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.

Coming Soon

The gallery is currently closed and will reopen with ‘GRUPPENAUSSTELLUNG’ on Saturday 3 June. The garden remains open Tuesday – Sunday, 10 am – 5 pm.

Exhibitions are free to attend. No advance booking necessary. 

 

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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. Please note these are unsupervised.

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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.

The garden is open Tuesday – Sunday, 10 am – 5 pm. Entrance is free, although we encourage visitors to donate to our chosen charities.

Gallery Shop

The gallery shop offers a selection of books and gifts inspired by our current exhibitions, Hauser & Wirth artist collaborations and products relating to Oudolf Field.

We have a dedicated bookshop to Hauser & Wirth Publishers, with titles from the gallery’s 30-year history. Artists’ voices, exceptional art, scholarship, design and bookmaking are at the heart of our publishing program.

The gallery shop is open Tuesday – Sunday, 10 am – 5 pm.

Flame, food, community and art are at the heart of Roth Bar & Grill. Connecting farmer, butcher, forager, chef and guest, this informal eating and drinking place celebrates seasonal and local ingredients cooked over a fire, within a vibrant contemporary art setting.

Designed by Argentinian architect Luis Laplace, at the restaurant’s core is a site-specific bar, created by longterm 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 array of artworks that intertwine the themes of food, animals and countryside. Adjoining the restaurant is a light & airy tented orangery.

Roth Bar & Grill opens at 9 am, Tuesday – Sunday.

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 7 days a week from 9 am.

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.

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.

Joining the Gallery Climate Coalition’s ‘Active Members’

Hauser & Wirth has qualified as a 2022 Active Member of the Gallery Climate Coalition (GCC). The initiative encourages tangible climate action in the visual arts and celebrates the organizations  who have taken effective steps towards environmental responsibility.

Education Lab Returns to Somerset

Coinciding with our forthcoming exhibition, ‘GRUPPENAUSSTELLUNG’, the Education Lab is an interactive learning space inspired by Mika Rottenberg and embracing the gallery’s commitment to sustainability.

Celebrating 1 Million Visitors

In fall 2022, Hauser & Wirth Somerset welcomed its 1 millionth visitor to the gallery. Since opening in 2014, the art center has delivered a comprehensive program that includes 42 exhibitions, 26 artist residencies, 28,000 learning program participants, 850 educational institutions and 2000 public events.

Our Somerset Charity Partners 2022 - 2023

Since 2014, Hauser & Wirth Somerset 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, BruBowl in Bruton and The Growing Space in Wincanton.

Artist-In-Residence

Hauser & Wirth Somerset is delighted to welcome Allison Katz as our artist-in-residence in January 2023. Katz is among a compelling new generation of artists bringing forward fresh energy in the medium of painting. Katz investigates the ways in which aesthetic practices link and absorb autobiography, commodity culture, information systems and art history. Her diverse use of imagery appear as recurring symbols and icons which build an unending constellation of ideas and references. Images transmute across the media of painting, posters, ceramics and installations.

About Somerset

Hauser & Wirth Somerset is a pioneering world-class contemporary art gallery and multipurpose 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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