Arts & Galleries in Somerset
Somerset has a wide range of art galleries and venues and it continues to attract professional artists to live and work in the County.
It is perhaps not surprising when you consider that our rolling countryside, coastal views and rural crafts have been inspiring creative minds for centuries.
What is new is the spotlight that has been turned on our contemporary art with the opening of the world class gallery Hauser and Wirth at Bruton, and the pop up exhibition by Banksy at Weston-super-Mare.
Whether it is in the prestigious setting of Bath, a World Heritage site; in the grounds of a school or in shipping containers on Watchet quay - there is no doubt we have the quality and variety of art to suit all tastes. One of the newest galleries to open is the Contemporary Somerset Gallery in Hestercombe House.
As well as established art galleries and venues, there are a number of arts bodies that organise temporary exhibitions and performances in our towns and villages.
We also revel in the festivals we hold for literature, opera, music and visual art.
One of the biggest is Somerset Arts Week organised annually in the Autumn by Somerset Art Works showcasing artists work across the County.
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Bennett Street, Bath
A must-see for every fashion-lover, the Fashion Museum is home to one of the world’s leading collections of historic and fashionable dress. Here you can see everything from sumptuous Georgian gowns...
Opened in 1900, the Victoria Art Gallery boasts an outstanding collection of paintings, sculptures and decorative arts. The gallery is located in the centre of Bath, near the famous Pulteney Bridge....
For almost a hundred years the Musgrove family have been growing willow on the Somerset Levels, working sensitively with the environment to continue a traditional rural business offering a wide range...
Stoke St Gregory, Nr Taunton
A warm welcome awaits you at the Willows & Wetlands Visitor Centre.
Willow is as traditional to Somerset as cheese and cider, although perhaps not so much is known about it these days. Here in...
Cheddon Fitzpaine, Nr Taunton
Discover 300 years of garden design in one inspiring estate. Wander along the lakeside paths of...
ENTRY TO THE MUSEUM IS FREE!
Bridgwater Arts Centre is one of the UK's oldest,...