Exhibitions & Events

EVENT: Messums Book Club

First Thursday of each month

Messums new book club will meet on the first Thursday evening every month to debate works by some of the greatest thinkers and writers of our time. Starting with drinks at the bar we will gather in the barn to exchange ideas and views on the books and hopefully make some new friends. For those who want to stay on for supper the restaurant will be open for bookings.

EXHIBITION: Richard Hoare ‘Threshold’

14 January – 26 February 2023

In his book “To Bless the Space Between Us,” the Irish scholar and poet John O’Donohue writes: “A threshold is not a simple boundary; it is a frontier that divides two different territories, rhythms, and atmospheres.”
The latest pictures by Richard Hoare demonstrate that any landscape is defined as much by  where it leads to and what adjoins it, as by what it contains.

EXHIBITION: Brian Taylor

20 January – 31 March by appointment only

Approximately 30 works by the artist Brian Taylor (1935-2013) will be on show in the exhibition including many bronze sculptures which have rarely been on public display since the early 1960s. Taylor studied at the Slade School of Art in the mid-1950s and his early prowess as a sculptor of the human figure resulted in him gaining a coveted three-year scholarship to Rome.

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.

EVENT: Ceramics Season

9 February – 30 April 2023

In 2023 spring season, Messums celebrates contemporary ceramic across all our venues.
A symposium on April 1st will highlight the diverse potential of the material in art with talks from our exhibiting artists and leading ceramic experts.

EXHIBITION: Thiébaut Chagué ‘Wood Firing in Action’

4 March – 30 April 2023

Thiébaut Chagué began his career in 1976, training in France, Belgium and in England under Michael Cardew and Richard Batterham. Returning to France in 1981 he set up his first workshop in the Loire Valley and in 1984 built a new studio in the Vosges with a wood-fired kiln.

EXHIBITION: Abstract Ceramics

4 March – 30 April 2023

This exhibition of abstract ceramic work has been selected by Martin Smith and will be on display in Wiltshire in conjunction with Smith’s solo show at Messums London. The exhibition will feature work by Natasha Daintry, Nicholas Lee, Alison Rees and James Rigler. All of the participating artists have been taught by Smith at the Royal College of Art, and all share an affinity with his work.

EXHIBITION: Sandrine Bringard ‘Splash!’

4 March – 30 April 2023

In conjunction with Thiébaut Chagué’s installation of a wood-fired kiln at Messums Wiltshire and the exhibition of his work, we will be displaying a presentation of sculptural ceramics by the contemporary French artist, Sandrine Bringard. Bringard was taught by Chagué and spent a year in residence working at his studio, experimenting with high- temperature wood-firing and learning from his expertise.

EVENT: Material Mondays

Mondays 13 and 20 March, 11:30am

A key highlight of the exhibitions and events programme will be a dramatic wood-firing spectacle from French ceramicist Thiébaut Chagué whereby the act of making becomes part of the exhibition.

EVENT: Ceramics Symposium

Saturday 1 April

In 2023 spring season, Messums celebrates contemporary ceramic across all our venues.
A symposium on April 1st will highlight the diverse potential of the material in art with talks from our exhibiting artists and leading ceramic experts.

EVENT: Active Environmentalism Symposium

Saturday 3 June

Our Active Environmentalism programme builds our knowledge and ways of seeing and considering our relationship with our environment. They are based on the premise that individual decisions tend to be the right ones when given access to sufficient information and collectively they add up to global change.