Exhibitions & Events

PERFORMANCE: Festival of Dance

15 – 24 July

Join us this summer for our inaugural Festival of Dance featuring ten days of exceptional performances, workshops, suppers, talks and events at Messums Wiltshire.

COLLECTING: Work in Process

In creating Messums Wiltshire, the interest from the start was to take a different approach to the presentation of art. To share in what art did as much as what it was. These thoughts coincided with wider shifts in the cultural sector to enquire into the relationship between process, experience, viewer and object.

Messums Photography

Our photography programme features international, renowned and emerging artists and photographers working in various parts of the world encourages dialogue between contemporary imagery and archives, reflecting on the evolution of photography as a storytelling genre.

EXHIBITION: David Roberts ‘Naked Raku’

2 June – 4 July

In conjunction with our half-term week dedicated to experiencing and learning about the fascinating RAKU firing process, we are celebrating the work of renowned ceramicist David Roberts with a new display showcasing a group of his vessels. Roberts will be joining Messums Wiltshire as part of the RAKU Retreat weekend (30 May – 5 June) and will deliver a talk about his practice of the ‘Naked Raku’ on Thursday 2 June.

EXHIBITION: Robert Capa: Close Enough

11 June – 10 July

The exhibition ‘Documenting Conflict’ casts light on two distinct approaches and narratives surrounding the photographic documentation of conflicts in the 1930-50s and in 2000-2010s, as seen through the lens and eye of Robert Capa and Laura El-Tantawy.

PERFORMANCE: Contemporary Dance 2.0 by Hofesh Shechter

Friday 15 – Saturday 16 July

A rhythmic, fiercely energetic and exhilarating performance from celebrated choreographer Hofesh Shechter and his award winning company Shechter II.

EXHIBITION: Masterpiece Highlights

16 – 31 July

In creating Messums Wiltshire, the intention was to take a different approach to the presentation of art – to share in what art does as much as what it is. These thoughts coincided with wider shifts in the cultural sector enquiring into the relationship between process, experience, viewer and object.

EXHIBITION: Dod Miller ‘Birdmen’

16 – 31 July

The Birdman competition is the quintessence of British humour and eccentricity. Held each summer along the south coast of England in West Sussex, people dressed in different garb attempt to fly off piers – the further the possible for prize money before splash landing in the water.

PERFORMANCE: 4 by 20 – Emerging Choreographers

Tuesday 19 July, 7pm

The performances by our 4 by 20 winners is a fantastic opportunity to see work by up-and-coming choreographers at the start of their careers in the intimate setting of the tithe barn. There will be a short interval between the four performances and a post-show Q&A with the artists.

PERFORMANCE: Anti-Body by Alexander Whitley Dance Company

Friday 22 – Saturday 23 July

Set to an electrifying and soul-stirring score by Mercury Prize nominated composer Hannah Peel and music producer Kincaid, Anti-Body explores our drive to transcend the material constraints of the human body and the promise of freedom this dream is built upon.

EVENT: Messums Summer Party

Saturday 23 July, from 9pm

One to not be missed – the finale of the Festival of Dance 2022 with drinks and great dance music. Join the cast and crew of the show in our post-production afterparty.

EXHIBITION: Laurence Edwards

6 August – 16 October

Based in Suffolk, Laurence Edwards trained at Canterbury College of Art and then at the Royal College of Art, where he studied bronze casting and sculpture with Sir Antony Caro.

EVENT: Festival of Architecture

3 September – 16 October

This September architecture will, once again, take centre stage at Messums Wiltshire with a festival celebrating evolution and innovation in construction and design. There will be a series of talks and presentations by leading architects, designers and experts in the field with a focus on modernism in design, sustainability and the environment, creative and imaginative spaces, new materials and technologies and the important issues in architecture today.

EXHIBITION: Polly Penrose ‘Chased by Swans’

22 October – 20 November

On the occasion of the inaugural Art Print and Book Festival at Messums Wiltshire, we are delighted to present a selection of photographs by Polly Penrose that reflect her artistic practise over the last two decades.