EVENT: After Dark: Light Installations in the Landscape by Bruce Munro


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Various dates throughout December, free event, more info

For December only, two nights a week, experience Bruce Munro’s light installations in the barn, the Field of Light and a field of moons as you have never seen them before. The Mess restaurant and bar will also be open to enjoy drinks or a ‘light’ supper (dinner bookings must be made in advance).

After dark is the perfect time to view Bruce Munro’s five light installations in the tithe barn and outside in the sculpture gardens. See the landscape around the galleries light up in a multiplicity of colours. The amphitheatre shaped lawn will be highlighted by a bumper crop of mini moons based on the ‘Harvest Moon’ designed for Waddesdon Manor. The courtyard gardens will host ‘Moon Blooms (Field of Light)’, two swathes of stemmed fibre-optic globes whose colours shift from one shade to another so slowly you barely notice, until suddenly the field of blue and green you have been looking at has morphed into pink and purple. An ethereal light-based, sculptural experience that calls attention to nature and based on Bruce’s famous Field of Light in Uluru, Australia and Field of Light in Sensorio, California.

Wiltshire based Bruce Munro is inspired by natural light and his curiosity for shared human experiences. With a background in fine arts and lighting design, large-scale light-based artworks have become his signature. He has created them for parks, galleries, museums, botanical gardens, estates and cathedrals all across the world.

Photo: Mark Pickthall

EVENT: Raise the Roof – A Choral Celebration


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Saturday 21 December, 7pm, free event  RSVP

Join in and sing along with 200 other voices, including local choirs and musicians for an experience like no other this Christmas.

This is a free event open to everyone. Just bring your voice and best Christmas wishes and help us raise the roof of our venerable building.

The bar will be open for mulled wine, drinks and our homemade Christmas sausage rolls.

EVENT: Explore & Taste Australia’s Finest Wines with Matthew Jukes


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Friday 13 December, 7:30pm  Bookings

A relaxed and informal tasting of Australia’s finest wines introduced by the Daily Mail’s wine critic and writer Matthew Jukes.

Messum Wiltshire and wine connoisseur Matthew Jukes open and share fifty of the finest 100 Best Wines alongside a light installation by artist Bruce Munro and a collection of Australian paintings. We hope that you will join us for a thoroughly unique evening of indulgence in the form of Australian wine and art. The wines are designed as a balanced, modern collection of all styles of wine, including sparklers, whites, reds, sweet and fortified wines. Everybody attending the wine tasting will receive a free copy of Matthew’s 100 Best Australian Wines 2018-19 booklet worth £25.

Our head chef Sunny Sin from the Mess Restaurant will create a selection of nibbles to complement the wines. So come along to the barn and enjoy some drinks followed by a delicious feast.

Home to some of the oldest vines in the world, Australia is rapidly gaining ground in the trade and the public’s estimation as a fine-wine producing country of note. With its sheer size, Australia has a vast array of diverse climates and the wines produced reflect each of their region’s distinct and unique characteristics.

Matthew Jukes has worked in the UK wine business for over 30 years, he wrote ‘The Wine Book’ which was serialised by the Daily Mail and then went on to write the most widely read wine column in the UK in the Daily Mail’s Weekend Magazine. In January 2012, Matthew Jukes was awarded the Honorary Australian of the Year Award by the Australia Day Foundation. His book, Taste Food & Wine, co-written with Tyson Stelzer, won the Australian Food Media Award for Best Food and Writing in 2008. In 2002, Matthew won the prestigious International Wine and Spirit Competition’s Trophy for Wine Communicator of the Year.

EVENT: Portrait Sittings with Tif Hunter


Tuesday 29 October, various times throughout the day, £285  Bookings

For the past seven years, photographer Tif Hunter has nursed an interest in ‘tintypes’. These are handmade, one-off images which use a nineteenth-century technique, developed in the early days of photography. First invented in the 1850s, tintypes were particularly popular during the Civil War in late nineteenth-century America.

Messums Wiltshire is delighted to welcome Hunter back and offer a second experience to sit for a tintype portrait taken in our thirteenth-century barn.

Tintypes are original in ways that photographs from the twentieth and twenty-first century simply are not. There are no negatives to print from and no other ways of creating identical multiple images.

A tintype is a photograph with warm monochromatic tones on a thin sheet of metal. Tintypes, (or wetplates as they are also known) involve a cocktail of chemicals and must be prepared moments before the image is taken and developed and fixed immediately after. Each one-off tintype has a beautiful surface of marks and smears resulting from the chemistry involved. The final image is grainless with exquisitely smooth tones.

