PAST EVENTS Archive: Art Fairs, Exhibitions and Previews

NORTHERN VOICES: Artist Narbi Price

Narbi Price is a painter. Born 1979 in Hartlepool, he lives and works in Gateshead and Newcastle upon Tyne, UK. He was the Journal Culture Awards Visual Artist of the Year 2018, and the winner of the Contemporary British Painting Prize 2017.

NORTHERN VOICES: Furniture Maker Ian ‘Mouseman’ Cartwright

Interview with Ian ‘Mouseman’ Cartwright’, head carpenter and great grandson of Robert ‘Mouseman’ Thompson who founded Robert Thompson’s Craftsmen Ltd the oak furniture company famous for it’s great craftsmanship and the handcarved mouse on each piece they make.

NORTHERN VOICES: Art Collector Hugo Burge

Hugo Burge is the owner and led an 8 year restoration of Marchmont House, winner of Sothebys Historic House restoration award of the year in 2018. Hugo has plans to now bring it alive as ‘a Home for Makers and Creators’ in the Scottish Borders. He is also a sculpture collector and has a passion for the arts and crafts movement.

NORTHERN VOICES: Artist Jake Attree

Yorkshire’s geology, history and culture are woven into Jake Attree’s creative DNA, but while he was born in the North and lives there still, Attree dislikes the term “northern artist”, if only because it is hopelessly limited.

MELBOURNE EXHIBITION: Makoto Kagoshima

11 – 28 February

We are hosting a pop-up exhibition by ceramic artist Makoto Kagoshima at the Sofitel, Collins Place, Melbourne, Australia.

ONLINE TALK: Contemporary African Photography in Focus

Friday 4 February, 2pm

On the occasion of Messums London first contemporary photography exhibition ‘Resonances’, visual artists Nii Obodai and Justin Keene will be in conversation with Stephanie Blomkamp, founder of Oath magazine, on the visibility, circulation and championing of African photography today.

ONLINE TALK: ‘Scratching the Surface‘ with Photographer Justin Keene

Friday 21 January, 2pm

Messums London presents its first contemporary photography show by artists Nii Obodai and Justin Keene. Through a selection of delicately composed and elusive

EXHIBITION: Routes North

15 January – 19 February 2022

Routes North is an exhibition that turns the bus in the direction of travel for any artistic assumption that all roads lead to London. It champions the depth of creative culture in the North, bringing together multiple artists whose bodies of work reflect the variety and vibrancy of the region right now.

EXHIBITION: 20th Century British Art and Design

20 November – 24 December

This exhibition features works from artists including Lucien Pissarro, Rose Hilton, Sandra Blow, Henry Lamb, Sir Terry Frost, Clive Bowen and Stephen Dixon amongst other prominent names from British art shown alongside iconic

EXHIBITION: David Roberts ‘Vessels: Painting with Smoke’

20 November – 24 December

David Roberts is one of the most significant ceramic artists working in Europe today.
A distinguished English potter, he has an international reputation as a leading practitioner in Raku ceramics: a technique with its origin in small-scale vessels made for the Tea Ceremony in late sixteenth-century Japan.

ONLINE TALK: Josiah Wedgewood ‘The Radical Potter’ with Tristram Hunt

Wednesday 13 October, 6pm

Talk at Messums Wiltshire gallery and online with V&A director and author Tristram Hunt as he introduces his new book ‘The Radical Potter’.

EXHIBITION: Richard Hoare ‘1237’

2 October – 13 November

Richard has been painting ever since he left school – a vocational painter in the truest sense. The Inspiration for his work goes back to some of his earliest memories of the forests around his Father’s farm in East Anglia. This was magnified by his experiences walking the Pilgrim routes of England, France and Spain, drawing and recording the all the way.

EXHIBITION: Laurence Edwards ‘While the Whole Earth Changes Tune’

2 October – 13 November

The unveiling of two new sculptures joins a landmark series of sculpture for Laurence Edwards’ debut at Messums Yorkshire.

EXHIBITION: Laurence Edwards ‘A Rich Seam’

2 October – 13 November

In 2018 the sculptor Laurence Edwards was commissioned by Doncaster Council, with money raised through a crowd funding campaign, for a sculpture commemorating the mining history of Doncaster.

FILM SCREENING & ONLINE TALK: Storytelling and the Documentation of Conflicts with Photographer Laura El-Tantawy

Wednesday 22 September, 6:30pm

Join us for a talk with award-winning British Egyptian documentary photographer Laura El-Tantawy interviewed by our director of photography Dr Julie Bonzon.

ONLINE TALK: Collecting Capa: A Conversation with David Kogan

Wednesday 15 September, 6:30pm

David Kogan will introduce his photography collection which includes work by the renowned war photographer Robert Capa.

