Sunday 27 January 2019
A rare, educational & fun opportunity to experience the alchemy of glass-blowing first hand. Join a group session of 4 people for an introduction to the process by your tutor KT Yun. Then take turns to choose a colour, and under expert guidance and safe instruction create your own unique glass piece to take home.
KT will provide gloves, glasses and sleeves but participants need to wear covered, sensible shoes and trousers. There is no lower age limit but children under 14 should be accompanied by an adult.
Due to the cooling down processes involved with all glassmaking it is not possible for students to take work home on the day it is made. The bauble will be ready to collect the following day.
Tutor KT Yun has travelled and worked in many glass factories and studios throughout Europe. She was an original founder of the Liquid Glass Centre, is a co-director of Minimelt Glass and The Glass Hub.
Saturday 26 January 2019
Messums Wiltshire is delighted to welcome back pioneering glass artist Dante Marioni, who last year contributed to our first Material: Light show and participated in our inaugural Glass Festival at the end of January 2018. He joins us once again to demonstrate his skill and deserved reputation as one of the foremost glassblowers of his generation.
Marioni burst onto the international glass scene aged nineteen, becoming famous for his sophisticated glass objects, which evoke the rich tradition of classical Mediterranean pottery and bronzes. Marioni has training in Venetian glassblowing techniques with some of the greatest masters in contemporary glass. The son of American studio glass pioneer Paul Marioni, Dante was raised in a family of artists, one that included two well-known uncles: painter Joseph Marioni and conceptual artist Tom Marioni.
For Marioni, making objects is about the art of glass blowing rather than the creation of glass art: the process rather than the result. Marioni’s elegant works are the brilliant record of his on-going relationship with and exploration of his material. This experimental, almost mindful method of working with glass is key to success: taking immense skill in order to work with molten liquid in the literal ‘heat of the moment’.
Marioni has exhibited in major galleries and museums such as the Bellevue Art Museum, Washington and the American Craft Museum, New York. In 1995, he was invited to the Clinton White House as part of an exhibition. His works are in major collections and museums throughout the world including, the New Zealand National Museum of Art (Wellington); the Smithsonian Institution (Washington, DC); and the Yokohama Museum of Art (Japan).
Saturday 26 January 2019
Join us to see English avant-garde glass artist Elliot Walker and one of our Material Light artists, demonstrate his glassmaking skills using the glass furnace set up in the Barn gallery. One of a handful of glass-blowers in the world who focus solely on figurative sculpture, Elliot sculpts in molten glass using the Messello technique. Working this way requires extreme dexterity, speed and precise temperature control. Elliot chooses to sculpt in glass mainly for the material’s immediacy and transparency and for the intensity of the sculpting experience.
“The process itself is very physically and mentally challenging. Once you begin a piece you have to see it through to the end in one session. You are exposed to temperatures of over 1000 degrees and the process of coaxing a complex form out of the liquid glass is unlike working with any other material. The pieces are not cast, carved or ground into shape, but modelled from a cooling liquid so that until the very last second the sculpture is a moving living entity, frozen in time as the glass sets.”
He has been awarded the Frederic Stuart memorial fund by the Worshipful Company of Glass Sellers and his work is represented in the Broadfield House Museum collection.
He has exhibited widely throughout the UK and is also a member of a glassblowing demonstration/performance team, called The Bandits of Glass.
His work is being exhibited in his inaugural solo show at Messums Wiltshire.
Saturday 26 January 2019
As part of our Glass Festival weekend, we welcome back glass artist Katherine Huskie who will be demonstrating the skills and techniques of hot bit work, creating a vase from scratch with decorative applied glass pieces attached as part of the making process. This is a highly skilled and technically difficult procedure that requires years of experience to perfect and will make for a fascinating hour of viewing.
Katherine Huskie, a specialist in blown glass, has worked from numerous different makers around the country. Katherine also spent a year working in Australia, where she travelled between glass-blowing studios working for a range of makers. As well as a brilliant maker, she also talks very knowedgeably.
Saturday 26 January 2019
We welcome back David Barry, a glasswork specialist in sculptures, ranging from dolphins, fish, elephants or swords as well as classical objects. This weekend David will be demonstrating the making of a traditional Venetian goblet using the furnace set up here in the Barn gallery.
David has been the Hot Floor Manager at Bristol Blue Glass for 8 years starting at the age of 19. Bristol Blue Glass was founded back in 1988 by James Adlington, with the help of glass maker Peter St Clair. The aim was to re-establish a tradition that had been lost for over 60 years, the art of glass-making. Now fully fledged in his own right he carries the respect of his peers as well as the public for his craftsmanship and skill.
