Exhibitions & Events

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.

MAKING: Messums Creative

Clay courses at our Chilmark workshops

Messums has established a new set of studios 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.


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.

FILM SCREENING: Yoxman – While the Whole World Changes Tune

Saturdays 3 September and 15 October, 6:30pm

Film screenings at 6:30pm of the two year Yoxman project introduced by Laurence Edwards, followed by a Q&A with the artist.
The film follows sculptor Laurence Edwards as he undertakes the most significant challenge of his career: the creation of a monumental 26ft figure for the Suffolk landscape.

EVENT: Architecture Symposium

Saturday 17 September

Whether the re-use of an old building that might once have been earmarked for demolition, re-cycling what might once have been disposed of, or the adoption of new and alternative materials, how we choose to build is the footprint of our carbon use. Who would have thought, for example, it might be possible to organically grow building materials?

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.

AUSTRALIA EXHIBITION: Laurence Edwards: A Gathering of Uncertainties

4 February – 16 April 2023

Developed in partnership with Messums Wiltshire, this exhibition will be the first exhibition of contemporary sculpture in the recently completed North Gallery at Orange and will radically transform the space, offering Australian audiences a rare encounter with Laurence Edwards’ work.