Wednesday 19 June, 6:30pm Bookings
Gerard Evenden BArch (Dist), RIBA is a Senior Executive Partner and Head of Studio at Foster + Partners. As Head of Studio 5 he has been responsible for a number of schemes in the United Arab Emirates including the World Trade Centre, Central Market, The Index, Sheikh Zayed National Museum and Masdar City. In response to the problems of mass housing his team has developed the design of modular housing for manufacture and distribution in large numbers, and realised a prototype in Abu Dhabi.
The theme of sustainability that runs through Gerard’s projects and is also demonstrated by two UAE Pavilion’s designed for the Shanghai and Milan World Expo’s, which were constructed in China and Milan respectively, and subsequently dismantled and relocated to a permanent home in Abu Dhabi.
As part of our In Focus Fortnight: Architecture join us to hear Gerard talk about his work for one of our ever-popular Wednesday night talk and supper club events.
Chicken , chickpeas & chorizo casserole
Aubergine & chickpeas casserole (vegetarian option)
Green beans & grilled broccoli
Lemon tart & berry compote
Image: UAE Pavilions by Gerard Evenden
Saturday 15 June, 3:30 – 5:00pm Bookings
As part of our In Focus Fortnight: Architecture series of exhibitions and events we are joined for a talk on a topic close to Messums Wiltshire’s heart (following the restoration of our listed tithe barn), Reimagining and Restoration – The Creative Reuse of Old Buildings by Julia Barnard, Mike Stiff, Jonathan Tuckey and Roger Zogolovitch.
Mike Stiff BA Hons, Dip Arch, ARB, RIBA, FRSA formed Stiff & Trevillion with Andy Trevillion in the early 1980’s. Over the years he has taught at Westminster, Brighton and Sheffield Universities. Today he works primarily on central London commercial projects although Stiff & Trevillion designed and built the Pod inside the Messums Wiltshire tithe barn.
Roger Zogolovitch is the founder and creative director of Solidspace. He is a qualified architect with 40 years experience of design and development. He is known in the industry as a progressive thinker – always striving to create projects that delight, engage and push the boundaries of how architecture can enhance our cities. Roger was the director of the Infrastructure and Development course at the London School of Economics, and lectures regularly on regeneration policy throughout the UK.
Jonathan Tuckey founded his multi-disciplinary design practice in 1999, which has developed an international reputation for specialising in the transformation and remodeling historic buildings. He originally studied anthropology and this has shaped his approach to the ways that spaces and places are used, exploring the layers of built heritage and the dialogue this creates between different eras. Jonathan has taught on this subject at Oxford Brookes University, London Metropolitan University and Kingston University, and has long been one of the leading advocates for adapting old buildings for modern uses.
Julia Barnard is an interior designer with a thorough knowledge of building technique and planning consent. She specialises in the renovation and decoration of listed buildings and gardens. Fundamental to her work is creating beautiful, functional spaces that relate to the landscape outside.
Image: The Greifensee Cultural Centre, Switzerland by Jonathan Tuckey
Saturday 15 June, 1:30 – 3:00pm Bookings
As part of our In Focus Fortnight: Architecture we have invited leading architects to join us to discuss some of the most pertinent issues of the day in their fields of expertise.
Award-winning architect Philip Gumuchdjian (whose scale models will be on show in the tithe barn) discusses Building the Future – Environment & Landscape one of the most pressing issues currently facing architects and landscape designers. Joining Philip will be Dr Tarsha Finney from the RCA and fellow architect Peter Clegg.
Philip Gumuchdjian BA (Econ) MA (RCA) RIBA ARB FRSA founded Gumuchdjian Architects (GA) after 18 years with the Richard Rogers Partnership. Since founding his practice in 1998 he has won multiple construction industry and RIBA Awards including two Stephen Lawrence Prize. He chaired the RIBA Awards Group from 2014-2016 and was a member of the RIBA Grand Jury for the first International prize for excellence.
