Hauser & Wirth Somerset is a pioneering world-class gallery and multipurpose arts centre. It is home to a vibrant programme of contemporary art exhibitions, outdoor sculptures, events and learning activities. The gallery is free to attend, with all donations distributed between local charitable partners.

Centred around a core belief in conservation, learning and sustainability, Hauser & Wirth Somerset offers a wide variety of workshops, talks and screenings, alongside learning resources and unique partnerships with local schools, universities and institutions. The gallery supports an immersive artist-in-residence programme, encouraging international artists to draw inspiration from the surrounding rural landscape and local community.

Since opening in 2014, Hauser & Wirth Somerset has welcomed over 1 million visitors and led the way for further art centres in Menorca and Los Angeles.

Phylidda Barlow. UNSCRIPTED

The work of Phyllida Barlow (1944 – 2023) will take over Hauser & Wirth Somerset in a celebration of the British artist’s transformative approach to sculpture, marking the 10th anniversary of the arts centre that was inaugurated by Barlow’s solo exhibition ‘GIG’ in 2014. The landmark exhibition, curated by Frances Morris, draws on her close working relationship with the artist during her lifetime. ‘Phyllida Barlow. unscripted’ will explore the evolution of Barlow’s formal and expressive vocabulary, bringing together singular sculptures, installations, studio maquettes and drawings from her extensive career, some of which will be on public view for the first time.

Alongside the exhibition, Hauser & Wirth Learning will launch a new Education Lab, ‘Open Art School’, in partnership with Bath Spa University.

Image: Phyllida Barlow, 2022 © Phyllida Barlow Estate. Courtesy the Phyllida Barlow Estate. Photo: Elon Schoenholz