EVENT: After Dark: Light Installations in the Landscape by Bruce Munro


Various dates throughout December, free event, more info

For December only, two nights a week, experience Bruce Munro’s light installations in the barn, the Field of Light and a field of moons as you have never seen them before. The Mess restaurant and bar will also be open to enjoy drinks or a ‘light’ supper (dinner bookings must be made in advance phone/ 01747 445042 or email/ themess@messumswiltshire.com). Please specify a 6pm or 8pm sitting when booking supper.

After dark is the perfect time to view Bruce Munro’s five light installations in the tithe barn and outside in the sculpture gardens. See the landscape around the galleries light up in a multiplicity of colours. The amphitheatre shaped lawn will be highlighted by a bumper crop of mini moons based on the ‘Harvest Moon’ designed for Waddesdon Manor. The courtyard gardens will host ‘Moon Blooms (Field of Light)’, two swathes of stemmed fibre-optic globes whose colours shift from one shade to another so slowly you barely notice, until suddenly the field of blue and green you have been looking at has morphed into pink and purple. An ethereal light-based, sculptural experience that calls attention to nature and based on Bruce’s famous Field of Light in Uluru, Australia and Field of Light in Sensorio, California.

Wiltshire based Bruce Munro is inspired by natural light and his curiosity for shared human experiences. With a background in fine arts and lighting design, large-scale light-based artworks have become his signature. He has created them for parks, galleries, museums, botanical gardens, estates and cathedrals all across the world.

Photo © Bruce Munro Studios
Photo credit: Serena Munro

EVENT: Raise the Roof – A Choral Celebration


Saturday 21 December, doors open 6pm, start 6.30-7.30pm, free event  RSVP

Join in and sing along with 200 other voices, including local choirs and musicians for an experience like no other this Christmas.

This is a free event open to everyone. Just bring your voice and best Christmas wishes and help us raise the roof of our venerable building.

The bar will be open for mulled wine, drinks and our homemade Christmas sausage rolls.

EVENT: Tim Harrisson Sculpture to Move to Nadder Centre

Tim Harrisson’s limestone sculpture ‘Silent Rhythm’ is moving from the Messums Wiltshire sculpture garden to it’s permanent new home outside the Nadder Centre, Tisbury.⁠

The work has been commissioned by Wiltshire Council, supported by C G Fry and Son Ltd and working with Messums Wiltshire to further highlight the development of the Nadder Centre for Tisbury and the collective endeavour in the surrounding area. ⁠

The unveiling is at the Nadder Centre on Saturday 28 September at 10am and a brief talk by the artist followed by refreshments.⁠

EVENT: Explore & Taste Australia’s Finest Wines with Matthew Jukes


Friday 13 December, 7:30pm  Bookings

A relaxed and informal tasting of Australia’s finest wines introduced by the Daily Mail’s wine critic and writer Matthew Jukes.

Messum Wiltshire and wine connoisseur Matthew Jukes open and share fifty of the finest 100 Best Wines alongside a light installation by artist Bruce Munro and a collection of Australian paintings. We hope that you will join us for a thoroughly unique evening of indulgence in the form of Australian wine and art. The wines are designed as a balanced, modern collection of all styles of wine, including sparklers, whites, reds, sweet and fortified wines. Everybody attending the wine tasting will receive a free copy of Matthew’s 100 Best Australian Wines 2019-20 booklet worth £25.

The Mess Restaurant will also be open for supper afterwards (book a table phone/ 01747 445042 or email/ themess@messumswiltshire.com). So come along to the barn and enjoy some drinks followed by a delicious feast.

Home to some of the oldest vines in the world, Australia is rapidly gaining ground in the trade and the public’s estimation as a fine-wine producing country of note. With its sheer size, Australia has a vast array of diverse climates and the wines produced reflect each of their region’s distinct and unique characteristics.

Matthew Jukes has worked in the UK wine business for over 30 years, he wrote ‘The Wine Book’ which was serialised by the Daily Mail and then went on to write the most widely read wine column in the UK in the Daily Mail’s Weekend Magazine. In January 2012, Matthew Jukes was awarded the Honorary Australian of the Year Award by the Australia Day Foundation. His book, Taste Food & Wine, co-written with Tyson Stelzer, won the Australian Food Media Award for Best Food and Writing in 2008. In 2002, Matthew won the prestigious International Wine and Spirit Competition’s Trophy for Wine Communicator of the Year.

DANCE PERFORMANCE: Creative Circle Preview

Friday 6 September 2019

Join us for the Creative Circle preview on Friday 6 September of two new contemporary dance performances choreographed by Sadler’s Wells Young Associates Ruby Portus and Anthony Matsena following their highly acclaimed London debut last week.

Enjoy a champagne reception followed by an exclusive preview of the two dances in the Barn, a unique and breathtaking environment to discover and enjoy art and performance. There is an option to join us afterwards for a very special three-course supper and wine with the dancers and choreographers.

Your support will secure future performances at the Barn, enabling us to bring established artists to Messums Wiltshire and help those at the beginning of their careers whilst also providing subsidised tickets to bring contemporary, world-class dance to a broader and younger audience.

In praise of past performances at Messums Wiltshire:

[Alexander] Whitley’s intelligent dance-making gets a fabulous showcase…
The Guardian, July 2018

‘Elegant and emotionally probing’
Alison Gunn for the Financial Times, July 2018

‘A particular hooray for Messums Wiltshire, a new space for dance both spectacular and exquisite…. Maliphant’s serene and inward creations lit with the chiaroscuro genius of Michael Hulls in the cathedral emptiness of [a 700 year old barn] make for a hallowed match of art and place.’  Ismene Brown for The Arts Desk, November 2018

TALK & FILM SCREENING: ‘Man of Stones’ by Laurence Edwards


Saturday 19 October 2019

Join us on Saturday 19 October on the penultimate day of Laurence Edwards’ magnificent solo show where he will give a talk about the making of his 8ft sculpture Man of Stones alongside Calvin Winner and introduce a documentary by Bill Jackson.

