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Messums West is a multi-purpose gallery and arts centre based at the Tithe Barn, Place Farm, Tisbury in Wiltshire. The venue opened in Autumn 2016 after a two-year restoration project to bring a thirteenth century monastic barn, the largest thatched building in the country, back to life as an exhibition and event space. The gallery’s one year anniversary was marked by the opening of the Long Gallery, a former dairy that lies perpendicular to the main barn, and a space to present two-dimensional works of art and objects of scale. The Mess Restaurant was opened in the same year and the exterior courtyard was remodelled in 2021 with extensive presentational space for sculpture.  

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Messums London is the capital focus to the exhibition programming. It is a destination for a rolling programme of solo and thematic shows reflecting the support and progress of our represented artists and other interests. Presentations throughout the year reflect core specialisms within the breadth of the arts represented, encompassing architecture, painting, drawing, ceramic, sculpture, film, photography, performance, textiles and more. The programme celebrates the exceptional and outstanding in all these genres and complements the events that take place across our other venues.  

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Our restaurant is at the heart of Messums West and is an ideal place to reflect on the art on display whilst catching up with friends and family over a leisurely and delicious homecooked lunch. We offer seasonal light lunches on Mondays, Thursday and Fridays with a  more substantial menu served on Saturdays and Sundays.Tables are available from midday and 3pm and we strongly advise booking in advance.As we move into spring, our courtyard tent offers our guests the chance to soak up more of the beautiful surroundings here at Messums.

Opening in Spring 2025, the former Post Office building in London Road North will be refurbished and transformed into a 21st century hub for creativity and, in so doing, will maintain the heritage of this historically important building in the heart of the town. Working with Lowestoft Town Council and internationally renowned local sculptor Laurence Edwards the hub, known as Messums East, will provide exhibition space, a shop for ideas and a working studio for a long-term residency programme. It will offer a meeting place for minds steeped in a range of genre, together with exhibition spaces, a screening room and a café/ restaurant.  

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Set in buildings on a converted American World War II Airbase, Messums Studios have run full time as teaching art studios since 2021 offering term-based courses in ceramic and in drawing as well as one-on-one tuition and outreach. Its aim is to support life-long creative learning with the emphasis on the individual’s development of creative language through tuition in the skills of making and in material knowledge.
Messums Studios helps to foster a community of creatives of all ages, abilities, and levels of expertise to engage with the various languages of making. Within our primary exhibition programming, audiences can continue to engage with making processes by connecting with our visiting and exhibiting artists through talks, studio visits and on-site workshops. Our guiding principle is the presentation of art as empathetic language and the integration of creativity within communication.
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As specialists in twentieth century and contemporary sculpture, Messums have an unrivalled collection of Elisabeth Frink’s available to the art market along with many other fine examples of figurative sculptures in bronze, stone and marble. 

Our collections and newly arrived artworks are housed at the Blackbarn storage facility and can be viewed by appointment at The Elisabeth Frink Studio.

In 2016, Messums saved Elisabeth Frink’s Woolland studio from demolition and in 2019 it was reconstructed in the tithe barn in Tisbury before finding a permanent home in Sutton Mandeville, Wiltshire.

Messums Creative was founded to support the creation and engagement with art and culture in a social context within the United Kingdom. We are passionate about accelerating the growth of education in these areas. The main art forms we support are PERFORMANCE and FINE ART.
In Performance, we provide emerging choreographers with an annual choreography platform which offers professional creative development and support for the creation, presentation and touring of new work.
In Fine Art, we offer creative learning environments for communities through workshops and close contact with a variety of professional practitioners.
Outreach is provided by supporting key stakeholders in these artforms to facilitate onsite delivery as part of programming as well as the provision of external delivery in third party venues.

Founded by the team at Messums West, MW Art Services is an independent company of specialists in the arts industry.

Bringing together the unique range of expertise and skill sets that have driven the Messums West programming, MW Art Services is now available directly to individuals and institutions to help with the storage, maintenance and management of your artworks and collections.

From March 2024, supplementing our specialist art services, we are delighted to launch art photography for artists and collectors. In partnership with Steve Russell studios. We can offer high resolution photography on Hasselblad multishot for publication, website, social media, documentation and archiving. If you are an artist or small business owner looking to add products to a website, we can provide the professional looking images that you need.

Contact us at west@messums.org to discuss your requirements.

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