Hauser & Wirth case study

When gallery owners Iwan and Manuela Wirth – described by Vogue magazine as “the gallery world’s power couple” – discovered Durslade Farm near Bruton in Somerset, they fell in love with it. The farm had been neglected for many years but had some remarkable buildings, which they could see would make a unique and interesting location for a gallery.

Hauser & Wirth SomersetTwo years later in July 2014, having lovingly renovated the farm buildings, the couple officially opened their new gallery and arts centre– the latest addition to the Hauser & Wirth portfolio, which is one of the leading galleries in the world.

Hauser & Wirth Somerset has already integrated well into the local community and the opening of the new gallery has created a real buzz in the town. “Bruton felt like the right place to develop a gallery, and the local community are very creative and receptive to new ideas,” explains Alice Workman, Hauser & Wirth Somerset Director. “Most of our suppliers and contractors are local businesses, and we’ve been extremely happy with the service we’ve received and the strong working relationships that have developed.”

Explaining the particular appeal of Somerset, she said, “We are surrounded by beautiful countryside and Somerset is full of interesting and creative people and businesses. There is a slower pace of life, which means that people are friendlier and happier and have the time to be helpful.”

Far from being a remote location, Somerset’s strong road and rail connections are often quoted as one of the key benefits for businesses based in or relocating to the county. This is certainly the case for Hauser & Wirth Somerset too, as Alice highlights the ease of staying connected, explaining, “Transport links here are good and our staff members regularly travel by train to London, Bath and Bristol for events.”

Summing up the benefits of being based in Somerset, Alice says, “Somerset is an inspiring place to work and there are many thriving locally based businesses, so there is a real sense of community and of people wanting to help one another.”