EVENT: Process Weekend

Fri 5 – Sun 7 October 2018

As part of our IMAGE exhibition we have a series of talks by well-known photographers including Polly Penrose with Anna Fox and Juno Calypso, Angela Williams discussing her work in the 60’s with celebrity subjects and her time with Norman Parkinson, travel photographer Steve Russell and top Instagrammer and food photographer Marte Marie Forsberg.

Incase you missed out on having your portrait taken by tintype photographer Tif Hunter, we have invited him back on Sunday 7 October. Only four sittings left so do book soon to avoid disappointment.

TALK: What’s Not to Like – Instagram & Contemporary Photography
Friday 5 October, 6:30pm

A talk by three of the most exciting photographers working and living in the UK: Anna Fox, Polly Penrose and Juno Calypso. Listen to each speak for fifteen minutes on their creative lives and work, followed by an audience Q&A.

Subjects will include digital media’s role in the images of the internet age: the positives and the negatives. On social media, women artists can very literally self- represent work in their own free digital galleries. Rather experimentally, the five photographers in the barn – Juno Calypso, Maisie Cousins, Anna Fox (in collaboration with singer Alison Goldfrapp), Polly Penrose and Natalie Krick – were discovered via Instagram accounts, posts or hashtags.

Though Instagram is certainly a new frontier for pioneers of fine art photography, it is imperative to note that the platform’s many detractors have suggested that social media can ruin our experiences: of travel, food, relationships and even art.

Anna Fox began working as a photographer in the early 1980s, emerging as one of the most exciting colour documentary photographers of the time. Fox’s fascinating study of the bizarre as well as the ordinariness of British life resulted in a combination of social observation with highly personalized projects.

After studying Graphic Design at Camberwell College of Arts in London, Polly Penrose went on to have a career in fashion styling. Penrose has been taking self- portraits on a ten-second timer for over a decade. Her pictures focus less on sexuality and female allure, instead retaining the awkward, often beguiling force of the body as an object.

After completing a foundation degree Juno Calypso graduated with a BA in Photography from University of the Arts, London in 2012. In 2015 Calypso spent a week alone at a romantic-themed couples resort in the USA to continue her series of self-portraits. With a suitcase of wigs and lingerie, Calypso posed as a travel writer to gain access to the ostentatiously themed rooms.


SUPPER CLUB: with Guest Artists from the IMAGE exhibition
Friday 5 October, 7:30pm

On Friday 5 October we are hosting a talk by three of the most exciting photographers working and living in the UK: Anna Fox, Polly Penrose and Juno Calypso followed by a Supper Club where the artists will be our special guests. The theme for the supper is Indian food and head chef Sunny Sin has designed a delicately spiced Thali menu. In Indian cuisine the idea of a Thali is to present all the six flavours sweet, salt, bitter, sour, astringent and spicy on one single platter. According to Indian food custom, a proper meal should be a perfect balance of all these six flavours.


Lentil dahl
Tandoori chicken
Chickpea and spinach curry
with side dishes of pilau rice, naan bread, raita and onion relish
Mango lassi syllabub
Chai Latte to finish.

We have created a paired drinks list to match with this menu, contact us to pre-order your drinks.
The Mess Restaurant offers a unique atmosphere surrounded by works of art from our past exhibitions and the perfect place to give voice and to listen to thoughts about the evenings talk with friends and new acquaintances. Space is limited and the interest is strong, so do please book early.
If you wish to come along to the talk at 6:30pm tickets are free but need to be reserved at: https://bit.ly/2MZAPtZ


Steve_Russell_Photography_(events page)TALK: with Travel Photographer Steve Russell
Saturday 6 October, 11:00am

Whether you are an amateur enthusiast looking to improve your skills or fascinated by travel photography, award-winning photographer Steve Russell has a wealth of knowledge to impart.  With years of experience in all aspects of professional photography, including shooting artworks by Damien Hirst, Steve’s main focus remains his love of the people and landscapes of Africa. Frequent journeys to east Africa have provided Steve Russell with the opportunity to photograph an incredible variety of animals and bird species, as well as amazing scenery, from the Rwenzori mountains to the Tanzanian coastline. Join us on Saturday 6 October to learn more about Steve’ fascinating life and work.

Russell’s images have been recognised in various competitions including Hasselblad Masters 2016, Travel Photographer of the Year 2015, Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2015, National Geographic Traveller 2015 and the British Book Design and Production awards 2013. His book ‘Katonda Wenge’ was shortlisted for the Best Book in the ‘Photographic, Arts Architecture and Monograph’s’ category.

