The Shatwell Summer Party with Traumnovelle
Saturday 27 July 2019, 37pm

Shatwell Summer Party Traumnovelle

Saturday 27 July 2019, 37pm
Shatwell Farmyard
Yarlington, Somerset


A late lunch devised by Traumnovelle with chef Lucas Hollweg and curated by matchett & page. 

Complementing the talk and lunch with Lynne Cooke and 6a architects on 6 July, a second event this summer, curated by matchett & page, considers the collection and its site. 

Belgian architects Traumnovelle will transform Shatwell Farm into a sublime landscape set in a future both familiar and unexpected, with interventions that bring together the site’s two strands of activity: the day-to-day life of the farm and the collection of Drawing Matter. The afternoon will culminate with a feast by Lucas Hollweg, chef and author of Good Things to Eat, and delicious botanical drinks by Gimlet Bar. Music by Three Cane Whale. 

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£15 for under 15s. Children under five go for free. Email for concessions. 

Traumnovelle-collage-aftermath-1200px.jpg – Drawing Matter

Traumnovelle (2015), Picnic in the Aftermath, 2019. Digital collage .

Picnic in the Aftermath

By Traumnovelle

Before the feast, we parade across the sunny valley, gathering its bounty in a celebratory dance. We pick some fruit from the trees and children reach among vines, staining their faces with sweetness. Under the attentive eye of the chickens, we dig up roots from the rich humus. We collect some vegetables at the foot of the trees and gather odorant herbs and flowers. The newcomers follow us cautiously, as if still unaware that their plight has ended. Mid-afternoon, proud and jubilant, we light a fire and begin preparation of the summer feast. As we tend, clean, cut and season, we tell them the story of our valley.

One year ago, we made our way, bruised, exhausted and terrified, through the brambles up the road. As we took cover for the night under an abandoned shed, we stumbled upon mysterious artefacts of a different time. Stone, concrete and crumbling plaster elements reminiscent of powerful constructions with strong ideals for future societies. The following days, we cleared passages through thorny bushes to old stone walls with mouldy doors and stumbled upon more magnificent treasures than we could have possibly imagined. In a low-lying building along the hillside, many different stories of alternate worlds drawn out with pens, pencils and collage. In a shed, we found tools and precious writings about food growing. As we began clearing the land, we soon found that its wild vegetation was bountiful and generous.

Elsewhere in the world, perhaps, people are still suffering as we did. With this first harvest, we have vowed to spread our good fortune.

A full version of Traumnovelle’s fiction will be printed and distributed at the event. 


Full schedule to be confirmed


By train from London
Departures can be made from London Paddington to Castle Cary (3.5 miles from Shatwell Farm), or from London Waterloo to Templecombe (7 miles from Shatwell Farm). We recommend pre-booking with a local taxi service for onward transport to Shatwell.

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.



Find out more or book tickets to Private Views. The Collection and its Site; see Traumnovelle's model for Alternative Histories