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recorded on Friday 29 April 2022
Online panel discussion with experts and artists working in ceramics today. Canadian ceramic artist Greg Payce joins Professor Paul Greenhalgh and Dr Claudia Milburn.
recorded on Friday 21 January 2022
Justin Keene and Dr Julie Bonzon discuss Justin’s series ‘Walls in the Riverbed’, as Messums London’s first contemporary photography exhibition is on view in Cork Street.
recorded on Friday 14 January 2022
Nii Obodai and Dr Julie Bonzon discuss the series ‘Big Dreams’ and ‘Paradox of Paradise’ as Messums London’s first contemporary photography exhibition is on view in Cork Street.
recorded on Wednesday 15 December 2021
With Minette Batters, Chair of the NFU in discussion with Johnny Messum on the challenges and changes from the environment as well as post Brexit trade deals.
recorded on Monday 22 November 2021
With acclaimed documentary photographer Martin Parr CBE, social and art documentary photographer Sophie Green and documentary photographer Dod Miller as they discuss British eccentricities, cultural customs and humour in photography.
duration: 13:32 minutes
recorded on Friday 19 November 2021
Renowned ceramic artist David Roberts discusses process with Messums director Johnny Messum. David Roberts exhibition ‘Vessels: Painting with Smoke’ is on show from 20th November until 23rd December 2021 at Messums Yorkshire and displays his latest collection of Raku-ware ceramics.
duration: 17:03 minutes
recorded on Tuesday 9 November 2021
Curator and Professor Paul Greenhalgh introduces us to Canadian Ceramics being previewed at Messums London before moving to Messums Wiltshire in 2022.
duration: 56:59 minutes
recorded on Wednesday 3 November 2021
Coinciding with Cop 26 we will be discussing how to make land pay in a discussion with Julian Matthews, wildlife conservationist.
Julian Matthews is a wildlife conservationist and founder of Real Wild Estates, the UK’s first ecosystem and species restoration business.
recorded on Wednesday 27 October 2021
Hugo Tagholm leads the national marine conservation and campaigning charity Surfers Against Sewage (SAS).
Hugo is an environmentalist, award-winning campaigner, surfer, charity professional and a TEDx speaker.
duration: 48:17 minutes
recorded on Friday 22 October 2021
Social Documentary photographer Sophie Green interviewed by our director of photography Dr Julie Bonzon.
Green’s photographs celebrate the joy, uniqueness and eccentricities of under-represented subcultures in Britain, often in playful and humorous ways.
recorded on Saturday 18 September
Materials: extracted vs grown and innovations
Panel chaired by Sarah Wigglesworth RDI MBE RIBA, Director Member Part W, Design Council Expert
Panelists: Summer Islam (Material Cultures), Tara Gbolade (Co-Founder of GDS and Steering Group Member Architects Declare), Charley Brentnall (founder Carpenter Oak and Woodland)
recorded on Saturday 18 September
TALK 2: Panel chaired by Peter Clegg (FCB Studios)
Panelists: Matthew Barnett Howland (CSK Architects and UCL), Jolyon Brewis (Grimshaws/ Eden Project), Jonathan Tuckey (Jonathan Tuckey Design), Ms Shankari Raj BSc MArch (Hons) RIBA ARB AoU
recorded on Saturday 18 September
TALK 3: Panel chaired by Mike Stiff (Stiff + Trevillion) Panelists: Charlie Paton (Founder, Seawater Greenhouse), Andrew Grant (Grant Associates), Patrick Bellew (Atelier Ten), Sarah Featherstone (Founder VeloCity)
duration: 46:41 minutes
recorded on Wednesday 13 October 2021
Talk at Messums Wiltshire gallery and online with V&A director and author Tristram Hunt as he introduced his new book ‘The Radical Potter’, a biography of Josiah Wedgwood, perhaps the greatest English potter who ever lived. ‘The Steve Jobs of the eighteenth century’ as Tristram describes him.
duration: 56:39 minutes
recorded on 22 September 2021
A talk with Laura interviewed by our director of photography Dr Julie Bonzon follows the screening of Laura’s short film ‘In the Shadow of the Pyramids’ featuring her series of photographs of the same name.
recorded on Wednesday 28 July 2021
Photographer Yan Wang Preston interviewed by our director of photography Dr Julie Bonzon.
duration: 40:24 minutes
recorded on Saturday 24 July 2021
Multimedia artists Sonia Leber & David Chesworth speak with Johnny Messum about their residency at Messums Wiltshire in the summer of 2019 and the resulting artwork and exhibition ‘What Listening Knows’.
