Black Swan Arts, 2 Bridge Street, Frome, Somerset BA11 1BB   Tel 01373 473980   Registered Charity No.292463

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Welcome to Black Swan Arts

Black Swan Arts is a popular arts centre in the heart of the vibrant and creative market town of Frome, Somerset. The centre contains galleries, shops, cafe, and the Round Tower where artist-led workshops and community events take place. We aim to provide inspiration for the creative talents of Frome and its surroundings. The galleries feature a mixed programme of contemporary art and craft.

Opening Times
Black Swan Gallery - Monday to Saturday: 10.00am - 4.00pm; closed Sundays
Divas Café & Gallery - Monday to Saturday: 8.30am - 5.30pm; closed Sundays
SEED Shop - Monday to Saturday: 10.00am - 5.00pm; occasional Sundays
Artisan Shops - Varied - please check on each individual shop page for details of their hours of opening.

FIFTHWALL / Tristan Stevens

Exhibition: Fri 4 July to Sat 30 August

Less than 2 weeks left to 'come and play in the sacred sand pit of life!'

Past local artist Tristan Stevens returns from his travels to put a show of many facets exploring the everyday way of conveying a message.

Tristan was a volunteer at Black Swan Arts as well as working in other artist led activities in the town and we are very pleased to welcome him to present his new body of work at Black Swan Arts.

Tristan will also be working on some drop in workshops for families during the summer. So watch out for news on our Facebook page and Twitter feed!


NEWS - FeverLeaf is good enough for VOGUE!
In their August edition of ‘Street Chic’, British Vogue featured a hand-made waistcoat by Black Swan Arts’ very own designer-maker Freya Morgan. The glossy magazine photographed a reveller at Wilderness Festival UK, wearing one of FeverLeaf's hooded pixie waistcoats, made from reclaimed fabrics.

FeverLeaf’s creative home is Studio Shop Three at Black Swan Arts, where Freya is part of a vibrant community of artisan makers, that’s always a hive of activity. Freya creates colourful one-of-a-kind clothing including reversible skirts and unusual carnivalesque items such as waistcoats with hoods and tails. Her background in sculpture and installation art has given her a passion for creating one-off wearable creations that are a little out of the ordinary, which is exactly what got her noticed by Vogue.


THIS WEEK ONLY - Silk painting workshops
Pop-Up Studio / Silk Painting Exhibition & Workshops

Our current Pop-Up artist Helen Stanfield has not only filled the Studio with beautiful silk paintings she's also offering workshops so you can make your own. But you'll need to book fast, as she's only here until the end of this week, when Somerset Art Works will be getting ready to move in for their 2 week residency.

Helen's tuition is limited to only one or two people at a time, and at £10 per person inc materials, it's an opportunity not to be missed. The workshop is suitable for adults and children aged 6+. To book a place please email Helen at: She can be flexible with finding you a suitable slot, any time between 10.30am and 2.30pm.

To see Helen's work and all our other current exhibitions, please go to our Current Exhibitions page.


Beatrice Haines Solo Show - 'RIP A K Horsey'

Exhibition: Sat 6 September to Sun 5 October
Preview evening: Fri 5 September 7 - 9pm (all welcome)
Artist talk: Sun 28 September 2:30pm

Our next Main Gallery exhibition will be a much anticipated solo show by Beatrice Haines. Following her great curatorial success with 'dRAW' (an exhibition of experimental drawings) here at Black Swan Arts, she will be returning with her own work, 'RIP A K Horsey'.


Black Swan Arts Open Art 2014 Announcement
Calling all artists and makers!

Whether you're on your summer holidays or working at home, now's a good time to think about creating or preparing a piece of work (or four) for the upcoming Black Swan Art Open Competition 2014. We will be going live with our online open submissions on Monday September 8th which is only a few weeks away. This year we have exciting new prizes alongside a £750 first prize and seventy artists will be selected for the Open exhibition. Judges this year include Meryl Ainslie, artist and director of Rabley Drawing Centre; Shelley James, glass artist and Royal College graduate; and artist sculptor Stephen Haines. Further judges to be announced and more information soon.


