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).

It was a great honour to be a judge for the Black Swan Arts Open and a privilege to see so many excellent works by local artists – it was quite overwhelming.

Judging alongside colleagues from the region was great fun, and it was both gratifying and challenging to hear different opinions about the work we saw, but ultimately we took great pride in working as a team to choose the very best work for the audience of Black Swan Arts to enjoy.

Alice Workman, Director, Hauser & Wirth Somerset and 2015 Art Open judge.

The many prizes include the first prize of £1000 supported by Hauser & Wirth Somerset, the Sue Conrad Prize of £1000 for work on paper, Lyndy Pelley £500 prize for an artist under the age of 30 years and the Black Swan Arts prize of a solo show.

In 2018, the Black Swan Arts Open attracted over 900 entries from almost 500 artists. We have built an impressive reputation for attracting some of the best artists from the South West, with our expert judges selecting diverse and innovative pieces and championing artistic excellence.

I would say that the experience is threefold; celebrating the widest creative talent, working with colleagues to make selections creates rich and meaningful discussions about the artists work and finally the opportunity to share the very best with the audience who visit the exhibition.

The Black Swan’s commitment and dedication to the project really shows and it is a pleasure to be a small part of it.

Debbie Hillyerd, Director of Education, Hauser & Wirth Somerset and 2018 Art Open judge.

Prize winners

First prize supported by Hauser & Wirth Somerset

Cheryl Lewis
‘Figure II’

Hauser & Wirth Somerset, highly commended

black and white photograph showing a woman holding a mechanical hand to her face

Pauline Batista
‘The Algorithm Will See You Now II’

Aliceson Carter
‘Paper Bags Plastic Bags’

49 small photographs of an artist creating artwork assembled in rows of 7

Clare Price

fingers crawling out of a leaf-like bowl

Alicia Tsigarides

Sue Conrad Prize for work on paper

charcoal drawing of his eminence, Archbishop Gregorios

Michael Minas
HE Archbishop Gregorios’

The Lynda Pelly Prize for an artist under the age of 30

Sam Schmitt
‘Cenotaph 1’

Mount Photography Prize

photograph of a man wrapped in tin foil holding a pomegranate

Garry Rutter
‘Mummy gave Your Golf Clubs to the Garage Man Image 1’

Postscript Prize for 3D

rectangular pieces of old weathered wood stacked like dominoes

Lotte Scott

Kobi & Teal Prize for a solo exhibition

textured linear line drawing of a figure from the side

Malcolm Ashman

Lotte’s Bistro Prize for a local artist

textured oil painting showing a stormy seascape

Jannette Kerr
‘Threat of Rain and Hint of Green’

Black Swan Arts Solo Show prize
Chosen by The Programming Group

rectangular pieces of old weathered wood stacked like dominoes

Lotte Scott

Black Swan Arts Highly Commended
Chosen by The Programming Group

painting of a figure crouched down and made from twisted branches

Daniel Mcgirr
‘Twisted Mirror’

The Black Swan Guild prize
(a year’s membership of Black Swan Guild)

old fashioned photograph of a bridge with electricity lines held by pylons made from bottle openers

Theadora Ballantyne-Way
‘Old Gloucester Road’

The People’s Choice Award
Sponsored by Forward Space (£300)

organic circular construction made from layer of wood which appear to be shells

Katy Hallett
‘Vortex III’

Volunteers Choice Award

ceramic bowl with hooded figures and a penguin

Katherine Kingdon
‘Missing Penguin’

Friends of Black Swan Arts Choice Award
(Life Time Membership of Friends of BSA)

Alicia Tsigarides

Sponsors and prize givers

Mount logo with blue and pink triangles overlapping. Mount is written in the same colour created by the overlapping triangles.
Postscript logo, black writing in handwritten script.
aml group logo- red text on white background
logo featuring the words action coach
black swan guild logo showing the black swan with a gold beak and the words, black swan guild
black swan friends logo showing the black swan with a blue beak and the words, black swan guild
text reads kobi and teal, in black on white background
Text reads hauser and wirth in black on a white background
bistro lotte, black text on white background
text reads forward, go your own way in blue text on a white background