Beyond the Town: Conversations of Art and Land
When Iwan and Manuela Wirth first encountered Durslade Farm on the outskirts of Bruton, an agrarian town located in Somerset, England, they saw more than verdant grounds and a derelict farmstead: they saw a refuge and a vision of home. In time, this vision expanded, materializing in the 2014 opening of Hauser & Wirth Somerset, an international contemporary art center for artists, locals, and visitors from near and far – a place full of energy, people, and ideas that remains a retreat, a sanctuary.
‘Beyond the Town: Conversations of Art and Land’ offers a chorus of essays, interviews, and artworks that detail Durslade Farm’s history and its 21st-century renaissance. The multiplicity of these voices and themes convey the farm’s physical and conceptual terrains, weaving together the story of Durslade’s transformation and its local community.