Envelopes for you, coffee is a way of life.
Exhibition: Thu 3 July – Tue 2 September 2014

Georgina Fineman is a local illustrator, whom has exhibited in Frome Festival 2012 where she illustrated on local shop windows. You also may be familiar with her work, via the Frome mug collaborated with Seed. Her work is very whimsical and she takes inspiration from her surroundings people she meets and things seen or music heard.


Pop-Up Studio / Silk Painting Exhibition
Also Demonstrations & Workshops by Helen Stanfield

Until Sat 23 August 2014

Helen works primarily on silk with wax to create bold and vibrant images, and also uses oils, acrylics, pen and ink and mixed media. She has participated in public charity art projects and is a member of Bathampton Art Group and opens her studio to the public in May as part of the annual Newbridge Arts Trail in Bath.

A broad selection of artwork and greeting cards will be available. Helen will also be giving demonstrations of silk painting, and offering workshops.


WIN a FREE TEA or COFFEE daily for a whole YEAR
Divas Café would love to have more Facebook and Twitter followers so we can show you to all the yummy things we make in our kitchen daily.

Please like our Facebook page - Divas Café Frome and follow us on Twitter and Instagram @TheDivascafe to be in with a chance of winning a FREE Tea or Coffee DAILY for a whole YEAR.

This prize is worth over £800, so please get liking our pages and share with your friends to be in with a chance.


SEED / Win True Grace Gift Set Worth £40
We have taken delivery of lots of gorgeous summer scents from True Grace. To celebrate this we are offering you the chance to win a Seashore Gift Set worth £40, it includes 100ml room diffuser and 3 votives. The scent is reminiscent of a bracing walk on clifftops and the light-headed feeling of being by the sea.

To be with a chance of winning please subscribe to our newsletter by emailing with the subject SUBSCRIBE and we will pick a winner at random at the end of August. Good luck!


Make It! Summer holiday workshops
Hooray for the summer holidays! And to celebrate the long sunny days, and to give you something exciting to do when you’ve run out of ideas, Make It! are running their most popular workshops for you. There’s a favourite workshop happening every week, on Wednesdays. We love inventing workshops for you, but we’re always happiest when you put your own creative stamp on them. If you have an idea for a creative workshop that you’d like to see us run, then get in touch and we’ll do our best!

Animate a Short Film / 8 yrs plus
Wed 27 Aug 2pm til 5pm / £11

Design your own t-shirt / 8 yrs plus
Wed 13 Aug 2pm til 5pm / £11

Jewellery Making for Cool Dudes / 6 years or over / Under 7 years accompanied by an adult
Wed 6 Aug 2pm til 3.30pm / £7

Hand Puppets / Under 7 years accompanied by an adult / £7 / Wed 20 August 2pm til 3.30pm any age


Artisan Shop One: A busy first month!
Being new to the Linkway, Sam and Sue would like to extend their thanks to everyone at Black Swan Arts for making them feel so welcome. Also a special thanks to everyone who has visited the studio, your custom is valued and all your wonderful comments are very much appreciated.

For all of you who haven't already guessed Sam and Sue are mother and son!


Round Tower for Hire
The Round Tower is available to hire at reasonable rates for workshops, exhibitions, meetings and events. Conveniently located near the main car park, this historic former drying mill is split over two levels.

Call 01373 453355 or email:
Find us on Facebook: The Round Tower, Frome


Volunteers - We would love to hear from you
The Black Swan Arts Centre is a flourishing and exciting venue, with a Gallery staffed purely by volunteers. We have a group of dedicated people who supervise and assist in the Gallery. Would you like to be part of our team? Meet artists and be the first to see exhibitions?

If you are interested, please send an email to


Pop Up Studio

The Pop Up Studio's started in September last year and we never at that time imagined how successful they would actually be. With only a few slots remaining for this year we are now taking bookings for 2015!

This space in the LinkWay by the other Shops and the Round Tower is available to rent for a two week period at £100, use it as a workshop space a shop or exhibition.

The Black Swan does not charge commission on sales for the Pop Up! For availability and details contact


For previous news and events click here

Current Exhibition
Tristan Stevens

Fri 4 July - Sat 30 August
Opening: Thu 3 July

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