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What’s On in September? – updated!

No back-to-school blues in Wiltshire with a veritable stack of world-class art, as well as comedy and autumn flower-arranging.


September’s a bumper month for all kinds of art in Wilts (and that’s not a sentence you hear alot tbh): just take a look at this lot.

Peacock Arts Trail, North West Wilts, 11-19 September

This open studios (and virtual event) around Corsham has some interesting fine art and design. How about these tasty stacking rings from local jeweller Victoria Jarman?

Art Decko Skate Art Auction

There are some heavy-hitting street artists backing the Bradford-on-avon campaign for a new skatepark. Currently featuring in the internationally-recognised Vanguard Street Exhibition at Bristol’s M-Shed, artists such as Will Barras, Mr Jago, China Mike and Inkie have joined with locally based illustrators to donate artwork, mostly decorated skate decks, for an on-line auction via Galabid from 4-19 September.

Freud, Minton, Ryan: Unholy Trinity Victoria Art Gallery, Bath, until 19 September

Fancy a bit of culture? This one could fit in nicely with an afternoon of shopping and cocktails in the prettiest of cities. Freud’s gay relationships are explored in this exhibition of the work of three outstanding figurative painters of pre-war London.

Prudence Maltby: Staring from a thousand Yards Pound Arts until 28 Sept

Salisbury-based artist Maltby is responding to the trauma that was 2020 -with covid, Black Lives Matter and the vulnerability of the NHS among her subjects. This exhibit of mixed-media artworks may deal with tough subjects, but their striking playfulness might be just the therapy we need right now.

Eric Ravilious: Downland Man Wiltshire Museum, Devizes, from 25 September

Nothing says Wiltshire like Eric Ravilious, so here at Muddy Wilts we’re way excited for this exhibition. Masterminded by guest curator James Russell who was responsible for the Ravilious exhibition at Dulwich Picture Gallery in 2015, it will include significant loans from The Imperial War Museum, Tate Britain, the V&A and The British Museum. Heavyweight heh? See you there.

Elizabeth Frink: Man is an Animal at Messums, Tisbury, from 26 September

Another world-class exhibit for you: this will be the most extensive collection of large-scale sculptures by Dame Elizabeth Frink since her death in 1993. If you’ve not been to Messums yet, it’s certainly worth a trip: the thirteenth century tithe barn in which it’s set is a sight in itself. And make sure you check out the Mess Restaurant for lunch.

DANCE Greater Than Lion Messums, September 10 & 11

More culture from Messums, with this contemporary dance premier choreographed by Kennedy Junior Muntanga, who was born in Zambia and studied at the Phoenix Dance Theatre and Rambert School of Ballet. It might inspire you to join their dance workshop on 12 September, with classes for all ages.

CAR BOOT Sert Country House Collectibles & Car Boot Sale, Devizes, 11 September

You may have noticed Muddy Wilts loves a car boot. This one’s in aid of Cancer Research, and opens from 7.30am, so set those alarms and let the bargain hunt begin.

WORKSHOP Autumn Bouquet Workshop Pod & Pip 11 Sept 10am-12

Feeling creative? Join these experts near Salisbury for a morning learning how to make an Autumn-inspired bouquet. Tea, cake and chat included: now that’s our kind of lesson. Can’t make this? How about Seasonal Table Arrangements on 22 September.

MARKET Atworth Artisan The White Hart, Atworth, 12 September 11am-3pm

Another Muddy Wilts fave, come along to this market and wonder at the quality of crafting talent in these parts. We like to stock up on pressies here: great for jewellery, flowers, soap, candles, macrame and the like. It’s the last one before the Christmas spectacular in November. Now that’s a scary thought.

COMEDY Olga Koch: Homecoming at Pound Arts, Corsham, 18 Sept

Edinburgh Fest hit Koch returns to The Pound with Homecoming, which will see her try to figure out who the hell she is as an immigrant and certified teen drama queen.

CINEMA OPENING The Parade Cinema Marlborough from 18 Sept

photo: Victoria Tapper Photography

A new indie cinema in Marlborough! A converted nineteenth century non-conformist chapel will shortly become the first cinema in the town for 50 years. Muddy can report comfy armchair-style seats, surround sound, cafe and bar. Food & drink looks promising, with a Yapp Brothers wine list, their own Parade apple juice and Marshfield ice-cream. What to see first? We reckon Herself on 23 Sept.

LITERATURE FESTIVAL Marlborough 30 Sept – 3 October

A hybrid live/online event, the Golding Speaker is totally impressive and award-winning Turkish writer Elif Shafak, pictured. She’ll be appearing at a virtual event at 7.30pm on Fri 1 Oct. Also features Guardian journalist Luke Harding in a live event around his intriguing latest book about Russia, Shadow State at 12 on 2 October.

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