The newest addition to the international art gallery Hauser and Wirth will not be found in the historic central business district of one of the world’s largest and most important cities, nor will it be located along the ancient waterfront of a significant trade port. The Somerset Gallery, expected to open in 2014, will instead take the place of the recently functioning Durslade Farm, in Bruton, Southwest England.
…not so far from The English Group’s studio.
The area currently has no major center for contemporary art, and is also believed to harbor a growing population of people who are interested in it. The project will take up the several
individual structures that make up the farm, conserving their heritage and incorporating a museum exhibition space and arts center, open free of charge six days per week. Among some of the new facilities, the buildings will include an archive, reading room, a landscaped meadow garden and a locally-sourced restaurant with food provided by ‘at the chapel.’ The new gallery is expected to host around 40,000 visitors per year.
President of Hauser and Wirth, Iwan Wirth, states:
‘We see ourselves as custodians of these beautiful historic buildings, and we are delighted to be bringing a world-class facility and public resource to the people of Bruton and Somerset. This new gallery will be of international significance, but at its core will be the local landscape and community.’