Black Swan Arts Open 2022
Until 11 September

The winners of the prestigious Black Swan Arts Open exhibition have been revealed, with young artists dominating the prizes. Of the work by artists aged under 30 years, five won awards, and 17 yr old Violet Venable-Ziminski from Frome won three of them!

There were over one thousand entries to the competition and 193 pieces were selected making it the largest Art Open exhibition in its 30-year history. Seventy-four came from the SW region, with thirty-two from in and around Frome; and seven of the sixteen prizes and highly commended awards were won by artists from the town.

To find out more about each artist, you can view their artists statements in the online shop.Every piece is for sale at under £1000 and with so many exceptional original pieces there is a huge variety of work to buy.

This year’s winners:

  • First Prize supported by Hauser & Wirth Somerset: Ellen Carter for Portrait of Mum. Highly commended: Alyson Minkley for Haptic Traces Series, Danny Markey for Red and White Footballers, Sarah Edwards for Scabious, Violet Venables-Ziminski for Self Portrait as Stanley Spencer, Gina Soden for Retrait Bleu and Frances Gynn for The Trouble with Nature – Yellowhammer in Snow.
  • Harris & Harris Solicitors Prize: Steve Dutton for The Judge (Phantom Industry).
  • Lynda Pelly Prize for an Artist Under 30: Grace Green for Where Water Meets Land. Highly commended: Josie Phillips for Vessel 1 and Ruby Hyde for This is No Place.
  • Bruce Munro Studio 3D Prize: Robyn Neild for Resting Figure with Botanicals.
  • Geraint Davies Picture Framing Prize: Violet Venables-Ziminski for Self Portrait as Stanley Spencer.
  • Makers’ Yard Somerset Residency Prize: Marta Zubieta for Petit Mort and Bath Time.
  • Lotte’s Bistro Prize for a Local Artist: Miranda Collis for Nest. Highly commended: Violet Venables-Ziminski for Self Portrait as Stanley Spencer.

First Prize Supported by Hauser & Wirth Somerset

Harris And Harris Prize

Artwork: Portrait of Mum

Ellen Carter

Steve Dutton

Steve Dutton for The Judge (Phantom Industry)

Highly Commended by the Judges

Alyson Minkley for Haptic Traces Series

Sarah Edwards for Scabious

Haptic Traces Series

Artwork: Haptic Traces Series

Alyson Minkley

Alyson Minkley

Artwork: Scabious

Sarah Edwards

Violet Venables-Ziminski for Self Portrait as Stanley Spencer

Gina Soden for Retrait Bleu

Frances Gynn for The Trouble with Nature – Yellowhammer in Snow

Self Portrait as Stanley Spencer

Artwork: Self Portrait as Stanley Spencer

Violet Venables Ziminski

Violet Venables-Ziminski

Gina Soden for Retrait Bleu_

Gina Soden for Retrait Bleu

Yellowhammer in Snow

Frances Gynn for The Trouble with Nature – Yellowhammer in Snow

The Lynda Pelly Prize For An Artist Under The Age Of 30 

Winner – Grace Green for Where Water Meets Land

Highly Commended – Josie Phillips for Vessel

Highly Commended – Ruby Hyde for This is No Place

Grace Green for Where water meets land

Artwork: Where Water Meets Land

Grace Green

Grace Green

Josie Phillips Vessel1

Ruby Hyde for This is No Place

Geraint Davies Prize     

Bruce Munro Studio 3d Prize

Maker’s Yard Residency

Winner – Violet Venables Ziminski for ‘Self Portrait as Stanley Spencer’

Winner – Robyn Neild for Resting Figure with Botanicals

Winner – Marta Zubieta for Petit Mort and Bath Time

Self Portrait as Stanley Spencer

Artwork: Self Portrait as Stanley Spencer

Violet Venables Ziminski

Violet Venables-Ziminski

Robyn Neild for Resting Figure with Botanicals

Robyn Neild for Resting Figure with Botanicals

Marta Zubieta for Petit Mort and Bath Time

Winner – Marta Zubieta for Petit Mort and Bath Time

Lotte’s Bistro Prize For A Local Artist       

Winner – Violet Venables Ziminski for ‘Self Portrait as Stanley Spencer’

Winner – Miranda Collis for Nest

Self Portrait as Stanley Spencer

Artwork: Self Portrait as Stanley Spencer

Violet Venables Ziminski

Violet Venables-Ziminski

The Nest

Artwork:  The Nest

Miranda Collis

View all artworks in our online shop

Sponsors and Prizegivers

It is the generosity and support of our Judges, Sponsors and Prizegivers that makes our Art Open one of the most prestigious art competitions in the region and we are extremely grateful to them.

Text reads hauser and wirth in black on a white background
Bistro Lotte, black text on white background
Brothers logo, yellow writing on a blue background
Solstice Legal logo
Geraint Davies logo
text reads forward, go your own way in blue text on a white background
Harris and Harris logo
Bruce Munro Studio logo
Makers Yard logo

Art Open 2022 judges

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Each year we have a fresh new panel of independent judges. Our guest judges are not part of our Programming Group or Board of Trustees. This helps us to guarantee an unbiased and varied selection each year.

Abbi Bayliss
Abbi Bayliss
Freelance Illustrator and Artist Facilitator. Activist and the youngest member of the VASW board.
Bruce Munro
Bruce Munro
Visual Artist in Light and had his first public show at Black Swan Arts many years ago.
Lucy Glendinning
Lucy Glendinning
Internationally renowned Sculptor and Installation Artist with work in USA, Sweden, France and UK.
Will Cooper
Will Cooper
Curator of Contemporary Programmes and Special Projects at The Holburne Museum, Bath.
Debbie Hillyerd
Debbie Hillyerd
Global Director of Education, Hauser and Wirth Somerset who continues to be a great supporter of Black Swan Arts.
Gary Topp
Gary Topp
Executive Director at the Arnolfini in Bristol which he has resurrected.