Dr Tarsha Finney is an architectural urbanist, Senior Research Tutor and Programme Lead on the City Design MA, School of Architecture at the Royal College of Art. Her work is focused on housing, the city and urban change.
Peter Clegg MA(Cantab) MEnvD RIBA established the practice Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios with Richard Feilden in 1978. Regarded as a pioneer in environmental design, he has nearly 40 years’ experience in low energy architecture and is active in research, design and education. Peter has led projects at Yorkshire Sculpture Park, London’s Southbank Centre and Brighton Dome.
Image: Think Tank, Skibbereen Boathouse, Ireland by Philip Gumuchdjian
Saturday 15 June, 11:30 – 12:30pm Bookings
Australian artist and filmmaker Daniel Agdag will join us for a talk and screening of his stop-motion animation Lost Property Office (9mins) as his new exhibition in the Long Gallery opens to the public.
Lost Property Office is a meticulously hand–crafted stop-motion animated short film made by Daniel and producer Liz Kearney. The art deco, post–industrial inspired world was realised by hand entirely of cardboard over a preproduction period of 18 months. The entire film was fashioned from over 2,500 sheets of recycled cardboard, patiently hand-cut using 1,287 scalpel blades to create 1258 elaborate set pieces and delicate individual props. The natural sepia tones of the cardboard were carefully lit and photographed 24 times for every second of the 13,680 final frames (9 minutes), giving the film a warm other-worldly glow and unique aesthetic.
The film was shortlisted for an Academy Award in 2018 and won Jury Prize for Best Animated Short at Newport Beach Film Fest in California in 2019.
Daniel’s intricate cardboard scale models have been described as architectectural in form, whimsical in nature and inconceivably detailed. To say he pushes the medium to its limits is an understatement. Daniel spends a great deal of time in the built environment but the building process itself is entirely intuitive, a process is very much akin to freehand drawing which Daniel describes as ‘sketching with cardboard’.
Born in Victoria in 1976, the son of Armenian immigrants, Agdag studied fine art before turning his hand to filmmaking and receiving his Masters in Film and Television at the Victorian College of the Arts in 2007.
Saturday 15 June, 10 – 11am Bookings
Internationally renowned architect Philip Gumuchdjian’s series of scale models are being exhibited in the tithe barn during the last fortnight in June and represent the starting point for Philip’s designs both realised and fantastical. On the opening morning of his exhibition, Philip will be joining us for a talk Sensing Place: What’s the Point of Architecture? ahead of his book of the same name launching in September.
Philip Gumuchdjian founded Gumuchdjian Architects (GA) after 18 years with the Richard Rogers Partnership. Since founding his practice in 1998 he has won multiple construction industry and RIBA Awards including two Stephen Lawrence Prize. He chaired the RIBA Awards Group from 2014-2016 and was a member of the RIBA Grand Jury for the first International prize for excellence.
Saturday 15 – Sunday 30 June
DAY TICKET: Saturday 15 June Bookings
In Focus Fortnight: Architecture is a two week schedule of exhibitions, talks and events focused on the process, design, construction and restoration of buildings historic and modern. Architectural works, in the material form of buildings, are often perceived as cultural symbols and sculptural works of art.
Tickets for all four talks on Saturday 15 June can be purchased individually or a day ticket is available for a special price of £30.
10:30 – 11:30am Sensing Place: What’s the Point of Architecture? with Philip Gumuchdjian
11:45 – 12:45pm Artists talk & film screening by Daniel Agdag
1:30 – 3:30pm Building the Future – Environment & Landscape with Philip Gumuchdjian, Dr Tarsha Finney and Peter Clegg
3:30 – 5pm Reimagining and Restoration – The Creative Reuse of Old Buildings by Julia Barnard, Mike Stiff, Jonathan Tuckey and Roger Zogolovitch
Image: Centre Pompidou conception by Philip Gumuchdjian
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).