Black Swan Arts Event Archives

Featuring an archive of events which have taken place in Black Swan Arts, including workshops, artist talks, panel discussions, art carboot and more…

Photograph of produce by wild and fermented on a stall during Frome Independent Market
Black Swan cafe logo

Wild and Fermented
Wednesday 3rd October, 6.30 – 9.30pm
Black Swan Café
Ticket Price: £35 (£30 Market Makers), which includes all food and fermented drinks.

Join Katie and Helen from Wild & Fermented as they share secrets and stories about the abundance of foraged food on our doorsteps. Learn about wild food and where to find it and how to make the most of seasonal allotment produce using lactic acid fermentation.

With talks and demonstrations from the Wild & Fermented team, participants can enjoy a delicious supper of tapas -style dishes and drinks showcasing fermented and foraged seasonal produce made by Helen, Katie and head chef Karina at the Black Swan Cafe.

Book your place admin@thefromeindependent.org.uk stating how many spaces you would like to reserve, and whether you have a Market Maker card. Please let us know if you have any allergies or dietary requirements.

Words @ Black Swan

Words at the Black Swan
Monday 10 September, 3 – 4.30pm
Long Gallery
£5

A drop-in writing group which meets in the Gallery on the Monday after each launch, to respond to the new exhibition.

Accomplished poet & leader Dawn Gorman will guide this session.

Bring a notebook & pen and an open mind.

Find out more…

Julian Hight holding his book

World Tree Story & Selwood Forest illustrated talk
Thursday 16 August 7-8pm
Café
£7.50 booking essential

World Tree Story & Selwood Forest – history & legends of our ancient trees.

An illustrated talk by Julian Hight

In connection with the Arborealists and Guests exhibition

Find out more…

Full event info and book tickets…

Painting of a woodland path by Claire Cansick

The Arborealists & Guests Tree Talk
Monday 9 July, 6 – 7pm
Café

Tim Craven, founding member of The Arborealists, will give an illustrated talk on the group. A loose association of some 60 artists of diverse art practice who share the rich and versatile subject of the tree.

They are staging their biggest ever UK show here at Black Swan Arts over the summer.

Find out more…

Girl walking in the woods
Frome Festival logo

Frome Festival Walkshop
Tue 10 Jul, 3 –  5pm
Starts at the Café courtyard
Cost £5, tickets purchased from Frome Festival website

Would you like to inspire your creativity, connect with your senses and create a deeper understanding of place?

This walkshop (a Frome Festival event) is an opportunity to experiment with ways of walking which combine observation, memory and imagination, whilst introducing new ways to capture your impressions.

Book your ticket…

Words monthly poetry workshop in the Long Gallery
Monday 23 July, 3 – 4.30pm
Entry £5, payable on the day to the session leader

This is an open group for anyone interested in responding in words to the exhibitions at Black Swan Arts gallery.

The ‘words at the Black Swan’ workshops offer a chance to reflect and share as well as focused guidance, and participants have hugely enjoyed the opportunity to develop their skills as well as to participate creatively in the cultural and community life of Black Swan Arts. This month’s workshop relates to the Arborealists exhibition.

Anyone with an interest in creating a word response to visual art is welcome to come along.

Get in touch Crysse Morrison for more information:

crysse@crysse.com
www.crysse.com
Image representing creations made on a small loom with natural fabrics and feathers

Tied to the Loom
Sat 23 June 1 – 3pm & 3.15 – 5.15pm
Tickets £5 for a 2 hr session, no charge for accompanying adults
Online booking is required

This workshop, which runs in conjunction with the Back to Blue Exhibition provides an introduction to weaving with a little loom. Suitable for ages 7+ (must be accompanied by an adult)

Register for one of two sessions, held in the Black Swan Round Tower Gallery. Registration is not required for accompanying adults.

For queries about the workshop contact: info@woadtothis.com

Book tickets…

Image showing fabrics made with natural dyes

A Colourful Past
Sat 30 June 1 – 2.30pm & 3 – 4.30pm
Tickets £3 for a 1 1/2 hr session, no charge for accompanying adults
Online booking is required

Vegetable dyeing workshop which runs in conjunction with the Back to Blue exhibition. Suitable for ages 7+ (must be accompanied by an adult)

Register for one of two sessions, held in the Black Swan Round Tower Gallery. Registration is not required for accompanying adults.

For queries about the workshop contact: info@woadtothis.com

Book tickets…

One day jewellery making workshop One day jewellery making workshop

Jewellery Making Workshop | 1 Day

Whether you are new to jewellery making or just want to learn a new technique, this is a course for you.

