By Annabel Duggleby, Fine Art: Print and Time-Based Media alumni,
Annabel Duggleby is a recent Fine Art: Print and Time-Based Media graduate from Wimbledon College of Arts and was selected for this year’s Art for the Environment International Artist Residency Programme (AER) Hauser & Wirth Somerset Residency. Here, she reports back on her residency experience.
In the cottage opposite Hauser & Wirth Somerset’s studio space is a small library crammed full of heavy, hardback art books. On my first night in my temporary home, I reach for one particularly thick volume that offers a survey of the gallery’s established artists, and the book falls open at a page where a previous resident has carefully pressed a smooth, elongated leaf from a pine tree. This small discovery feels like a gift, a secret piece of history left undisturbed for me to find. Despite their international standing, the gallery at Bruton in Somerset feels much like this: a gem tucked away in the picturesque English countryside.