Black Swan Arts Trustees
Lively discussion by the Trustees about what Black Swan Arts means. Photograph by Simon Richardson

Our Trustees

There are many benefits to being a Black Swan Arts Trustee:

  • Making a valuable contribution to your community
  • Acquiring further knowledge and understanding about charities and the visual arts
  • Applying your professional experience in a new context to develop your skills and further build your experience
  • Making useful new contacts and connections in your local community

Being a Trustee is an unpaid role and requires a certain amount of spare time which varies depending on the Trustee’s area of expertise.

Could you be our next Chair or Treasurer?

We are looking to recruit new board members to work with us in a voluntary capacity, with the skills, knowledge and dynamism we need to take us to the next stage in our development. We are looking for three Trustees to fulfil very specific roles.

These are:

  • Chair, who needs to be an articulate advocate for the Black Swan and a great networker – ideally with considerable local knowledge and contacts.
  • Treasurer, someone with strong finance skills, and the ability to explain finance to non-finance people. Preferably with accounting qualifications, and an understanding of charity accounting.
  • Practicing artist or crafts person, to ensure that the needs and aspirations of artists and makers are kept at the centre of every Trustees’ meeting.

To apply, send your CV to office@blackswanarts.org.uk with a brief covering letter of not more than 2 pages explaining what you’d bring to Black Swan Arts. Proposals should be received no later than 31 August 2019.

Download the Microsoft Word Trustee pack

Download the PDF Trustee pack

Amanda Sheridan MA – Chair and Curator

Position vacant – Chair

The Chair is the leader and spokesperson of the Board and as such must keep closely in touch with the company and its activities. The Chair will normally represent the company at outside events, though may delegate this to a Vice Chair or another colleague.

Additionally, the Chair acts as the decision maker on any matters that cannot be progressed without Board authorisation, but cannot wait until the next Board meeting.

Read the full description of trustee roles, there is a section specifically relating to the role of the Chair.

Position vacant – Deputy Chair

The Deputy Chair is expected to take a major role in organising and managing trustee meetings and to work with the Chair to ensure that trustees, staff and volunteers are supported and managed effectively.

They should work with the Centre Manager to ensure that the building and all within it are well supported. Including leading on building maintenance and health & safety.

Read the full description of trustee roles, there is a section specifically relating to the role of the Deputy Chair.

Amanda Sheridan MA – Chair and Curator
Rebecca Morland - Trustee

Rebecca Morland – Trustee in charge of funding bids

Rebecca was born in Glastonbury, and was very happy to return to Somerset 4 years ago after a career spent in various places around the UK. She has worked in arts management, mainly theatre, for over 30 years.

In recent years she has worked for the Theatres Trust and as a freelance consultant, providing advice and support for arts organisations, including feasibility studies, funding applications and business planning.

Sarah Rees – Trustee, in charge of café operations

I am a relative newbie to Frome, having lived here just over 2 years. My first foray at Black Swan was through the Open Art Exhibition. I was impressed by the calibre and variety of work on sale, so I was delighted to be approached to become a Black Swan Arts trustee back in November last year.
I am the trustee link for Black Swan Arts Cafe. I asked for this role because of my previous business roles in market trading (cake baking, jams and chutneys) and I ran an organic veg box scheme in London. I love good food so it seemed a natural fit. The cafe plays a vital role in linking the shop, the galleries, and the studios with the outside world. Improvements are taking place to upgrade the look and feel of the cafe, but all the good stuff which our customers love will remain.
Our superb cafe team work hard to provide excellent food and drink options for our customers, as well as hosting outside events and workshops on a regular basis.
I am excited to be part of the Black Swan Arts family at this important time in its development.
Portrait of Sarah Rees in greyscale
Rosie Hart - Trustee

Rosie Hart – Tech Trustee, responsible for the website, newsletter and competition manager

Rosie ‘The Not So Miserable’, is an artist and also Digital Supporter for a local university. In her ‘spare time’ she likes to help local art organisations with all things technical and digital.
She started at Black Swan Arts, creating the regular newsletter in 2014  and got hooked. Going on to redevelop the website with local designer Leon at Creative Direction and commissioning their Competition Manager software with Two Superior
With a passion for learning and an interest in problem-solving, Rosie is always interested in exploring new technology and tools and passing her knowledge on to anyone who shows an interest and doesn’t reply with “please not another thing!”

Morag Stuart – Volunteer’s Trustee, also in charge of the Art Open and Young Open annual competitions

Before moving to Frome, Morag worked as Orchestra Administrator for the National Youth Orchestra of GB. She was also the Outreach Administrator at the Everyman Theatre in Cheltenham. When her children were young she set up a successful preschool art group called Doodlebugs.

Her love of the arts brought her to Black Swan Arts. She enjoys coordinating the BSA Open and Young Open competitions. Morag began as a volunteer before taking on the role of trustee. She has taken on responsibility for all the BSA’s wonderful, hardworking volunteers.

Rosie Hart - Trustee
Black and white portrait of trustee Steve Sherrin

Stephen Sherrin – Volunteer in charge of health & safety

Stephen is a professional Project Manager / Architectural Designer. His portfolio spreads from working for DEGW, an international practice focussed on integrating research, strategy and design throughout the scales; master planning to planning the workspace environment, to that of working for the World renowned traditional Architect, Julian Bicknell. Much of Stephen’s own architectural work takes inspiration from the C20th minimalist Sculpture Artists.

Stephen grew up and was schooled in Frome before taking his undergraduate architectural studies at The University of Bath. He then moved to London to pursue his career and continue his post graduate study.

He has a great love of dogs; enjoys finding new countryside trails with his dog Bert. In his spare time, he enjoys DIY, music and producing his own artwork.

Stephen joined us as a Trustee in 2018 and has taken on responsibility for the Building’s Health and Safety.

Heather Roughly – trustee for the Guild
Stuart Fiddes
Keith Broughton

More information coming soon about our recent recruits.

Profile photographs by Simon Richardson