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