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Its founders Iwan & Manuela Wirth live locally and are patrons of a number of charities. Their charitable giving is focused on art, architecture, landscape, conservation, gardening, food, education and community.
Hauser & Wirth Somerset are delighted to support Bruton Primary School PSA from July 2019, beginning with fundraising at our annual Summer Party.
Bruton Primary School’s PSA committee are driven to raise funds for the school and its facilities in many exciting ways. Recent projects that they have funded include a swimming pool, the School’s sensory room, new library books, the Zambian link and outdoor games and equipment.
Carymoor Environmental Trust are an environmental education and nature conservation charity. They provide informative outdoor learning for schools and young people about the local wildlife, landscape and how to live more sustainably.
From July 2018 – 2019, all donations went to Carymoor Environmental Trust. Recent projects and initiatives include a shaded story circle in their willow plantation, the build of a traditional cob oven, and new conservation equipment and tools. These are all invaluable for maintaining their reserve and developing their education programme, which includes learning days with schools, courses for adults, family activity days and volunteering opportunities.
Wells Art Contemporary is an open competition for UK and international contemporary visual art that has gained praise and respect in Britain and abroad. It was established six years ago by a group of artists and their friends in Wells, the beautiful cathedral city in the South-West of England.
Hauser & Wirth Somerset is delighted to be a Patron of WAC and fully supports their ambition to bring international contemporary artists to Wells.
Drawing Matter is grounded in a collection of architectural drawings. The Drawing Matter archive now incorporates a significant body of material focussed on architectural drawings as works of ongoing exploration and discovery, particularly through sketches, sketchbooks, models, study and presentation drawings. Hauser & Wirth Somerset has worked with Drawing Matter on various events and exhibitions.
The Brue Community River Environment Workers (BrueCREW) volunteers work and learn under the guidance of the Somerset Wildlife Trust and the Wild Trout Trust to enhance the river that gave Bruton its name, for the enjoyment of everyone who lives in or visits our town. Their vision is that ‘Bruton’s riverside will be somewhere relaxing to spend time with nature, and a walking corridor connecting the historic town centre with footpaths to the East and perhaps the West.’
Hauser & Wirth Somerset were delighted to support local community project BrueCREW from July 2017 – 2018 with all entrance donation going to this fantastic local cause.
STAR is a charity for Somerset children designated as in need and provides opportunities through art, music, sport and recreation to young people aged 5 – 25 who are most disadvantaged. Hauser & Wirth Somerset provided an enrichment day for carers, Promise Mentors and children at the gallery.
Hauser & Wirth Somerset formed a unique partnership with Actiontrack Performance Company to work with children from two local primary schools in developing a performative response to Subodh Gupta’s exhibition at the gallery.
For the past 30 years Actiontrack Performance Company have been changing the shape of participatory arts, and making spectacle happen. Initially based in Devon, and now in Taunton in Somerset, Actiontrack have become one of the leading companies in community theatre and participatory arts. The company work in a variation of structures, from individual workshops and supporting hard to reach vulnerable groups, to large-scale community plays and engagement projects.
Hauser & Wirth Somerset annually invites The House of Fairytales to put on an interactive adventure for the whole family at Durslade Farm inspired by the artworks and environment at the gallery.
The House of Fairytales is a national children’s arts charity that exists to engage with young people of all ages from any socio-economic or cultural background and any religion. Central to the House of Fairytales is the belief that providing imaginative spaces to learn and play is not just about creating happy children but happy families, healthier communities and a thriving society too.
The Youth Cinema Foundation teaches over 50 young people professional acting techniques and film-making, across the South West of England. Hauser & Wirth Somerset annually hosts the premier screening of short films created by local Somerset teenagers from The Youth Cinema Foundation.
Hauser & Wirth Somerset celebrates nature and its rural environment, which is closely connected to its love of art and culture. For this reason the gallery selected the Somerset Wildlife Trust as its chosen charity for 2014 and 2015.
Somerset’s beautiful and iconic landscapes have inspired many generations of writers and artists because it is one of the most nature-rich places in England with ancient woodlands, vibrant wetlands and mosaics of wildflower meadows.