Russell’s work has been featured in both private and public collections including Nature in Art Gallery and Museum, Gloucestershire and the British Council in Kampala, Uganda.

Image: ‘Camp’ by Steve Russell


Stephen Coe, Angela_Williams (web)TALK: with Iconic Celebrity Photographer Angela Williams
Saturday 6 October, 2pm

Angela Williams will speak about her professional relationship with Norman Parkinson, her glittering artistic career and extensive photographic collection.

Williams started her career as a freelancer in the 60s. Aged twenty-one she was introduced to the eminent fashion photography Norman Parkinson. Williams soon became his personal assistant, resulting in a close working relationship and creative collaboration.

She worked with Jeremy Banks on the Observer New Supplement, The Sun Paper and Woman’s Mirror, to name a few. Williams has amassed an impressive collection of portraits spanning the duration of her career. Subjects of particular note include Paul Newman, Audrey Hepburn and Jane Fonda.

Williams continues to run the Angela Williams Archive – a collection of Parkinson’s vintage prints as well as her own work.


Marte_Marie_Forsberg_(events page)TALK: with Top Instagrammer & Photographer Marte Marie Forsberg
Saturday 6 October, 3:30pm

Marte Marie Forsberg is a photographer, food stylist, visual story teller, writer and home cook. Her work has been featured in newspapers, magazines and online articles around the world.

Learn how to make the most out of your camera (or phone), using social media platforms such as Instagram to share your creativity for either business or pleasure. Marte Marie will discuss how to use photography to tell compelling and heart-warming stories, drawing from her own experience working on food and travel articles.

Marie’s passion for photography and cooking lead her to write her first cookbook, The Cottage Kitchen, her story told through one hundred recipes and beautiful images.

Originally from a small coastal town in the south of Norway, she has found a peaceful corner of rural England to call her home.

To join Marte Marie’s 277k followers on Instagram click here.


TALK: ‘Photography: The Hottest New Investment Choice’ with director of the Photographer’s Gallery, Brett Rogers OBE
Saturday 6 October, 5pm 

As part of our IMAGE exhibition Process Weekend, we are joined by Brett Rogers OBE, director of The Photographers’ Gallery in London, the first public gallery devoted solely to photography and which has championed up-and-coming photographers since opening in 1971. Brett has been director since 2006 and spent the past decade transforming the gallery in to an internationally recognised centre of excellence in the medium.

Recently Coutts said photography has emerged as the hottest new investment for the very well-off as well as appealing to a new demographic. As well as talking about her work at the gallery, Brett will help demystify the world of collecting including advice on what to look for, how to discern different print types and editions, what questions to ask when purchasing a work as well as what to avoid.

Brett Rogers was awarded an OBE for her dedication to nurturing arts and media, where, amongst other things, she has endorsed and propelled photography to the forefront of conversation as an established art form in the UK, as well as boosting the profiles of British photographers abroad.

Before The Photographers’ Gallery, Rogers was the deputy director and head of exhibitions at the Visual Arts Department at the British Council.


EVENT: Portrait Sittings with Tintype Photographer Tif Hunter
Sunday 7 October, from 10am

For the past seven years, photographer Tif Hunter has nursed an interest in ‘tintypes’. These are handmade, one-off images which use a nineteenth-century technique, developed in the early days of photography. First invented in the 1850s, tintypes were particularly popular during the Civil War in late nineteenth-century America.

Messums Wiltshire is delighted to welcome Hunter back and offer a second experience to sit for a tintype portrait taken in our thirteenth-century barn.

Tintypes are original in ways that photographs from the twentieth and twenty-first century simply are not. There are no negatives to print from and no other ways of creating identical multiple images.

A tintype is a photograph with warm monochromatic tones on a thin sheet of metal. Tintypes, (or wetplates as they are also known) involve a cocktail of chemicals and must be prepared moments before the image is taken and developed and fixed immediately after. Each one-off tintype has a beautiful surface of marks and smears resulting from the chemistry involved. The final image is grainless with exquisitely smooth tones.

Hunter’s pioneering work with tintype portraiture, combined with 21st century lighting techniques, has led to many commissions including those from The Jerwood Foundation and retailer Toast. His commercial work has been featured in Lurzer’s Archive 200 Best Ad Photographers Worldwide. Hunter’s clients include British Airways, Sony and The Guardian.

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