Black Swan Arts Exhibition Archives 2019

Black and white photograph from J.W. Singer & Sons foundry in Frome taken more than 100 years ago.

Black Swan Arts Open 2019
18 October – 16 November
Prizegiving: Thursday 17 October 2019, 6-7pm
Artists Preview: Thursday 17 October 2019, 7.30-9pm
Closing Party: Saturday 16 November 2019, 3.30-6pm

The prestigious Black Swan Arts Open is an annual competition which welcomes entries of original works from established practitioners and emerging artists of all professions and disciplines. Work can be submitted in any medium and in almost any size – from painting, drawing and printmaking to photography, sculpture and ceramics.

This year’s judging panel includes; Robert Devereux (former chair of Frieze), Katharine Fry (winner of the Black Swan Arts First Prize 2017), Luke Jerram (artist), Elly Hawley (Director of Hauser & Wirth Somerset) and Sandra Porter RWA (artist).

Find out more about the exhibition…

Painting of a sunny somerset path with water in the background. Vivid yellows and greens.

Wiltshire Print Creatives, Strictly Printing
9 – 23 November
Late opening: Saturday 22 November, 6-8pm
Meet the Artist: Saturday 9 November, 11am-2pm
Artist talk: Saturday 9 November, 2pm

Wiltshire Print Creatives is an informal group of artist printmakers who have agreed to work together to collectively promote their work and to identify venues and opportunities for shows.
Their common link is the use of a shared workspace but members otherwise have freedom of subject, style or print medium including;
  • abstract
  • figurative
  • traditional etching
  • linocut
  • digital

Find out more…

Painting of a sunny somerset path with water in the background. Vivid yellows and greens.

Old Bakery Artists
26 October – 3 November

We welcome the Old Bakery Artists to the Round Tower Gallery once again.

Find out more about the Old Bakery Artists from their website.

Painting of a sunny somerset path with water in the background. Vivid yellows and greens.

Art through my minds eye
14-19 October
Preview: 14 October, 6-8pm

Featuring the  work of Gary Punt.

Born 1944 in Essex. Gary started his interest in painting and drawing from a young age. He painted seriously from the age of fifteen and studied at Southend Art & Craft College. His work continued for some five decades until his death in 2014 through illness.

Gary and his family spent a lot of time in Somerset over the years on holiday and his love of the region is transpired in his scenes of Cheddar Gorge-Weston Super mare and Wells.

Read more  about the exhibition…

Textile necklace. Red, pink and purple fleece, moulded into feathers.

Fire and Thread
9-12 October

Featuring artists Jack Beaumont and Meriel Lee in a joint textile and jewellery show.

Read more  about the exhibition…

Black and white photograph showing a pair of scissors and a paper flower alongside floral border.

Fiona Hingston, Somerset Art Works (SAW)
7 September – 5 October
Preview: Friday 6 September, 6-8pm
Meet the artist: Thursday 26 September, 11am-3pm

The exhibition explores the beauty of Britain’s vanishing wildflowers. It takes place as part of Somerset Art Weeks 2019.

Fiona Hingston’s new body of work, ‘The English Woman’s Flora’, includes more than 200 wildflowers made from masking tape and graphite. It is based on popular pocketbook ‘The Observer’s Book of Wild Flowers‘ (W.J. Stokoe, 1957). The work is part celebration and part lament for what is and increasingly is not to be found on the land she calls home.

Find out more about the exhibition.

Black Swan Guild Second Exhibition
7 September – 6 October
Preview: 6 September, 6-8pm

An exhibition by the Black Swan Guild (with special guests) exploring themes surrounding the body, body adornment, decoration and marking.

Find out more…

Plus, find out about becoming a member of the Guild

Graphic image showing geometric shapes representing sound waves.

LISTEN, a summer season of sound
20 July – 1 September
Preview: Friday 19 July, 6-8pm

An exciting programme of sound art events taking place over the summer in the Long Gallery, Round Tower Gallery and Black Swan Café. Curated by Helen Ottaway and Mel Day.

