Things To Do Near Frome – Visit Hauser & Wirth Somerset Art Gallery

by | Feb 8, 2020 | News, Things to do in and around Frome

All you need to know for your visit to Hauser & Wirth Somerset.

If you are staying with us at Bistro Lotte in Frome and are keen to explore the nearby attractions, then you are in for a treat. There are many beautiful places to choose from and we would highly recommend spending at least a few hours at the wonderful Hauser & Wirth Somerset. Located just down the road in nearby Bruton, Hauser & Wirth is an impressive international art gallery with a beautiful landscaped garden.



Hauser & Wirth Somerset – a brief history

We have put together a little history and all the essentials you’ll need to know and more about this exciting contemporary art space we are so lucky to have on our doorstep.



The entrance to Hauser & Wirth Somerset



When did Hauser & Wirth Somerset first open?

Hauser & Wirth Somerset opened in 2014. It is situated at the transformed Durslade Farm, on Dropping Lane in the town of Bruton, Somerset. The farm had lain abandoned for decades until it was bought by Ivan and Manuela Wirth in 2010.



How long did it take to build Hauser & Wirth Somerset?

The huge renovation project which transformed Durslade Farm into an international art gallery and cultural centre took four years in total to complete. At the time of opening in 2014, it became the fourth location for the Hauser & Wirth group, other galleries already situated in Zurich, London and New York.

Durslade Farm covers 200 acres of farm land surrounding the gallery. On-site Hauser & Wirth incorporates the gallery with The Roth Bar & Grill and gift shop.



The Threshing barn gallery at Hauser & Wirth Somerset - showing Catherine Goodman's exhibition named Eve from January 2019 to May 2019




The contemporary art gallery is housed in beautifully renovated old stone farm buildings that where once threshing barns, workshops and a pigsty. The galleries that now occupy these spaces have been named accordingly after their former use.

During the redevelopment of the farm into the modern art space of today, the old farm buildings were lovingly restored and interlinked with large modern structures to display a variety of artworks of all scales. These new gallery spaces have been named after artists Jason Rhoades and Louise Bourgeois.



Alexander Calder exhibition in Rhoades gallery at Hauser & Wirth Somerset - stay at Bistro Lotte Frome



Who designed the grounds and garden at Hauser & Wirth Somerset?

Hauser & Wirth Somerset commissioned renowned Dutch landscaper Piet Oudolf to design the entire grounds and garden of the gallery.  He created the awarding winning Oudolf Field which is situated directly behind the Bourgeois gallery for all visitors to enjoy.


Oudolf Field

Oudolf Field is a perennial meadow with many large, soft organic shaped beds. These are planted with huge swathes of plants including many tall grasses and an abundance of species of flowers with spectacular sculptural seed heads. Piet Oudolf has skilfully designed the planting scheme to create a garden that has interest at all times of year.

For further insight into the gardens, take a look at this video of Piet Oudolf discussing the project at Hauser & Wirth Somerset.


Places to visit when staying in Frome - The garden at Hauser & Wirth SOmerset is called Oudolf Field - named after the designer Piet Oudolf




Outdoor Events at Hauser & Wirth Somerset – Oudolf Field and the Radić Pavilion

At the end of Oudolf Field there is a large sculptural building called the Radić Pavilion. Designed by Chilean architect Smiljan Radić, it was originally unveiled at the Serpentine Gallery in London in 2014 before being moved to the garden at Hauser & Wirth Somerset in March 2015.  Throughout the year, Hauser & Wirth hold events and seasonal celebrations in the garden and the Radić Pavilion plays host to live music and a bar, providing the perfect outdoor garden party venue.


Further background on Hauser & Wirth, International Art Galleries and Art Dealers


Who owns Hauser & Wirth?

Hauser & Wirth was founded by Ivan Wirth and Ursula Hauser in 1992. Wirth first met Ursula Hauser, (a Swiss retail magnate and renowned art collector), in 1990 when he approached her with an opportunity to buy a Picasso and a Chagall. Wirth was a young ambitious Zurich based art dealer and could not afford to purchase the two classics alone so suggested that Ursula Hauser invest with him. A partnership was formed and soon after Ursula’s daughter Manuela became Ivan’s secretary for the fledgling art business. Ivan and Manuela married in 1994.