Alexander Lindsay ‘Scotland, Bonnie Broukit Bairn’

14 August – 25 September

Photographer Alexander Lindsay’s aim is to transport his audience to experience the landscape and be moved by it, in the same way that he was at the time of being there.

ONLINE TALK: Nature and Natural: Photographer Yan Wang Preston discussed her series ‘Forest’

Saturday 28 July, 6:30pm

Join us talk with photographer Yan Wang Preston interviewed by our director of photography Dr Julie Bonzon.

ONLINE TALK: Understanding Photography, A Collectors’ Guide

Wednesday 14 July, 6:30pm

In this online talk, Johnny Messum and Julie Bonzon will share advice on how best to start a collection of photography.

ONLINE TALK: Korean Ceramics with Paul Greenhalgh & HyunJoo Kim

Wednesday 30 June, 2pm

During the Korean ceramics exhibition in Messums Yorkshire, ceramics director and curator Paul Greenhalgh and designer HyunJoo Kim discuss the work of Ree Soo-Jong. HyunJoo Kim works with Ree Soo-Jong and introduced us to his work

EXHIBITION: Korean Ceramic ‘Lee Hun Chung & Ree Soo-Jong’

Extended to 25 September

Messums Yorkshire is pleased to present Korean Ceramic, an exhibition of two of Korea’s leading ceramic artists Ree Soo-Jong and Lee Hun Chung. 

OPENING NIGHT: Elliot Walker ‘Plenty’

Thursday 24 June, 6pm

Join us for a talk and tour, either at the gallery or online, of the exhibition Plenty by the Netflix ‘Blown Away’ winner the glass artist Elliot Walker. Plenty is Elliot Walker’s debut solo show in situ at Messums Yorkshire.

ONLINE TALK & TOUR: Exhibition Preview with Graeme Black

7 May, 6:30pm

Join Graeme Black and Johnny Messum for an online preview and tour of Graeme’s exhibition ‘Trunk Show’.

ONLINE TALK: with Photographer Tif Hunter

Saturday 20 March, 10am

Photographer Tif Hunter in conversation with photography historian Dr Julie Bonzon as Tif’s new exhibition opens online at Messums Yorkshire.
For his debut Harrogate exhibition, photographer Tif Hunter combines selections of his still life work from seemingly opposing parts of his photographic career: a group of monochrome tintypes – reproduced here in high-definition print editions – and a collection of colour digital prints.

EXHIBITION: Tif Hunter ‘Colour Stills’

20 March – 1 May

For his debut Harrogate exhibition, Tif Hunter combines selections of his still life work from seemingly opposing parts of his photographic career: a group of monochrome tintypes – reproduced here in high-definition print editions – and a collection of colour digital prints.

EXHIBITION: Brian Taylor ‘Portraits & Animalia’

20 March – 1 May

We are delighted to present a remarkable body of sculpture and rare drawings from the renowned sculptor Brian Taylor.

ONLINE TALK: Peter Brown

19 March, 6:30pm

Join us in conversation with Peter Brown on painting en plein air in Harrogate for the opening of his exhibition ‘Paintings of Yorkshire’.

EXHIBITION: Henry Lamb RA (1883 – 1960) ‘In Arcadia’

4 February – 13 March

We are delighted to announce an exhibition of oil paintings and sketches from the Estate of Henry Lamb.

ONLINE EXHIBITION: Beth Moon ‘Oaks of England’

23 January – 21 February

For over a decade photographer Beth Moon has been documenting the biggest, oldest and rarest trees in the world. This exhibition focuses on some of the most famous oaks in the UK. Her work highlights the delicate duality of their existence— as both powerful but also vulnerable to environmental elements and human intervention. Beth Moon was born in Neenah, Wisconsin and studied fine art at the University of Wisconsin. Beth has gained international recognition for her large-scale, richly toned platinum prints. Since 1999, Moon’s work has appeared in more than sixty solo and group exhibitions in the United States, Italy, England, France, Israel, Brazil, Dubai, Singapore, and Canada.

ONLINE TALK: Environmentalism with Ben Goldsmith

Wednesday 20 January, 6:30pm

Join us online for a conversation with activist, environmentalist and conservationist Ben Goldsmith about rewilding and the environment. 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.
He says, “We want to achieve the kind of species-rich, shape-shifting scrubby wood pasture environment that once blanketed much of western Britain.”

Working with a wildlife ecologist, Ben has encouraged wetlands along the River Frome, wild flowers and native species including water voles, beavers and glow-worms – which used to be a feature of long summer evenings.

Ben is an advisor to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) and is CEO of Menhaden, his green investment business.

Attendees will receive a Zoom link before the start of the event.

