TALK: 2B or not 2B: Why Draw?



Saturday 12 October, 5.30 & 7.30 – 9pm Bookings
A panel discussion followed by supper

For the first time in its history, the Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize is coming to Salisbury, showcasing the best of contemporary drawing practice and the role and value of drawing in creative practice today. To mark the opening day of the exhibition at The Salisbury Museum, Messums Wiltshire is hosting a panel with a Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize selector, shortlisted artists and directors of the prize, to examine 
the relevance and importance of drawing and draftsmanship in 2019.

Our panel consists of the Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize and Drawing Projects UK Founder and Director Professor Anita Taylor, one of the Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize selectors, a shortlisted artist from this year’s prize and artist Charles Poulsen, whose three-dimensional drawings will be on display at Messums Wiltshire.

This event is part of the nationwide Big Draw Festival, which this year takes ‘Drawn to Life’ as its theme.

The Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize, formerly the Jerwood Drawing Prize, is the largest and longest-running annual open exhibition for drawing in the UK and has a reputation for its commitment to championing excellence and promoting, celebrating and challenging contemporary drawing practice.

Messums Wiltshireis a leading multi-purpose arts centre, which opened in autumn 2016 after a two-year restoration project. Its aim is to offer a unique environment to experience and engage with the arts across genre including performance, dance, design as well as sculpture, painting, photography and ceramics. Messums Wiltshire recognises the importance of the hand’s skill in art: especially pertinent to a future in which the digital is expected to dominate. Situated in an area renowned internationally for its ancient art-making, beginning millennia ago with Stonehenge, Salisbury Cathedral and Tisbury’s Jurassic fossil coral, which is found underneath the hills of the Fonthill estate – and argued by Dr K P Oakley to be evidence of the first signs of human aesthetic appreciation.

The Salisbury Museum has a programme of supporting events to run alongside the exhibition, including a talk by Professor Anita Taylor and artist-led experimental drawing workshops. Activities for October Half Term are a whole-hearted celebration of drawing, inspired by the Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing prize exhibition.

This is a ticketed event and will be followed by supper in our Mess Restaurant and a chance to continue the conversation.

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


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Friday 25 October, from 7pm  Bookings

Join us for the first screening of Martina Amati’s film installation Under followed by one of our regular artist’s supper with Martina in the Mess Restaurant.

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.

With its vivid blue colouration and lens flares nostalgically evoking the primeval sun, Amati’s film tantalisingly visualises the human origin story—Charles Darwin’s initially outrageous idea that all life began in the sea. Amati produced a documentary of the same name, one which explores the physical, mental and spiritual aspects of this extreme sport. She worked with and interviewed masters of free-diving including Enzo Maiorca and Georgina Miller, as well as scientists who research the effects of free-diving on the apparatus of the human body, such as Professor Kevin Fong.

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:

Stuffed squid 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

TALK: By Artists-in-Residence Sonia Leber & David Chesworth with Arts Journalist & Broadcaster Fiona Gruber


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Friday 19 July, 6:30pm 2019

From 26 June this year Sonia Leber and David Chesworth will be the first artists-in-residence at Messums Wiltshire. During their five week residency the artists will create work in response to the thirteenth century tithe barn and it’s surroundings to be exhibited as part of the Image show in 2020.

Sonia Leber and David Chesworth are known for their distinctive installation artworks, using video, sound, architecture, and public participation. Developed through expansive research in places undergoing social change, Leber and Chesworth’s works are speculative and archaeological, responding to architectural, social, and technological settings. Their highly detailed, conceptual videoworks emerge from the real, but exist significantly in the realm of the imaginary.

Sonia Leber and David Chesworth’s artwork has been shown extensively internationally at exhibitions and Biennales as well as in their home country of Australia.

The talk will be hosted by Fiona Gruber, a Melbourne and London-based arts journalist, essayist, broadcaster and radio documentary maker. She’s written on the arts for many of the major Australian and UK newspapers and art journals including the Australian, Art World Australia, the Guardian and the Times Literary Supplement. Her work for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s Radio National includes a ten part series, Australian Portraits and Art After Death, a look at how the art world deals with the legacy of artists and their works. In 2018 she made the documentary “Creative Couple; Sonia Leber and David Chesworth.” about Messums Wiltshire’s 2019 artists in residence.

Join us for supper in the Mess Restaurant after the talk to meet the artists.