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Tuesday22 July 2014

Plans in for Bruton art gallery

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Laplace & Co working on Hauser & Wirth gallery

Plans for a new art gallery in Somerset by French architect Laplace & Co have gone in to the local council.

The centre will be run by Swiss gallery Hauser & Wirth which already has premises in Zurich and London with a third due to open in New York early next year.

The latest gallery is planned for a derelict farm in Bruton (pictured) close to where Hauser & Wirth co-founder Iwan Wirth owns a house.

Last month, South Somerset Council gave the green light for refurbishment work to be carried out on a number of grade II listed buildings at the farm, called Durslade Farm, but the wider scheme is still awaiting approval.

Hauser & Wirth wants the new gallery to open by the middle of 2014 and is expecting up to 40,000 visitors a year. Among the artists expected to feature are works by Henry Moore, Turner Prize winner Martin Creed and Louise Bourgeois.

Restoration architect, Somerset-based Benjamin & Beauchamp, is also working on the scheme.

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