ONLINE EXHIBITION: Francesco Poiana ‘Italian Journey’

8 January – 7 February 2021

Born in Faedis near Trieste, the son of an architect and winemaker, Francesco Poiana attended the Academy of Fine Arts in Rome and then the celebrated Albicocca fine art printing workshop in Udine before studying for a Masters degree at St Martin’s College of Art in London. The paper he uses is made from the mulberry paper trees and has a shadowy, translucence perfectly suited to the ghostly imagery of his works. ‘If you layer one sheet of paper on top of others they can look like a skin, soft and translucent and sensitive,’ he says.

ONLINE EXHIBITION: Daniel Agdag ‘Radio Silence’

7 – 30 January

Daniel Agdag is an artist, sculptor and animator based in Melbourne, Australia, whose work represents a paradox of fragility and strength through structures of miniature might in delicate materials.

ONLINE EXHIBITION: Atong Atem ‘Self Portraits and Family Studies’

7 – 30 January

Atong Atem is an Ethiopian born, South Sudanese artist living in Melbourne. Atem works primarily with photography and video to explore contemporary identity through portraiture and in particular the fluidity of migrant narratives and postcolonial practices in the African diaspora.

ONLINE TALK: ‘You can’t value what you don’t know’ – Understanding the Ocean with Oliver Steeds

Wednesday 13 January, 6:30pm

Join us online for a conversation with Founder of Nekton Olly Steeds on his mission to genome the ocean.
You can’t protect what you don’t know. For years Olly Steeds has lead missions to catalogue the underwater environment. Now he is on a mission to genome the ocean to understand where it has come from and where it is going.

ONLINE TALK: Richard Hoare

Wednesday 9 December, 6:30pm

As Richard’s exhibition ‘Alchemy of Light’ opens at Messums Wiltshire, join us online for a conversation with Richard and Johnny Messum.
Richard’s work is always moving forward, evolving, a reflection of a pilgrimage. This is despite the apparent paradox of his regular return to stand on the same spot in the same locations seen in his work, year after year. The journey begins, rests and then continues with every step, enriched by his experience of Light.

EXHIBITION: Kurt Jackson ‘The Green Ways’

5 December – 2 January

A dedicated environmentalist and true polymath, Kurt Jackson’s holistic approach to his subject seamlessly blends art and politics providing a springboard to create a hugely varied body of work unconstrained by format or scale.Jackson’s artistic practice ranges from his trademark visceral plein-air sessions to studio work and embraces an extensive range of materials and techniques including mixed media, large canvases, print-making and sculpture.
For his debut at Messums Harrogate, Kurt will present a body of new works painted en plein air in his home county of Cornwall.

PREVIEW DAY: Kurt Jackson ‘The Green Ways’

Saturday, 5 December

Join us for the preview of an exhibition of paintings by Kurt Jackson, one of Britain’s leading environmental landscape artists and campaigners. Documenting the spring of 2020 and the arcadia he found bursting into life immediately outside his front door, this exhibition marks Jackson’s inaugural exhibition at Messums Yorkshire.

ONLINE TALK: Dante Marioni – Challenging Form – Contemporary Glass

Saturday 14 November, 6:30pm

Join us online during Dante Marioni’s exhibition at Messums Harrogate for an interview with one of the world’s master glassmakers.Known around the world for his mastery of Venetian glass techniques, Dante has spent years honing his skills which he pushes to the absolute limit of his craft. Using intricately patterned canework on flawlessly crafted, classically inspired elegant forms, the pieces he creates are both modern and instantly familiar.

EXHIBITION: Charles Poulsen

31 October – 2 January

We have known the extraordinary Charlie Poulsen since a chance meeting at Messums Wiltshire just over a year ago, which led to a pop-up exhibition of his work in the Long Gallery last October. Charlie joined our roster of represented artists this year and we are delighted to be able to show is work in our new, permanent space in Harrogate this Autumn. Drawing has, in recent years, been Charlie’s primary means of expression. Whilst traditionally regarded as a secondary, or preparatory, activity, drawing has an immediate, direct and simple effect. He says, “it evokes and suggests rather than fixes, it feels transitory and ephemeral, echoing the lives we live”. His works are both delicate and light but also repetitious, frenetic, wild and in constant movement. Looking at Charlie’s work is similar to listening to a piece of music… the observer may lose oneself in the intricacy of the layering and mark-making. There is a language of harmony and rhythm in this experience and their scale also gives them an authoritative control of space and an unimpeded interaction with the eye.
Dante Marioni is an American glassblower whose signature style has been described
as the purest of classical forms executed in glass. His amphoras, vases, and ewers are derived from Greek and Etruscan prototypes, yet they are imaginatively and sometimes whimsically reinterpreted. Dante trained in Venetian glassblowing techniques with some of the greatest masters in contemporary glass and continues to push the limits of his practice.