duration: 58:06 minutes
recorded on Wednesday 21 July 2021
Artist & environmentalist Kurt Jackson joins Johnny Messum in conversation on painting, nature and biodiversity. The talk accompanies the exhibition Unkempt, which explores shifting aesthetics in our perspective of landscape.
duration: 17:08 minutes
recorded on Wednesday 14 July 2021
Interview with artist Tuesday Riddell and gallery owner Johnny Messum on the opening of her new exhibition ‘Web’ at Messums London.
duration: 55:02 minutes
recorded on Wednesday 20 July 2021
Christopher Bailey is the Arts and Health Lead at World Health Organization and is working on how to improve our mental health through art.
recorded on Wednesday 16 June 2021.
How have art museums changed in the past century? Where are they headed in the future? Join the conversation with Charles Saumarez Smith.
Charles Saumarez Smith is uniquely qualified to answer these questions, having been at the helm of three major British institutions over the course of his career. Charles was Director of the UK’s National Portrait Gallery 1994–2002, Director of the National Gallery 2002–2007 and Secretary and Chief Executive of the Royal Academy 2007–2018.
duration: 46:43 minutes
Recorded on Thursday 27 May 2021
In 2019, Jeffrey Milstein received a special permission to photograph in the restricted airspace above Paris. Permission to shoot over Paris is all but impossible to obtain, but Milstein was granted this rare consent based on the extraordinary quality of his work.
Jeffrey Milstein is a photographer, architect, and pilot. His photographs have been exhibited and collected throughout the United States and Europe.
duration: 58:54 minutes
recorded on Wednesday 9 June 2021
Professor Alexander Nemerov discusses the abstract expressionist artist Helen Frankenthaler as written about in his biography ‘Fierce Poise’.
At the dawn of the 1950s, a promising and dedicated young painter named Helen Frankenthaler, fresh out of college, moved back home to New York City to make her name. By the decade’s end, she had succeeded in establishing herself as an important American artist of the postwar period. In the years in between, she made some of the most daring, head-turning paintings of her day.
duration: 31 minutes
recorded on Friday 4 June 2021
An introduction by the artist to ‘Homecoming’, the new sculpture by Laurence Edwards on view until end May 2021 at Messums Wiltshire.
The bronze figure took inspiration from the scenes in the Bayeux tapestry and the Normans’ arrival in England.
After being in situ at Messums Wiltshire during the month of May, Homecoming will be installed in Sweyns Camp near Ebbsfleet, Kent. It has been commissioned for a new housing development which resides on the site of a Norman Camp.
duration: 54:48 minutes
recorded on Wednesday 2 June 2021
A conversation with Michelle K. Angwenyi on the photography, literature and memory and Karen Blixen’s legacy in Kenya.
Michelle K. Angwenyi is a writer from Nairobi, Kenya, whose writing attempts to explore time and memory. She was shortlisted for the 2018 Brunel Africa International Poetry Prize, and for the 2017 Short Story Day Africa Prize.
duration: 50:46 minutes
recorded on Wednesday 19 May 2021
Online talk with Dr Ingrid Pollard and photography historian Dr Julie Bonzon. A response to Karen Blixen’s photographic archive.
Captured a hundred years ago, the majority of the pictures were taken by Thomas Dinesen, the younger brother of Karen Blixen. The images serve as a visual insight into Blixen’s world-famous memoir of her years in Kenya, Out of Africa (1937), which provided for a mystical vision of Kenya with continuing effects today.
duration: 58:58 minutes
recorded on Wednesday 26 May 2021
Jonathan Ruffer became one of the City’s most successful fund managers, co-founding a London-based investment company. There he served wealthy clients and managed billions of pounds’ worth of assets. It made him rich but Ruffer decided to give most of his fortune away.
duration: 40:13 minutes
recorded on Saturday 22 May 2021
Andrew Graham-Dixon is one of the leading art critics and presenters of arts television and joins us and the artist John Beard for a talk on the 16-foot high contemporary masterpiece by John ‘After the Raft of the Medusa’ and it’s inspiration ‘The Raft of the Medusa’ by Géricault.
duration: 54:23 minutes
recorded on Wednesday 12 May 2021
Author & Professor of genetics Tim Spector discusses how his Zoe COVID-19 Symptom Study app is transforming the way we tackle Coronavirus.
duration: 56:12 minutes
recorded on Wednesday 5 May 2021
Charlie Paton, product developer, designer/maker is working on a virtuous cycle that produces food & water where it is most needed.
