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

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Black Swan Arts - Frome's Community Art Gallery with Cafe, Shop and Studios

Black Swan Arts is a dynamic arts centre at the heart of the renowned creative market town of Frome in Somerset. The building features a vibrant programme of contemporary and innovative art and crafts, providing inspiration for the creative talents of Frome and beyond. The centre is made up of the Main Gallery, the Round Tower, three artists' studios, a pop-up studio, SEED shop, Divas Cafe and the Courtyard.

Opening Times

Black Swan Gallery Mon to Sat: 10am - 4pm

Round Tower Gallery: Mon to Sat: 10am - 4pm (Duel event space, available for hire during & outside these times)

Artisan Shops: Please check on each individual shop page for details

Divas Café & Gallery Mon to Sat: 8.30am - 5.30pm

SEED Shop Mon to Sat: 10am - 5pm                                                               

Black Swan Arts is closed Sundays, except for The Frome Independent Market (1st Sunday of the month)

Free demonstrations in Pop Up
Fi Oberon: Pop Up Studio, Black Swan Arts 26 May – 7 June.
FREE workshops and demonstrations every day from 3.30pm

Needle Felting until Sat 30 May & also 11.30am on Sunday 7th June
Tie Dye techniques Mon 1 - Sat 6 June. Have a go? Bring a T-Shirt to dye, £5.00 each.


Dan Hampson: Fitzcarraldo
Conversation with Artist: Midday Sun 7 June (Market Sunday) - ALL WELCOME

Artists make metaphors. Dan Hampson brilliantly uses the metaphor of the explorer. This is the artist as explorer, where curiosity, desire, wonder, humility and ego, intrepidly set forth into the dark interior of an unknown continent called human nature. The scenarios he paints are noble, heroic, pathetic and comic, as the artist struggles through jungles and across vast deserts to explore his universe.


The Mayor's Chains - From Lego to Leg Club
Round Tower: Fri 8 May - Sat 30 May, Mon - Sat, 10am - 4pm
Launch Evening: 5pm - 7pm, Thu 14 May
Artist & Collaborators Q&A (Panel Discussion): 7pm Tue 19 May

Don't miss this unique collaboration with the Mayor of Frome, Peter Macfadyen, local photographer, David Partner and local framing business Mount. Black Swan Arts are excited to host this celebration of community engagement with it's strong ethical origins and artistic originality of mayoral chains from the last year in office.

step in stone Sculpture Competition' 2015 - part of Somerset Art Weeks Festival '15 Momentum programme
We are delighted to announce the winners of the first step in stone sculpture design competition for young people. The work entered showed a remarkable amount of creativity, by all ages.

The winner is Charlotte McKeown with her elegant Kinetic Structure, chosen because of the movement that is integral to the piece.
The younger prize winner is Lucja Korczak with the ethereal The Shattered Lily. Lucja’s work impressed the judges as a ‘thing of loveliness’.

Charlotte will be making her design into a full-size sculpture on 11 July assisted by two of the artists from the step in stone project and it will be displayed outside the Somerset Earth Science Centre. Lucja receives a free workshop of her choice.


Summer Art Car Boot
Artists & designer-makers....don't miss your chance to be part of our tenth Summer Art Car Boot event, part of Frome Festival. Sell your work directly to the public whilst raising valuable funds for Black Swan Arts.

Deadline for pitch applications 12 June.

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. Bookings are now being taken for daily, evening and weekend events.

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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


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