TALK: with artist Charles Poulsen

Saturday 31 October, 11am

Join us at the gallery for a talk and interview with Charles Poulsen on the morning his exhibition of drawings opens at Messums Yorkshire.
We have known the extraordinary Charlie Poulsen since a chance meeting at Messums Wiltshire just over a year ago, which led to a pop-up exhibition of his work in the Long Gallery last October. Charlie joined our roster of represented artists this year and we are delighted to be able to show is work in our new, permanent space in Harrogate this Autumn.
Drawing has, in recent years, been Charlie’s primary means of expression, creating extraordinary, large-scale pieces which are both delicate and light but also repetitious, frenetic, wild and in constant movement. Looking at Charlie’s work is similar to listening to a piece of music… the observer may lose oneself in the intricacy of the layering and mark-making.
Charlie lives and works in the Scottish Borders.

EXHIBITION: Dante Marioni

31 October – 2 January

Dante Marioni is an American glassblower whose signature style has been described as the purest of classical forms executed in glass. His amphoras, vases, and ewers are derived from Greek and Etruscan prototypes, yet they are imaginatively and sometimes whimsically reinterpreted. Dante trained in Venetian glassblowing techniques with some of the greatest masters in contemporary glass and continues to push the limits of his practice.

EXHIBITION: Bridget McCrum ‘The Conference of the Birds’

5 September – 24 October

“There is the simplified form that allows the eye to comprehend the piece as a single coherent whole, like a passage in a Bach Cello Suite. Less is more, no fuss. Balance is all. A sweeping line fades and then reappears as you move around the undulating form,

invoking the optical effects the artist experienced among the dunes of the Arabian deserts. And, with this, comes a sense of rhythm and dynamism; of an object in motion, as light and shadow and perspective generate a kinetic energy. Such things are in the DNA of a Bridget McCrum sculpture or painting or drawing.” Will Gompertz

Bridget McCrum (née Bain) was shipped to the west country from a home in London to avoid the war; there she found horses, landscape, art, and above all, a friendship with a young Elisabeth Frink. This exhibition, which is shown against the backdrop of Elisabeth Frink’s studio in the barn gallery, charts her recent work and also looks back at some of her earlier pieces. It considers life through a shifting between shapes and images and looks at how McCrum (like Frink) found ways to free herself from the restraints of figurative precision.

McCrum’s approach to sculpting is a reductive one, removing mass from a block of stone using carving and sanding tools. Now in her eighties, McCrum’s technical ability has not faded and she arrives at stylised shapes that play with light and weightlessness, as with her many birds which may be taking off, alighting or in flight.

EXHIBITION: Private Collections

Permanent Collection

Private Collections is a selection of 20th Century work that provides a unique opportunity to see together both a remarkably complete collection of Camden Town Group, British Figurative and Impressionist paintings. It is also an insight into the desire to collect, and how personality can shape that process. This collection comes directly from one source and is being offered for sale in its entirety through Messums London. Included are iconic works by Sickert, Pissarro, Bevan, Lamb, Gore and Manson. Many are works that were in formative exhibitions, and most have been bought with a collector’s eye from places such as the Fine Art Society, Piccadilly Gallery, Agnews and as well as Messums.
Christopher Mason-Watts has been collecting since he was four years old. He began with the colourful little picture cards that appeared in the boxes of Brook Bond tea. He bought his first artwork when he was seventeen and his first serious purchase was a pocket sized painting by Walter Sickert, bought when he was twenty three, it cost him almost a third of his annual salary.

In truth, Christopher Mason-Watts would have liked to be an artist. Instead, however, he went into law and for thirty years was a mental health judge. Creating collections became is way of being creative. Christopher has loved the Camden Town Group since he first discovered their work as a teenager and it was this group that he focused much of his collecting efforts towards.

Though they held only three exhibitions between 1911 and 1912, the Camden Town Group was one of the most vital, exciting and well-known collectives of the twentieth-Century British artists. Their centre point and guiding light was the painter Water Sickert (1860-1942). This collection includes both important and less vital pieces by all of the Camden Town Group, with exception of Duncan Grant and James Dickson Innes. But since neither exhibited at the Group’s first show, Christopher feels his set is complete.

EXHIBITION: Material: Textile – Modern British Female Designers

until 24 October

This year’s Material: Textile is an online exhibition of historically important and highly collectable textiles by some of the most important Modern female designers working in Britain. Brought together for the first time with an accompanying catalogue and podcast – the exhibition highlights the relevance of these mid-century textiles and the vital role they played in the evolution of taste and culture. It offers us all a unique insight into the artistic vision and originality of these women.

EXHIBITION: Thiébaut Chagué

11 July – 24 October

Thiébaut 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.
Examples of his work can be found in many public collections across Europe in Belgium, France and Germany. He is represented in the V&A museum and has recently been exhibited in the Louvre.