Online conversation with landscape architect Kim Wilkie who has worked on the grounds of the Natural History Museum & the V&A.
duration: 56:38 minutes
Though ferociously private, Lucian Freud spoke every week for decades to his close confidante and collaborator, the art critic, curator, artist and lecturer William Feaver – about painting and the art world, but also about his infamously colourful life and loves.
After a lifetime spent in the medical profession, conducting surgery in war zones and trauma wards to reach the peak of his profession, Kneebone combines his experiences as a doctor with insights from the fields of art, science and music to understand the importance of manual dexterity for our well-being and wider culture.
duration: 34:44 minutes
Husband and wife team David and Annie will join us to discuss the microbial roots of life and health.
Good health—for people and plants—depends on microbiomes, the communities of Earth’s smallest and least-loved creatures.
What Powers Creativity? The relationship between Patron, inspiration and problem solving is at the heart of some of the worlds most incredible creative endeavours.
Winch Design has built a career taking imagination and partnering craftspeople who know how to make it possible.
duration: 58:31 minutes
The curator of our new ceramics exhibition Paul Greenhalgh launched and discussed his new book ‘Ceramic, Art and Civilisation’.
In his new book Paul Greenhalgh tells the story of ceramics as a story of human civilisation, from the Ancient Greeks to the present day.
A discussion with the curator and writer Glenn Adamson as he introduces his new book on crafts and making.
Glenn Adamson Senior Scholar at the Yale Center for British Art and formerly Head of Research at the V&A and Director of the Museum of Arts in New York talks about his new book Craft; an American History.
duration: 33:11 minutes
Author and journalist David Goodhart discussed and presented the ideas from his latest book ‘Head, Hand, Heart: The Struggle for Dignity and Status in the 21st Century’.
The cognitive class now shapes society largely in its own interests, by prioritising the knowledge economy, ever-expanding higher education and shaping the very idea of a successful life.
duration: 55:37 minutes
Recorded on Wednesday 10 March 2021
The RSPB’s Beccy Speight discussed what our migrating & permanent residents tell us about wider changes to the environment.
Rebecca Speight is Chief Executive of the RSPB since 2019. She was previously the Chief Executive of the Woodland Trust.
duration: 1:11:36 minutes
Recorded on Friday 5 March 2021
The way children and young adults are taught how to make art is the focus of this discussion with Dr Penny Hay, Senior Lecturer in Arts Education, Bath Spa University and Director of Research & Founder of the House of Imagination, Annie Warburton, Chair of the Craft and Design panel for the Government’s new T (technical) examinations and Chief Executive of Cockpit Arts and Steve Dixon, Professor of Contemporary Crafts at Manchester School of Art.
duration: 31:51 minutes
Recorded on Wednesday 3 March 2021
Conversation with James Arbib, founder of RethinkX, an independent not-for-profit think tank looking at technology-driven disruption & implications across society.
duration: 53:21 minutes
Recorded on Wednesday 24 February 2021
Online conversation with Sir Tim Smit KBE where we debated radical thinking at the intersection of science, necessity and the environment.
Sir Tim Smit KBE is a leading environmentalist and businessman particularly recognised for his work on the Lost Gardens of Heligan and founding the Eden Project International.
Recorded on Wednesday 17 February 2021
In England 69% of our landscape is farmed, under the Environmental Land Management (ELM) scheme, farmers will be paid for work that enhances the environment, such as tree or hedge planting, river management to mitigate flooding, or creating or restoring habitats for wildlife.
Recorded Wednesday 10 February 2021.
Online talk with Brigit Strawbridge Howard wildlife gardener, naturalist, and advocate of bees.
duration: 35:19 minutes
Recorded Wednesday 3 February 2021 as part of our Active Environmentalism series of talks and exhibitions.
Fine Art photographer Hugo Rittson Thomas joined us for an online talk with ecologist and botanist Professor Sir Ghillean Prance.
Recorded Wednesday 27 January 2021 as part of our Active Environmentalism series of talks and exhibitions.
Online conversation with writer and conservationist Isabella Tree speaking with the travel writer and novelist Philip Marsden about her pioneering rewilding project in West Sussex.
Recorded Wednesday 20 January 2021 as part of our Active Environmentalism series of talks and exhibitions.
