TALK & SUPPER CLUB: with ceramicist Patricia Low


Friday 1 March 2019

Locally celebrated and internationally recognised, Patsy’s pots are something of an enigma. Hand built vessels and also painterly masterpieces it is not surprising therefore that they have found their way into collections of all hearth and hue. It has not been an easy journey from being fired as junior editor on a newspaper to firing her own works, Patricia’s story is as complicated and entertaining as the work itself. We are delighted that Patricia will be joining us here at the gallery for what promises to be a highly enjoyable and informative talk. Please book on to join us for an artists supper afterwards if you would like to.

Patricia trained as a painter at Swindon and Chelsea Art Schools and continued to paint until in 1986 she made her first clay coil pot. Hand building for her was an epiphany and gave her the scope to develop making and painting combined, bringing together an object and a narrative.

To achieve the intensity and luminosity of water colour in ceramic, Patricia uses raw oxides which have a painterly quality that she can layer and scumble. The image is in monochrome until glazed and fired. Her subject matter is inspired by her surroundings on the Hampshire/Dorset border.

“Collectors of her work have had to be patient. Unfashionably unhurried, she has made all her technical advances by painstaking experimentation to achieve in her work what David Inshaw has described as quiddity- its own essential nature.” Patrick Bourne      

Patricia will join us in the Mess Restaurant after her talk for our regular artist’s supper club.  Do come along and join us for an informal and fun evening with a menu devised by head chef Sunny Sin and The Mess Restaurant team. With the Chinese celebrating new year throughout February, Sunny has created a special oriental feast:

Dan dan noodles with ground beef in chilli and sesame sauce
Homemade vegetable spring rolls
Vegetable and shitake mushroom stir fry
Spring onion pancakes with black vinegar and soy dipping sauce

Price includes wine

Do book early as spaces are limited.

Part of our Material Earth: The Abstracted Vessel exhibition and events, Patricia’s work will be on show in the Long Gallery until Sunday 3 March.

TALK: ‘Sustainability in Textiles’ with Weaver Catarina Riccabona


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Saturday 27 April, 11am  Bookings

Join us on the Saturday morning of our Common Threads weekend, two days celebrating the work of textile designer makers and artists as part of our Material Textile exhibition.

Catarina Riccabona will be here to talk about her work as a loom weaver, working with natural materials such as linen, hemp and alpaca producing intricately woven throws, cushions and textile art. Since graduating from Central Saint Martins, where she studied Textiles, Catarina has gone on to develop her interest in sustainability, heavily influencing her creative approach. Drawing inspiration from tribal textiles, vintage grain bags and linen towels, each of Catarina’s pieces are one-off interior pieces hand woven on a traditional loom from her studio in South East London.

Catarina mostly uses unbleached and undyed linen for her warp. Her choice of weft yarns is limited to linen, hemp, wool, alpaca and second-hand or recycled yarns. For colour she uses plant-dyed wool or recycled linen. The final metre of warp on a loom cannot be woven and will usually be thrown away. Catarina collects these lengths of yarns from colleagues and knots them back together so that she can weave with them in the weft. During weaving the knots become visible randomly across the cloth and form a distinct design feature that is reminiscent of the hand-made look of tribal textiles.

Catrina’s work has featured in UK and international press, including The World of Interiors, Elle Decoration, Telegraph Magazine, Crafts Magazine, Hole & Corner, Selvedge, Architectural Digest (France), Vävmagasinet (Sweden), CREA Traveller (Japan).

WORKSHOP: Creative Mending with Celia Pym


Saturday 27 April, 2 – 5pm  Bookings

Creative Mending is a workshop that explores textile repair, how you do it and why you do it. It considers the tenderness and care of mending. You will learn and develop skills in woven and ‘knitted’ darning. There will also be an opportunity to work on repairing any garments that you own and that have holes. Please bring along any damaged items that you would like to discuss repair options for. Darning materials will be provided. However you are encouraged to bring yarns and wool that are already in your collection and if you already have them darning needles and sewing scissors.

No previous darning, knitting or needle based experience is necessary.

Celia Pym has been exploring mending since 2007. Her interests are around the evidence of damage – through repair you look closely at where garments and cloth have got worn down and thin. In clothing this wearing is often to do with use and how the body moves. Celia says “she likes that darning is often small acts of care and paying attention to where things fray and wear out.”

Celia Pym is an artist living and working in London most recently her work has been included in exhibitions Woman’s Hour Craft Prize, V&A Museum and touring and Between Things, The Minories, Colchester. A 3-year engagement with the Nouveau Musée National de Monaco’s costume collection culminated in a newly commissioned work: Flying Gold Cape, 2018. She mended and took on the road a gold cape from their archive, which 63 people wore and performed in. Celia is currently a visiting lecturer in textiles at the Royal College of Art.

TALK: ‘Weaving the Landscape’ with Zoe Ritchie


Saturday 27 April, 10am  Bookings

Every hank of wool is hand dyed using natural dye plants, every piece of fabric is woven by Zoe and each item she makes is a one-off.

