Somerset

Occupying a former farmstead in Bruton, Hauser & Wirth Somerset is home to a vibrant program of art exhibitions, events, learning activities and artists’ residencies, which connect with the local community and landscape.

On View

Our autumn exhibitions ‘Louise Bourgeois. Drawing Intimacy 1939 – 2010’ and ‘Fabian Peake. an eye either side’ are on view until Monday 2 January 2023. The gallery and garden are open from Tuesday – Sunday, 10 am – 5pm. Roth Bar and Grill and Durslade Farm Shop are open 7 days a week.

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The gallery is open Tue – Sun, 10 am – 5 pm

The garden is open Tue – Sun, 10 am – 5 pm

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Before You Visit

Entrance to the gallery and garden is free, however we invite visitors to donate to local charities who are each doing fantastic work within our community. Our 2022/23 charities are Art Bank in Shepton Mallet, BruBowl in Bruton and The Growing Space in Wincanton.

Hauser & Wirth Somerset offers group tours, specialist talks and bespoke events during normal operational hours. Pre-booking is required in order for us to tailor to your specific interests. Learn more here.

By Train

Our nearest train station is Bruton which is less than a 10 minute walk to the gallery via our community allotments.

There is a car park on-site, with space for coaches, as well as a dedicated space for wheelchair parking, providing easy access to the gallery, restaurant and farm shop.

All areas throughout the site are accessible for wheelchair users, as well as disabled toilets. However, please ask our front desk team if you require additional assistance.

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 as the Serpentine Gallery Pavilion in 2014.

  • We welcome families to explore the gallery and garden, but ask that you do not touch or climb on the sculptures, or pick the flowers and plants
  • We have many ponds so children must be supervised at all times
  • We have a sheltered kennel in the car park, where dogs are welcome to wait.

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Oudolf Field Open

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.

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

Restaurant

Roth Bar & Grill combines seasonal food with contemporary art and is a vibrant and informal eating place, serving honest freshly prepared dishes.

Designed by Argentinian architect Luis Laplace, at the restaurant’s core is a site-specific bar, created by long-terms friends of Hauser & Wirth, Björn and Oddur Roth, the son and grandson of artist Dieter Roth. The restaurant interior combines an open kitchen with a wood-fired grill & spit, while the walls are adorned with an intimate and highly personal, salon-style array of works that intertwine the themes of food, animals and countryside. Adjoining the restaurant is a light & airy tented orangery.

Roth Bar & Grill is open 7 days a week until Sun 4 Sep 2022.

Photo: Sim Canetty-Clarke

Durslade Farm Shop celebrates the best growers, farmers and makers Somerset has to offer, as well as the produce from the surrounding Durslade Farm.

The farm shop is passionate about promoting and sharing local talent, supporting small projects with big futures, as well as working with established producers to create special products that you can only find in the farm shop. With its own in-house forager and butcher, Durslade Farm Shop showcases truly seasonal produce.

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

The six bedroom renovated farmhouse is available for private stays, featuring a number of artworks and site-specific installations by our artists. Durslade Farmhouse is located on the site of Hauser & Wirth Somerset and forms part of a group of Grade II listed buildings that date back from as early as 1760.

Renovated by Argentinian architect Luis Laplace, the farmhouse is full of character and bold innovative twists. It celebrates the natural antiquity of the building by combining original fittings with unexpected interiors and vintage furniture. It is completed by unique artworks from Hauser & Wirth’s artists, including a specially commissioned painted mural in the dining room by Guillermo Kuitca.

Make Hauser & Wirth Somerset Open

A destination for contemporary making and the crafted object, located on Bruton High Street, a short walk from the main site. Since its launch in 2018, the gallery has presented work by over 80 artist-makers, providing valuable insights into the working processes and rich narratives of their practices.

Photo: Dave Watts

Learning at Somerset

Hauser & Wirth Somerset has a rich and varied learning 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.

Each exhibition includes a private view, just for teachers and lecturers, as well as an online resource packs for lesson planning.

If you would like to discuss options for a group visit to Hauser & Wirth Somerset, please call our Learning 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, learning and community.

Our Somerset Charity Partners

Hauser & Wirth Somerset is firmly embedded in the local community and rural landscape of Somerset. Since its launch in 2014, the arts center has supported and worked in partnership with many institutions, businesses and organizations in the South West, raising over £150,000 for local charities.

Our 2022 charity partners are Art Bank in Shepton Mallet, The BruBowl in Bruton and The Growing Space in Wincanton.

Somerset Education Lab with Arts University Bournemouth

Our 2022 Education Lab, in partnership with Arts University Bournemouth (AUB), is part of the gallery’s commitment to inclusive learning programs that instigate a dialogue between art, artists and a diverse audience.

Designed to support students by offering a short period of professional experience in our Somerset gallery, the initiative gives visibility to creative approaches to collaborative learning and mentoring.

The Education Lab is open to the public until 4 Sep 2022.

 

‘Remember Nature’ Residency with Dartington Arts School

During a two-week residency in Somerset, four students from the Arts and Place MA course at Dartington Arts School were invited to develop work responding to the theme of ‘Remember Nature’, a project inspired by artist and activist Gustav Metzger. The students participating in the residency were Raman Feiz, Imogen Mansfield, Emma Yorke and Mary Waltham.

In the Studio with Christina Quarles

Ahead of Christina Quarles’s first major solo exhibition with Hauser & Wirth, we caught up with the artist during her residency in Bruton, Somerset. The beauty of the English countryside has influenced much of the Los Angeles based artist’s new body of work—particularly the light and the quality of the sky that are in stark contrast to her hometown of Altadena.

About Somerset

Hauser & Wirth Somerset is a pioneering world-class contemporary art gallery and multi-purpose arts, education and community destination.

Behind the gallery there is a landscaped garden, designed by Piet Oudolf, which includes a changing program of outdoor sculptures and houses the Radić Pavilion, designed by Smiljan Radić.

On-site restaurant, Roth Bar & Grill, serves seasonal, locally sourced food and drink, and the Durslade Farm Shop supports farmers, growers and makers by stocking the best produce from our community.

Conservation, learning and sustainability

Centered around a core belief in conservation, learning and sustainability, Hauser & Wirth Somerset offers a wide variety of events including talks, seminars, workshops and screenings, as well as an extensive learning program for local schools, young people and families. We also have a bookshop and dedicated learning room on site.

Restoration and awards

Prior to the gallery opening in 2014, the Grade II listed farm buildings remained derelict for several decades, until they were sensitively restored and renovated by Paris-based architectural firm Laplace and local architects benjamin+beauchamp.

Hauser & Wirth Somerset has been awarded both a RIBA South West Award 2015 and Civic Trust 2015 Award. In 2014, Durslade Farmhouse also won the William Stansell Historic Buildings Award.

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