Black Swan Art Gallery Frome

Exhibiting at Black Swan Arts

Black Swan Arts has a variety of exhibition spaces providing a range of options for group and solo shows across the building; we feature the work of artists from a vast array of disciplines and levels of experience and welcome all enquiries.

If you are interested in showing your work at Black Swan Arts, then you are encouraged to visit the the galleries to look at the range of exhibition spaces and become familiar with the entire centre.  It is advisable to inform the office well in advance so we can assist you on your visit.

Apply to Exhibit

We have two main exhibitions spaces, the Long Gallery and the Round Tower Gallery. Although we do run events during the year which spill out into the café, corridors, courtyard and car park.

Exhibit in the Long Gallery

In the Long Gallery we programme curated exhibitions by established and emerging artists, look at our archived exhibitions to see the type of work we have shown previously. We are looking for a high level of skill and a strong creative vision.

If you would like to express an interest in showing your work, please send the following information to exhibitions-apply@blackswanarts.org.uk:

  • CV/artist statement
  • Brief proposal/exhibition outline (including why you would like to exhibit at Black Swan Arts)
  • Three good quality images of representative/recent work
  • Links to website/social media

The Programming Group meet twice a year to consider applications, so you may not receive an immediate response. Please bear in mind that we are programming approximately two years in advance.

Exhibit in the Round Tower Gallery

We are not currently taking enquiries for the Round Tower Gallery. We had a fully planned schedule prior to lockdown and will be giving priority first to those who had to cancel.

Managing the Show

In 2016 Black Swan Arts exhibited 56 different shows, with work from over 900 artists.  This is an exceptional achievement for gallery operating predominantly on volunteer time.  This can only be achieved if we can rely on all the people involved working together.

Each artist and curator has a responsibility to work with the Black Swan Arts office to manage and market their shows. In this section you will find the contracts, marketing requirements, the Preview evening set-up and Artist Talk and workshop advice.

Black Swan Arts’ primary marketing tool is the website, but each show will also be marketed via Social media, Twitter and Facebook. This is supported by print campaigns – posters and advertising and a monthly newsletter emailed to 4000 people.  Our Preview evenings are a great success and we encourage artists to make sure that their collectors and personal contacts are invited.

Three months prior to a show taking place we need the following information to be submitted to ensure the smooth running of the process:

  • The Artist/Curator Contract
  • Marketing Materials