EVENT: Poetry Takeaway


Saturday 6 July 2019

Back by popular demand The Poetry Takeaway will be providing improvised poetry for festival-goers throughout Saturday. Poetry Takeaway are a brilliant collective of ‘Poetry Chefs’ – working from a converted burger van they cook up poems inspired by talking to people who visit the van. Taking your ideas, stories, hopes, dreams and even nightmares as ingredients, they create a personalised poem especially for to take away.

Such an activity consolidates the importance of storytelling, retaining a flexible mind able to communicate with other human beings and the world around us.

WORKSHOP: Observational Drawing with Nesta Fitzgerald

Saturday 29 June 2019

“To draw what one sees without prejudice takes something very like courage.” Matisse 

On this observational drawing course run by Nesta Fitzgerald on Saturday 29 June students will explore Messums’ medieval barn and the surrounding countryside through the process of observational drawing. Using the barn as a focus students will take time to draw what they see and importantly develop ways of imparting what they find, considering the barn’s aesthetic, its function and why we are drawn to draw it. This one-day course will aim to develop confidence in drawing outside – enabling those to deal with and embrace the challenge of changing light and weather and the practical demands of working in a portable way.

Nesta FitzGerald received a Masters in Illustration from Kingston University and has been working as a commercial illustrator since 2009. She recently completed a one-year drawing programme at the Royal Drawing School to reengage with drawing by hand and in the landscape. She has created artwork for Chiswick house, Selfridge’s, Waddeston Manor as well as hotels and museums in the UK and Ireland. She has recently started making etchings of woodland animals in the UK.

Lunch included
All materials provided
No experience necessary

TALK: with Foster & Partners Senior Executive Gerard Evenden

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Wednesday 19 June 2019

Gerard Evenden BArch (Dist), RIBA is a Senior Executive Partner and Head of Studio at Foster + Partners. As Head of Studio 5 he has been responsible for a number of schemes in the United Arab Emirates including the World Trade Centre, Central Market, The Index, Sheikh Zayed National Museum and Masdar City. In response to the problems of mass housing his team has developed the design of modular housing for manufacture and distribution in large numbers, and realised a prototype in Abu Dhabi.

The theme of sustainability that runs through Gerard’s projects and is also demonstrated by two UAE Pavilion’s designed for the Shanghai and Milan World Expo’s, which were constructed in China and Milan respectively, and subsequently dismantled and relocated to a permanent home in Abu Dhabi.

As part of our In Focus Fortnight: Architecture join us to hear Gerard talk about his work for one of our ever-popular Wednesday night talk and supper club events.


Tuna Carpaccio

Chicken , chickpeas & chorizo casserole
Aubergine & chickpeas casserole (vegetarian option)
Wild rice
Green beans & grilled broccoli

Lemon tart & berry compote

TALK: Re-imagining and Restoration – The Creative Reuse of Old Buildings

Saturday 15 June, 3:30 – 5:00pm

As part of our In Focus Fortnight: Architecture series of exhibitions and events we are joined for a talk on a topic close to Messums Wiltshire’s heart (following the restoration of our listed tithe barn), Reimagining and Restoration – The Creative Reuse of Old Buildings by Julia Barnard, Mike Stiff, Jonathan Tuckey and Roger Zogolovitch.

Mike Stiff BA Hons, Dip Arch, ARB, RIBA, FRSA formed Stiff & Trevillion with Andy Trevillion in the early 1980’s. Over the years he has taught at Westminster, Brighton and Sheffield Universities. Today he works primarily on central London commercial projects although Stiff & Trevillion designed and built the Pod inside the Messums Wiltshire tithe barn.

Roger Zogolovitch is the founder and creative director of Solidspace. He is a qualified architect with 40 years experience of design and development. He is known in the industry as a progressive thinker – always striving to create projects that delight, engage and push the boundaries of how architecture can enhance our cities. Roger was the director of the Infrastructure and Development course at the London School of Economics, and lectures regularly on regeneration policy throughout the UK.

