Title: Black Swan Arts Open 2018
Date: 19 October – 24 November
Preview: Thursday 18 October, 7.30-9pm -all welcome
The prestigious Black Swan Art Open is an annual competition that welcomes entries of original works from established practitioners and emerging artists of all professions and disciplines. Entry guidelines encourage submissions of any medium and in almost any size – from painting, drawing and printmaking to photography, sculpture and ceramics.
This year’s judging panel includes Michael Eavis, creator of Glastonbury Festival; Johnny Messum, founder of Messums Wiltshire; Steve Burden, winner of the Black Swan Arts Solo show prize; artist Sue Conrad and Debbie Hillyerd of Hauser & Wirth Somerset.
The many prizes include the first prize of £1000 supported by Hauser & Wirth Somerset, the Sue Conrad Prize of £1000 for work on paper and the Black Swan Arts prize of a solo show
Black Swan Arts Open is a very popular annual competition and this year has seen entries from over 500 artists. We have built an impressive reputation for attracting some of the best artists from the South West, with our expert judges (which change each year) selecting diverse and innovative pieces and championing artistic excellence.
Over the past fifteen years, the Black Swan Arts Open has built an impressive reputation for attracting some of the best-established practitioners and emerging artists from the South West, with the judges selecting diverse and innovative pieces and championing artistic excellence. In 2016, the Open attracted over 700 entries from 350 artists.
The event offers artists the chance to have their work viewed by a panel of highly respected judges and potentially to be exhibited at a regionally important gallery seen by thousands of visitors. The successful entries will be on show at Black Swan Arts from 2–29 November.
The panel of judges for 2017 includes Mariella Frostrup, journalist and broadcaster; Gary Sangster, trustee from the Arnolfini, Bristol; Stephen Snoddy, director of the New Art Gallery, Walsall; Dea Vanagan, director of Hauser & Wirth Somerset; and Seamus Nicolson, artist and 2015 winner of the Black Swan Arts Solo show prize.
Shortlisted artists have the chance of winning a series of impressive prizes, including the Hauser & Wirth Somerset first prize; the Black Swan Arts prize of a solo show; the Frome Town Council/People’s Choice Award (voted for by the public over the course of the show); the Mount Art prize for artists in full-time education; the Postscript 3D prize of art materials; the Sam’s Kitchen prize for local art; the Babington House prize and the Friends of Black Swan Arts prize.
The competition is open to every artist and any medium will be considered – painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, sculpture and ceramics.
- Hauser and Wirth Somerset Prize – £1000
- Sue Conrad Prize for works on paper – £1000
- Black Swan Arts, Programming Group – Solo Show in 2019/20
- Babington House Prize – Mentoring lunch with Kate Bryan, Head of collections, Soho house
- Kobi & Teal – Solo exhibition
- Emerging Artist – £200 framing at Mount Art
- Local artist Prize – artists materials worth £100 from Postscript
- BSA Friends – lifetime membership
- BSA Guild – 12 months membership
- People’s Choice Award
Benefits of Entering
- Have your work seen by hundreds of visitors
- Be assessed by a group of highly qualified judges
- An excellent place to sell your work
- Possibility of winning prestigious prizes
- Raise your profile through a wide variety of media coverage
- Have provenance added to your artwork