that of Time.”
In addition to the show will be the opportunity for the public to attend workshops to make wooden objects and to witness master craftsmen at work.
LINLEY Summer School
After the success of their first joint Summer School in 2016, LINLEY returns to Messums Wiltshire 12-20 August with a week of making and design education for eight talented students.
Selected from the leading furniture and design colleges in the country there is also one space set aside for an aspiring maker of any age to join the Linley Summer School, and interested individuals should forward a CV to email@example.com by 22 July 2017. 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 is held at Messums Wiltshire, a magnificent Tithe Barn in Wiltshire and hosts programme of guest lecturers and craftsmen through out the month.
“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,” said David Linley, Founder and Chairman of LINLEY
To explore the wood theme further, ‘Benchtime’, a series of day workshops run from August 23 -26 are open to the public, introducing the visitor to the making process from boats to chairs and wood block prints with a series of bookable courses and lectures as well as tree installations and acorns to take away in the hand and as well as in the mind.
On Friday 18 August, we are holding a champagne and canapé reception at Messums Wiltshire in support of the Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust. Celebrate the completed projects by students on the Linley summer school with works on show by leading British Designers, in support of the QEST scholarship and apprenticeship scheme supporting workplace apprenticeships. The Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust (QEST) funds the education of aspiring and talented craftspeople through traditional college courses, apprenticeships or one-on-one training with masters.
LINLEY SUMMER SCHOOL 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 funding 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Deadline for applications 22nd July 2017.
WOOD CARVING: with Hannah Hartwell 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 scholarship 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.
LYME REGIS BOAT BUILDING ACADEMY Friday 25 August 2017, 10-2pm & 2-4pm 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.
PRINTMAKING & WOOD ENGRAVING: with Finn Bush 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.
LITTLE MAKERS: with THIS GIRL MAKES 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.
For children 7-16 years.
FURNITURE MAKER JOHN MAKEPEACE Wednesday 16 August 2017, 6:30pm. Bookings
John Makepeace, one the country’s most influential makers talks about the evolving traditions in making.
John Makepeace’s career has been an adventure in wood. He first saw fine furniture being made when he was eleven, and then he visited the great cabinet makers in Copenhagen as a teenager. Design and craftsmanship came naturally to him.
John Makepeace was awarded an OBE in 1988 for services to furniture design.
LOCAL AUTHOR BARNEY NORRIS Wednesday 23 August, 6:30pmBookings
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.
‘Remarkable, makes you thrill to be alive’ Financial Times
Ahead of their workshop on Friday 25 August, the tutor from Lyme Regis Boat Building Academy will be here to talk about the rise in popularity for woodworking skills and in particular the enduring fascination we have with the boat. From three paddled circular shaped canoes to sleek motorcraft, the stories behind the boats people build are as interesting as the boats themselves. We are delighted to have examples of the boats here in the barn for the show.
Based on Monmouth beach in Lyme Regis, the Boat Building Academy is a not-for-profit company providing full-time, highly practical skills training with the emphasis on hands-on learning. Students gain start to finish experience of the boat building process culminating in the final launch in Lyme Regis harbour, project managing the build at every stage.
Their experts teach the widest range of hands-on boat building training in the world.
‘WORDS FROM THE WOODS’ Poetry, Music & Recitals with Pippa Haywood & Friends Friday 25 August, 6pm £10 in advance £15 on the doorBookings
An evening of poetry, recitals, film and music arranged by Pippa Haywood and friends.
Taking the exhibition Material: Wood – Design & Inspiration as it’s starting point, the evening will draw together strands from the fields of poetry, song and literature bound to each other by our relationship to Wood the material and to Woods the place. The event will include both live and recorded readings with film, and is interspersed with original compositions by violinist Theo May.
Image: Andy Goldsworthy ‘Wood Line’
FURNITURE ARTIST FRED BAIER Saturday 26 August, 4:00pm Bookings
Join us at the barn on Saturday 26 August for an informal and anecdotal talk with furniture artist Fred Baier, one of the great characters of twentieth century design. Fred will discuss various projects including being artist in residence at the House of Lords. His work is contemporary, modern and innovative and in his quest to find new form it has spanned the analogue digital divide. “My work is a way of life not just something I do for a living. I’m an explorer more than a designer.”
ARBORIST & FOUNDER OF TREE RESEARCH CHARLIE NOTON Sunday 27 August, 11amBookings
Charlie Noton is the founder and lead consultant of Tree Research Limited. Originally trained as an arborist, he has been working in the arboricultural industry for over twenty years – managing, maintaining and creating historic gardens and parklands in the UK.
Charlie’s love of trees and interest in their environmental impact inspired him to establish Tree Research in 2004, as a means of protecting tree populations and enhancing our appreciation and understanding of them.
His aesthetic inspiration derives from the gardens and parklands of Capability Brown, in which he grew up. His planting schemes reflect this by blending formal gardens and topiaries seamlessly into parkland and the surrounding countryside.
GAVIN MUNRO – THE MAN WHO GROWS CHAIRS Monday 28 August, 11:00am Bookings
Taking a radical stance on the way we produce our objects, Gavin Munro and his company Full Grown are at the cutting edge of an emerging art form that highlights an interesting way to be closer to art and nature and the symbiotic relationship between them both.
Using ancient techniques combined with modern technology they grow, graft, nurture then harvest living trees into chairs, tables, sculpture – anything you can imagine.
Challenging the way we create products as well as how we see the items with which we surround ourselves, grown furniture has an immediate tactile, visceral and organic appeal.
Join us for a fascinating hour of conversation to hear how the first seed was sown as a young boy playing in the garden, a concept that took 25 years to take root. His work is now feted by leading collectors and designers alike with a waiting list for his work.
Messum’s Wiltshire is a pioneering multi-purpose gallery and arts centre celebrating the creative endeavour.