Spring at Messums

GOOD news for fans of Messums Wiltshire, the gallery and arts centre at the 700 year old tithe barn at Tisbury. The galleries are going to have free entry, thanks to the support of Messums members – and actor, writer and director Rupert Everett is coming to Tisbury in April.

Spring events at Messums include the distinctive, ceramics of the Japanese artist, Makoto Kagoshima, from 9th April to 1st May.  In clay or terracotta, he illustrates whimsical and heartwarming motifs, making each ceramic a unique, one-of-a-kind work of art.

Makoto creates joyful and dreamlike universes of curling tendrils, bursting blooms, charming animals, darting fish, soaring birds, strutting geese and alluring snakes from his imagination and inspired by his childhood. His bold, whimsical designs have proven so appealing that they have been used also for textiles, prints and murals.

Rupert Everett (seen in a recent production of Uncle Vanya)  is coming to the tithe barn on Saturday 23rd April for a talk that will be raising funds for Julia’s Hospice, the children’s hospice charity of which he is a patron.

At the end of April, Messums Wiltshire celebrates the birthday of the distinguished sculptor Bridget McCrum, whose work has frequently been shown at the gallery. The evening, which will include supper, will feature some of the new pieces by the sculptor, who lives in Devon.

The next exhibition, from 15th May to 3rd July, is Tideline, part of a summer programme devoted to carbon as the motif through which to examine our use of materials and our connection to the environment. Messums’ 13th century tithe barn, the largest in the country, will be re-imagined as a green turbine hall for the show.

Alongside Tideline there will be a complementary show, Ground. The starting point of this exhibition is the work of Common Ground, the pioneering art and environmental charity established in 1983, with the aim of bringing art, environment and science together, working closely with artists, writers, poets, playwrights and music-makers.

Pictured: Charming ceramics by Makoto Kagoshima.