The exhibition ‘Gustav Metzger’ at our Somerset gallery in 2021 is our first to receive a carbon emissions calculation. The gallery team worked to produce an environmentally-responsible exhibition and achieve a low carbon footprint by actively discussing the environmental impact of the exhibition and the sustainability interests at the heart of Metzger’s practice.
Thomas J Price has rapidly become one of the most important British contemporary sculptors of his generation, subverting stereotypical representations of figures we value in society and traditional power structures. After studying at Chelsea College of Art, he completed his MA at the Royal College of Art in 2006 and began further interrogating the language of monumentalism to question the status inherent in public sculptures. Much of his work engages ideas of representation and perception, challenging existing historical narratives and reappropriating power. Price has exhibited widely in the UK and internationally, including solo exhibitions at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, West Bretton (2014), National Portrait Gallery, London (2016) and The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery, Toronto (2019). This July he will take up post as artist-in-residence at Hauser & Wirth Somerset ahead of his inaugural solo exhibition with the gallery in October 2021.
We are proud to partner with Dartington Arts School by supporting a student on the ‘Arts and Place’ MA course, starting April 2022 until January 2023. The Gustav Metzger Foundation Scholarship will be eligible to a student with refugee status or have an application for asylum in the UK. The gallery’s support will include tuition fees for the one-year course, living expenses and associated residency location at Hauser & Wirth Somerset for two weeks. This unique collaboration is part of Hauser & Wirth’s ongoing commitment to providing opportunities for equal access to higher education, whilst working to establish meaningful connections that continue Gustav Metzger’s legacy and vision.
Hauser & Wirth Somerset is firmly embedded in the local community and rural landscape of Somerset. Since its launch in 2014, the rural arts centre has supported and worked in partnership with many institutions, businesses and organisations in the South West, raising over £120,000 for local charities. ‘Each year we select a new local charity to support through entrance donations and seasonal events, providing a platform to promote ongoing initiatives to a broad audience,’ says Debbie Hillyerd, Director of Education Hauser & Wirth. ‘In the wake of COVID-19, we decided to share contributions between three local organisations, each delivering vital social, health and cultural initiatives to the surrounding community.’
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.
In continuation of Hauser & Wirth's long-standing commitment to education and ongoing collaborations with institutions such as Bath Schools of Art & Design and Cal State LA, the gallery will host two consecutive student-led graduate exhibitions in Somerset and Los Angeles over the next four months. With a number of university presentations postponed or cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the physical exhibitions will provide distinct global platforms for recent graduates embarking on creative careers during this challenging period. Alongside both exhibitions, the gallery will provide technical, curatorial and marketing support to ensure the work is shared with a broad audience and students are able to gain valuable insights into the working process behind the experience.
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. Hauser & Wirth Somerset is proud to have been awarded ‘The Museums & Galleries Award’ in the international Big Draw Festival Awards 2018.
We are delighted to announce that Kirstin Claxton and Justin Serulneck have been chosen to take part in the 2019 Hauser & Wirth Residency Exchange for post-MFA students.
On Thursday 28 March 2019, we had the great privilege of welcoming Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II to Hauser & Wirth Somerset.