Immerse yourself in a library of sound art and related films in the Round Tower Gallery listening hub. Respond to the things you have heard within and beyond Black Swan Arts through our Call and Response Wall. You can hear about deep listening and experience the vibrations of a gong massage and you can take part in talks and workshops.  Frome FM will be broadcasting from LISTEN too. There will be chances to relax in the Round Tower hub and courtyard to chilled out DJ sessions.

Find out more about the exhibition and events

Black and white photograph from J.W. Singer & Sons foundry in Frome taken more than 100 years ago.

Casting the World: The Story of JW Singer & Sons
4 – 14 July
Weekday workshops for school groups
Weekend workshops for the public, free to attend, booking required

Come and try your hand at being a casting apprentice at this family-friendly workshop. The Long Gallery at Black Swan Arts will be transformed into a casting studio, bringing history alive and offering the opportunity to learn the basics of the casting techniques used to such great effect at the J.W. Singer & Sons foundry in Frome more than 100 years ago. Note – no hot metal involved!

1 hour weekend sessions are available for the public and weekday sessions are available for school groups.

Find out more and book your place on a weekend workshop.

Embroidered purple flower with red bead stamen.
Frome festival logo on a navy blackground with an image in white of the emblem featuring St Aldhelm

Title: Frome & District Embroiderers
Date: 2 – 14 July

Stitching Time is an exhibition by the Frome and District Branch of the Embroiderers’ Guild, aiming to build awareness of stitch and textile art.

The exhibition highlights different techniques and styles in traditional and experimental embroidery.

Stitched items and cards are available to buy.

View exhibition page for more images.

Large geometric work made up of tiny marks. Blue and terracotta.

Title: Sandra Porter, all things being equal
Date: 1 June – 30 June
Preview: Friday 31 May, 6-8pm
Q&A: Thursday 13 June, 6-7.30pm
Afternoon tea: Sunday 30 June, 2-4pm

‘All Things Being Equal’, features a series of small- and large-scale drawings, collages, prints and paintings which explore grids, stripes and recurrent schemes – images that are similar but not the same. Sandra’s work involves ‘ever evolving improvisations around the grid and the search for a synthesis between the horizontal and vertical together, with the all-important negotiation of monochrome, colour and definitive mark’.

Find out more about the exhibition.

A lady holding a red leather purse in the air.

Title: Exploration – Writhlington School & Mendip Studio School
Date: 24 – 28 June
Location: Round Tower Gallery
Preview: Wednesday 26 June 5-7pm, all welcome

A selection of art from GCSE and A-level students from Writhlington School and Mendip Studio School.

A lady holding a red leather purse in the air.

Title: IN-SPIRAL
Date: 17 – 23 June
Location: Round Tower Gallery
Preview: Tuesday 18 June 6.30-8pm, all welcome

An exiting exhibition featuring three generations of female artists from one family. They are mother, daughter and granddaughter. Their work is interconnected and sharing an inspiration of nature.

  • Èva Kecseti handbags
  • Hannah Manning photographs
  • Gabriella Kecseti textile art

View exhibition page for more information.

Silk painting with two boxing hares.

Title: Frome Creatives
Date: 30 May – 15 June
Location: Round Tower Gallery
Preview: Friday 31 May, 6-8pm – all welcome

An exhibition showcasing work from creative classes run by Frome Community Education. An opportunity to meet tutors and students and sign up to future classes.

View exhibition page for more information.

Textile work featuring large patches of colour. Blues, greys, reds and orange.

Title: Black Swan Guild First Exhibition
Location: Round Tower Gallery
Date: 4 – 25 May
Preview: 3 May 6-8pm, all welcome

The Round Tower Gallery is to host an exhibition introducing the newly formed Black Swan Guild – featuring work from its acclaimed artists in the fields of painting, sculpture, jewellery, textiles, etching, ceramics, and printmaking. This will be the first of three exhibitions this year.