Ben Goldsmith, who owns a 300-acre farm, near Bruton in Somerset, plans to transform it into a wild habitat within the next four years.
duration: 25:20 minutes
Recorded on Wednesday 13 January 2021 – as part of our ‘Active Environmentalism’ series of talks and exhibitions.
Oliver is Chief Executive and Mission Director of Nekton – a not-for-profit, charitable research foundation established to accelerate the scientific exploration and protection of the ocean.
duration: 31:25 minutes
As Richard Hoare’s exhibition ‘Alchemy of Light’ opened at Messums Wiltshire, we hosted an online conversation between Richard and Johnny Messum. In his exhibition Richard explores the landscapes of Wiltshire, where he now lives, Dorset and South Cornwall. A focus is the lake belonging to the Fonthill Estate near Tisbury.
duration: 29:48 minutes
Online conversation with author and broadcaster Loyd Grossman as he discussed his new book on the intertwined lives of Bernini and Pope Alexander VII.
duration: 22:06 minutes
Kurt Jackson in conversation with Johnny Messum, as his new exhibition “The Green Ways” opens at Messums Yorkshire.
‘The Green Ways’ documents the spring of 2020 and the arcadia Kurt found bursting into life immediately outside his front door in a remote part of west Cornwall during the challenging period of national lockdown.
duration: 27:33 minutes
Online conversation with Dante Marioni, recorded live from Seattle.
Hear first hand from the master of glass making. As enigmatic as the vessels that he creates, Dante is seldom in front of camera or in conversation.
ONLINE TALK: The Origins of Aesthetics and Neanderthals
duration 46:34 minutes
An online conversation with Rebecca Wragg Sykes, archaeologist and author of ‘Kindred; Neanderthal Life, Love, Death and Art’ and Johnny Messum as they discuss the very earliest expressions of art by our most ancient relatives.
duration 30:50 minutes
Jørgen Haugen Sørensen interviewed by Danish writer, editor and artist Morten Sondergaard as his show at Messums Wiltshire opened in October 2020. Jørgen, born in Copenhagen in 1934, is one of Denmark’s most esteemed and decorated sculptors.
duration 21:01 minutes
Artist Peter Brown in conversation with Johnny Messum the day before his new exhibition ‘A Big Year’ opened at Messums London.
The new exhibition of paintings by Peter Brown documented the spring and summer of 2020; from the empty streets of London to the crowded beaches of southern England.
duration 24:09 minutes
Daniel Agdag discusses his working practice with writer and broadcaster Fiona Gruber. Working in pared down materials and at an incredible level of detail we explore how his work sifts film and the imagination in pursuit of inspiration, ahead of his exhibition Radio Silence at Messums London and Wiltshire in Autumn 2020.
duration 59:03 minutes
Recorded on Friday 18th September 2020
In the summer of 1860, Jane and William moved into their brand-new home, The Red House, in Kent. For five busy years, their home was a gathering place for artists, poets and architects. Suzanne Fagence Cooper explored the Morris’s remarkable partnership and how the friendships forged in these early years transformed British art and design.
Recorded on Wednesday 16 September
A talk attended both online and in the barn gallery for the launch of ‘Furniture in Architecture: the Work of Luke Hughes’ with author and designer Luke Hughes in conversation with the author Aidan Walker.
Recorded on Saturday 12 September
Part of our Living Within: Architecture 2020 series of exhibitions and events and the closing discussion of our symposium which asked the question: when and how we will get back together. Examining the roles of public spaces in a post-Covid society. The panelists were Niall McLaughlin, Mark Merer, Piers Taylor and Jenny Jones. Chaired by Peter Clegg.
Recorded on Saturday 12 September
‘A Place Apart’ was introduced by renowned architect Mike Stiff of Stiff + Trevillion who looked at public vs private in the context of our post-Covid. Fergus Feilden, Christina Seilern, Jessica Reynolds and Philip Gumuchdjian. Chaired by Roger Zogolovitch.
duration 47:37 minutes
Recorded on Thursday 10 September 2020
As gardening experiences a surge in popularity during lockdown, psychiatrist, psychotherapist and author Sue Stuart-Smith will join us to discuss the psychological benefits.
duration 31:20 minutes
Recorded on Wednesday 9 September 2020
Emily Todhunter founded the interior design company Todhunter Earle in 1988, with Kate Earle joining as her partner in 1998. Her projects range from classic English country houses to well-known restaurants, yachts, small boutique hotels, ski chalets and beautiful homes worldwide.