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Tuesday29 July 2014

Bruton art gallery gets planning

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Scheme by Laplace & Co to open in 2014

The first images of a new art gallery in Somerset by French architect Laplace & Co have been released after the scheme was given planning permission.

The centre at a derelict farm, parts of which date back to the 1760s, in Bruton will be run by Swiss gallery Hauser & Wirth and is due to open by the middle of 2014.

Work will involve converting a series of grade II listed buildings at Durslade Farm with former stables and workshops turned into a reading room. The farmhouse will be for guests, barns will become gallery spaces while cowsheds will be converted into a restaurant, visitors’ entrance and bookshop

Last month South Somerset Council gave the green light for work to be carried out on the listed buildings. Somerset practice Benjamin & Beauchamp is the conservation architect.

The gallery is expecting 40,000 visitors a year and is expected to feature works by Henry Moore and Turner Prize winner Martin Creed.

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