Monday 4 March, 6pm, £15 or £75 Bookings
Since 2007, the Monteverdi Apprentices Programme has placed young musicians alongside experienced professionals, offering them the opportunity to perform at the highest level as both ensemble members and soloists. Recruiting the most promising young performers – those on the verge of entering the profession – and introducing them to the musical traditions of the Monteverdi Choir & Orchestras and the working practices of artistic director and conductor Sir John Eliot Gardiner.
In March 2019, following a four-day residency at Springhead in Dorset, the Apprentices will present a showcase of what they have assimilated over the period in the stunning surroundings of our thirteenth-century tithe barn. A unique opportunity to see the future stars of the choral world performing alongside singers from the internationally renowned Monteverdi Choir.
The evening will be introduced by Sir John Eliot Gardiner speaking about the creative process, the work of the Apprentices and the music of the choir. Following the choral performance, there is the opportunity to sit down for a three course supper and wine with John Eliot and the musicians.
John Eliot Gardiner stands as an international leader in today’s musical life, respected as one of the world’s most innovative and dynamic musicians, constantly at the forefront of enlightened interpretation. His work as founder and artistic director of the Monteverdi Choir, English Baroque Soloists and Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique, has marked him out as a key figure both in the early music revival and as a pioneer of historically informed performances.
The performance is 1 hour long, no interval.
Join us for supper after the performance. The menu for the evening will be:
A selection of canapés
Herb crust roast lamb with lentil, asparagus and mint salad, roasted baby potatoes, red cabbage slaw with hazelnut and lemon.
Vegetarian & gluten free option: Aubergine moussaka with lentil, asparagus and mint salad, roasted baby potatoes, red cabbage slaw with hazelnut and lemon.
Strawberry mascapone sponge
Gluten free option: Eton Mess
Friday 16 – Sunday 18 November 2018
As part of our ‘New Perspectives’ exhibition we present our inaugural Drawing Weekend from 16-18 November: a weekend of artists explaining, exploring and engaging an audience of all ages in the arts of drawing and mark-making.
Friday 16 November 2018
Join us at the start of Drawing Weekend for our ever-popular 3 x 15 talk with three of the artists from our ‘New Perspectives’ painting exhibition, chaired by Professor Anita Taylor. Each artist has fifteen minutes to discuss their work before the floor is opened up for an audience Q&A…read more
Saturday 17 November 2018
On Saturday 17 November we are delighted to welcome the award-winning art critic, historian, broadcaster and exhibition curator Richard Cork to the barn to discuss the life and influence of eminent sculptor Brian Taylor. Joining him will be Taylor’s son and five generations of former pupils, including sculptors Lawrence Edwards and Ellen Christansen…read more
Saturday 17 November 2018
“The only way is to sweat it out at life class, like I did.” David Hockney
As part of our ‘New Perspectives’ exhibition we are celebrating the art of observation with a Drawing Weekend which includes talks and workshops for those of all ages and experience and tutored by professional artists…read more
Saturday 17 November 2018
To celebrate the art of observation we invite famous artists, celebrities and members of the public to complete their own pencil drawing and return it to us by 10 November.
The drawings will be included in our exhibition and judged by art critic and historian Richard Cork and Professor Anita Taylor, the executive dean of Bath School of Art and Design at the gala evening and preview on Saturday 17 November…read more
Sunday 18 November
Artists of all ages and experience are invited to join us for an hours still life drawing tuition with artist and tutor Caroline Bays. Learn how to observe the objects around us in a new way, with a perceptive awareness of their outline, shape, proportions, tone, texture, form and composition. A still life will be set up in the Long Gallery to benefit from the space’s natural north-facing light…read more
Friday 7 December 2018
Michael Hulls | Dante Marioni | Elliot Walker
From December 2018 Messums Wiltshire hosts its second annual Material: Light exhibition across two gallery spaces. Come along to our opening night to preview Light artist and designer Michael Hulls’ Tungsten Requiem, a light installation extending through the full length of the barn gallery. With Tungsten Requiem Hulls joins an elite group of artists including Judy Pfaff and David Spriggs who have been invited to make a solo response to the unique setting of Messums Wiltshire’s thirteenth-century tithe barn.
