Centered around a core belief in education, Hauser & Wirth offers a series of artist, specialist and curator-led talks, seminars and workshops tailored for primary schools, colleges and universities. Since our founding, we have also used art and gallery spaces as focus points for education programs and outreach. These have developed into sustained, multi-year local partnerships.
South London Gallery In an ongoing series of interactive workshops with the South London Gallery’s Education Programme, we have worked with Harris Academy Girls School, East Dulwich and artist Khaleb Brooks. The programme coincided with Mark Bradford, Cerberus where Brook’s asked students to explore their own personal mythologies by creating collage and layered artworks inspired by experiences of Mark Bradford’s exhibition at Hauser & Wirth London. This partnership combines the expertise and reach of South London Gallery’s education team and a celebration of the international artists represented by H&W as well as providing the opportunity for young artist educators such as Kaleb to develop their practise.
UWE Bristol MA/MFA Curating, Hauser & Wirth Somerset Hauser & Wirth Somerset is a partner for UWE Bristol MA Curating, facilitating a student placement at the gallery for a year. The position provides a professional and creative learning environment with an active and engaging cultural setting. The individualized mentoring and support equip candidates with the skills required for the workplace and alumni have subsequently been employed by Hauser & Wirth.
Bristol Old Vic Theatre Partnering with Bristol Old Vic Theatre, Hauser & Wirth Somerset is delighted to host the hugely successful Bristol Old Vic Youth Theatre Summer School each year. This is an opportunity for young people interested in drama and performing arts to work with professional directors to create an original piece of theatre. In collaboration with the team at Bristol Old Vic Theatre, the course participants are asked to devise a new play told through movement, music and theatre.
International Curatorial Residency and Symposium The annual International Curatorial Residency and Symposium at Hauser & Wirth Somerset brings together five influential curators and invites them to be immersed in the ethos and programming of the rural arts centre and its local community. Participating curators for the residency and symposium are selected in collaboration with our global locations once the symposium topic is set. During the residency, the participants experience the art, architecture, landscape, and food of Durslade Farm, where Hauser & Wirth Somerset is based. The group engage with artists, staff and external professionals from London to Somerset, and have opportunities to exchange their own creative knowledge.Previous editions have focused on curators of private art collections, curatorial practice in relation to sculpture and exploring different models of display, and curators who are known for pushing the boundaries of curatorial practice and artistic engagement.
Architectural Drawing Summer School Drawing Matter Trust, in partnership with The Royal Fine Art Commission, Hauser & Wirth Somerset, Kingston School of Art, and Royal Fine Art Commission Trust, deliver a residential Architectural Drawing Summer School for teenagers in Bruton, Somerset. Accommodation is provided by Bruton School for Girls. Students work in and around the town of Bruton, at the Drawing Matter archive and at Hauser & Wirth Somerset and are exposed to conversations and exercises set by many of the leading thinkers in architectural education today. Expert tuition is led by Andrew Clancy, Professor of Architecture at Kingston, with a team of tutors and experts from our partner universities including Queens University Belfast, Cardiff University and University of Dundee.
Prince's Trust Prince’s Trust are open to young people aged 11 to 30 from all over the UK - no matter if they have been facing some serious issues such as homelessness or if they've been in trouble with the law. They work with delivery partners across the UK to offer hundreds of free courses, grants and mentoring opportunities to inspire young people to build their confidence and start a career. We have partnered with the charity Prince’s Trust since our launch in 2014. Each year a group of young people from disadvantaged backgrounds, following the Prince's Trust Achieve Programme, to come to the gallery and engage in activities to learn about the workplace and discover the career opportunities that may suit them.
Creative Youth Network The Creative Youth Network work with young people whom may be experiencing barriers to their progression. The centre in Bristol is a growing hub of support including all sorts of youth services from the Brook clinic, mental health services, social services, radio stations etc. We work to assist underrepresented artists with their professional development, offering an insight into Hauser & Wirth and opportunities to deliver workshops as part of our programme.
The Big Draw The Big Draw is the world’s biggest annual drawing festival that takes place across schools, libraries, museums, artists groups, local councils, community centers and other organizations. Each year Hauser & Somerset launches The Big Draw events in direct response to the exhibition programme. The events involve over 200 people, and are aimed at families, schools and adults by hosting dedicated schools days, workshops and a special Family Saturday. Hauser & Wirth Somerset is proud to have been awarded ‘The Museums & Galleries Award’ in the international Big Draw Festival Awards 2018.
Arthaus The youth group, self-named Arthaus, meets every month at the gallery, and is made up of a mix of 15 – 19 year olds from various schools and colleges across Somerset. Since its launch in 2014, Arthaus has both instigated and responded to an impressive range of projects, formed a strong alumni profile and many have been employed by the gallery. Testimonial I joined Arthaus when I was 17 during the first year of my A-Levels. What I loved about Arthaus was the opportunity to discuss different art topics, look at the current exhibitions, and work with artists whilst meeting others. Arthaus fuelled my appreciation and interest in art history, encouraging me to study it at University of Sussex, where I have just finished my Art History degree. When living in Brighton, I invigilate at Hauser & Wirth London and at the weekend, volunteer at a gallery in Brighton called Fabrica where they host both exhibitions and life drawing classes. I am excited to continue to develop my skills and immerse myself within the art industry. Working with Arthaus pushed me out of my comfort zone and provided a creative environment of likeminded individuals which helped me confirm that my passion lies within understanding the art world. I feel very fortunate to have had this opportunity. – Eliza Howell
Bath School of Art and Design, Bath Spa University In 2014 Hauser & Wirth Somerset launched a series of events in collaboration with Bath Spa University’s Curatorial Practice MA students. Since then we have worked closely with all courses offering tours, events and professional practice in addition to the Post MFA Residency Exchange Programme with CalArts. The annual Hauser & Wirth Exchange Residency for post-MFA students is a collaboration between Hauser & Wirth Los Angeles and Hauser & Wirth Somerset, working with the California Institute for the Arts (CalArts) and the Bath School of Art and Design, Bath Spa University. It was established to foster international links between institutions, the gallery and emerging artists. In addition to financially supporting the residency, Hauser & Wirth integrates participants into gallery programming.
CalArts Critical Studies Summer Residency Annually from May through August, Hauser & Wirth Los Angeles dedicates the Book & Printed Matter Lab to a curatorial residency open to students in CalArts’ Critical Studies MFA program. This residency provides an opportunity for graduate students to place their work in the public domain, learn about curation in a hands-on way, and develop fruitful working relationships with peers and new partners in the arts. Residents are given full access to the Book & Printed Matter Lab to develop a series of events or projects associated with students’ developing practice and individual research. Testimonial From 2019 CalCArts Critical Studies Resident I had such an incredible experience during my Hauser & Wirth residency! Hauser & Wirth allowed time for me to explore different elements of my thesis work and encouraged me to take risks. I had unique access to filmmakers, artists, and theorists. These conversations opened up new questions and pathways that, ultimately, strengthened my thesis project for the better. I couldn’t have asked for a more enriching graduate program experience. – Jessica (Wawra) Kesselring
Lower Eastside Girls Club The Girls Club is elevating the voices of girl leadership, promoting the strength of sisterhood and providing young womxn with the tools and experiences they need to overcome barriers that may limit their potential. We support our members as they make sense of the chaotic world around them: developing their own analysis and questioning the root causes of the challenges our communities are facing. Hauser & Wirth hosts regular workshops and gallery tours for these middle and high school students in its New York galleries, providing access to critical thinking skills, artist talks, round table discussions and art resources.