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Frome's Art Galleries with Cafe, Shop, Pop-up and Artisan Studios - committed to serving the community through engagement and education in Arts and Crafts.

Less than a month to go for submissions to our 30th Anniversary fundraiser '1000 Postcards'- have you posted your postcards to us yet?

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The Animation Show
The Gallery, Saturday 14th May- Saturday 11th June

The Animation Show, curated by David Daniels, features the work of a group of award-winning animators who work using a variety of techniques, from hand-drawn images on paper to digital drawing, 3D computer and stop-frame animation. The show will include a series of finished animations, alongside the development work involved in the production of the films, including original sketches, storyboards, character designs and animatics. The aim is to shed light on how an idea originates, is developed and finally makes it onto the screen.

Featured animators include Oscar winner Daniel Greaves, Simon Tofield of Simon’s Cat fame, David Daniels who has designed animations and projections for Led Zeppelin and Bryan Adams stage shows, British Animation Award winner Jon Dunleavy, Emma Burch, Chris Gavin, Sam Campbell, Peter Baynton, Xingru Dong and Vida Verga, as well as work from students on the BA graphic communication course at Bath Spa University.

30th Anniversary 1000 Secret Postcards Sale
The Gallery, Saturday 18th- Tuesday 28th June

A spectacular exhibition and sale of 1000 Postcards by Celebrities and Artists will be held to raise funds for the Black Swan in its 30th Anniversary year as we aim to refurbish the Round Tower! We are inviting all artists and creatives to enter so spread the word- it will be a great opportunity to buy a piece of artwork for just £30!


Stop and Stare
Miriam Sheppard, Ann Warren and Angela Morley
The Round Tower, Saturday 7th May- Saturday 28th May

‘Stop and Stare’ is an exhibition focusing on familiar objects and local landscapes, reflecting the artists’ interest in the beauty of subjects that can sometimes be overlooked or too easily dismissed. The viewer is encouraged to look again at familiar subjects. A simple bowl, a foggy morning or wild clematis are all sources of inspiration; and to the artists these are full of colour or texture.


Jackie Curtis- Printmaking
Divas Cafe, Thursday 12th May- Wednesday 22nd June

Jackie started to paint and draw seriously in her early teens continuing through university producing posters and artwork for college events and magazines. Her first job took her to Cumbria where she first started to use watercolours joining evening classes and finding inspiration in the magnificent landscape around her....

Jackie has recently been shortlisted for the Jacksons Open Art Prize with 'Kilve'!

Secret Swans Art Trail
Part of the Frome Festival: 1–10 July

A free, fun art trail of 30 swan-themed artworks in various media. Steel sculpture, drawings, textiles, ceramics, glass, taxidermy and other surprising forms will be on display at venues around Frome, such as shops, cafes, public buildings and outdoor locations. An opportunity for families and art lovers alike to discover and buy intriguing pieces by selected artists. Visitors can make secret auction bids for the work at each trail venue and the winning bidders will be notified at the end of the festival. Badges will also be available for everyone who identifies all 30 artworks and there will be the opportunity to enter a prize draw at the Black Swan.

Visiting the Black Swan

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.
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30th Anniversary
1000 Postcards Sale

Current Exhibition
The Animation Show

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