Jonathan Tuckey founded his multi-disciplinary design practice in 1999, which has developed an international reputation for specialising in the transformation and remodeling historic buildings. He originally studied anthropology and this has shaped his approach to the ways that spaces and places are used, exploring the layers of built heritage and the dialogue this creates between different eras. Jonathan has taught on this subject at Oxford Brookes University, London Metropolitan University and Kingston University, and has long been one of the leading advocates for adapting old buildings for modern uses.

Julia Barnard is an interior designer with a thorough knowledge of building technique and planning consent. She specialises in the renovation and decoration of listed buildings and gardens. Fundamental to her work is creating beautiful, functional spaces that relate to the landscape outside.


Image: The Greifensee Cultural Centre, Switzerland by Jonathan Tuckey

TALK: Building the Future – Environment & Landscape

Saturday 15 June, 1:30 – 3:00pm

As part of our In Focus Fortnight: Architecture we have invited leading architects to join us to discuss some of the most pertinent issues of the day in their fields of expertise.

Award-winning architect Philip Gumuchdjian (whose scale models will be on show in the tithe barn) discusses Building the Future – Environment & Landscape one of the most pressing issues currently facing architects and landscape designers. Joining Philip will be Dr Tarsha Finney from the RCA and fellow architect Peter Clegg.

Philip Gumuchdjian BA (Econ) MA (RCA)  RIBA  ARB  FRSA founded Gumuchdjian Architects (GA) after 18 years with the Richard Rogers Partnership. Since founding his practice in 1998 he has won multiple construction industry and RIBA Awards including two Stephen Lawrence Prize. He chaired the RIBA Awards Group from 2014-2016 and was a member of the RIBA Grand Jury for the first International prize for excellence.

Dr Tarsha Finney is an architectural urbanist, Senior Research Tutor and Programme Lead on the City Design MA, School of Architecture at the Royal College of Art. Her work is focused on housing, the city and urban change.

Peter Clegg MA(Cantab) MEnvD RIBA established the practice Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios with Richard Feilden in 1978. Regarded as a pioneer in environmental design, he has nearly 40 years’ experience in low energy architecture and is active in research, design and education. Peter has led projects at Yorkshire Sculpture Park, London’s Southbank Centre and Brighton Dome.


Image: Think Tank, Skibbereen Boathouse, Ireland by Philip Gumuchdjian

TALK & FILM SCREENING: with Artist & Filmmaker Daniel Agdag

Saturday 15 June, 11:30 – 12:30pm

Australian artist and filmmaker Daniel Agdag will join us for a talk and screening of his stop-motion animation Lost Property Office (9mins) as his new exhibition in the Long Gallery opens to the public.

Lost Property Office is a meticulously hand–crafted stop-motion animated short film made by Daniel and producer Liz Kearney. The art deco, post–industrial inspired world was realised by hand entirely of cardboard over a preproduction period of 18 months. The entire film was fashioned from over 2,500 sheets of recycled cardboard, patiently hand-cut using 1,287 scalpel blades to create 1258 elaborate set pieces and delicate individual props. The natural sepia tones of the cardboard were carefully lit and photographed 24 times for every second of the 13,680 final frames (9 minutes), giving the film a warm other-worldly glow and unique aesthetic.

The film was shortlisted for an Academy Award in 2018 and won Jury Prize for Best Animated Short at Newport Beach Film Fest in California in 2019.

Daniel’s intricate cardboard scale models have been described as architectectural in form, whimsical in nature and inconceivably detailed. To say he pushes the medium to its limits is an understatement. Daniel spends a great deal of time in the built environment but the building process itself is entirely intuitive, a process is very much akin to freehand drawing which Daniel describes as ‘sketching with cardboard’.

Born in Victoria in 1976, the son of Armenian immigrants, Agdag studied fine art before turning his hand to filmmaking and receiving his Masters in Film and Television at the Victorian College of the Arts in 2007.