When Zoe’s husband bought her a rickety old table loom she realised a dream and taught herself how to weave. And when she struggled to find the colour of wool she wanted Zoe decided to dye her own. For Zoe dyeing and weaving go hand in hand.

Based in Argyll, Zoe creates her own range of woven textiles from scratch inspired by the changing seasons of the local Scottish landscape. Join her on Saturday 27 April to hear more about her fascinating journey. It starts by hunting and gathering which Zoe does for most of the year, collecting the indigenous plants to extract their natural colours and essence.

 

TALK: with Wiltshire Creative’s Resident Artist & Tutor Mirka Golden Hann


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Friday 22 February 2019

On the eve of our Clay Festival 2019 we are delighted to welcome Wiltshire Creative’s ceramic artist and artist in residence Mirka Golden Hann. Mirka will introduce us to her work and practice ahead of her pottery wheel workshops on the following day. Colour and colour theory are of particular interest to Mirka. Recent pieces have explored the personal meaning that colour has for us all and  its role in determining emotional responses. Mirka’s latest work ‘Earth Series’ exhibited exclusively at Messums is driven by her new fascination with the landscape combined with her knowledge of ceramic and glaze technology acquired over two decades. This work is the result of Mirka’s curiosity about how certain activities impact on the physical landscape.

Mirka Golden-Hann was born in the former Czechoslovakia and came to live in England in Summer 1993. In July 1999 she graduated from the University of Westminster’s renowned Harrow ceramics course with BA (Hons). In August 1999 she received the ‘Best Student’ Craftsman Magazine award at Hatfield House International Festival – Art in Clay. In summer 2000 she finished setting up her workshop and built her first outdoor salt-glaze kiln. Since then Mirka has exhibited her work in various galleries in the UK and participated in prestigious ceramics fairs and shows across the UK and Europe. Funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, she completed with distinctions her MA Design Ceramics degree at the Bath Spa University in 2009. Mirka is a published maker and an experienced teacher. Currently she is the resident artist at Salisbury Arts Centre.

Following the talk there will be a clay artists supper club in the Mess Restaurant (book separately).

EVENT: Fashion Catwalk Show & Party


Friday 26 April, from 7pm,  Bookings

FASHION is the accepted endpoint of Textile – often its intended destination – and the culmination of our exhibition Material: Textile will be Textile in Motion, a catwalk fashion show down the full length of our thirteenth century barn, a celebration of fashion as art.

Collections by British womenswear designer Joshua Millard, Danish mens and womenswear designer Henrik Vibskov and Bright Young Thing Sadie Williams.

A VIP ticket to the catwalk show includes complimentary drinks and food before and after the show until 10pm also exclusive access to the green room. VIP guests are guaranteed reserved front row seats. Alternatively a general admission ticket includes a reserved seat at the fashion show no more than two rows back from the action.

Join us from 7pm for an asado, a traditional South American live fire barbeque in the sculpture gardens. There will be a drinks bar open and a wet weather alternative if needed! We are delighted to invite everybody to come along to our afterparty from 9pm, a chance to mingle with the designers and cast of the show, featuring tunes supplied by DJ’s Aksel Schaufler (AKA Superpitcher) and Nick AC (Shaftesbury).

Henrik Vibskov
Headlining the show will be the AW19 collection of mens and womenswear by Danish fashion designer Henrik Vibskov. A graduate of Central St Martins back in 2001, Henrik returned to Denmark where he opened a fashion label under his own name. His work has been shown in publications such as The Face, Brutus, Dazed & Confused, i-D and Wallpaper and he regularly shows at Paris Fashion Week. Henrik’s AW19 collection reflects both the romantic idea of nature and how we interact with it, the clash between wanting to maintain nature pure as it is and the need to interfere with it. Voluminous silhouettes with details of binding layers together and prints and embroidery which remind of flowers, fruit, vegetables and endless fields.

Joshua Millard
Also on view will be the AW19 collection of designer Joshua Millard. Joshua established his London-based womenswear brand in 2016. After graduating from London College of Fashion in Bespoke Tailoring, he gained experience at Jonathan Saunders and on Savile Row. He designs a transitional wardrobe of longevity, born from his clients desire to seek tailoring and outerwear that suggest something new, lasting beyond fast trends. The relaxed aesthetic balances elegant cuts with playful accents of texture and layering. “Conscious in all that we do, we work with independent makers and mills who share the same regard for ethical production and traceability”. The brand places great emphasis on the quality of fabric, the majority of the collection consist of natural fibres which respect the environment and animal welfare.

Sadie Williams
Our third designer is London born Sadie Williams who creates innovative, textile driven fashion. Juxtaposing modernity with applied craftsmanship. Since earning a Distinction from her Masters degree on the Central Saint Martins Fashion Course, she has become recognised for her distinctive style and aesthetic, capitalising on her strengths in print & textile design. Showing bi-annually on the London Fashion Week schedule, her collections have been highlights as part of Selfridges ‘Bright Young Things’ included in Vogue Festival 2016 and ‘Designs of the Year 2014’ exhibition at The Design Museum.