Bill Jackson has been photographing Laurence’s sculpture and documenting his studio and foundry for the last three years and has made a film looking back at a year of studio production centred on the making of Man Of Stones. The result is a stunning piece of visual poetry that explores the creation and development of the sculpture.

Filmed in black and white and on hand held cameras, Jackson captures the energy of Edwards at work, visually he almost becomes one of the sculptures he is making. Edwards taps in to our deep and ancient relationships with ourselves and the landscape, trapping it in his work for people to see and to remember.

Bill Jackson is an international award winning photographer and film maker having recently shown at the Venice Biennale and winning Gold and Silver at the Moscow and Tokyo International Foto Awards respectfully. He lives and works in Suffolk.

Calvin Winner is an author and Head of Collections at The Sainsbury Centre. His essay The Last Man is featured in Edwards’ exhibition catalogue.

WORKSHOP: Drawing with Clay

Saturday 19 October 2019

Bring clay to life and be part of an art installation in our 13th century tithe barn during the major solo show by leading observational sculptor Laurence Edwards. Come along and make your own mini Man of Stones in clay and join with others to create a unique piece of installation art before taking your creation home. We are delighted that sculptor Alasdair Rennie from Coade will lead the event and offer his expert tuition.

This event is part of the nationwide Big Draw, which this year takes ‘Drawn to Life’ as its theme.

Open to sculptors of all ages.

TALK: 2B or not 2B: Why Draw?

Saturday 12 October 2019
A panel discussion followed by supper

For the first time in its history, the Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize is coming to Salisbury, showcasing the best of contemporary drawing practice and the role and value of drawing in creative practice today. To mark the opening day of the exhibition at The Salisbury Museum, Messums Wiltshire is hosting a panel with a Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize selector, shortlisted artists and directors of the prize, to examine 
the relevance and importance of drawing and draftsmanship in 2019.

Our panel consists of the Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize and Drawing Projects UK Founder and Director Professor Anita Taylor, one of the Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize selectors, a shortlisted artist from this year’s prize and artist Charles Poulsen, whose three-dimensional drawings will be on display at Messums Wiltshire.

This event is part of the nationwide Big Draw Festival, which this year takes ‘Drawn to Life’ as its theme.

The Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize, formerly the Jerwood Drawing Prize, is the largest and longest-running annual open exhibition for drawing in the UK and has a reputation for its commitment to championing excellence and promoting, celebrating and challenging contemporary drawing practice.

Messums Wiltshireis a leading multi-purpose arts centre, which opened in autumn 2016 after a two-year restoration project. Its aim is to offer a unique environment to experience and engage with the arts across genre including performance, dance, design as well as sculpture, painting, photography and ceramics. Messums Wiltshire recognises the importance of the hand’s skill in art: especially pertinent to a future in which the digital is expected to dominate. Situated in an area renowned internationally for its ancient art-making, beginning millennia ago with Stonehenge, Salisbury Cathedral and Tisbury’s Jurassic fossil coral, which is found underneath the hills of the Fonthill estate – and argued by Dr K P Oakley to be evidence of the first signs of human aesthetic appreciation.

The Salisbury Museum has a programme of supporting events to run alongside the exhibition, including a talk by Professor Anita Taylor and artist-led experimental drawing workshops. Activities for October Half Term are a whole-hearted celebration of drawing, inspired by the Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing prize exhibition.

This is a ticketed event and will be followed by supper in our Mess Restaurant and a chance to continue the conversation.

FILM SCREENING: Yuli: The Carlos Acosta Story


Sunday 8 September 2019

Yuli: The Carlos Acosta Story, 2018
Duration: 1hr 55 mins
Rating: 15

Featuring breathtaking archival and new dance footage, Yuli chronicles the story of Cuban dancer Carlos Acosta based on his memoir No Way Home. Carlos is a legend in the dance world and the first black dancer to perform some of the most famous ballet roles but the film is about more than dance, it captures the pride, frustration and contradictions of living in Castro’s Cuba and the harrowing decisions to be made between freedom and family. Acosta stars not only as himself but as his own father.

Directed by Icíar Bollaín and written by Paul Laverty (I, Daniel Blake), the film won best screenplay at the San Sebastian International Film Festival and received five nominations for the Spanish ‘Goya’ awards including Best New Actor for Carlos Acosta, Best Cinematography and Best Adapted Screenplay.

‘Ballet and film complement each other perfectly in a biopic of the superstar dancer that captures life under Castro’s rule’. Lyndsey Winship, dance critic, The Guardian

‘Acosta’s archival performance footage is breathtaking’. Courtney Escoyne, Dance magazine

Yuli: The Carlos Acosta Story is being shown as part of our Movement weekend.

WORKSHOP: Egg Tempera Painting Course with James Lynch

Monday 30 September – Tuesday 1 October 2019

As part of our focus on tempera, and to coincide with The Big Draw, exhibiting artist and paraglider James Lynch will run a practical painting course in the galleries at Messums Wiltshire. It will involve cooking gesso, preparing a panel, making egg tempera paint and experimenting with this ancient medium.

James Lynch grew up in Wiltshire and lives in Somerset. Since his first sell-out exhibition in the West Country in the 1980s he has won awards, exhibited regularly in London and received many commissions from private clients and corporations. All his egg tempera paintings are made using pure ground pigments and egg yolks from his own hens. He makes the glue and gesso from the raw ingredients.

This one-day course includes all tuition, materials and lunch.

Spaces are limited to please book early to avoid disappointment.

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