Hunter’s pioneering work with tintype portraiture, combined with 21st century lighting techniques, has led to many commissions including those from The Jerwood Foundation and retailer Toast. His commercial work has been featured in Lurzer’s Archive 200 Best Ad Photographers Worldwide. Hunter’s clients include British Airways, Sony and The Guardian.

 

EVENT: Vinyl Revival


Saturday 30 November, 9pm – midnight  Bookings

Since 2007 there has been a renewed interest in, and increased sales of, vinyl records in the Western world. And whilst many younger artists – too young to remember vinyl as a primary music format – have committed their music to vinyl via independent outlets committed to the format – last year Sony Music cemented its revival announcing that it would be producing vinyl records in house for the first time since 1989.

Angus Gibson started running a discotheque in 1972, when he was just 16 years old and first met Alistair Margadale – owner of the Fonthill Estate, of which Messums Wiltshire is a part – playing at teenage parties at the Pythouse Club.

In 1975, Angus’ work took him up to London where he joined Juliana’s Discotheques, arranging the music for chic society parties, country weddings and balls all over the country.

By the mid 1980s, he had founded a music company in London arranging parties and providing permanent music systems for private homes. Gibson Music became a pioneering company in home technology, but Angus never forgot his roots playing vinyl records on his discotheque in the 1970s.

We are delighted to welcome Angus back to Wiltshire for a night of Vinyl Revival on 30 November – playing music from the 1970s early 1980s. The music and the sight of spinning vinyl records will evoke memories and have us jiving towards the dance floor. In the words of Marc Bolan…’Get it On’ (1971).

 

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Angus Gibson in the ’70’s

PREVIEW, CHAMPAGNE RECEPTION & ARTISTS SUPPER: Film Première of Martina Amati’s ‘Under’


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Friday 25 October, from 7pm, £50  Bookings

THE DIRECTORS OF MESSUMS WILTSHIRE INVITE YOU TO

A CHAMPAGNE RECEPTION & PREMIÈRE SCREENING
OF UNDER INTRODUCED BY MARTINA AMATI,
AND A CURATOR LED TOUR OF THE IMAGE EXHIBITION

FOLLOWED BY ARTIST’S SUPPER

The film is an eleven-minute installation comprised of two separate looped video projections, each film is named after two of the quantitate means of measuring free-diving ability: Distance and Depth. The two films will fill the barn with light and colour, with Depth projected onto a custom built ‘diving platform’ suspended from the roof for a fully immersive and unique experience.

Amati’s practice spans a number of genres including narrative, documentary, experimental, animated and commercial. Her short film A’Mare (2008) won a UNICEF Award at the Zinebi Film Festival and Chalk (2010) was nominated for a BAFTA. Amati lives and works in the UK.
The evenings menu:
Calamari filled with pine nuts, anchovies and breadcrumbs and fennel seeds
Prawns with garlic and herbs
Samphire and lemon salad
Apple and celeriac salad
Oven baked wild mushroom with garlic and parsley (v)
Dessert: Pumpkin pie
Photo: DaanVerhoeven

EVENT: Process Weekend


Fri 5 – Sun 7 October 2018

As part of our IMAGE exhibition we have a series of talks by well-known photographers including Polly Penrose with Anna Fox and Juno Calypso, Angela Williams discussing her work in the 60’s with celebrity subjects and her time with Norman Parkinson, travel photographer Steve Russell and top Instagrammer and food photographer Marte Marie Forsberg.

Incase you missed out on having your portrait taken by tintype photographer Tif Hunter, we have invited him back on Sunday 7 October. Only four sittings left so do book soon to avoid disappointment.

TALK: What’s Not to Like – Instagram & Contemporary Photography
Friday 5 October, 6:30pm
  Bookings

A talk by three of the most exciting photographers working and living in the UK: Anna Fox, Polly Penrose and Juno Calypso. Listen to each speak for fifteen minutes on their creative lives and work, followed by an audience Q&A.

Subjects will include digital media’s role in the images of the internet age: the positives and the negatives. On social media, women artists can very literally self- represent work in their own free digital galleries. Rather experimentally, the five photographers in the barn – Juno Calypso, Maisie Cousins, Anna Fox (in collaboration with singer Alison Goldfrapp), Polly Penrose and Natalie Krick – were discovered via Instagram accounts, posts or hashtags.

Though Instagram is certainly a new frontier for pioneers of fine art photography, it is imperative to note that the platform’s many detractors have suggested that social media can ruin our experiences: of travel, food, relationships and even art.