TALK: ‘Sensing Place: What’s the Point of Architecture?’ with Philip Gumuchdjian

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Saturday 15 June, 10 – 11am

Internationally renowned architect Philip Gumuchdjian’s series of scale models are being exhibited in the tithe barn during the last fortnight in June and represent the starting point for Philip’s designs both realised and fantastical. On the opening morning of his exhibition, Philip will be joining us for a talk Sensing Place: What’s the Point of Architecture? ahead of his book of the same name launching in September.

Philip Gumuchdjian founded Gumuchdjian Architects (GA) after 18 years with the Richard Rogers Partnership. Since founding his practice in 1998 he has won multiple construction industry and RIBA Awards including two Stephen Lawrence Prize. He chaired the RIBA Awards Group from 2014-2016 and was a member of the RIBA Grand Jury for the first International prize for excellence.

Model Audition for ‘Textile in Motion’

Sunday 14 April, 10am – 4pm

The model casting call has now closed for our Fashion Show but we have scheduled an audition for any additional new faces on Sunday 14 April.

We are looking for boys and girls of all ages and ethnicities, to join us as runway models for our Textile in Motion: Fashion Catwalk Show on Friday 26 April, 7-9pm, walking for designers Sadie Williams, Joshua Millard and Henrik Vibskov.

If you are interested in being part of a unique event please come to the audition on Sunday 14 April 10am – 4pm at The Space, Caro, Grove Alley, Bruton, Somerset BA10 0ET.

You will need to be available on Thursday 25 April for fittings at Messums Wiltshire, Tisbury and Friday 26 April for rehearsals and the live shows.

Please email hannah.hooks@messumswiltshire to register your interest and confirm your place at the audition.

Please note:
Minimum height of 5’8 for girls and 5’10 for boys
Minimum age 16
If you are unable to attend but want to apply, please send full length images along with your measurements to hannah.hooks@messumswiltshire

TALK & SUPPER: with Painting Specialist & Art Historian Richard Ormond CBE


Friday 17 May 2019

On the eve of the Wylye Valley Art Trail opening, we are delighted to be joined by Richard Ormond CBE, who was the 19th century curator and latterly the deputy director of the National Portrait Gallery from 1975 until 1983, he is currently the Chairman of the Trustees of the Watts Gallery. Richard is also a Victorian painting specialist with a particular interest in John Singer Sargent and Lord Leighton.

Richard is the grandson of Violet Sargent Ormond, sister of John Singer Sargent and has written several books on him and other famous painters. His grandmother was the subject of many artworks by Sargent.

With 900 oil paintings, over 2000 watercolours and countless sketches, Richard began the unenviable task of cataloguing the collection of Sargent’s works. The project spanned thirty-six years and encompassed many adventures including trekking in the Rockies to find the exact place where Sargent painted, exploring Venetian canals and crossing the Palestine desert.

There is the opportunity to join Richard for supper afterwards in our Mess Restaurant.


Asparagus, pea & wild garlic pure, fried crispy egg

Roast chicken, field mushrooms & tarragon sauce
New potatoes & heritage carrots
Kale infused garlic oil

Rhubarb & strawberry pavlova

TALK & SUPPER: with Danish Artists Henrik Vibskov & Malene Hartmann Rasmussen

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Wednesday 24 April 2019

Denmark is at the cutting edge when it comes to design, innovation and creativity. On Wednesday 24 April we invite you to join us for a celebration of Danish art and culture in our ever-popular 3×15 talk format. Guests include fashion designer Henrik Vibskov as he prepares to headline our fashion show, also friend and ceramic artist Malene Hartmann Rasmussen.

There is the opportunity to join us for supper in our Mess Restaurant afterwards.


Beetroot Carpaccio, goat cheese & hazelnut
Roasted Wiltshire lamb, wild garlic & mint sauce
Buttered new potatoes
Grilled red peppers, shallots & caper salad
Red cabbage, courgettes & figs slaw
Chocolate & salted caramel tart, pistachio ice cream

In collaboration with the Danish Embassy in London.

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