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Young Open Prizewinner
Rhiannon Davies, a prizewinner of the 2016 Young Open, recently took her prize of a workshop with wire sculptor Fiona Campbell. Rhiannon's mum also created a wire heart, and were both delighted with their creations!

"Thank you so much for all your help and guidance throughout making my swan. All of the skills and techniques you have taught me, I am looking forward to using in my future artwork. After the holidays, I can't wait to tell my teachers about my wire workshop with you and show them my swan. I am hoping that I might be able to to share and demonstrate everything you taught me with some pupils in my art class. It would be wonderful to make wire sculpture part of the GCSE syllabus at school!"

Black Swan Arts would like to thank Fiona and all the other artists who have donated workshop prizes as part of this year's Young Open.

North Hill House Summer Showcase
At North Hill House school the year finishes with a bang as students display their hard work in an end of year exhibition- this year the Mayor of Frome cut the ribbon and officially opened the exhibition. Students at North Hill House have been busily working on completing their GCSE Art and Photography coursework. North Hill House is a school for pupils diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome, they use the subject of art to allow their students to explore their feelings and emotions as well as being creative. They had the opportunity to display their work to the general public and talk about their creations at the Black Swan Arts Round Tower exhibition space in Frome, giving further opportunities to improve their skills. Their teacher, Leigh-Anne Litterick commented ‘They have worked extremely hard and are proud of their achievements over the two year course and how incredibly creative they have been.’ A couple of the students have decided to continue to study in the subjects at local colleges.

Secret Swans Success Story
The Black Swan Arts Centre has been marking its 30th anniversary with several special exhibitions and events, which have so far been a resounding success, with great feedback and overwhelming support from the public, much needed funds raised, heightened profile and have really engaged the community.

The latest special event was the Secret Swans Art Trail, part of Frome Festival and Open Studios. The Trail comprised 30 swan-themed artworks in 30 venues around Frome and last week it was in full swing. Bids were invited for each artwork from the public at each venue. Artworks ranged from tiny treasures such as Christina Oswin’s silver swan box, which attracted secret auction bids (the winning bid being donated to Black Swan), internationally acclaimed Tessa Farmer’s ‘Flotilla’ - extraordinary skeletal fairies riding on swan feathers, located in Frome Museum, to drawings, including Chris Lee’s depiction of the Black Swan historic buildings, prints, lightwork, textiles and large sculptures such as Edgar Phillips’ magnificent steel and glass wings displayed at Rook Lane Chapel.


Celebrities join Black Swan Arts 30th Anniversary celebrations
Frome's dynamic arts centre Black Swan Arts is celebrating its 30th anniversary with a year of fantastic shows, exhibitions and one-off fundraising events.

In 2016, the centre wants everyone to remember the history of the wonderful Grade II listed building, enjoy the vibrant programme of contemporary and innovative art and crafts that have taken place, and get involved in the next 30 years of this exciting arts venue.

The centre manager, Emma Warren, said: "Our plans to celebrate Black Swan's 30th anniversary will make 2016 a year to remember, and we are heartened to have so many volunteers offering to help with the many events.

"We have a full calendar for the year and are engaging new and past supporters.

"We are at the centre of an incredibly creative community, especially with a constant stream of new artists arriving in the Frome area, and we want to capitalise on all this artistic energy."

The celebration events planned for 2016 include 1,000 Postcards, Secret Swans art trail, 30 Plinths, Art Car Boot Sale and the re-launch of the Black Swan regular monthly art market.

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Studio 1 artist celebrates
Studio 1 artist Lila Streether is celebrating after having four paintings selected for hanging at the Society of Botanical Artists Annual Exhibition. Pictured is Lila with three of her paintings, in white frames. The exhibition, titled 'Shape, Pattern, Structure' is at Central Hall, Westminster, SW1 from 15- 23 April 2016.

Young Open 2016
Black Swan Arts Young Open

Black Swan Arts have once again been astounded by the incredible talent and creativity of the children who have entered the Young Open competition this year. Chair Amanda Sheridan said, “This year has been our best ever, with nearly 300 artworks submitted. It is the hard work of the young people involved and the support of their parents and schools that makes this prestigious exhibition possible.”

In the four years since the event began, the Young Open has grown to be the biggest in the region, with over 800 artworks submitted. More than 600 children have taken part from 150 different schools in the area. In the four years that the show has been running it has attracted over 8,000 visitors.


Young Open Prize-Winner's workshops 2015
One of the attractions for young artists entering the Black Swan Young Open is the range of workshops generously donated by local artists and practitioners. We are really grateful to the artists for providing their time and sharing their talent and expertise with our Young Open Winners.

Read on to discover accounts of the 2015 winner's workshops...

700 school children to visit Aardman at Black Swan
As part of Aardman at Black Swan: The Art and Craft of Animation, a special schools project is drawing in young people of all ages to the Black Swan Arts in Frome. From Reception classes to A level Media students, nearly 700 children from the Frome area and beyond will be making the most of a special opportunity to be guided through the exhibition and to get creative with workshop activities, with a specially appointed Schools Co-ordinator.


The Bax Fine Art Award for the Open Arts Competition
The Bax family is delighted to continue to support the Black Swan Open Art competition by awarding a prize of £250 to the winner of the Fine Art category. This will be the sixth time that the family has awarded this prize. In recognising the importance of this competition in encouraging the arts to flourish they have pledged funding for a further two competitions. They also recognise the vital role the Black Swan Art Gallery is playing in the artistic and cultural life of the area.


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30th Anniversary
1000 Postcards Sale

Current Exhibition
Seamus Nicolson- From the Corner of my Eye

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