DEFORMATION | TRANSFORMATION – Talk by Sculptor Sean Henry

Sculptor Sean Henry

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  


Linley Makers summer School opens today at messum’s wiltshire

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

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Sculpture installation by Dominic Welch

Dominic Welch oversees the installation of “Rising Form” a piece created specifically for Messums Wiltshire. This is the largest bronze cast to date by Dominic, and comes from his ongoing exploration of Paleolithic interests and timeless forms.

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Work begins at the barn.

Barn Wiltshire IMG_1336

MJ Abbott sculpt the amphitheatre and bank to east of the barn. 20 years ago this was a farm yard dumping ground!

Building work on the Stiff and Trevillian designed free standing Pod at that north of the barn. This will house office and cafe bar.

So with planning permission granted, the works begin in earnest at Place farm in advance of  24 September opening.



Work starts on installation in the Barn


We were joined today by Bridget McCrum, Dominic Welch and Steve Russell to install and shoot works at the barn.

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Dominic Welch in development

  • Dominic Welch in development
  • Dominic Welch in development
  • Dominic Welch in development
  • Dominic Welch in development

A June visit to Dartmoor and the studio of Dominic Welch yields some serious work on a scale that was unexpected.

Dominic’s sculptures have a totemic sense to them in any event, but seeing them in the raw production and the battle that goes on between maker and material reminds you what a challenge and feat each piece can be.

Interestingly the lines on the large disk are drawn on very swiftly and with an assured hand. They they are beautiful in their own right, but prove to be markers for the next stage of carving.

We look forward to seeing the finished results this Autumn of this year.


DEFORMATION | TRANSFORMATION: Sean Henry, Laurence Edwards and Brian Taylor


3rd December – 5th February 2017

Messums Wiltshire is delighted to announce the second exhibition in their programme of three shows examining the Human Form, through the medium of dance, sculpture and sound. Commencing this series of exhibitions in November with the performance of Conceal | Reveal by Russell Maliphant’s internationally renowned contemporary dance group, the final exploration in this series will be Inside | Outside, the UK premier of the sound installation, Song of the Human, by the English composer Pete M Wyer, opening on 11 February, 2017.

The exhibition, Deformation | Transformation opened on the 3 December brings together 3 British sculptors who explore the human condition in our contemporary society.

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