TALK: with Wiltshire Creative’s Resident Artist & Tutor Mirka Golden Hann

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Friday 22 February, 6:30pm, £10  Bookings

On the eve of our Clay Festival 2019 we are delighted to welcome Wiltshire Creative’s ceramic artist and artist in residence Mirka Golden Hann. Mirka will introduce us to her work and practice ahead of her pottery wheel workshops on the following day. Colour and colour theory are of particular interest to Mirka. Recent pieces have explored the personal meaning that colour has for us all and  its role in determining emotional responses. Mirka’s latest work ‘Earth Series’ exhibited exclusively at Messums is driven by her new fascination with the landscape combined with her knowledge of ceramic and glaze technology acquired over two decades. This work is the result of Mirka’s curiosity about how certain activities impact on the physical landscape.

Mirka Golden-Hann was born in the former Czechoslovakia and came to live in England in Summer 1993. In July 1999 she graduated from the University of Westminster’s renowned Harrow ceramics course with BA (Hons). In August 1999 she received the ‘Best Student’ Craftsman Magazine award at Hatfield House International Festival – Art in Clay. In summer 2000 she finished setting up her workshop and built her first outdoor salt-glaze kiln. Since then Mirka has exhibited her work in various galleries in the UK and participated in prestigious ceramics fairs and shows across the UK and Europe. Funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, she completed with distinctions her MA Design Ceramics degree at the Bath Spa University in 2009. Mirka is a published maker and an experienced teacher. Currently she is the resident artist at Salisbury Arts Centre.

Following the talk there will be a clay artists supper club in the Mess Restaurant (book separately).

TALK: Meaning, Metaphor and Material – Understanding Clay

Saturday 2 February, 11am, free event  RSVP

As our third Material Earth exhibition opens to the public, join ceramic artists from the show Thiébaut Chague, Stuart Allen and Amber Zuber for a panel discussion.

Thiébaut Chague began his career in 1976, training in France, Belgium and in England under Michael Cardew and Richard Batterham. His style is unusual in that every piece is unique. He works in stoneware with applied coloured slips and wood fires. Examples of his work can be found in many public collections across Europe in Belgium, France and Germany. He is represented in the V&A museum and has recently been exhibited in the Louvre.

Amber Zuber is an artist from Toronto, Canada. She recently earned her MA at the Royal College of Art in London, UK. In 2017 she was shortlisted for the Maylis Grand Ceramic Prize, and was previously a full-time Artist-in-Residence at Harbourfront Centre.

Stuart Allen studied at Bath College of Higher Education, graduating in 1989 and has recently completed an MA Ceramics and Glass at The Royal College of Art in London.

TALK: Henry Lamb – Painter and Polymath by Primrose Campbell

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Friday 22 March, 6:30pm  Bookings

Primrose Campbell outlines the turbulent life of her grandfather, the artist HenryLamb.  It stretched from Queen Victoria to Queen Elizabeth, violently broken by two world wars. He rebelled from the world of his youth among Manchester dons, moved through bohemian pre-1914 Chelsea, Paris and the wilds of western Ireland, to settled family life in Coombe Bisset, where he lived and painted for over 30 years.
Lamb was an intimate of Lytton Strachey, of Augustus John and Stanley Spencer, and ofthe grand eccentric hostess and patroness Ottoline Morrell. As a doctor-soldier he won an MC in Macedonia and at the end of his career he was a Royal Academician.

All proceeds in aid of 

Tickets available at £10 and £15 to include entry into raffle to become the owner of a Henry Lamb drawing selected from the Artist’s Estate, a framed and mounted study of Valentine (the artist’s son) sleeping.


TALK & SUPPER CLUB: Ashley Gray from Gray M.C.A.

Wednesday 27 March  Bookings

Material: Textile is being curated in collaboration with Gray M.C.A. the gallery and collectors of post-war textiles and fashion illustrations. Gray M.C.A source rare and unique works made by artists including pieces by Picasso, Matisse, Henry Moore and Ben Nicholson.

Join us to hear Ashley Gray talk about collecting textiles and the option of joining him and other guests for supper afterwards in our Mess Restaurant.

“Ashley Gray of Gray MCA’s 2016 BADA Lecture “The Post War Textile Visionaries of Modern Art” was a tour de force! His vivid depiction of the importance of the 1950’s & 60’s commissions from Edinburgh Weavers and Ascher from the giants of Modernism was a revelation.”
Marco Forgione, Chief Executive, BADA

TALK & BOOK LAUNCH: with Author Professor Caroline Dakers ‘Fonthill Recovered – A Cultural History’


Friday 18 May, 6:30pm  Bookings

On Friday 18 May, Caroline Dakers, Professor of Cultural History at Central Saint Martins (University of Arts London) will join us to launch her new book ‘Fonthill Recovered – A Cultural History’ and discuss the legacy of William Beckford’s estate.  Messums Wiltshire was once itself owned by Beckford as part of the Fonthill estate.

Situated less than a mile away from the gallery, the writer and collector William Beckford built his Gothic fantasy house Fonthill Abbey at the end of the eighteenth century. The collapse of the Abbey’s tower in 1825 transformed the name Fonthill into a symbol for overarching ambition and folly.  However Beckford’s Abbey is only one of several important houses to be built on the estate since the early sixteenth century.

Caroline’s recent books include a new edition of Forever England (2016). She has also curated exhibitions at Leighton House Museum, London such as ‘George Aitchison: Leighton’s Architect Revealed’ (2012) and ‘Artists at Home: The Holland Park Circle’ (1999-2000).

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