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Welcome to Black Swan Arts

Black Swan Arts is a dynamic arts centre in the heart of the vibrant and creative market town of Frome in Somerset. The galleries feature a mixed programme of contemporary and innovative art and craft, providing inspiration for the creative talents of Frome and beyond.  The centre is made up of galleries, artist studios, shops, a cafe, courtyard and the Round Tower where artist-led workshops and community events take place.

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.

Black Swan Arts Open 2014

The Black Swan Arts Open 2014 has had such a great response that online submissions have been extended until 31 October.

This year we have exciting new prizes alongside the £750 first prize and up to seventy selections for the Open exhibition. We are delighted to announce our 2014 judges: Meryl Ainslie, artist and director of Rabley Drawing Centre; Bruce Munro, installation and light artist; Shelley James, glass artist and Royal College graduate; Christopher Bucklow, artist, painter and former curator at the V&A ...and the artist sculptor Stephen Haines.

Image left: Bob Ballard, Waiting for the End, Boys, watercolour on paper, BSA Open Selection 2013.


DIVERSITY / Frome Art Society Autumn Exhibition
Main Gallery Exhibition
Sat 11 October - Sat 25 October 2014

This is the renowned Frome Art Society's annual exhibition of the works of many local artists, most of whom live within a fifteen mile radius of the town. Their autumn exhibition only runs for two weeks, so don’t miss it!

The exhibition is not only a showcase for Society members’ work, but an opportunity to buy a piece of completely original art by a talented local artist.


Frome College Young Open 14 Schools Prize
Pop Up Exhibition
Mon 6 October - Sat 31 Oct 2014

They're back! For most of October, the Pop-up Studio at the Black Swan will showpiece work by Year 13 and Year 12 Art and Photography students from Frome College.

The use of the studio was awarded to the College because their talented pupils entered over 25 pieces of work into the Black Swan Arts Young Open 14. The Pop Up exhibition is a prize for this remarkable contribution to the competition, and will include work from some of the winners.


Possibility or Disaster... / Jim Whitty

Gallery Exhibition: 31 Oct - 29 Nov 2014

For this show, Jim is looking to explore the point at which a painting is finished. Working on two large canvases over an extended period of time he is pushing himself to keep painting beyond the point when he would normally down brushes and call the painting complete. In doing so, Jim is hoping to gain some insight into the way of paint, and the psychology of letting the' bird in the hand' go, in the hope of catching 'two in the bush'.


November Art Market

We have one or two pitches left for the Art Market on Justice Lane, on the 2nd of November. Have you had a stall in the past, or are you new and would like a stall?

Come and join a diverse range of artists selling fabulous fine art or craft, and support be part of future Black Swan art markets.

For more information contact Sara on


Divas gallery / Ray Hill - Inner Landscape Series

Until Fri 24 October 2014

Ray's current body of work is inspired by the natural world. The colours and textures found in the land, sea and sky are worked and manipulated to create an effect that is almost dreamlike, often using heightened colours. Using the imagination and external reality to create a landscape that is familiar and yet not of any particular place. The images are vibrant and explore the relationship between a real and heightened landscape using colour and texture as a narrative tool.


MAKE IT! October half term workshops
The clocks are changing, the days are getting darker, and things are getting quite a lot spookier! Come on in out of the cold and spend some time with Make It! in the Round Tower. We promise it's not haunted! We've got some seasonal treats in store for you, and no tricks!

MAKE A REAL CLOCK - Mon 27th Oct / 3pm til 5pm / £11
COOL HALLOWEEN HATS - Tues 28th Oct / 3pm til 5pm / £7
ANIMATE A SPOOKY FILM - Fri 31st Oct / 2pm til 5pm / £11


NEWS from Openstorytellers
Creative Minds Conference

Openstorytellers are partners in the conference for Learning Disabled artists - it’s only 2 weeks away now and there are still tickets left. It will be held in Bristol on Tuesday 14 October 2014 at the new science museum, At-Bristol.

The conference, planned and delivered by learning disabled artists, performers and film makers continues the national conversations about quality in learning disability arts.

FeverLeaf sells out of VOGUE waistcoats!

Since we told you about Feverleaf's exciting story about appearing in Vogue, they have sold out of all the waistcoats that Vogue featured, and are now taking orders for more! Freya is busy in our Artisan Shop Three, and if you'd like to commission Freya to make one just for you, you can find her contact details on the Artisan Shops section of this website.

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.


NEWS from Studio Shop 1
Come along to Studio 1 to see Peggy Sue's Halloween collection of witches, pumpkin bride and grooms, skeleton bride and groom and much more, all created from traditional dolly pegs.We have just completed our Halloween display so if you would like something a little different to decorate your home this witching season come and take a look.


And what is it that we need you to do?
We need you to put your feet up in a peaceful place, and enjoy tea and cake. On us!

We put on some wonderful exhibitions in our main gallery, and like most good venues, we need willing volunteers to welcome visitors and keep an eye on the great artwork. This happy volunteer is Emily - if like her, you can spare a few hours, we'd love to welcome you on to our fantastic team of volunteers. If you think you can, please email


Words at the Black Swan - Writing Workshop
First Sunday of every month from November 2nd, 3:00pm - 4.30pm (new times)

Words at the Black Swan is an open group of writers expressing responses to each main gallery exhibition in a guided workshop. Sessions are held on the first Sunday of each month.

We're celebrating the best of British - 10% off

At Seed we are always celebrating the best of British, the vast majority of the goodies we sell are British designed and made. We are constantly scouring the country to bring bring you new, exciting and unusual pieces for you and your home.

To honour these talented makers we are offering you 10% off on the website until end of October. Simply enter coupon code 'BSATREAT' at checkout.


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


Pop Up Studio Opportunity
Our Pop Up Studio 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


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Current Exhibition
Frome Art Society
Sat 12 Oct to Sat 25 Oct

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