The Long Gallery features prominent artists & group shows such as the Black Swan Arts Annual Open. Photograph by Simon Richardson.

Long Gallery Exhibitions

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…

Painted diorama featuring lots of animals and people scurrying around. It has a dream-like quality.

Corinna Sargood ‘Pictures & Dioramas’
23 November – 21 December
Preview: Friday 22 November, 6-8pm
Artist’s talk & live demonstrations: Wednesday 4 December, 6–8pm
Children’s day & live demonstrations: Saturday 7 December, 2–4pm
Diorama workshop (age 18+): Sunday 15 December, 11am-4pm, £45 – booking via eventbrite essential

An extraordinary collection of multilayered, painted wood dioramas, dense and brilliant embroideries, prints and artist’s books. Corinna’s work explores her life in Mexico, Peru, and the dark world of fairy tale. This show is a rare insight into some of the personal and never before publicly displayed work of this exceptional talent. We are honoured that she is sharing this private magical world with us.

Find out more about the exhibition.

Painted diorama featuring lots of animals and people scurrying around. It has a dream-like quality.

Black Swan Arts Young Open 2020
21 March – 25 April
Preview: Saturday 21 March, 12pm midday
Open for entries – November – 14 February

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.

Black Swan logo, gallery variation. Black swan with blue beak

2020 Long Gallery exhibitions

Barry Cooper
3 January – 1 February
Preview: Friday 10 January, 6-8pm

Fifty Bees, Lydia Needle
8 February – 14 March

Frome Art Society
2 May – 16 May

Lucinda Burgess
23 May – 12 July

Davies, Monaghan & Klein
18 July – 29 August

Sketch winner 2017
5 September – 3 October

Black Swan Open 2020
17 October – 21 November

Winter Show by SAW
28 November – 30 December