Messums London is the West End outpost of the Messums Wiltshire brand founded in 2016 by Johnny Messum. It celebrates the best of artists, conceptual craft and the skill of the hand when applied to creativity across the ages.
Regular exhibitions across the year complete and compliment the programme of events that our 13th Century Tithe Barn near Salisbury.
Brendan first developed experience in the art world with an Old Master framing and restoration business, before working at Christies in the Old Masters department. After several years in the fine art logistics industry he joined Messum’s in Cork Street in 2016. As well as looking after the day-to-day running of the gallery, he is responsible for the sales, client liaison, gallery administration, exhibition logistics and many other tasks.
Head of Sales
After studying History of Art at Oxford Brookes University and spending a year living in Florence, Lucinda always dreamed of working in the art world. Having worked in the luxury industry for a number of years, specifically in client relationship management, business development, corporate partnerships and sales, the dream of stepping into the art world became real. Lucinda now heads up the sales team driving forward Messum’s ongoing development and focuses on fostering relationships with existing clients.
Johnathan Messum is the founder pioneer behind Messums Wiltshire, an inspirational and innovative Art Centre that offers a unique environment for both artists and collectors that celebrates the creative endeavour. He has established relationships with international, national and local artists and collectors who will support the gallery’s activities.
Johnathan initially joined Messums London as a Director in 1999, after studying History of Art at Edinburgh University and working for Christie’s in London. He has worked for the family business for most of his career.
At Messums London, Johnathan has taken the company into new ventures, starting new collections and building relationships with overseas galleries and museums on behalf of Messum’s artists and artist estates. He has been responsible for negotiating the handling of significant artworks on behalf of vendors of British art and is still actively engaged in the evolution of Messums London.
Catherine Milner has worked in the international art world for more than twenty years. Formerly Arts Correspondent of the Sunday Telegraph newspaper, she now regularly contributes articles about art to a number of publications including the Financial Times, the Economist and Apollo Magazine.
Having studied Fine Art at Edinburgh University her first job was working for the Barbican Art Gallery. She has since specialised in contemporary British art and was one of the first to write about the Young British Artist group in the early 1990s. Since then she has focused on contemporary Middle Eastern art and traveled extensively throughout the region. She has also recently started taking small groups of collectors to artists studios, exhibitions, art biennales and art fairs around the world.
Melissa has had a life-long love affair with art and art history. This began at home informally with a collector for a father, and the bond was sealed after spending a year on the John Hall History of Art Course.
Aside from raising a family and a Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Melissa (or Mouse as she is usually known!) has worked in various roles in Christie’s and Sotheby’s and maintains a keen interest in Contemporary Art.
Alastair’s family have owned the Fonthill Estate since the early nineteenth century, which includes Place Farm and the tithe barn where Messums Wiltshire is situated.
Alastair and Johnathan Messum have worked together to bring the tithe barn back to life and open it to the public as an arts centre and cultural institution for the South West of England.
Alastair has a keen interest in the arts and has collected art since his early 20’s, so the involvement of a major London gallery in the Fonthill estate is especially exciting. He has always been greatly involved in all aspects of rural life which are of particular interest.
Harry spent all of his working life in the creative industries, predominantly working for multi-national advertising agencies. Since he retired he has been involved in two start-up businesses.
In addition, Harry also works for a number of charities involved in the arts, ballet and contemporary dance. He has been an advisor to Frieze magazine and art fairs and has also been a judge for Arts & Business. He has been a Trustee and a Governor of Sadler’s Wells for over 20 years and is the Chairman of the Russell Maliphant Company (Russell is one of the world’s leading contemporary dance choreographers), a position that he has held for the past nine years.
Harry is particularly interested in the cross-fertilisation of traditional art forms and the role of education in the arts (he is a Trustee of an art school in London). He likes to paint, but not well enough to actually be called a painter.
Charlie has a great love of the aesthetic and has done from an early age. Having left school where the art department was certainly a favourite haunt, Charlie lived in Hamburg for a year working for an art supplier. During this time, he was then offered a job in the City of London so returned home and began a career lasting 5 years in insurance and banking.
As a child, his mother had renovated property and from an early age, Charlie took a very keen interest. Whilst working hard in the city, he bought, renovated and sold property which allowed him to gain further experience and indulge in his creative side. This finally led to him totally changing career to focus on property 15 years ago. Throughout this time Charlie learnt that other than the position and the bones of the property itself, the most important ingredient in creating a lovely home is the art.
Helen is Chair of Arts Council England South West Area and a member of ACE National Council. She has been involved in the cultural sector in Wiltshire for almost twenty years, first as a trustee and Chair at Salisbury Playhouse and then at the Salisbury International Arts Festival. She is now a trustee of the newly formed Wiltshire Creative, set to deliver a multi-arts programme to audiences across the county and beyond.
Helen is a Deputy Lieutenant of Wiltshire. Driven by the power of the arts and education to change lives, she is a strong believer in the importance of further education and vocational training. She was Chair of Wiltshire College for five years, during a time of transformational change.
Helen’s working life started in advertising and brand development and she has always enjoyed working with creative people and the creative process.
Molly Grant spent her gap year in Australia where she discovered her love of art working as a consultant in a contemporary art gallery in Sydney selling new works by young aspiring artists.
On her return to England Molly started at Messums Wiltshire as our Barista but within a couple of months had worked her way up to the position of Accounts Manager.
Molly is studying for a BA Hons degree in Business Management on her (rare) days off and is the font of all knowledge with the day to day running of Messums Wiltshire.
Front of House
After studying textiles at the Victoria and Albert Museum, Çiğdem gained a creative eye through setting up an online retail company, selling beautifully crafted objects by internationally celebrated designers for the home.
Born in Istanbul, her first experience of art was visiting the mansions on the Bosphorus with their Ottoman treasures, marquetry and Iznik tiles, since then she has always had a passion for fine art, whatever the material. She collects 20th century design with a particular focus on ceramics and glassware and travels around the world to find the most exquisite and finely crafted works in many mediums.
As Front of House, Çiğdem brings her creative expertise to provide an excellent customer service to our clients and visitors.