To maintain social distancing we are limiting numbers inside the gallery spaces, please book a time slot for your visit. Entrance is by Membership only.

The restaurant will reopen on Saturday 22 May.

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Exhibitions & Events

ONLINE EVENTS: Active Environmentalism

January – May 2021

Active Environmentalism is our take on how to better understand the right thing to do. We can’t value what we don’t know and by becoming better informed we can more readily make the right decisions individually.
Join us for a programme of connected discussions where we learn about the environment to help shape the way we chose to live our lives.

EXHIBITIONS & EVENTS: Messums Photography

from 12 May 2021

Messums is pleased to announce the creation of its new Photographic Department, officially launching in May 2021.

WORKSHOPS: Messums Creative

July – August

Messums is establishing a new set of studios initially for making in clay, in which artists of all ages and all walks of life will be welcome to practice, learn, develop ideas and thrive.

EXHIBITIONS: John Beard ‘After the Raft of the Medusa’

15 May – 11 July

In a miasma of delicately tessellated marks, After the Raft of the Medusa by painter John Beard is painted in black and white oils and wax and is accompanied by a mirrored image etched onto a vast black aluminium sheet suggesting the dark and inky depths of the sea.

EXHIBITION: John Beard ‘Hill’

15 May – 11 July 

Over the last year John Beard has painted the Fovant Hills in Wiltshire for a new body of work to be shown in the Long Gallery at Messums Wiltshire. Four large scale paintings and a selection of smaller-scale oils and watercolours form a remarkable exploration light, colour, and the experience of southern Wiltshire landscapes.

EXHIBITION: John Walker ‘Seal Point, 2002’

16 June – 9 July

From as early as the 1970’s Walker was one of the most influential and imitated painters working in the UK; he exhibited alongside Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein, represented his country at the 1972 Venice Biennale, had extensive survey shows at both the Tate and Hayward galleries and was nominated for the Turner Prize in 1985.


18 June – 11 July

Jack McGarrity trained at the Glasgow School of Art, close to where he grew up in the West of Scotland, before moving to London to start at the Royal Drawing School. His works on paper are a hybrid of painting, drawing and collage of small everyday moments mixed with the high drama of cinema and the ambiguity of memory.

EXHIBITION: Malene Hartmann Rasmussen

25 June – 7 August

Danish artist Malene Hartmann Rasmussen works with figurative narrative sculpture and installation, creating work from individual hand-modelled ceramics and found objects. She is part of a vanguard of artists who choose not to define themselves by discipline or craft but instead blur the boundaries between Applied Art, Design and Fine Art, with exceptional hand-craftsmanship at its core.

ONLINE TALK: Korean Ceramics with Paul Greenhalgh & HyunJoo Kim

Wednesday 30 June, 6:30pm

During the Korean ceramics exhibition in Messums Yorkshire, ceramics director and curator Paul Greenhalgh and designer HyunJoo Kim discuss the work of Ree Soo-Jong. HyunJoo Kim works with Ree Soo-Jong and introduced us to his work.

MESStival: The Messums Wiltshire Summer Party

Saturday 9 July, from 7pm

Join a summer celebration like no other at Messums Wiltshire featuring some of the countries best musicians.
The party will feature incredible live music by top musicians who have played with the most famous names in the music world.

EXHIBITION: Unkempt – Shifting Aesthetics in Landscape Painting

16 July – 5 September

Messums is delighted to present ‘Unkempt’, an exhibition recognising the advent of a changing aesthetic in landscape – one that is by its nature wild, messy and more empathetic to the environment. Opening in the Long Gallery at Messums Wiltshire this July ‘Unkempt’ showcases established and emerging artists who are questioning how aesthetics can shape our opinion about the environment and creating a different way of finding beauty in our landscape.

EXHIBITION: Sonia Leber and David Chesworth ‘What Listening Knows’

17 July – 5 September

‘What Listening Knows’ is an immersive 3-channel audio and video installation by Australian artists Sonia Leber & David Chesworth, commissioned for our second Moving Image exhibition at Messums Wiltshire. It creatively interrogates different concepts around the act of listening, particularly the concept of ‘the microphone’s gaze’, which shifts the idea of the ocular gaze, or camera gaze, into an acoustic dimension.

ONLINE TALK: Photographer Yan Wang Preston

Saturday 28 July, 6:30pm

Join us talk with photographer Yan Wang Preston interviewed by our director of photography Dr Julie Bonzon.

PERFORMANCE: Greater Than Lion

9 – 12 September

‘Greater Than Lion’ is a new contemporary dance work created by Kennedy Muntanga Dance Theatre based on two tales, ‘Greater Than Lion’  from the book ‘The Girl Who Married A Lion’ by Alexander McCall Smith, and the biblical tale of Jonah and The Whale.

ONLINE TALK: with Photography Collector & Author David Kogan

Wednesday 15 September, 6:30pm

David Kogan will introduce his photography collection which includes work by the renowned war photographer Robert Capa.

GALLERY TALK & SUPPER: with V&A Director Tristram Hunt

Wednesday 13 October, 6pm

Talk at Messums Wiltshire gallery and online with V&A director and author Tristram Hunt as he introduces his new book ‘The Radical Potter’.