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Somerset

Visitor Information

General information

Durslade Farm
Dropping Lane, Bruton
Somerset BA10 0NL
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The galleries and garden are open to the public Tue – Sun, 10 am – 5 pm.

 

In order to share a safe and positive experience, we ask that you read our Visitor Guide and book a timed reservation.

 

Click here to visit the Gallery and Oudolf Field in May

Click here to visit the Gallery and Oudolf Field 1 – 6 June

 

The galleries will be closed for exhibition install 7 – 25 June, we welcome you to visit Oudolf Field during this time. Click here to book a visit.

 

Click here to visit the Gallery and Oudolf Field 26 June – 31 July

 

We have parking space for one wheelchair for those visiting Durslade Farm Shop.

 

Hauser & Wirth Somerset offers group tours, talks and tailored events during normal operational hours. Pre-booking is essential. Learn more here.
Plan your visit

Oudolf Field

Oudolf Field is open Tue – Sun, 10 am – 5 pm.
Garden Bookings

Make Hauser & Wirth Somerset

The gallery is open Wed – Sat, 10 am – 1 pm and 2 pm – 4 pm.
Opening Hours

Roth Bar & Grill

In accordance with recent government guidance, Roth Bar & Grill will reopen on Tuesday 18 May.
Opening Hours and Menu

Durslade Farm Shop

Durslade Farm Shop is open Tue – Sat, 9 am – 6 pm and Sun – Mon, 9 am – 5 pm.
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Durslade Farmhouse

Durslade Farmhouse is available for private stays.
Book the Farmhouse

Exhibitions

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26 Feb – 6 Jun 2021, Somerset

METZG - Supportive

26 Jun – 12 Sep 2021, Somerset

Events

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Sat 5 Jun 2021, 10 am

Family Saturday: June

Somerset

Inspired by Henry Taylor, families are invited to create sculptures that represent personal identity and experience. For this session, we would like you to bring in 5 items from your home that...

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Fri 25 Jun 2021, 6 pm

Opening Reception: ‘Eduardo Chillida’ and ‘Gustav Metzger’

Somerset

This summer, we are thrilled to present two solo exhibitions devoted to the work of Eduardo Chillida and Gustav Metzger. Please join us in celebrating the launch and explore a new open-air...

About

Hauser & Wirth Somerset is a pioneering world-class gallery and multi-purpose arts center which acts as a destination for experiencing art, architecture, and the remarkable Somerset landscape through new and innovative exhibitions of contemporary art. An impressive landscaped garden, designed by internationally renowned landscape architect Piet Oudolf, sits behind the gallery buildings and includes a changing programme of outdoor sculptures, and houses the Radić Pavilion, designed by Smiljan Radić.

Centered around a core belief in conservation, education and sustainability, Hauser & Wirth Somerset offers a wide variety of special events including talks, seminars, workshops and screenings, as well as an extensive learning programme for local schools, young people and families. The center also provides resources including a bookshop and dedicated learning room.

Hauser & Wirth Somerset supports an immersive artist-in-residence programme, encouraging artists to benefit from the idyllic surroundings and to integrate with the local community.

On-site restaurant, Roth Bar & Grill, serves seasonal, locally sourced produce, and is replete with works of art including a site-specific bar created by Björn and Oddur Roth, the son and grandson of artist Dieter Roth.

The centre is located on the outskirts of Bruton, on Durslade Farm, which is a working free-range farm, providing produce for Roth Bar & Grill. The gallery opened in 2014 – prior to this the buildings had remained derelict for several decades, until they were sensitively restored and new buildings added by Paris based architectural firm Laplace. Durslade Farmhouse, the original six-bedroom farmhouse, also renovated by Laplace, is available to rent for short stays.

Hauser & Wirth Somerset has been awarded a RIBA South West Award 2015, a Civic Trust 2015 Award, and in 2014 it was the winner of the William Stansell Historic Buildings Award, for Durslade Farmhouse. In 2015 it ran its own competition for young architects, titled The Shed Project.

Make Hauser & Wirth Somerset

  • 1. Alexander deVol Adrift, 2021

    8 May – 3 Jul 2021

    Transference

    Make, Somerset

    ‘My works are imbued with the complimentary intentions of nature and the human hand; the dynamic relationship between material and maker’—Alexander deVol. Alexander deVol presents sculptures and wall works inspired by the fluency of fractal patterns in nature, informed by the tacit motions of...

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  • 1.The IoR Installation View

    8 May – 3 Jul 2021

    The Impossibility of Repetition

    Make, Somerset

    Human existence is based on the pulse of repetition; the beat of a heart, the rhythm of the day, the cycle of seasons, though these innate relationships are strained in modern life. For the ceramicist, making can be contemplative; there is solace in the creating of an object, remaking, and...

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  • Adi Toch- Antipode 2021

    6 Mar – 24 Apr 2021

    Antipode

    Make, Somerset

    ‘Vessels and containers are an innate method of communication. They convey a narrative of gathering, holding and storing. Not only do they surround us in our daily lives, but they also shape our perception of the world and the division between the inside and out.’—Adi Toch This spring, Make...

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  • Romilly Saumarez Smith

    21 Nov 2020 – 27 Feb 2021

    Gathering

    Make, Somerset

    Acts of gathering and assembling often reveal the overlooked and unseen, the ordinary and extraordinary. Four artist makers, each with a distinct visual language, seek to retrieve traces and narratives in nature and landscape through material explorations. This deeply personal autumnal...