View exhibition page and explore the new Black Swan Guild website.

Abstract painting of a field with a haystack

Title: Frome Art Society, Ruby Anniversary Exhibition
Date: 11 – 25 May
Preview: Friday 10 May, 6-8pm

Celebrating 40 years of Frome Art Society. The local group has grown in size and is well established in the local area. Frome Art Society meet regularly and hold talks and demos for their members and regularly exhibit as a group.

Find out more about the exhibition.

Young Open 2019 poster featuring work by a previous entrant with a tiger face

Title: Black Swan Arts Young Open
Date: 30 March – 27 April
Preview: Saturday 30 March, 12pm midday
Competition open for entries 13 December 2018 – 22 February 2019

Black Swan Arts Young Open competition is open to all young people aged between 8 and 19 years. We are proud to run this annual competition and to display an always vibrant, diverse and impressive range of artwork.

We accept entries both from individuals and school groups.

Find out more about the exhibition and how to enter.

ceramic piece by Peter Hayes with a mother of pearl finish

Title: Peter Hayes, Ceramics
Date: 16 February – 23 March
Preview: Friday 15 February, 6-8pm -all welcome
Artist’s talk: Wednesday 13 March, 7.30pm – free to attend, booking not required

Peter Hayes is an international artist working in ceramics, bronze and glass. He has been at the forefront of contemporary ceramics for decades. And has been an influence on many artists working in ceramics and other materials. He makes small to large scale garden sculpture.

Read more about Peter’s exhibition in the Long Gallery…

Image from Frome College artist, showing a person screaming
Image from Frome College artist, showing a person screaming

Title: Making a mark, Frome College
Date: 9 – 23 February
Preview: Saturday 9 February, 12pm midday

‘Making a Mark’ is a Young Artists’ show displaying creations made by talented young artists at Frome College and featuring selected works created by Frome’s Middle Schools.

Creativity is at the core of Frome College and much value is attached to freedom of expression in the arts.

Find out more about ‘Making a mark’

Artbox, Frome logo with a teal square and the words Art Box Frome around the edge
Artwork by Artbox, Frome student with bright coloured lines and dots.

Title: ‘Freedom’ Artbox, Frome
Date: 25 February – 3 March
Screen printing workshops 3 March

A group exhibition, showcasing original artwork and limited edition prints from the Artbox Frome artists.

Artbox Frome is a charity working with adults with learning disabilities to create, exhibit and sell their artwork. By purchasing their work you acquire unique and affordable art, while providing a source of income for the artists, as well as partly funding our workshops, exhibitions and studio sessions.

Find out more about the exhibition…

mixed media artwork by eleanor barlett where one side is near black and the other ivory with a textured surface

Title: Eleanor Bartlett – Matter
Date: 5 January – 9 February
Preview: Friday 4 January, 6-8pm -all welcome
Artist Q&A: Friday 8 February, 6-8pm – rescheduled due to snow

Eleanor Barlett is coming to Black Swan Arts Long Gallery with a show called ‘Matter’.

Her work is created with unusual and challenging materials such as tar and metal paint.

Find out more about Eleanor Bartlett’s exhibition and Q&A session…

Figurative drawing by Stina Falle

Title: The Sands of Time, Stina Falle
Date: 26 January – 2 February
Preview: Friday 25 January, 6-8pm
Imbolc event: Friday 1 Feb, from 6pm – open mic and optional food for purchase

Frome artist, Stina Falle is selling her creative estate – paintings, prints, drawings and other artefacts – to raise money for the charity Mind in Somerset

This sale will help to fund essential counselling services for young people at risk of suicide and self-harm. As a survivor herself she would also like this revelation of her life’s work to encourage others to share their stories and pictures with her while she is in residence.

Find out more about ‘The Sands of Time’