Private Views. The Collection and its Site
Saturday 6 July 2019

Siza Columns

Álvaro Siza, columns for the Annenberg Courtyard at the Royal Academy (2014), installed at Drawing Matter, Shatwell Farm. Photo Guus Kaandorp

Saturday 6 July 2019
Shatwell Farmyard
Yarlington, Somerset


A Saturday lunch and conversation with Lynne Cooke and 6a architects

As part of the exhibition Unconscious Landscape. Works from the Ursula Hauser Collection, join Drawing Matter at its home at Shatwell Farm, Somerset, for a conversation and lunch that consider the relationship of the private collection and its context.

Lynne Cooke, senior curator of the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, alongside Tom Emerson and Stephanie Macdonald, founding directors of 6a architects, will discuss how as curators and architects they can give meaning to a private collection, when context is as important as content.

The discussion will be followed by a perambulatory lunch curated by matchett & page in collaboration with Lucas Hollweg, chef and author of Good Things to Eat. By responding to the farm as a site, the lunch will allow alternative ways of experiencing the structures dispersed across the valley, inviting guests to consider the relationship between the acts of sheltering and eating in their most essential forms. 

In the Drawing Matter archive building, a display of drawings from the collection will explore the intersection of art and architecture – from situational and conceptual provocations by Constant, Gordon Matta-Clark, Nobuo Sekine and Robert Smithson to projects relating more directly to the idea of the collection, including the interiors of Thomas Hope’s house in Duchess Street, Le Corbusier's Maison de l’Homme and Tony Fretton’s Lisson Gallery.

Shatwell Farm is a working collection of architecture, both drawn and built. It is the home of the architectural drawings collection of Niall Hobhouse and the activities of the Drawing Matter Trust, as well as a place where architecture and agriculture convene daily. Grain silos and concrete barns sit alongside projects by Peter Smithson and Álvaro Siza, container libraries by Cedric Price and buildings by Hugh Strange, Stephen Taylor and Skene Catling de la Pena architects. Cows and sheep collide with visitors, scholars, students and the many thousand works on paper, from sixteenth-century Italy to Zaha Hadid. The everyday life of the farm has a profound effect on the experience of the collection, bringing architecture into an unconscious conversation with the functional world and environments in which it operates. Here, living is powerfully informed by the act of looking.


From 11.30am 

Welcome and coffee at Hauser & Wirth Somerset, with an optional tour of Unconscious Landscape. Works from the Ursula Hauser Collection

A conversation in the tractor shed with Lynne Cooke (National Gallery, Washington, DC), Tom Emerson and Stephanie Macdonald (6a architects)

A perambulatory lunch curated by matchett & page in collaboration with Lucas Hollweg, featuring a short film documenting the daily grind of Shatwell Farm by artist and carpenter Lucas Wilson

Please wear or bring robust shoes – and prepare for rain

Guests are also invited to the launch party of The Citizen, the thinking persons magazine for modern civic life, edited by Isabel Allen and Will Hunter. 

7–9pm Magazine Launch party with welcome drinks by Glastonbury Vineyard

9–11pm After party

The Clubroom At the Chapel
High Street
BA10 0AE


A morning bus service will run from Castle Cary and Gillingham stations to Hauser & Wirth Somerset, with transportation provided from the gallery to Shatwell Farm. Two evening bus services will then run from Shatwell to Castle Cary and Gillingham stations. 

By train from London

London Waterloo to Gillingham
Departs 9.20 Arrives 11.16

London Paddington to Castle Cary
Departs 10.03 Arrives 11.27

Returning to London

Gillingham to London Waterloo
Early departure 16.51 

Castle Cary to London Paddington
Early departure 16.33 

By car

From the east 
From Wincanton, take the A371 towards Castle Cary.  After about 2.5 miles take the second left-hand signpost to Yarlington

From the west 
Follow the A371 towards Wincanton , and after the junction with the A359, take the first right-hand signpost to Yarlington

Access is by a narrow country lane. Please arrive only via Shatwell Lane from the north, as described above, and not through Yarlington village.

Limited parking is available at Shatwell Farm.


For more on Unconscious Landscape. Works from the Ursula Hauser Collection, see the Guardian review.