Linda will guide you into designing your own pieces of jewellery and encourage you to creating something you really want to make from stacking rings, pendants, earrings, bangle, cufflinks…..and much more. You will learn basic jewellery making skills in a creative and fun setting and walk away with something special made by you.

This is a great gift for either yourself or someone creative.

2018 dates: 18 Mar, 15 Apr, 20 May, 24 Jun, 22 Jul, 26 Aug, 23 Sep, 14 Oct, 18 Nov
For more details and how to book click here.

Silver workshop

Jewellery Making Workshop | Half Day

Indulge in 3 hours of pure jewellery making fun! Linda will guide you into designing and creating your own unique piece of jewellery using copper or silver…..or both! Make a pendant, a pair of earrings, bangle or ring. You will learn how to texture metal as well as basic jewellery making skills to shape and form your creation into a lovely piece of jewellery that you’ll be proud to wear. Gift Vouchers available.

2018 dates: 18 Feb, 25 Mar, 22 Apr, 13 May, 17 Jun, 15 Jul, 19 Aug, 9 Sept, 21 Oct, 11 Nov | Mornings: 10am – 1pm or Afternoons: 2pm – 5pm

For more details and how to book click here.

Photograph showing molten bronze being poured

Bronze Casting Demonstration
Saturday 23 June, 3pm & Sat 7 July 3pm
Courtyard or outside library

Bronze casting demonstration to accompany The Chemistry of Bronze exhibition in the Long Gallery.

Demonstrations are weather dependent, due to the equipment/ process. A decision will be made around 11am as to whether it is able to go ahead. Updates will be posted on Facebook.

Find out more…

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Summer Art Car Boot
Sunday 8 July, 10am-4pm (first weekend of Frome Festival)
Justice Lane

The Summer Art Car Boot is a fabulous opportunity to buy original creations made by local makers. The car boot takes place once a year during Frome Festival and this year falls on the first Sunday. It is a chance to buy a unique piece of art made by a local artist, artisan or crafts person.

Image from Cicatrix exhibition. 100 Wiltshire Towers by Henry-Burnett
Image from Cicatrix exhibition. Experimental Ground by Susan Francis
Image from Cicatrix exhibition. Book of Scars by Prudence Maltby

Words monthly poetry workshop in the Long Gallery
Monday 16 April, 3 – 4.30pm
Entry £5, payable on the day to the session leader

This is an open group for anyone interested in responding in words to the exhibitions at Black Swan Arts gallery.

The ‘words at the Black Swan’ workshops offer a chance to reflect and share as well as focused guidance, and participants have hugely enjoyed the opportunity to develop their skills as well as to participate creatively in the cultural and community life of Black Swan Arts. This month’s workshop relates to the Cicatrix exhibition.

Anyone with an interest in creating a word response to visual art is welcome to come along.

Get in touch Crysse Morrison for more information:

crysse@cryssemorrison.co.uk
www.crysse.com
Photograph of tattooed hands with waves

Free teachers networking event: New Wave
Round Tower Gallery
Wed 25 April, 4-6pm
Open to InspirED subscribing and non-subscribing schools, booking required

‘New Wave’ is a small exhibition with a big message: arts education is vital for our economy, society and humanity
 
The touring exhibition was first shown at Contains Art, Watchet. It was initiated by artist and former teacher Toni Davey RWA. The exhibition features fascinating artworks and reflections from Toni’s former students from West Somerset Community College, Minehead. Arts professionals and creative thinkers who have gone on to become journalists, political advisors and one, a farmer.
 
Event includes:
  • Curator’s talk 
  • Chance to network with other teachers and artist educators
  • Hear about offers coming up for schools subscribing to InspirED in 2018/19
  • Find out about, and influence, arts projects currently in development in the Frome area  
  • Refreshments

Email inspired@spaeda.org.uk to book your place…

Image from Cicatrix exhibition
Image from Cicatrix exhibition. Experimental Ground by Susan Francis

Artists Talk: Cicatrix
Long Gallery
Sat 28 April, 2pm

We are lucky enough to have all three artists from the Cicatrix exhibition in the Long Gallery to give a talk about the exhibition and project.

Henny Burnett (installation), Prudence Maltby (drawing) and Susan Francis (film) will provide some background to this visual arts project “Offering an alternative insight into the legacy of The Great War.”

Find out more…

Photograph showing Stephen Ives, watering can
Visual Arts South West logo
Young Open 2018 logo

Young People’s Workshop: Idea, Matter, Form?
Sat 17 March, 2.30-5pm
1st floor of Black Swan Arts
Entry £6.50 (materials charge), booking essential

In your daily life, you may come up with many exciting ideas, without knowing how to shape it into a form? This workshop provides an alternative space to experiment, talk about ideas and share experiences.