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  • Luke Eastop Grouping Photo Luke Eastop 2020

    12 Sep – 14 Nov 2020

    Hand and Land 

    Make, Somerset

    Emerging from this time of reflection, a rare opportunity exists for a collective re-thinking of the value we place upon the objects we choose to surround ourselves with. Contemporary craft offers a deep engagement with a conscious process and exploration of materials – the desire for harmony...

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  • realisingform_13

    9 Apr – 31 Aug 2020

    Realising Form

    Make, Somerset

    ‘Realising Form’ invites a dialogue between six makers from across the British Isles and Ireland, each who share a rigorous and intuitive approach to unearthing objects and vessels, handcrafted in clay, iron, concrete, glass and Jesmonite. The exhibition explores material possibilities from...

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  • Make disrupt lead image 1

    11 Jan – 21 Mar 2020

    dis/rupt

    Make, Somerset

    ‘dis/rupt’ presents new and existing work by two contemporary makers, London-based Jochen Holz and Belfast-based Derek Wilson. Unique to both makers is a reinterpretation of their materials, exploring notions of functionality, the familiar, and the abstract, each challenging the properties and...

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  • Juli Bolaños-Durman

    19 Oct 2019 – 1 Jan 2020

    Re.Use, Re.Think, Re.Imagine

    Make, Somerset

    The exhibition presents the work of seven UK-based experimental artists and makers, whose practice explores unique responses to materials and process. The group exhibition will feature new and existing works, spanning glass, ceramics, found objects, textiles and furniture. Whether repurposing,...

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  • David-Yard02

    17 Aug – 12 Oct 2019

    David Gates: in dialogue

    Make, Somerset

    Make Hauser & Wirth Somerset is delighted to present ‘David Gates: in dialogue’, an exploration of containment, materiality, and the desire to collect, assemble, order and display. David Gates combines studio-furniture making with formal research, creating three-dimensional pieces inspired by...

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  • Nic Webb_Lost Vessel 2012_Tif Hunter

    8 Jun – 10 Aug 2019

    common ground

    Make, Somerset

    ‘common ground’ presents works by two highly acclaimed makers: Nic Webb, an artist working with wood and clay, and Akiko Hirai, a ceramicist nominated for this year‘s Loewe Craft Prize. Nic Webb uses a combination of traditional skills and less conventional, experimental processes, to explore...

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  • ABTall Ash -  57 x 55cm dia

    6 Apr – 1 Jun 2019

    west lands

    Make, Somerset

    ‘west lands’ celebrates the work of makers who are based in, or have a strong connection with, the South West. Whether working with locally sourced willow, ash wood or sheep’s fleece, materials from the region have been incorporated into many of the works on show. Equally, an exploration of...

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  • Adam Buick Ceramic Journey Jar

    9 Feb – 30 Mar 2019

    Retracing Nature

    Make, Somerset

    Both Adam Buick and Stuart Cairns explore their natural environment and local landscape through their work, united by a common interest in material and place. Occupying a single room each at Make, their work sits parted as does their physical practice, facing each other across the Irish Sea....

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  • Make_06_MW

    1 Dec 2018 – 2 Feb 2019

    Levelling Traditions

    Make, Somerset

    Make’s second exhibition entitled ‘Levelling Traditions’ brings together nine artist-makers united by an intimate understanding of material. Each was invited to create original works to interpret themes of rural life and traditions, the land, the domestic and the intimate – a world in which...

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  • Make_09

    28 Sep – 24 Nov 2018

    Opening Narratives

    Make, Somerset

    With the resurgence of interest in craft skills, the landscape of making is changing and with it a dynamic generation of young makers with a shared passion for knowledge, process and materials has come to the fore. The makers exhibited possess an intimate understanding of their material and...

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Garden

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Oudolf Field is open Tue – Sun, 10 am – 5 pm. Entrance to the garden is free, but if you would like to join us in donating to local charities, please do so when booking.

In order to share a safe and positive experience, we ask that you book a timed reservation.

Piet Oudolf, the internationally-renowned landscape designer from the Netherlands, has designed the landscaping scheme for the entire site, including Oudolf Field – a large perennial meadow situated behind the gallery buildings.

Carefully shaped and planted, the garden echoes the tradition of classical gardens, but the variety of species and combination of plants creates a looseness, softening the formality of its appearance. Known for his use of plants with spectacular seed heads, Oudolf has created a garden that has interest year round.

At the top of Oudolf Field sits the Radić Pavilion, designed by Chilean architect Smiljan Radić, it was installed at Hauser & Wirth Somerset in March 2015, following its unveiling the previous year as the Serpentine Gallery 2014 Pavilion.

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Education

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Hauser & Wirth Somerset has a rich and varied education program, providing opportunities for individuals, schools, special interest groups, families and outreach work. In conjunction with the exhibition program, the gallery offers a series of artist, specialist and curator-led talks, seminars and events open to schools, colleges, universities and general members of the public.

Regular events for families are held on the first Saturday of every month. Each exhibition includes a private view just for teachers and online resource packs are available for lesson planning. The gallery’s youth group Arthaus, meet once a month and have the opportunity to meet our artists, gallery team and specialists in a series of events such as workshops, conversations and talks.

If you would like to discuss options for a group visit to Hauser & Wirth Somerset, please call our Education Team on +44 1749 814060. Pre-booking is essential for both self-directed visits and groups who wish to book a tour, talk or tailored event.

Hauser & Wirth Somerset supports, collaborates and works in partnership with many local institutions, businesses and organizations. Our founders Iwan & Manuela Wirth live locally and are patrons of a number of charities. Their charitable giving is focused on art, architecture, landscape, conservation, gardening, food, education and community.

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