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 phone/ 01747 445042 or email/ themess@messumswiltshire.com). Please specify a 6pm or 8pm sitting when booking supper.

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

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.