At 6pm we will be hosting our new Collector’s Tour, a walking preview guided by gallery owner Johnny Messum, join us for a complementary glass of wine and the inside take on the show. The preview opens to all from 6:30pm, resident DJ Atsushi Hasegawa will be playing in the Mess Restaurant and bar from 8pm.
We are delighted to welcome the return of pioneering glass artist Dante Marioni, who last year contributed to our first Material: Light show and participated in our inaugural Glass Festival at the end of January 2018. This year he presents his first solo exhibition with the gallery and his first exhibition in the UK since 2015. Marioni burst onto the international glass scene aged nineteen, becoming famous for his sophisticated glass objects, which evoke the rich tradition of classical Mediterranean pottery and bronzes. Marioni has training in Venetian glassblowing techniques with some of the greatest masters in contemporary glass.
Also exhibiting as part of the glass element of Material Light will be British avant-garde glass artist Elliot Walker who is one of a handful of glassblowers in the world whose focus is solely on figurative sculpture. His work develops the relatively young history of studio glass in this country and steps boldly into forms of great originality and thought. Sculpting in molten glass is known as the Massello technique and working in this way requires extreme dexterity, speed and precise temperature control. Walker will be exhibiting a specially made glass feast, laid out under the crossing of the barn, comprised of pieces from his repertoire, along with those innovatively developed for the show.
Image courtesy of Sadler’s Wells
Saturday 22 December 2018
Join 200 voices, including local choirs for an experience like no other this Christmas.
ONE VOICE 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.
Donations in Aid of St John’s Church East Window Appeal and other local charities.
The bar will be open for mulled wine, drinks and our homemade Christmas sausage rolls.
Saturday 8 December 2018
To celebrate the opening of his new installation Tungsten Requiem at Messums Wiltshire, acclaimed ‘choreographer of light’ Michael Hulls will talk about his career, his new work and his love of tungsten light sources and what makes them so unique.
Once the staple of the dance hall, these simple warm bulbs are being gradually erased from commercial activity. For Hulls, tungsten has particular qualities which make it special and he believes that we all stand to lose something as it becomes extinct. According to Hulls our eyes and homes are becoming impoverished with its demise, which proves sufficient inspiration to create Tungsten Requiem, an eight piece installation that will be installed at Messums Wiltshire throughout the winter, created using some of the last Tungsten lamps available.
Tungsten Requiem is a reflection on the light’s fragile beauty and the mesmerising qualities of the the delicate glowing of the tungsten filament in much the same way as staring into the glowing embers of an open fire. The connection to his career as a lighting choreographer can be clearly sensed as these individual lights pulse and dance in concert or in solo through each of the 8 constellations of lights suspended in the space. The work includes a soundtrack by composers Andy Cowton and Mukul.
Hulls’ unique works are in some ways in the paeons of all great art, a soliloquy on the act or process of dying. The words of Dylan Thomas seem to glow within his works, ‘Rage, rage against the dying of the light’. With Tungsten Requiem Hulls joins an elite group of artists including Judy Pfaff and David Spriggs who have been invited to make a solo response to the unique setting of Messums Wiltshire’s thirteenth-century tithe barn.
Michael Hulls trained in dance and theatre at Dartington College and in 1992 was awarded a bursary by the Arts Council to attend dance lighting workshops with Jennifer Tipton in New York.
Hull’s collaborations with Russell Maliphant have won international critical acclaim and many awards: Sheer won a Time Out Award for Outstanding Collaboration, Choice won a South Bank Show Dance Award, PUSH, with Sylvie Guillem, won four major awards including the Olivier for Best New Dance Production and AfterLight won two Critics Circle awards. Hulls and Maliphant also collaborated on Broken Fall, commissioned by BalletBoyz, which also featured Sylvie Guillem and won the 2004 Olivier Award for Best New Dance Production. Fallen, their most recent work for BalletBoyz, won the 2014 Critics Circle Award for Best Modern Choreography. In 2007, Michael and Russell’s work was the subject of BalletBoyz’s Channel 4 documentary Light and Dance and The Daily Telegraph hailed their collaboration as “possibly the most important creative partnership in modern British dance”.
In 2009 Hulls became an Associate Artist of Sadler’s Wells and in 2010 his contribution to dance was recognised with his entry into the Oxford Dictionary of Dance. In 2014 Hulls received the Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in Dance. In 2016 he created LightSpace an installation at Sadler’s Wells and the first ever presentation on the main stage there without any dancers or performers. He was also awarded a second Knight of Illumination Award for Dance for Conceal/Reveal, his and Maliphant’s 20th anniversary collaboration.