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Welcome to a Packed January at Black Swan Arts

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, 3 artists' studios, a pop-up studio, SEED Home and Gifts shop, Divas Cafe, the Courtyard and the Round Tower where workshops and community events take place. 

Opening Times
Black Swan Gallery Mon to Sat: 10am - 5pm; closed Sundays except for Independent Market Sundays.
Divas Café & Gallery Mon to Sat: 8.30am - 5.30pm; closed Sundays except for Independent Market Sundays.
SEED Shop Mon to Sat: 10am - 5pm; event Sundays.
Artisan Shops Varied - please check on each individual shop page for details of their hours of opening.

The Little Victory Ball - The Great War
TICKETS AVAILABLE FOR LIVE SHOWS - Saturday 31 Jan at 4pm and 7pm
Call 07837 914220 or contact for reservations
EXHIBITION - OPEN 10am - 4pm; finishes on Saturday

After a SELL-OUT PERFORMANCE on Saturday, the cast of the renowned Little Victory Ball theatre group are ready to perform on the last day of their two week residency. Using song, poetry and actual words reported at the time, the actors take the audience from the Armistice and the start of Remembrance to the burial of the Unknown Warrior. After the show the walk among the audience while still in character; Ethel in her party frock, Elsie wandering around confused and lonely.

The exhibition is an extraordinary collection of WW1 memorabilia and each day the curator will be giving talks with handling sessions in the gallery.

WE WELCOME GROUP VISITS - To arrange for your school, carehome, youth group, etc, contact

Icons of Peace and Equality
Opening Night: Fri 16 Jan, 6 - 8pm
Exhibition: 17 Jan - 31 Jan, 9.30am - 5pm Mon-Sat
HAPPENINGS: Mon 19, Tue 20, Thu 22, 9.30 & 1.00.
Other times are also available, contact 01373 473980 for further information
Location: The Round Tower

An Exhibition of work by Somervale School students working collaboratively to create stunning large-scale portraits of inspirational people.

We would like to invite all members of the community who have an interest in art – regardless of age or ability – to visit the Round Tower exhibition, and for one or two hours take part in creating one of these remarkable images for Frome. Draw your part of the montage of a local Icon or WW1 hero and be part of a national art project directed by local artist Sacha Guppy.


Black Swan Arts Young Open Competition 2015

Get all the young people you know to start painting, sculpting, weaving, printing - and enter the third Black Swan Arts Young Open Competition .
Take a photograph of the work, upload & submit the picture online at:

Encourage children to create pieces of art or send in something they are particularly proud of.


Netted in a Silver Mist- Paul Newman and Jill Harris
Date Mon 5 Jan – Sat 17 Jan

Location Pop-Up Exhibition - Studio Shop 4

Paul and Jill will be bringing a selection of work to the Black Swan from their recent acclaimed 'Netted in a Silver Mist' show at the Old Print Room in Gillingham. Jill created beautiful and thought-provoking written responses, inspired by Haiku, which were displayed alongside Paul's incredibly detailed drawings of locations and places in West Dorset, Purbeck and Dartmoor.


SPIRIT LEVEL- Simon Ledson
Preview night: Friday 6 February 6 - 8pm
Open: Saturday 7 February - 7 March Monday - Saturday 10am to 4pm.

SPIRIT LEVEL - looking at and questioning both the thing itself and the image of the thing - objects and images in order to achieve a fusion.

Spirit levels are tools which use liquid to find the point of balance and of equilibrium. Imagine the extreme weather patterns as being the result of human intervention /actions which prevents nature being in balance.

Ledson's trembling, lyrical, empty scapes seem to suggest a calm, pastoral, safe world where the perspective of the human self seems central and control seem worlds away.

Divas Cafe
Bertinet Bakery Bread

Divas Cafe are now selling Bertinet Bakery bread EVERY FRIDAY, SATURDAY & MARKET SUNDAYS.
Bertinet only ever use natural, wholesome ingredients and never use flour improvers, processing aids or enzymes – ingredients which are often used to save time or increase shelf life. Instead, they invest the time and skill needed to create real, honest bread that looks, smells and tastes amazing.

We are stocking sour dough, baguettes, ciabattas, red onion focaccia, almond croissants and lots more.

Festive News from Artisan Studio 1
Christmas collection now being introduced!

Peggie Sue at Studio Shop 1 has a wonderful collection of Christmas decorations, including Santa tree decorations that have felted Alpaca fleece beards! (Any fellow felters interested in buying the carded fleece, come along to Studio 1 for more details). The fleece is sourced from a local Alpaca farm just outside Frome. We also have hand knits and many other ideas for Christmas gifts.

Our personalised wooden chopping boards are very popular so don't forget to order yours soon. New to the shop for December are our baguette boards, buy from the shelf or have it personalised, the choice is yours! We have stockings, baubles, Santas, snowmen, fairies, angels and much much more!!!! Looking for something wonderfully unique for your home this Christmas? Then look no further, Studio 1 is the place for you.


Rachael Ann Bird- Goldsmith- Artisan Studio 2

Rachael Ann Bird is launching a new range of silver and diamond jewellery especially for the festive season. These sparkling stars will be in stock from the 28th of November. They are at an introductory price in the run up to Christmas. Do pop into her studio and take a look. There are many handmade unique ranges to choose from alongside a range of gemstone and gold and silver chains.

A commissioning service is available for those of you who want to make Christmas special this year. You can be part of creating a design designed especially for a loved one or yourself. Rachael can also remodel and recycle old jewellery and restore and repair.


Feverleaf Boutique- Artisan Studio 3
Bespoke corsetry, bridal and occasion wear

Did you know that Freya of Feverleaf Boutique is a trained corsetiere?

Want something special for that New Year's Eve party? Feverleaf offers a bespoke corset-making service- choose from silks and satins in jewel-like colours, fairytale flower-prints, or maybe something to be worn simply as decadent lingerie!


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


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. 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


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:
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WW1 Show & Museum
Fri 16 Jan to Sat 31 Jan

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