Messums Wiltshire looks to myths and metamorphosis for its latest show

Sought-after creations by artists such as Grayson Perry and Polly Morgan bring out Wiltshire’s wild side

The exhibition will include Malene Hartmann Rasmussen’s latest ceramic designs, from £1,850
The exhibition will include Malene Hartmann Rasmussen’s latest ceramic designs, from £1,850

Johnny Messum of Cork Street art dealership Messum’s Fine Art made a bold move to the English countryside 18 months ago. Restoring a magnificent 13th-century tithe barn at Tisbury, Wiltshire, midway between Hauser & Wirth’s country empire in Bruton and Madeleine Bessborough’s New Art Centre at Roche Court, near Salisbury, he established Messums Wiltshire, a pioneering multipurpose gallery and arts centre offering collectors and artists a unique environment – a rural “temple to the handmade”.

Barnaby Barford’s lifelike polar bear sculpture, £78,000
Barnaby Barford’s lifelike polar bear sculpture, £78,000
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From February 10 to April 2, Messums Wiltshire will host its second exhibition focusing on the earth. Called Material Earth: Myth, Material & Metamorphosis, it features works by collectable artists that have been inspired by mythology and stories of metamorphoses from northern Europe.

Bouke de Vries surreal works will also feature, including this Still Life with Kingfisher
Bouke de Vries surreal works will also feature, including this Still Life with Kingfisher
A selection of Grayson Perry’s early works will be on sale, from £24,000
A selection of Grayson Perry’s early works will be on sale, from £24,000

Danish artist Malene Hartmann Rasmussen – a finalist in last year’s British Ceramics Biennial Award for her vividly coloured, cute yet spooky ceramic My Inner Beasts – will show her latest creatures (from £1,850), alongside Barnaby Barford’s lifelike polar bear (£78,000). Poetic figurative clay sculptures (from £2,500) by Christie Brown and Claire Curneen will be displayed alongside Katie Spragg’s delicate porcelain installations (from £4,800) inspired by weeds and grains, and Kate Malone’s bold, baroque ceramic vessels (from £4,000). Grayson Perry’s early works (£24,000-£110,000) will also be available.

Taxidermist Polly Morgan’s sculptures, from £4,800, feature stuffed reptiles, birds and mammals
Taxidermist Polly Morgan’s sculptures, from £4,800, feature stuffed reptiles, birds and mammals
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In its new Long Gallery, one of the most collectable artists of her generation, taxidermist Polly Morgan, will show her macabre, beautiful sculptures (from £4,800) with stuffed reptiles, birds and mammals. These will be complemented by an extraordinary Alastair Mackie sculpture (£16,800) made of mouse skulls, and two of Bouke de Vries’ surreal winged bird cages (from £4,200). All will coalesce to address the dark and mysterious in nature and human behaviour.

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