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Members Only Events & Advance Bookings

EVENT: Gallery Reopening

Saturday 4 – Sunday 5 July

We hope you can join us on the opening weekend of the Frink Studio re-installed at Messums Wiltshire.  Complementing the Frink studio are two exhibitions that further bring her work and world to life:  White Out of Dark – Saving Frink’s Plasters by photographer Ian Chapman documents the rescue of a body of original plasters created by Elisabeth Frink that had been removed from her home and studio at Woolland and stored in a warehouse following her death in 1993.

These remarkable photographs will be shown alongside a never before seen body of etchings by Ti Parks (1939 – 2017). From the late 1970s until 2006, Ti became a close family friend of Frink and her son Lin Jammet and spent many weekends and holidays at Woolland. His drypoint etchings capture the essence of that time and we are delighted to bring both bodies of incredible works to a new audience.

At the other end of the Barn, Bridget McCrum’s most recent works are presented alongside the sculpture Elisabeth Frink purchased in the 1980s reigniting a friendship that had started as young girls in Dorset during the War.

To book your complimentary members ticket for this event click on the button below and use your access code.

We are all looking forward to welcoming you and our visitors to Messums Wiltshire this Summer.





Wednesday – Sunday

Wiltshire Members have year round free access to the galleries and sculpture gardens on Wednesdays to Sundays.

In line with Government social distancing policies, we are now operating a bookings system for visits to limit the numbers of guests in the gallery at any one time.

Click on the ‘Book visit’ button below, choose a date and time then click the Tickets button. Use your access code to claim your free ‘Members Admission’ entry ticket. If you need more help booking your visit click here



ONLINE TALK & FILM SCREENING: Finding the Essence with Bridget McCrum and Mark Kidel

Saturday 4 July, 6:30pm

Film duration: 21 minutes

A Zoom talk by film maker Mark Kidel and sculptor Bridget McCrum followed by Mark’s short documentary portrait of the artist and her work. All attendees will receive a Zoom link prior to the event.

Filmed, directed and produced by the acclaimed film maker Mark Kidel, the documentary takes an inside view of one of our greatest living sculptors. Visiting her Dittisham home and studio, Mark films and interviews Bridget as she embarks on her latest projects including a return to two-dimensional work.

Mark Kidel is one of the world’s leading documentary film makers on music and the arts. His most recent film, Becoming Cary Grant (shown at Messums Wiltshire) was an Official Selection at the Cannes Film Festival 2017. He works mainly in the France, the UK, Germany and the USA. His work is regularly selected in leading international festivals as well as honoured worldwide. Recent films include a film about Englishness with the writer Martin Amis.

Complimentary tickets to Wiltshire Members, please use your access code



ONLINE PERFORMANCE: with Poet and Artist Gommie

Friday 17 July, 6:30pm

We are delighted to welcome back Gommie for an online performance of his latest poetry written during lockdown.

Known for roaming from place to place on foot Gommie’s practice is centred around using the poem as a vehicle for weaving together individual and national notions picked up on these journeys. The poems are often performed and transformed in to a series of brightly coloured paintings. This new body of work written during lockdown from snippets of conversation held on his government sanctioned daily walks or with friends and followers online, represent a nation in flux. A visual and oral record of thoughts and feelings during unprecedented times.

All attendees will receive a Zoom link prior to the event.

Complimentary tickets to Wiltshire Members, please use your access code.




Friday 24 July, 6:30pm

We join artist John Beard online in his London studio to preview his self- portrait studies ahead of his exhibition in 2021.

Painting has been at the heart of John Beard’s practice, not only as an artist but also as a teacher. His studio space is in London switching to Australia for half of the year.

Born in Aberdare, Wales in 1943, Beard studied at the University of London and the Royal College of Art. After which Beard traveled extensively, living and exhibiting in New York, Madrid, Lisbon and London before establishing a Sydney base in 1997. In 1998 he was Artist-In-Residence and his work was the subject of a solo exhibition titled After Adraga at the Tate St Ives in the UK. In 2000/1, His work Wanganui Heads was selected to represent the year ‘1998’ in The London National Portrait Gallery’s Painting the Century, a Hundred years of Portrait Masterpieces. In 2013 he exhibited at The Royal Academy of Art’s exhibition titled ‘Australia’ .

In 2011 a major monograph of his work was published and launched in London at The Royal Academy of Art by Charles Saumarez Smith and in Sydney, at The AGNSW by Edmund Capon.

The artist divides his time between London, Sydney and Europe. John’s work has been exhibited worldwide and is held in the collections of major gallery museums and institutions.

Complimentary tickets to Wiltshire Members, please use your access code.



VIRTUAL TOUR & TALK: Alexander Lindsay Exhibition: South African Landscapes

Saturday 5 September, 11am

On the morning Alexander’s exhibition opens to the public, join us for a virtual tour of the show and talk, via Zoom.

We are delighted to present a solo exhibition by photographer Alexander Lindsay whose incredibly detailed panoramic landscapes – described as ‘microcosms in scale’ – aim to allow the viewer to experience a place as he did at the time of being there.

To achieve this Alex uses up to 80 photographs of a scene which are digitally stitched together to create large-scale images with a scale and depth of field that is incredibly rich and sharp. The resolution and detail are completely immersive and almost super-real and extraordinarily beautiful.

For the past forty years, Alex has brought his cameras to the most extreme situations and environments on the planet. From his earliest experiences with the Maasai tribe, a five year spell in Afghanistan during Soviet occupation and his expeditions to photograph and film the wreck of the Titanic, 4km beneath the ocean waves, he has always sought to immerse himself in situations where, as he explains, ‘the imagination is rendered unnecessary’.

His recent projects include those in Namibia, Lesotho and South Africa, and his lifelong aim is to continually further our appreciation and comprehension of what is possible in photographic landscape art. His work has been exhibited internationally, including France, London, the USA and South Africa. His prints are included in major private and corporate collections worldwide.

Complimentary tickets to Wiltshire Members, please use your access code.



PERFORMANCE: Anthony Matsena

Saturday 5 September, 7pm, live performance
Saturday 19 September, live recording

Contemporary dance performed and choreographed by our Performance Associate Anthony Matsena.

“Those who witnessed Anthony Matsena’s ground-breaking performance When it Arrives, commissioned for MOVEMENT last year, will not easily forget it. Following that event, we invited him to become our Performance Associate for 2019/20 and this September we are delighted to present the result of that process as a new work, made in response to the Elisabeth Frink studio building and her work.

The performance will be shown live Saturday 5 September and then debuted online on Saturday 19 September.

If you would like to attend the performance on Saturday 5 September, ticket numbers will be limited to allow for social distancing, so register interest early to avoid disappointment.



TALK: with Interior Designer Emily Todhunter

Wednesday 9 September, 6:30pm

Join us at the barn gallery or online as we welcome leading interior designer Emily Todhunter to discuss her work and inspiration.

Emily Todhunter founded the interior design company Todhunter Earle in 1988, with Kate Earle joining as her partner in 1998. Since then the business has expanded rapidly both in size and scope. Her projects range from classic English country houses to well-known restaurants, yachts, small boutique hotels, ski chalets and beautiful homes worldwide.

Todhunter Earle has been at the forefront of the international interior design industry for over 20 years. They are one of only a handful of leading designers to have been continuously included in House & Garden magazine’s Top 100 Interior Designers since the list first began in 1998.

Part of our autumn season of architectural events and exhibition.

Attendees joining us online will receive a Zoom link on their order confirmation.

Complimentary tickets to Wiltshire Members, please use your access code.