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

Our Trustees

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
Allan Yearn - Trustee

Allan Yhearm FCA – Trustee

Allen is a local entrepreneur who joined BSA as a Trustee in 2016. With extensive international business experience throughout Europe and the Far East.

He is committed to helping the Black Swan secure its future both in Frome and the West Country so as to attract and support local, regional and national artists for the benefit of the area and its community.

Rebecca Morland – Trustee

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.

Rebecca Morland - Trustee
Photograph of Genevieve Sioka- Trustee

Genevieve Sioka – Trustee

Genevieve Sioka is the Artisan & Craft buyer for the National Trust. She mentors makers and partners with organisations such as the Crafts Council, Trust New Arts, the Heritage Craft Association and New Designers.

Genevieve is a retail professional with extensive experience in developing cultural enterprise activities. She is regularly invited to speak on a national stage about ‘buying craft’ and loves nothing more than to bring craft to a wider audience. With an MA in Multi-Disciplinary printmaking, Genevieve hopes to bring an eclectic mix of skills as a trustee.

Rosie Hart – Trustee

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 to with all things technical and digital.
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.
Rosie Hart - Trustee
Rosie Hart - Trustee

Morag Stuart – Trustee

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.

Profile photographs by Simon Richardson