‘Idea, Matter, Form?’ is aimed at young people aged 10+. It will run as part of BBC’s Get Creative event and Black Swan Arts Young Open exhibition. Led by Fiona Campbell (artist), Aya Kobayashi (curator) and Stephen Ives (Eastville Project Space). Combining art practices which interweave sculpture, audio and drawing- for participants to test their ideas.

With emphasis on the creative process, the workshop is an opportunity to explore notions about materiality and to experiment with sculptural elements and sound. Combining found and reclaimed materials with technology. We provide materials including; electronic instruments, sequence mics, found and reclaimed sculptural components.

‘Idea, Matter, Form?’ is the third of a series to engage young people in creativity. Sponsored by Visual Arts South West.  It runs alongside Black Swan Arts Young Open, an exhibition which showcases a range of young people’s inspiring work.

Ticket cost covers materials.

Book closed

Words workshop based around Frome Art Society Exhibition
Words workshop based around Frome Art Society Exhibition

Words monthly poetry workshop in the Long Gallery
Monday 26 February, 3 – 4.30pm
Entry £5, payable on the day to the session leader

This is an open group for anyone interested in responding in words to the exhibitions at Black Swan Arts gallery.

The ‘words at the Black Swan’ workshops offer a chance to reflect and share as well as focused guidance, and participants have hugely enjoyed the opportunity to develop their skills as well as to participate creatively in the cultural and community life of Black Swan Arts. This month’s workshop relates to the Frome Art Society exhibition.

Anyone with an interest in creating a word response to visual art is welcome to come along.

Get in touch Crysse Morrison for more information:

crysse@cryssemorrison.co.uk
www.crysse.com
Words workshop based around Oliver Bedeman Exhibition

Words monthly poetry workshop in the Long Gallery
Monday 8 January, 3 – 4.30pm
Entry £5, payable on the day to the session leader

This is an open group for anyone interested in responding in words to the exhibitions at Black Swan Arts gallery.

The ‘words at the Black Swan’ workshops offer a chance to reflect and share as well as focused guidance, and participants have hugely enjoyed the opportunity to develop their skills as well as to participate creatively in the cultural and community life of Black Swan Arts. This month’s workshop relates to the Oliver Bedeman exhibition.

Anyone with an interest in creating a word response to visual art is welcome to come along.

Get in touch Crysse Morrison for more information:

crysse@cryssemorrison.co.uk
www.crysse.com
Words workshop based around Frome Art Society Exhibition
Words workshop based around Frome Art Society Exhibition

Words monthly poetry workshop in the Long Gallery
Monday 26 February, 3 – 4.30pm
Entry £5, payable on the day to the session leader

This is an open group for anyone interested in responding in words to the exhibitions at Black Swan Arts gallery.

The ‘words at the Black Swan’ workshops offer a chance to reflect and share as well as focused guidance, and participants have hugely enjoyed the opportunity to develop their skills as well as to participate creatively in the cultural and community life of Black Swan Arts. This month’s workshop relates to the Frome Art Society exhibition.

Anyone with an interest in creating a word response to visual art is welcome to come along.

Get in touch Crysse Morrison for more information:

crysse@cryssemorrison.co.uk
www.crysse.com
Filigree workshop

Filigree workshop – One Day ( 10:00 – 16:30 )

Yasemin runs Filigree Workshops in the Round Tower Gallery, Black Swan Arts in Frome, Somerset. This beautiful historic drying mill is now used as an art gallery and exhibition centre.

This one day beginners workshop provides an excellent introduction to this ancient wire shaping skill, teaching you all the key stages and processes of creating a pendant or earrings. No prior knowledge of jewellery making is necessary.

For more details click here.

Silver workshop

Silver Jewellery Workshop | Half Day

Indulge in 3 hours of pure jewellery making fun! Linda will guide you into designing and creating your own unique piece of jewellery from a pendant, earrings or ring. You will learn how to texture silver using an embossing machine as well as basic jewellery making skills to shape and form your creation into a lovely piece of jewellery that you’ll be proud to wear.  Gift Vouchers available.

For more details click here.

Copper workshop
Copper workshop

Copper Workshop | Half Day

Indulge in 3 hours of pure jewellery making fun! Linda will guide you into designing and creating your own unique piece of copper jewellery from a pendant, earrings or ring. You will learn how to texture copper using an embossing machine as well as basic jewellery making skills to shape and form your creation into a lovely piece of jewellery that you’ll be proud to wear. Ideal gifts for those who love getting creative.  Gift Vouchers available.

For more details click here.