Exhibitions & Events

EXHIBITION: Jack McGarrity ‘Theatre as Studio, Studio as Theatre’

11 January – 10 February 2023

One of Messums’ Emerging Talent artists, Jack McGarrity trained at The Glasgow School of Art and The Royal Drawing School with residencies at the Prado and in Florence.

EXHIBITION: Martin Smith ‘The Poetics of Geometry’

15 February – 17 March 2023

A key figure in British ceramics, Martin Smith is an artist who approaches clay with the mindset of an architect. He studied at Bristol Polytechnic Faculty of Art and Design and the Royal College of Art, emerging in the midst of the new ceramics movement in the late 1970s and becoming known for his multi-disciplinary approach to design and practice. Smith is a Senior Research Fellow at the Royal College of Art having been Professor of Ceramics and Glass at the school for 16 years. In his new role he is researching the potential of the digitally printed ceramic surface.


22 March – 21 April 2023

The impact of the work of British-born artist John Walker has resonated for over 50 years. His unique and imaginative painterly language has influenced generations of artists. Walker represented England at the 1972 Venice Biennale, won the 1976 John Moores Painting Prize, had extensive survey shows at both the Tate and Hayward galleries and was nominated for the Turner Prize in 1985. His work is represented in collections across the world.

EXHIBITION: Tom Waugh and Jean-Vincent Simonet

26 April – 26 May 2023

Tom Waugh makes sculptures from stone and marble that depict discarded, mass-produced objects. Plastic bags, cardboard boxes, and tin cans are squashed, crushed, and wrinkled, documenting the casual imprints of human use

EXHIBITION: Shaun Fraser

26 April – 26 May

Shaun Fraser’s work frequently comments upon notions of identity, links to landscape and connections with place. His practice questions how the landscapes, spaces and places which we inhabit form us and can be translated through personal engagement, privileging one’s own memory as a principal source.