Wednesday 5 April, 6pm
£10 in advance, £15 on the door Advance Booking
We are delighted to welcome Paul Atterbury and also Marijke Varrell-Jones to Messums Wiltshire and an exceptional talk about Collecting Ceramics hosted by Catherine Milner.
Paul was formerly a historical adviser to Royal Doulton and editor of The Connoisseur. His books include Moorcroft Pottery, Dictionary of Minton, Poole Pottery, Cornish Ware, The North of France, The Thames, Country Railways, Branch Line Britain, and Exploring Britain’s Canals. He was the Curator of the Pugin Exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, in 1994 and the same Museum’s Victorian Vision Exhibition in 2001.
Despite never having an ambition to appear on television, Paul has been working with the ‘Miscellaneous’ team on the Antiques Roadshow for over 20 years. With a huge variety of interests and expertise including railway history, World War I, sculpture and 1920-30s jazz, it is no surprise that Paul has recorded a whole range of objects in his time on the Roadshow. One of his favourite items turned up in Belfast when Paul was presented with an old camera, which turned out to have been used in the Cottingley Fairy saga. “This was really a case of touching history, and it started me on a quest to find out more about the whole Cottingley story”, he explains.
Marijke Varrell- Jones
Marijke established Maak Contemporary Ceramics in 2009, which has quickly become an internationally respected and market leading art consultancy and auction house focused on handling the very best in contemporary ceramic art. The success of Maak is a result of combining an in depth specialist knowledge of contemporary ceramic art, with unique experience of the associated auction market and a dedication to providing excellence in client experience. It is the only auction house in the UK holding regular exclusive auctions of contemporary ceramics.
Catherine Milner has worked in the international art world for more than twenty years. Formerly Arts Correspondent of the Sunday Telegraph newspaper, she now regularly contributes articles about art to a number of publications including the Financial Times, the Economist and Apollo Magazine. Catherine was one of the first to write about the Young British Artist group in the 1990’s. She is now a Curator.
Saturday 25 March, 11am
£10 in advance, £15 on the door Booking
A structured discussion with three artists from the show each giving a 15 minute introduction to their work, followed by a panel series of questions chaired by Catherine Milner.
The Talks will be followed by an informal tour of the gallery with each of the three artists.
Run time approx 1hr 15mins.
Malene Hartmann Rasmussen
Alexander Macdonald Buchanan
Malene Hartmann Rasmussen photograph courtesy Sylvian Deleu
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 8th – 10th February
Due to the installation of our new exhibition, there will be limited access to the gallery space on Wednesday 8th – Friday 10th February. The café and shop will be open as usual during this time.
The gallery will re-open on Friday 10th 6-8pm for the opening night of Inward | Outward – Song of the Human and be open as usual from Saturday 11th February.
Geoffrey Mann ‘Cross-fire’, Courtesy of Joanna Bird Gallery
Warning: Video contains explicit language
Felicity Aylieff, Sam Bakewell, Gordon Baldwin, Alison Britton, Christie Brown, Sandy Brown, Adam Buick, Stephanie Buttle, Hans Coper, Michael Eden, Philip Eglin, Elizabeth Fritsch, Malene Hartmann Rasmussen, Ewen Henderson, Gillian Lowndes, Geoffrey Mann, Alexander MacDonald- Buchanan, Grayson Perry, Richard Slee, Julian Stair, Kaori Tatebayashi, Annie Turner, Bouke de Vries, Edmund de Waal…read more
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