Black Swan Arts Events

Featuring events taking place in and around Black Swan Arts, including workshops, artist talks, panel discussions, art carboot and more…

We are have also introduced an exciting programme of events to our cafe. Visit our cafe events page for the full list

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Frome Drink & Draw
Third Thursday of every month, 6 – 10.30pm
Entry is free, booking advised

Get your creative juices flowing with a night of sketching and socialising. Drink & Draw is exactly what it says it is. No experience needed, bring your pens and paper and enjoy a relaxed night in creative company.

Frome Drink & Draw is a chance for people to get together for a fun night of sketching and socialising. Whether you’re a professional looking to hone your drawing skills. An amateur artist looking for like-minded creatives. Or a complete beginner taking up a new hobby. This night is for everyone! You choose your own subject matter and bring your own supplies. There is no teaching and no no pressure to create a stunning artwork. What you will find is a fun and supportive environment where you can relax into your sketching with a drink.

Black Swan Cafe open late for snacks and drinks!

15 March | 19 April | 17 May | 21 June | 19 July

Edit: Drink and Draw has been changed to the earlier time of 6pm but you can arrive at any time after. There will also be food available to purchase for those who don’t have time to eat before or for those who need an excuse to eat out!

Book your free ticket…

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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…

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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…

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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.

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…

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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
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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.

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 and how to book click here.