Exhibitions & Events

EXHIBITION: Francesco Poiana

27 April – 27 May

Francesco’s diaphanous and dream-like watercolours of Italy are like memories; both contemporary and rooted in history. Working during the spring and summer 2020 in the Italian countryside Francesco’s en plein air paintings are spontaneous notes on the landscape

TALK: Body, Land and Photography

Wednesday 1 June, 2pm

Charlotte Jansen and Yan Wang Preston in conversation introduced By Zelda Cheatle. A discussion with artist Yan Wang Preston in relation to the four major bodies of work in her solo exhibition With Love

EXHIBITION: Yan Wang Preston: With Love

1 June – 1 July

Dr Yan Wang Preston (b. 1976, Henan Province, China) is recognised for her expert ability to excavate humanity at the heart of landscapes and explore the mercurial relationship between people, nature and place through photography and performance.

EXHIBITION: Tom Robinson

6 July – 5 August

Tom Robinson lives in Norfolk, England. His work space is a large garage-turned-studio without windows where light is drawn through opaque panes of glass in the ceiling. The work in progress is hung on each of the four walls surrounding the artist, creating an intense if sometimes claustrophobic atmosphere. The arrangement allows the works to speak to each other across the room and for different bodies of work – small and very large paintings; paintings on panel and canvas; paintings in vivid colour and in black and white – to proceed in concert.

EXHIBITION: on Surface | Contemporary Painting Today

10 August – 9 September

on Surface showcases the work of a group of emerging contemporary artists who share certain affinities and approaches – Anna Brass, David Cooper, Laurence Grave and Henry Ward – together with works from Messums’ artist and selector of the exhibition, Tom Robinson.

EXHIBITION: Kitty Shepherd ‘Word of Mouth’

19 October – 18 November

This first major collection of playful ceramic works from Kitty Shepherd includes ceramic jars, plates and vases and displays multifaceted stories. At heart, ‘Word of Mouth’ is a simple story of names, colours and social history.

Messums Photography

Our photography programme features international, renowned and emerging artists and photographers working in various parts of the world encouraging dialogue between contemporary imagery and archives, reflecting on the evolution of photography as a storytelling genre.