THE “changing aesthetic in landscape” is at the heart of a new exhibition starting today at Messums Wiltshire in Tisbury.

Unkempt is in the Long Gallery and runs until September 5 and there are also a series of talks planned.

It showcases established and emerging artists whose work invites questions on how aesthetics can preconfigure our opinion about the environment and help us to discover a different way of finding beauty in our landscape.

The exhibiting artists are Hannah Brown, Gary Colclough, Tim Craven, John Davies, Laurence Edwards, Tyga Helm, Richard Hoare, Kurt Jackson, Rebecca Partridge, Yan Wang Preston, Narbi Price, Tuesday Riddell, Daphne Todd and Antony Williams.

Also at the Tisbury gallery is What Listening Knows, which runs from Saturday until September 5.

Sonia Leber and David Chesworth are known for their distinctive installation artworks, using a combination of video, sound, architecture, performance and public participation.

What Listening knows is a visual and audio enquiry of nature in the Cranborne Chase.

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The project is built up around three individual performers acting as ‘field recordists’ in the landscape, trailing through cornfields, traversing unfathomable henges and earthworks, and scanning anthills and ancient forests.

Each performer, armed with microphones and headphones, was prompted to physically interrogate the landscape from non-typical perspectives, activating their listening to find new ways to capture the acoustic forces of the environment.

Leber and Chesworth were invited as the inaugural artists on Messums’ Australian Artist Residency Programme.

They arrived in the Wiltshire landscape for eight weeks in the early summer of 2019 weighed down only with a mixed bag of pre-entry research, a video camera, some sound equipment and a couple of laptops.

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