Black Swan Arts Exhibition Archives 2018

Image demonstrating bronze melting and pouring

Title: The Chemistry of Bronze
Date: 26 May – 15 July
Preview: 25 May, 6-8pm – all welcome

The Chemistry of Bronze exhibition celebrates bronze sculpture and showcases the bronze process itself.

Featuring 5 established UK artists who are exhibiting and selling their bronze sculpture. While we will at the same time be showing the process and different steps in bronze making (especially the lost wax method) with artefacts, tools, videos, pictures and demonstrations.

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Image by Carolyn Griffiths

Title: Back to Blue
Date: 23 June – 15 July

Carolyn Griffiths’ exhibition in the iconic Round Tower Gallery. The Round Tower building is an ideal location with its history as an 18th-century wool drying building. ‘Back to Blue’ showcases the history of Frome’s cloth and dye trades and weaves its way towards the relevance of textile production in today’s society.

Hans Borgonjon and Sue Conrad’s mixed media pieces provide a wonderful contemporary twist which ebbs and flows between the past and the present. Supported by Black Swan Arts, Frome Society for Local Study and Creative Frome.

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Print by Chris Pig featuring birds in front of cliffs

Title: Frome Creative Community
Date: 2 – 16 June
Preview and meet the Tutors: Fri 1 June, 6-8pm

An Exhibition showcasing work from creative classes run by Frome Community Education and private tutors Amanda Bee, Jenny Pepper, Aliss Vaas and Chris Pig. Works on show will include paintings, prints, pottery, basketry, watercolour, textiles and upholstery. An opportunity to meet tutors and students and sign up to future classes.

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Painting by Si Griffiths showing a couple and their child all with clown masks

Title: Si Griffiths ‘Adventures in Reality?’
Date: 5 – 26 May

An intriguing new exhibition from the pop-surreal painter Simon Griffiths exploring the Yin and Yang
of life, love, loss, death and inner demons, bringing to life the emotions generated in a riot of
colourful expressive works.

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Image showing the postcard for Cicatrix

Title: Cicatrix
Date: 14 April – 19 May
Preview: 13 April, 6-8pm all welcome
Artist Talk: Sat 28 April, 2pm

We are excited to welcome Cicatrix, a visual arts project incorporating installation drawing and film. Offering an alternative insight into the legacy of The Great War.

Featuring artists:

  • Henny Burnett (installation)
  • Prudence Maltby (drawing)
  • Susan Francis (film)

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Photograph showing tattooed hands featuring Hokusai’s iconic woodcut, ‘The Great Wave of Kanagawa’.

Title: Toni Davey, New Wave
Date: 11 April – 2 May
Preview: Thurs 12 April, 6-8pm

New Wave is a touring exhibition initiated by Toni Davey RWA. IT aims to explore the value of arts education for our economy, society, and humanity.

The artwork featured is by former students of Toni Davey from West Somerset Community College, Minehead who are now working as professional creatives. They are a response to Hokusai’s iconic woodcut, ‘The Great Wave of Kanagawa’. This is a piece that has held a personal fascination for Toni over several decades.

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Young Open 2018 logo

Title: Black Swan Arts Young Open 2018
Date: 17 March – 7 April
Award presentation: 17 March, 12pm (midday)

The Black Swan Arts Young Open Art Competition continues to go from strength to strength.  In 2016 there were more than 300 entries, not only a record number but a 100% increase on 2015. In total, more than 150 schools have been involved over the past four years making this a flagship exhibition we are immensely proud of.

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Artwork by Hannah Carding
Artwork by Hannah Carding

Title: Hannah Carding
Date: 24 February – 4  March
Preview: Saturday 24 February 12-2pm – all welcome


Artist-illustrator Hannah Carding exhibits a collection of black and white etchings that explore conflict in the Round Tower Gallery.

The etchings respond to a selection of writings about different wars throughout history and focus particularly on the aftermath of war.

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Artwork by Hayley Cove
Artwork by Hayley Cove

Title: Frome Arts Society
Date: 24 February – 10 March
Preview: Friday 23 February 6-8pm – all welcome

The first of 2 annual exhibitions by Frome Art Society.

Frome Art Society was formed in 1979 to encourage local people to become involved in painting and drawing.  The exhibition provides a showcase of the wide variety of styles and techniques by members.

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Artwork by Oliver Bedeman
Artwork by Oliver Bedeman

Title: Oliver Bedeman
Date: 16 January – 18 February
Preview: 5 January 6-8pm – all welcome
Curators talk: 5 January 5.30pm – for Volunteers & Friends of Black Swan Arts only

Paintings, etchings and drawings by Oliver Bedeman.

Completing a Foundation Course at Wiltshire College, and a Degree in Painting at Brighton University, Oliver went on to The Royal Drawing School, where he won the Lady Rothermere Award. He then had a years’ residency at the school and taught on their outreach program. Selected for the 2016 Columbia Threadneedle Prize at the Mall Galleries, London his painting toured with the prize to the Palazzo Strozzi, Florence. His most recent showing this autumn was at The Fine Art Society in London.

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