Visiting the Archive

Shatwell Valley – Drawing Matter

Valley

Hugh Strange Architects, Drawing Matter Archive, Somerset, 2016. – Drawing Matter

Archive

The Archive interior by Hugh Strange Architects, 2012, with display shelving by Tom Graham, 2017 and plan chest. Shatwell Farm, Drawing Matter – Drawing Matter

Shelves

Archive Interior, Smithson model – Drawing Matter

Models

Stephen Taylor, Cowshed – Drawing Matter

Cowshed

Obelisk Raising – Drawing Matter

Obelisk

Siza Columns, Shatwell – Drawing Matter

Columns

The archive and farmyard at Shatwell are open by appointment to tutor-led groups of students, architects, and individual researchers pursuing a specific line of enquiry. We prefer visits on Thursdays and Fridays, or Saturday mornings.

We have an informal rule that 15 people is the maximum that can gather round and discuss an individual drawing, and the archive space was designed with this limit in mind. The effective maximum size of a group on the Shatwell site is 30, assuming that half the party looks at the buildings while the others are in the archive.

Tutors (or others) wishing to bring a group to the archive should contact [email protected] giving details of the course the students are studying, and opening a discussion on subjects of particular interest to them. A very useful prelude would be an exploration by teachers and students of the material presented on www.drawingmatter.org.

For for more information on the architects and activities involved in the Shatwell project, please see The Shatwell Project.

For texts by other visitors to the archive you might enjoy Archives or Ardor by Iris Moon, Parataxis by Matthew Wells, or Conjunction and Incongruity by Polly Gould.

PLEASE NOTE

From 1st January 2018, Drawing Matter Trust will charge a fee of £10 per student visitor. This includes the discursive exchange with tutors, outlined above, on the content appropriate to the visit. These funds will be applied directly to a student scholarship for the annual Drawing Matter summer school. A simple sandwich lunch can be ordered at an additional charge.

The archive is situated in a working farmyard, so boots may be necessary.

Photography is encouraged in the farmyard (and rather discouraged within the archive!). We would like you to participate in a modest evolving experiment on photographic documentation of the changing Shatwell site by sharing these images on social media by using #shatwellfarm.

TRAVEL

BY TRAIN: Departures can be made from London Paddington to Castle Cary or from London Waterloo to Templecombe. Each station is ten minutes from Shatwell, with the journey to Castle Cary being slightly shorter. Taxis to and from the station should be booked ahead. We can provide a list of local taxi and coach companies to meet trains – and several warmly recommended pubs and restaurants nearby.

BY CAR: Shatwell Farmyard (Shatwell Lane, Yarlington. BA9 8DL) is off the A371, between Wincanton and Castle Cary, on the Wincanton side of the junction with the A359.


NEARBY

Hauser & Wirth Somerset (in Bruton), with a landscaped garden designed by Piet Oudolf, and the 2014 Serpentine Pavilion by Smiljan Radić .

Stourhead Landscape Garden and House (National Trust)

Wells, Cathedral and City