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.

Friday 25 April - 6pm - 8pm

Peter Stiles has painted pictures of a small area of Devon since 1980. For 15 years he only painted from observation. During this time he gained a knowledge of the forms and colours of the landscape which he now draws upon to create pictures which are generated from specific emotions. The forms and colours of the landscape have become the building blocks that he uses in order to construct his compositions. There are particular places, Sand Lane, Fisherman's Rock and some waterfalls which he has painted repeatedly. The way in which these pictures have been constructed can be compared to the way in which a musician produces variations on a theme. The subject matter generates a basic structure which can be repeated in different forms.


Frome Community College triumph in the voting for the People’s Choice at Black Swan Young Open 14 Exhibition
Almost 200 votes were cast in the prestigious People’s Choice Award by visitors to the Young Open Exhibition at the Black Swan Arts, raising funds to ensure this unique event celebrating talented young people is run again in 2015.

It was a closely contested competition, with the front runners only being separated by a few votes each. The winner is James Mackechnie 17yrs from Frome Community College with his piece Web of Paper. His remarkable work is an extraordinary sculpture made from painstakingly cut paper and took three weeks to produce.

The second place went to Zac Barnett 16yrs with his endearing photograph of Lola the dog. And in third place was Grace Barnes 14yrs, again from Frome Community College with her vibrant and clever Man in the Rain using melted crayons.


Erudite Art at Seed

Hot off the press…
Seed has just taken delivery of this amazing book art.

Each page of the antique book is folded within half a millimetre of accuracy to create a word. They can take up to 20 hours to create and make a beautiful wedding gift, pressie for an avid reader or a unique adornment for the home. Each book spells different words including Home, Hope, Read, Love, Shhhh or the design of a heart.


Macramé Jewellery Workshops
Provided by Freya of FeverLeaf Boutique in Black Swan Artisan Shop

Freya has now finalised the details for her Beginners Macramé Jewellery Workshops in May!

There will be two courses:
Course 1:
Thu 8 May (6-8pm), Thu 15 May (6-8pm), and Thu 22 May (6-8pm)
Course 2:
Sat 10 May (12 - 3pm) and Sat 17 May (12 -3pm)

Each course will be for just 3 participants, will cost £60 per person and will include 6 hours teaching time plus a range of lovely materials for you to experiment with.


Black Swan Arts Young Open Competition & Exhibition
2014 News & Results

Well done to everyone who took part in this years competition!

The winners have been chosen and the exhibition is now open. Come along and see the fantastic artwork and vote for your favourite fo the People’s Choice Award. There is a £1 charge per vote with proceeds going to the Young Open 2015. Prizes for the People’s Choice draw are vouchers to spend in Seed and Diva's Café. Also look out for news of holiday workshops provided by Claire Yeoman.

We are extremely grateful to our workshop providers and our judges, Dickon Moore, mayor of Frome; internationally renowned artist Mark Karasick and Sinead Foley, owner of Seed and stylist for London Department Stores.

Click to find out more ... the list of winners and highly recommended artwork, a gallery of all their images and the prize giving which was held on Sat 22 March 2014. Also find out more about each of the individual professional artists who have pledged to provide workshops as prizes for this year's competition.


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
Black Swan Arts Young Open Competition 2014
Exhibition: Sat 22/3 - Sat 19/4 2014

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