Royal Fine Art Commission Trust
The Royal Fine Art Commission Trust (registered charity 298201) was set up in 1987 as a complement to the Royal Fine Art Commission, the Government’s independent adviser on matters affecting public amenity and aesthetics in England and Wales. Over the past thirty years, the Trust has sought to promote visual awareness and public appreciation of high- quality design, for example through educational initiatives and an architecture award. Today it continues to advance its charitable objectives through commentary on design matters, by undertaking or commissioning relevant research and by partnering projects where its involvement can add value. The Royal Fine Art Commission Trust is principal funder of the summer school.
Based at Shatwell Farm in Somerset, The Drawing Matter Trust (registered charity 264878) curates an archive of architectural representations in the form of sketches, sketchbooks, models and presentation drawings. It sees drawing as a critical artistic practice in its own right, reflecting both the continuity and the evolution of essential ideas: about space, materials, technology, history and context. Its interest is in the practice of representation: the intentions with which the drawing was made, the conventions on which it depends, the real and imagined architecture it reproduces, and at what the designer’s hand might show which the building itself cannot. Shatwell Farm itself is a fascinating exercise in architectural experimentation and patronage, with new buildings commissioned by its owner and Drawing Matter’s founder, Niall Hobhouse.
Kingston School of Art
Kingston School of Art, part of Kingston University in South-West London, is at the forefront of art, design, and architecture education and research internationally. It counts many of the best architects, artists, designers, and scholars among its staff and alumni. Its teaching is guided by two principles: that students learn through the process of making; and that students are already critical practitioners and therefore contribute to the development of their subject area. It believes in transformative art school education, encouraging students to take risks and to innovate. The Architecture department is rated in the top 50 in Europe by DOMUS.
Hauser and Wirth
Hauser & Wirth is an international contemporary art gallery, founded by Iwan and Manuela Wirth and Ursula Hauser in 1992. It is now a global enterprise, with spaces in Zurich, London, New York, Somerset and Los Angeles. Its Somerset base, at Bruton, acts as a destination for experiencing art, architecture and the Somerset landscape through exhibitions of contemporary art. A landscaped garden, designed by Piet Oudolf, includes a perennial meadow, which sits between the gallery and the 2014 Serpentine Pavilion, designed by Chilean architect Smiljan Radić.
Founded in 909AD, Wells Cathedral School
is one of the oldest schools in Europe. Its earliest record was as a school for
choristers when the then church of Wells was made into a cathedral. Today it is
a thriving co-educational school, specialising in music, that incorporates
choristers, talented musicians and gifted mathematicians alongside its broad
and multi-cultural school community.
Bushra Mohamed Abraham