For over 50 years Somerset Wildlife Trust has been working in and is dedicated to conserving the full range of Somerset’s habitats and species and every £ you donate will be spent in Somerset on safeguarding the county’s most outstanding wildlife and wild places for present and future generations.
Durslade Walled Garden
Hauser & Wirth Somerset has donated a plot of land to the local council as part of a community garden project. 30 new fruit trees have been planted and 25 raised beds have been created and are being used as allotments by members of the local community (with more in the pipeline). Events have also been held within the garden including a lesson in the art of pruning and mulching fruit trees by renowned gardener and Bruton resident Charles Dowding.
Hauser & Wirth Somerset has launched a series of events in collaboration with Bath Spa University School of Art & Design. For each event, students from the university’s Curatorial Practice MA are invited to curate and present an evening of film and video screenings featuring artists represented by Hauser & Wirth. The screenings are introduced by the students and conclude with an open discussion focusing on the themes, readings and interpretations of the works shown. The first event in March 2015 (held at The Chapel in Bruton) focused on the video works of Anri Sala.
Hauser & Wirth Somerset Director, Alice Workman, sits on the board of trustees for Spike Island an international centre for the development of contemporary art and design based in Bristol. Spike Island is a vibrant hub for production, presentation and debate, and invites audiences to engage directly with creative practices through participation and discussion.
Hauser & Wirth Somerset has partnered with the Prince’s Trust to run a series of events for one of their xl clubs; a club which supports young people aged 13-19 years old, at risk of underachievement or exclusion from school, to develop the skills and confidence needed to progress into a positive future.
A 5-day long programme of events and activities based at Hauser & Wirth Somerset in October, will give the students the opportunity to work with an artist, curate a temporary exhibition in Bruton Museum and organise a closing event.
Hauser & Wirth Somerset is delighted to support the Bruton Museum a small local museum situated on Bruton High Street which houses a desk belonging to John Steinbeck, who spent time writing in Bruton. Hauser & Wirth Somerset welcomes opportunities to collaborate with the museum, such as 2015’s educational project with the Prince’s Trust, which culminated in an exhibition within the museum curated by the participants.
Located in Bruton’s Dovecote building, the not-for-profit heritage centre focuses on the town’s history and surrounding area, as well as providing a space for exhibitions and volunteer-led events within the community.
The gallery has selected the Bruton Museum as its chosen charity for 2016 and donation boxes are located at the gallery’s reception.
Hauser & Wirth Somerset is the main sponsor of the Bruton Packhorse Fair, a fun, annual community event that launches the Bruton Festival of the Arts. The Packhorse Fair provides opportunities for charities, voluntary organisations and local businesses, as well as promoting the huge array of local musicians, artists and artisans. At this year’s Packhorse Fair, Hauser & Wirth Somerset ran a hugely popular stall making hand printed tote bags, using a selection of specially designed stamps which were free to take away for participants.
The Holburne Museum is a free art museum in Bath staging exhibitions, events and educational activities of outstanding quality and imagination.
Iwan and Manuela Wirth have made a special contribution towards the museum’s contemporary programme, with the contemporary gallery space named the Wirth Gallery. They also donate towards salaries, care of the collection, learning and the Museum’s daily operational costs.
Hauser & Wirth Somerset supports Frome’s Foreground projects, a not-for-profit organisation commissioning artists to make new site-specific work.
The gallery was pleased to sponsor Foreground’s most recent project; Instructions for an Ordinary Utopia, which commissioned new works from artists Simon & Tom Bloor, Peter Liversidge and Ruth Proctor in and around Frome.
Hauser & Wirth Somerset has collaborated with Bristol Old Vic Theatre to develop a theatre summer school for 25 young people aged 11-18 years. The Theatre Summer School will take place at Hauser & Wirth Somerset, over nine days and will invite participants to develop and create stories, characters and themes in response to the explosive colour and extraordinary forms of Phyllida Barlow’s sculpture. Working alongside the Bristol Old Vic’s professional team, the young people will learn and develop skills necessary to create and perform theatre.
Iwan and Manuela Wirth and Alice Workman are all patrons of the Arnolfini, one of Europe’s leading centres for the contemporary arts, presenting innovative, experimental work in the visual arts, performance, dance, film, music and events, accompanied by a programme of learning and participation activities.
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