As part of the wider “Little Creative Festival” in the area Messums Wiltshire introduced some of the techniques that can be used to create tone, shadow and volume in drawing. The results were a delight and surprise, with 30 minutes of instruction and work in grids on paper, the children set off into the exhibition to set and draw any of the sculptures that caught their eye.
With Education forming a part of the Messums Wiltshire weekly remit and an interest in seeing draughtsmanship at the start point of many peoples artistic adventures, the future looks exceptionally bright in the hands of these talented young artists.
Saturday 4 March 6-8pm, £15 in advance £18 on the door. Bookings
An evening of poetry, birdsong and music arranged by Pippa Haywood with Mark Meadows and violinist Theo May.
Performance Starts at c 6:15 and runs for approx 1hr 20.
“I am the song that sings the bird.
.. I am the word that speaks the man.”
Taking the current exhibition as it’s starting point, the evening will look at birdsong and it’s relationship to poetry and the human voice. The event will include both live and recorded readings interspersed with birdsong and original compositions by Theo May.
Pippa’s wide ranging TV and radio work has made her a familiar voice to many . She is a regular reader for Poetry Please on Radio 4 and has appeared in numerous TV comedies and dramas.
Mark Meadows is a local actor and singer who will also be known to many for his work in radio, TV and theatre.
Theo May is an inspired young musician currently studying composition at the Royal College of Music.
Wednesday 22 February 6- 8pm, £10 advance £15 on the door Booking
Talk continues for approx 45 minutes.
Leading garden designer Charlotte Rowe talks about her work and her understanding of the opportunities that exist within garden design to include sculpture. Chaired by Caroline Donald, gardening editor of the Sunday Times.
Charlotte Rowe set up her landscape design studio in 2004, and since then has worked on more than 200 projects both in the UK and abroad. She regularly teaches at the Inchbald School of Design and has won several industry awards. No Man’s Land, her garden for ABF The Soldier’s Charity to mark the centenary of the First World War, won a gold medal at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show in 2014. She lives in London and Wiltshire.
Garden by Charlotte Rowe. Photograph by Charlotte Rowe.
Messums Wiltshire are proud to announce their sole representation of Michael Hulls, Olivier award winning artist and renowned “choreographer of light”.
Michael Hulls is one of only four non dance choreographers listed in the Oxford Dictionary of Dance. Messums Wiltshire are holding an introductory exhibition which places his work in the artistic environment for the first time and explores the emotive powers of tungsten lighting and a lifetime of using light as an artform in its own right.
Saturday 11 Feb – 5th March
Saturday 25th Feb 11:00am – talk by Michael Hulls. RSVP
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Talk by Artist Michael Hulls RSVP
Saturday 25 February 11am
Free to attend
Duration: approx 1hr.
An Introduction to the work of Olivier award winning artist Michael Hulls. Renowned as a “choreographer of light”, Michael Hulls is one of only four non dance choreographers listed in the Oxford Dictionary of Dance. His first solo exhibition was “No Body” at Sadlers Wells Theatre Autumn 2016. This was followed by a collaboration with Russell Maliphant at Messums Wiltshire, and an independent mindset of working which resulted in the pieces on view today.
Renowned as a provocative speaker and thinker, this is a rare opportunity to hear him talk firsthand about his work and its evolution, the history of Tungsten light and its antithesis “LED”
11 February – 5 March 2017
Saturday 25th Feb 11:00am – talk by Michael Hulls. RSVP
The emotive powers of light are explored in works by Olivier award-winning Michael Hulls on show at Messums Wiltshire from 10 February to 5 March. Internationally renowned as a ‘choreographer of light’ Hulls is one of only four lighting designers listed in the Oxford Dictionary of Dance; his lighting adding movement and a fluid sculpture to the stage. Two light installations entitled Castor and Pollux are built from a mixture of five sizes of 500w, 300w, 200w and 60w tungsten lightbulbs – 48 in each – creating the effect of constellations of stars. The filaments in each bulb dim and flare according to instructions from a computerised lighting programme, while an accompanying sound score by composer Andy Cowton is simultaneously played through embedded speakers.
“My pieces are requiems for the tungsten bulbs that are fast disappearing from our world,” says Hulls. “It is a great pity as there is nothing as beautiful as a piece of tungsten wire glowing in a glass bulb.” These works which combine the magic of early electricity in the tungsten wires that fizzle and spit and the 21st century minimal industrial aesthetic are energy made visible. The light they emit is warm and inviting and has a colour rendition of 100 percent meaning that it does not flatten or distort the colours of objects around them as LED lights can do – producing instead the glow of firelight.
11 Feb – 5 March – Performances at 11:00am & 3:00pm Wednesday – Sunday
An immersive sound installation by renowned English composer and musician Pete M. Wyer that considers the sound of our voice as part of nature as well as exploring the nature of being human. Uniquely set for the building “Song of the Human” comprises a choral score by Philadelphia choir The Crossing and the dawn chorus recorded simultaneously at 18 locations. The musical layering of language allows the listener to recognise and consider the question of how and why we communicate through sound.
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Talk by Sculptor Sean Henry
11.00am 21 January
We are delighted to welcome Sean Henry to Messums Wiltshire to talk about his work.
Sean has built a highly regarded reputation amongst collectors around the world. His work is immediate and compelling and his figures maintain a living presence that is hard to dispel. Yet there is more than visual representation at work in his art, and we invite you to join us for a walk around the gallery to hear Sean talk about his work. RSVP
Exhibition continues until 5th February
To celebrate 30 years of British craftsmanship, LINLEY opened its first Summer School at a Messums Wiltshire today.
“I had the privilege of being taught by the famed John Makepeace at Parnham House School for Craftsmen in Wood, a course that like so many has now sadly closed. It is my passionate belief that we should utilise the imaginative and creative resources of this country to their maximum potential and with workshop spaces and hands-on making courses disappearing at an alarming rate, I hope the LINLEY Summer School will be the beginning of an arts and crafts movement in the 21st Century.”
David Linley, Founder and Chairman of LINLEY