Anna Fox began working as a photographer in the early 1980s, emerging as one of the most exciting colour documentary photographers of the time. Fox’s fascinating study of the bizarre as well as the ordinariness of British life resulted in a combination of social observation with highly personalized projects.

After studying Graphic Design at Camberwell College of Arts in London, Polly Penrose went on to have a career in fashion styling. Penrose has been taking self- portraits on a ten-second timer for over a decade. Her pictures focus less on sexuality and female allure, instead retaining the awkward, often beguiling force of the body as an object.

After completing a foundation degree Juno Calypso graduated with a BA in Photography from University of the Arts, London in 2012. In 2015 Calypso spent a week alone at a romantic-themed couples resort in the USA to continue her series of self-portraits. With a suitcase of wigs and lingerie, Calypso posed as a travel writer to gain access to the ostentatiously themed rooms.

 

SUPPER CLUB: with Guest Artists from the IMAGE exhibition
Friday 5 October, 7:30pm
  Bookings

On Friday 5 October we are hosting a talk by three of the most exciting photographers working and living in the UK: Anna Fox, Polly Penrose and Juno Calypso followed by a Supper Club where the artists will be our special guests. The theme for the supper is Indian food and head chef Sunny Sin has designed a delicately spiced Thali menu. In Indian cuisine the idea of a Thali is to present all the six flavours sweet, salt, bitter, sour, astringent and spicy on one single platter. According to Indian food custom, a proper meal should be a perfect balance of all these six flavours.

Menu:

Lentil dahl
Tandoori chicken
Chickpea and spinach curry
with side dishes of pilau rice, naan bread, raita and onion relish
Mango lassi syllabub
Chai Latte to finish.

We have created a paired drinks list to match with this menu, contact us to pre-order your drinks.
The Mess Restaurant offers a unique atmosphere surrounded by works of art from our past exhibitions and the perfect place to give voice and to listen to thoughts about the evenings talk with friends and new acquaintances. Space is limited and the interest is strong, so do please book early.
If you wish to come along to the talk at 6:30pm tickets are free but need to be reserved at: https://bit.ly/2MZAPtZ

 

Steve_Russell_Photography_(events page)TALK: with Travel Photographer Steve Russell
Saturday 6 October, 11:00am
  Bookings

Whether you are an amateur enthusiast looking to improve your skills or fascinated by travel photography, award-winning photographer Steve Russell has a wealth of knowledge to impart.  With years of experience in all aspects of professional photography, including shooting artworks by Damien Hirst, Steve’s main focus remains his love of the people and landscapes of Africa. Frequent journeys to east Africa have provided Steve Russell with the opportunity to photograph an incredible variety of animals and bird species, as well as amazing scenery, from the Rwenzori mountains to the Tanzanian coastline. Join us on Saturday 6 October to learn more about Steve’ fascinating life and work.

Russell’s images have been recognised in various competitions including Hasselblad Masters 2016, Travel Photographer of the Year 2015, Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2015, National Geographic Traveller 2015 and the British Book Design and Production awards 2013. His book ‘Katonda Wenge’ was shortlisted for the Best Book in the ‘Photographic, Arts Architecture and Monograph’s’ category.

Russell’s work has been featured in both private and public collections including Nature in Art Gallery and Museum, Gloucestershire and the British Council in Kampala, Uganda.

Image: ‘Camp’ by Steve Russell

 

Stephen Coe, Angela_Williams (web)TALK: with Iconic Celebrity Photographer Angela Williams
Saturday 6 October, 2pm
  Bookings

Angela Williams will speak about her professional relationship with Norman Parkinson, her glittering artistic career and extensive photographic collection.

Williams started her career as a freelancer in the 60s. Aged twenty-one she was introduced to the eminent fashion photography Norman Parkinson. Williams soon became his personal assistant, resulting in a close working relationship and creative collaboration.

She worked with Jeremy Banks on the Observer New Supplement, The Sun Paper and Woman’s Mirror, to name a few. Williams has amassed an impressive collection of portraits spanning the duration of her career. Subjects of particular note include Paul Newman, Audrey Hepburn and Jane Fonda.

Williams continues to run the Angela Williams Archive – a collection of Parkinson’s vintage prints as well as her own work.

 

Marte_Marie_Forsberg_(events page)TALK: with Top Instagrammer & Photographer Marte Marie Forsberg
Saturday 6 October, 3:30pm
  Bookings

Marte Marie Forsberg is a photographer, food stylist, visual story teller, writer and home cook. Her work has been featured in newspapers, magazines and online articles around the world.

