Wednesday 21 November, 6:30pm Bookings
‘You have to stage the things that take your breath away’ Alistair Spalding
Nobody knows about dance better than Alistair Spalding, who has been Artistic Director and Chief Executive of Sadler’s Wells since 2004.
Under Alistair, Sadler’s Wells has become a world-leading dance house offering an ambitious programme of dance in all its forms and presenting first-class UK and international artists and companies. Audiences of over half a million see performances at its London theatres each year, with over 130,000 more enjoying its touring productions at venues across the UK and around the world.
Sadler’s Wells commissions and presents more new dance work than any other theatre in the world, embracing the popular and the unknown. Since 2005, it has helped to bring over 160 new dance works to the stage.
Alistair was awarded the Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres in 2005 and was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the Queen’s Birthday Honours 2012, for services to dance. He holds honorary doctorates from Middlesex University (2012), the University of Hertfordshire (2014) and the University of Roehampton (2015).
Messums Wiltshire are proud to have an ongoing association with Sadler’s Wells, including staging works by associates and world-class choreographers Russell Maliphant and Alexander Whitley.
Our monthly Supper Club with Alistair as our special guest, if you would like to know more or book a place at the table click here
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).