Ivan and Manuela have become known as the gallery world’s ‘power couple’ and are ranked in the top 10 of most powerful and influential figures in the art world by Art Review. In 2012, the couple were given a senior lecturer position in modern and contemporary Asian art for the Courtauld Institute of Art in London. Then in 2015, Ivan and Manuela were awarded honorary doctorates by Bath Spa University.


Where was Hauser & Wirth’s first gallery?

The first gallery opened in Zürich, Switzerland in 1992. The city now has three Hauser & Wirth gallery spaces located in the former Löwenbräu Zürich brewery building.


Where are Hauser & Wirth galleries across the world?

Hauser & Wirth have expanded their gallery numbers greatly in the last decade. Their gallery locations now include Zurich, Switzerland (1992); London, UK (2003); New York, USA (2009); Bruton, Somerset, UK (2014); Los Angeles, USA (2016); Gstaad, Switzerland (2016) and Hong Kong, China (2018).


What is the current exhibition at Hauser & Wirth Somerset?

There are currently two artists exhibiting in Hauser & Wirth Somerset.

Don McCullin – The Stillness of Life

25 Jan – 4 May 2020, Somerset

Celebrated war photographer and local resident of nearby Batcombe.


Not Vital, SCARCH

25 Jan – 4 May 2020, Somerset

The Swiss artist investigates a deep-rooted interest in the relationship between architecture, landscape and human perception.

Hauser & Wirth Somerset - Not Vital, SCARCH exhibition January 2020

Not Vital, SCARCH; Sculpture outside the main entrance of Hauser & Wirth in January 2020


Catherine Goodman's Eve - an exhibition at Hauser & Wirth Somerset

Catherine Goodman – Eve; Exhibition at Hauser & Wirth from early 2019

Expressionistic landscapes, vigorous sketches, experimental collages and portraits. View more on Hauser & Wirth Somerset website.


Catherine Goodman's Eve exhibition at Hauser & Wirth Somerset




Useful information for Hauser & Wirth Somerset


What are the opening times for Hauser & Wirth Somerset?

Open Tuesday – Sunday

10 am – 5 pm (March – October)

10 am – 4 pm (November – February)

Closed Mondays (except Bank Holidays)


What is Hauser & Wirth Somerset’s Phone number and email address?

+44 (0) 1749 814 060


How much does it cost to visit Hauser & Wirth Somerset?

The gallery is free to enter – there is an optional donation at the entrance, money from which goes towards nominated local causes.


Where is the best place to stay to visit Hauser & Wirth Somerset?

Large groups can stay at Durslade Farmhouse at Hauser & Wirth Somerset which is run as an Airbnb property. The six bedroom self catering accommodation was sensitively restored by architect Luis Laplace and Hauser & Wirth in 2012 and can be hired out in its entirety for groups or families of up to 12 people from approximately £650 per night. If your requirements are less substantial then there are various other accommodation options available nearby.

We would highly recommend using fabulous neighbouring Frome as your base to explore Hauser & Wirth along with the attractions that our wonderful market town has to offer.


Stay at Bistro Lotte in Frome to enjoy Hauser & Wirth Somerset

Bistro Lotte has ten beautiful guest bedrooms above our delicious French restaurant in the heart of arty Frome. Of the ten rooms, two are family suites that accommodate up to four guests. Our B&B guest rooms are exceedingly comfortable with Super King sized beds and gorgeous Bramley products. Why not come and stay with us to have the chance to enjoy a petit ambience Francais in rural Somerset!

For more details on our guest accommodation, please visit our Book a Room page.

Bruton is very easily reached by either train or car from Frome. If you are staying at Bistro Lotte we can organise a taxi or advise you on the train times if you do not have a car for your visit.  We recommend you book a room or reserve a table in advance – we are always busy and particularly at the weekends.

There are many other fantastic days out around Frome – we’ve put together a whole host of ideas for you on our ‘Things to Do In and Around Frome‘ page on our website.


A bedroom at Bistro Lotte Guest House B&B, best place to stay when visiting Hauser & Wirth


How often do the art exhibitions change at Hauser & Wirth Somerset?

The gallery generally houses each exhibition for 3-5 months. In between shows, gallery rooms are closed for approximately a week for new installations to be completed. Some of the large sculptures stay for much longer periods of time like the Alexander Calder’s Outdoor mobiles, Subodh Gupta’s shiny steel bucket and tree and Paul McCarthy’s Henry Moore Bound to Fail, a huge bronze female figure very much in the style of the great Henry Moore. If you are planning a visit it is worth checking their website just in case you are unfortunate and arrive in between exhibitions.


