Throughout October, Hauser & Wirth held events for The Big Draw Festival 2022 across 8 of our locations around the world. Chillida Leku, Hong Kong, London, Los Angeles, Menorca, Monaco, Somerset and Zurich all offered free creative activities for families, schools and communities that engaged with drawing and responded to the collective theme ‘Come Back to Colour’. The theme invited participants to rediscover the vitality and vibrancy in everyone’s lives after what has been a challenging few years.
During a two-week residency in Somerset, four students from the Arts and Place MA course at Dartington Arts School were invited to develop work responding to the theme of ‘Remember Nature,’ a project inspired by artist and activist Gustav Metzger. The students participating in the residency were Raman Feiz, Imogen Mansfield, Emma Yorke and Mary Waltham.
As part of our learning program, Hauser & Wirth has extended its partnership with South London Gallery for another year. This partnership was initiated in 2020 with a schools’ program responding to the difficulties that schools faced during and since the pandemic in accessing art gallery spaces and creative workshops. We will now also support South London Gallery’s youth group Art Assassins and the newly launched Making Sense initiative, a creative partnership between South London Gallery and University of the Arts London, alongside support from A New Direction and the RSA. The program brings together young people, educators and researchers to explore themes of inclusion and anti-racism through youth-led creative collectives, teacher training, conversations and resources. This initiative provides Hauser & Wirth with the opportunity to collaborate, to share and to extend the reach of our own learning program, making art accessible to all young people.
Following an open call to Spanish universities, this year’s Education Lab at Hauser & Wirth Menorca has been created as part of a post-graduate student residency. The participants have worked with the gallery community and local entities to conceptualize a learning space and program that run alongside Rashid Johnson’s exhibition ‘Sodade.’
As reported in ARTNews, Hauser & Wirth Education Lab LA is a new creative education initiative for students from a local high school based in Downtown Los Angeles. The two-part project features workshops led by a team of arts professionals at the gallery and a visual arts project created by the students in collaboration with Los Angeles-based artist Mark Bradford, which opened to the public on 16 July and will remain on view through 18 September. The first Education Lab LA initiative recognizes Bradford’s partnership with the Los Angeles-based, international non-profit, PILAglobal, an organization that offers innovative education to children who live in refugee camps, migrant shelters, or in abject poverty through the creation of ‘Nests,’ or early learning spaces.
This summer at Hauser & Wirth Somerset we are celebrating our inaugural Education Lab in partnership with Arts University Bournemouth (AUB), open to the public from 28 May until 4 September 2022. The Education Lab is part of the gallery’s commitment to inclusive learning programs that instigate a dialogue between art, artists and a diverse audience. Designed to support students by offering a short period of professional experience in our Somerset gallery, the initiative gives visibility to creative approaches to collaborative learning and mentoring.