The show forms part of the Material: Textile exhibition and will kick-off our Common Threads weekend devoted to future fabrics and sustainability as well as the ancient techniques of weaving, craft, knitting and embroidery and how contemporary artists continue to use them.

WORKSHOPS: with Wiltshire Creative’s Mirka Golden-Hann


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Saturday 23 & Sunday 24 February 2019

With five wheels a turning, it is Pottery Boot Camp in the Long Gallery!

Sign up for one hour or two hour pottery wheel tutored sessions to learn the basics, refine your skills or learn new ones. Whatever your preference and ability, Mirka will brilliantly help you to get the most out of working in clay and the pleasures of the wheel.

Please note Children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult. The potters wheel is a machine with moving parts involving the use of water and clay please dress appropriately, if you are unsure, please contact the gallery.

About Mirka:

Mirka Golden-Hann was born in the former Czechoslovakia and came to live in England in Summer 1993. In July 1999 she graduated from the University of Westminster’s renowned Harrow ceramics course with BA (Hons). In August 1999 she received the ‘Best Student’ Craftsman Magazine award at Hatfield House International Festival – Art in Clay. In summer 2000 she finished setting up her workshop and built her first outdoor salt-glaze kiln. Since then Mirka has exhibited her work in various galleries in the UK and participated in prestigious ceramics fairs and shows across the UK and Europe. Funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, she completed with distinctions her MA Design Ceramics degree at the Bath Spa University in 2009. Mirka is a published maker and an experienced teacher. Currently she is the resident artist at Salisbury Arts Centre.

TALK: Meaning, Metaphor and Material – Understanding Clay


Saturday 2 February 2019

As our third Material Earth exhibition opens to the public, join ceramic artists from the show Thiébaut Chague, Stuart Allen and Amber Zuber for a panel discussion.

Thiébaut Chague began his career in 1976, training in France, Belgium and in England under Michael Cardew and Richard Batterham. His style is unusual in that every piece is unique. He works in stoneware with applied coloured slips and wood fires. Examples of his work can be found in many public collections across Europe in Belgium, France and Germany. He is represented in the V&A museum and has recently been exhibited in the Louvre.

Amber Zuber is an artist from Toronto, Canada. She recently earned her MA at the Royal College of Art in London, UK. In 2017 she was shortlisted for the Maylis Grand Ceramic Prize, and was previously a full-time Artist-in-Residence at Harbourfront Centre.

Stuart Allen studied at Bath College of Higher Education, graduating in 1989 and has recently completed an MA Ceramics and Glass at The Royal College of Art in London.

TALK & SUPPER: Henry Lamb – Painter and Polymath by Primrose Campbell


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Friday 22 March 2019

Primrose Campbell outlines the turbulent life of her grandfather, the artist HenryLamb.  It stretched from Queen Victoria to Queen Elizabeth, violently broken by two world wars. He rebelled from the world of his youth among Manchester dons, moved through bohemian pre-1914 Chelsea, Paris and the wilds of western Ireland, to settled family life in Coombe Bisset, where he lived and painted for over 30 years.
Lamb was an intimate of Lytton Strachey, of Augustus John and Stanley Spencer, and ofthe grand eccentric hostess and patroness Ottoline Morrell. As a doctor-soldier he won an MC in Macedonia and at the end of his career he was a Royal Academician.

All proceeds in aid of 

Tickets available at £10 and £15 to include entry into raffle to become the owner of a Henry Lamb drawing selected from the Artist’s Estate, a framed and mounted study of Valentine (the artist’s son) sleeping.

Join us for our popular Supper Club in the Mess Restaurant after Primrose’s talk. There will be a set menu devised by our events chef Ana Ortíz inspired by Middle East flavours.

Menu:

Roasted beetroot, walnut dip, feta cheese & flatbread
Slow roast shoulder of lamb with rosemary and preserved lemons
Couscous, grilled aubergine, peppers, onions salad
Roasted broccoli, garlic & chilli infused oil
Harissa roasted carrots
Meringue, rhubarb & pistachio mess

 

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SUPPER CLUB: with the Artists


Friday 22 February 2019

Meet and dine with the artists on the eve of our Clay Festival 2019. Mirka Golden Hann will join us following her talk and we are delighted to announce that Christopher Kurtz, who you may remember from the Material Wood exhibition, will also be dining with us ahead of his solo show this summer in the Barn Gallery.

This informal event will be a buffet style selection of dishes devised by head chef Sunny Sin and the Mess Restaurant team. Come along for a chance to mingle with the makers and other likeminded patrons of the arts.

There are only 15 places available, so please do book early to avoid disappointment.

Menu:
Clay pot roast chicken with preserved lemons
Quinoa salad
Vegetables
Crème brûlée cheesecake

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