Which artists have exhibited at Hauser & Wirth Somerset?

This list of by no means extensive but artists since the opening in 2014 have included: Louise Bourgeois, Alexander Calder, Paul McCarthy, Don McCullin, Rita Ackerman, Berlinde De Bruyckere, Subodh Gupta, Martin Creed, Catherine Goodman, Matthew Day Jackson.


Sudat Gupta at Hauser & Wirth


Alexander Calder Hauser Wirth


Who have been the Artists in Residence at Hauser & Wirth Somerset?

Matthew Day Jackson:  September – January 2019
Rita Ackerman: June – August 2018
Daniel Turner: June – August 2018
Catherine Goodman: Jan – May 2018
Bharti Kher: Sept – Dec 2017
Mike Glier: July – Aug 2017
Rashid Johnson: June 2017
Anna Kott: Nov – Dec 2016
Ewa Monika Zebrowski: Oct – Nov 2016
Djordje Ozbolt: May – Nov 2016
Martin Creed – April – May 2016
Paul Desborough: Feb – Sept 2016
Karen Guthrie: October 2014
Mark Wallinger: July – Aug 2014
Björn and Oddur Roth: Mar – Jul 2014
Guillermo Kuitca: June – July 2013
Pipilotte Rist: Sept – Aug 2013
Koo Jeong A


You can read more about all of the artists in residence at Hauser & Wirth Somerset on the website.


Is Hauser & Wirth Family friendly?

Yes, the gallery welcomes families and children and hold events with families in mind on the first Saturday of every month. Farm day, pumpkin festivals, summer garden events in Oudolf Field are all great days out for all generations.

Hauser and Wirth, Bruton, Somerset


How do I get to Hauser & Wirth, Somerset?

Hauser & Wirth Someret Address: Dropping Lane, Durslade Farm, Bruton BA10 0NL

Hauser & Wirth Somerset is best reached by car or train.

By Car

The A303 is just 10 minutes drive away from the gallery giving easy access to London, the South East and South West.

If you are travelling from Frome, the beautifully picturesque A359 will take you all the way. Providing far reaching views across to Stourhead Estate, King Alfred’s Tower and the hills of Dorset beyond, it is approximately 12 miles from the centre of Frome and takes just 20 minutes.

Once you arrive at Hauser & Wirth there is a large car park which is free of charge.  Although often busy at weekends and special events it is generally adequate for visitor numbers and parking is very easy.


By Train

Bruton train station is 10 minutes walk from Hauser & Wirth – but be aware that the pavement is nonexistent. The road leading to the gallery from the station is fairly fast and windy so not suitable for pedestrians. There is a footpath which leads from the station to the gallery through a field which is often rather muddy. This is fine in the summer when it is dry but best not attempted without wellington boots or walking boots in the wetter months.


How far is Hauser & Wirth Somerset from London?

If you are travelling by car from London you can reach the town of Bruton where the world renowned gallery of Hauser & Wirth Somerset is located in a little over 2 hours. Take the M3 out of London then onto the A303 after Basingstoke. Past Stone Henge in Wiltshire, Bruton is in the very south east corner of Somerset close to the borders of neighbouring Wiltshire and Dorset.

If you are in the area, why not also make a visit to Stourhead Estate, a stunning National Trust property, Longleat Safari Park or spend an afternoon in arty Frome at the Independent Market.


Hauser & Wirth – New Projects


Make Hauser & Wirth Somerset, Bruton High Street

Make Hauser & Wirth Somerset is a destination for contemporary making and the crafted object, from the best emerging and established makers both nationally and internationally. Situated on Bruton High Street, Make is open from 10 am – 1 pm and 2 pm – 4 pm from Wednesday to Saturday. If you are visiting Hauser & Wirth Somerset and have time, then venture down to Bruton High Street to get a feel for this lovely old Somerset town and take a look in Make which is next door to Spar.


Hauser & Wirth Quarterly Art Magazine – Ursula

The Hauser & Wirth empire expanded further to include an art publication named Ursula. Ex New York Times journalist Randy Kennedy has been appointed executive editor for the magazine that is named after Hauser & Wirth’s co-founder Ursula Hauser. It was launched in 2019.


For any further details or enquires regarding Hauser & Wirth, please visit their excellent website.


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