TALK: Professor Simon Olding in conversation with Sculptor Tim Harrisson

Saturday 21 April 2018, 11am

Professor Simon Olding joins us in conversation with sculptor Tim Harrisson to discuss his work, practice and new solo exhibition ‘AS IT WAS IS NOW’ here at Messums Wiltshire.  The pair are long-term colleagues and friends having known each other since Simon worked as museum director at Russell-Cotes Art Gallery and Museum in Bournemouth.  Simon commissioned Tim to make the sculpture ‘Horizon’ (pictured) for the museum’s garden which was completed in 1995 and has followed Tim’s exhibitions and developments ever since.

Tim Harrisson has a continued interest in minimalism, landscape and history. He works with the great variety of stone that the British Isles has to offer including locally quarried Chicksgrove limestone and Portland stone.  His much anticipated second sculpture exhibition here at the Barn Gallery is complimented by two-dimensional works on view in the Long Gallery.

Harrisson was born in Essex in 1952 and studied at Hammersmith College of Art (1969-79), Norwich Art School (1970-73) and Byam Shaw School of Fine Art (1975). Harrisson was Sculptor in Residence at the Red House Museum, Christchurch. He has exhibited widely since 1981 and undertaken a number of important commissions. In 2013 the British Museum acquired a selection of his works on paper. Harrisson was elected to the Royal West of England Academy in 2013. He lives and works in Wiltshire.

Professor Simon Olding

Professor Simon Olding leads the MRes Crafts course and is Director of the Crafts Study Centre at UCA Farnham. He’s also Professor of Contemporary Crafts at UCA. Simon has held many senior roles in museums, galleries and art organisations since 1979.

Simon joined the University for the Creative Arts in the year 2002 as Director of the Crafts Study Centre, the university museum of modern craft. He joined the professoriate in 2004 as Professor of Modern Crafts. He leads the MRes Crafts degree and supports the theory and analysis unit for the MA Craft and Design students.

His previous career includes working as a specialist ceramics curator, as a museum director (Russell-Cotes Art Gallery and Museum, Bournemouth) as well as periods in agency and advisory work (London Museums Officer and Assistant Director, Area Museums Service for South Eastern England) and as Director of Policy and Research for the Heritage Lottery Fund. After graduating from Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge, he received his PhD from the University of Edinburgh in 1980.

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