Learn how to make the most out of your camera (or phone), using social media platforms such as Instagram to share your creativity for either business or pleasure. Marte Marie will discuss how to use photography to tell compelling and heart-warming stories, drawing from her own experience working on food and travel articles.

Marie’s passion for photography and cooking lead her to write her first cookbook, The Cottage Kitchen, her story told through one hundred recipes and beautiful images.

Originally from a small coastal town in the south of Norway, she has found a peaceful corner of rural England to call her home.

To join Marte Marie’s 277k followers on Instagram click here.

 

TALK: ‘Photography: The Hottest New Investment Choice’ with director of the Photographer’s Gallery, Brett Rogers OBE
Saturday 6 October, 5pm 
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As part of our IMAGE exhibition Process Weekend, we are joined by Brett Rogers OBE, director of The Photographers’ Gallery in London, the first public gallery devoted solely to photography and which has championed up-and-coming photographers since opening in 1971. Brett has been director since 2006 and spent the past decade transforming the gallery in to an internationally recognised centre of excellence in the medium.

Recently Coutts said photography has emerged as the hottest new investment for the very well-off as well as appealing to a new demographic. As well as talking about her work at the gallery, Brett will help demystify the world of collecting including advice on what to look for, how to discern different print types and editions, what questions to ask when purchasing a work as well as what to avoid.

Brett Rogers was awarded an OBE for her dedication to nurturing arts and media, where, amongst other things, she has endorsed and propelled photography to the forefront of conversation as an established art form in the UK, as well as boosting the profiles of British photographers abroad.

Before The Photographers’ Gallery, Rogers was the deputy director and head of exhibitions at the Visual Arts Department at the British Council.

 

EVENT: Portrait Sittings with Tintype Photographer Tif Hunter
Sunday 7 October, from 10am
  SOLD OUT

For the past seven years, photographer Tif Hunter has nursed an interest in ‘tintypes’. These are handmade, one-off images which use a nineteenth-century technique, developed in the early days of photography. First invented in the 1850s, tintypes were particularly popular during the Civil War in late nineteenth-century America.

Messums Wiltshire is delighted to welcome Hunter back and offer a second experience to sit for a tintype portrait taken in our thirteenth-century barn.

Tintypes are original in ways that photographs from the twentieth and twenty-first century simply are not. There are no negatives to print from and no other ways of creating identical multiple images.

A tintype is a photograph with warm monochromatic tones on a thin sheet of metal. Tintypes, (or wetplates as they are also known) involve a cocktail of chemicals and must be prepared moments before the image is taken and developed and fixed immediately after. Each one-off tintype has a beautiful surface of marks and smears resulting from the chemistry involved. The final image is grainless with exquisitely smooth tones.

Hunter’s pioneering work with tintype portraiture, combined with 21st century lighting techniques, has led to many commissions including those from The Jerwood Foundation and retailer Toast. His commercial work has been featured in Lurzer’s Archive 200 Best Ad Photographers Worldwide. Hunter’s clients include British Airways, Sony and The Guardian.

EVENT: Portrait Sittings with Tintype Photographer Tif Hunter


Sunday 7 October, from 10am  SOLD OUT

For the past seven years, photographer Tif Hunter has nursed an interest in ‘tintypes’. These are handmade, one-off images which use a nineteenth-century technique, developed in the early days of photography. First invented in the 1850s, tintypes were particularly popular during the Civil War in late nineteenth-century America.

Messums Wiltshire is delighted to welcome Hunter back and offer a second experience to sit for a tintype portrait taken in our thirteenth-century barn.

Tintypes are original in ways that photographs from the twentieth and twenty-first century simply are not. There are no negatives to print from and no other ways of creating identical multiple images.

A tintype is a photograph with warm monochromatic tones on a thin sheet of metal. Tintypes, (or wetplates as they are also known) involve a cocktail of chemicals and must be prepared moments before the image is taken and developed and fixed immediately after. Each one-off tintype has a beautiful surface of marks and smears resulting from the chemistry involved. The final image is grainless with exquisitely smooth tones.

Hunter’s pioneering work with tintype portraiture, combined with 21st century lighting techniques, has led to many commissions including those from The Jerwood Foundation and retailer Toast. His commercial work has been featured in Lurzer’s Archive 200 Best Ad Photographers Worldwide. Hunter’s clients include British Airways, Sony and The Guardian.

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‘Erik’ Photo by Tif Hunter