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.

FIFTHWALL / Tristan Stevens
Opening Night: THURSDAY 3 July, 6 - 9pm
Exhibition: Fri 4 July to Sat 30 August

In Tristan Stevens' display of new works for Black Swan Arts, visitors will walk along the banks of the information-stream and among the sacred gifs and jpegs of the projected unconscious.

The blurred boundary between the online and away from keyboard (AFK) worlds will be explored through carefully composed arrangements of objects, banners and digital images. Tristan's work meditates on the fleeting ripples of information being fed to us on a daily basis.

Throughout the exhibition at Black Swan Arts there will be opportunities for families to get involved in making up your own set of ideas and images as drop in workshops, through the meditative material of sand drawing and zen gardens. Dates will be announced during the exhibition so follow our Facebook page and Twitter for news.

Tristan will be in the gallery on Sunday 27 July for Frome's Children's Festival that is being held just next door to the Black Swan Arts, around the Cheese and Grain car park.


Envelopes for you, coffee is a way of life.
Opening Night: Thu 3 July, 6 - 9pm
Divas Café will be serving quesadillas and a beer for £7.00

Georgina Fineman is a local illustrator, whom has exhibited in Frome Festival 2012 where she illustrated on local shop windows. You also may be familiar with her work, via the Frome mug collaborated with Seed. Her work is very whimsical and she takes inspiration from her surroundings people she meets and things seen or music heard.


WIN a FREE TEA or COFFEE daily for a whole YEAR
Divas Café would love to have more Facebook and Twitter followers so we can show you to all the yummy things we make in our kitchen daily.

Please like our Facebook page - Divas Café Frome and follow us on Twitter and Instagram @TheDivascafe to be in with a chance of winning a FREE Tea or Coffee DAILY for a whole YEAR.

This prize is worth over £800, so please get liking our pages and share with your friends to be in with a chance.


SEED / We've Got Summer Wrapped Up
We have scoured the country this summer sourcing the best in original British designs. We have been so excited to see all the new stock flooding in this month including fabulous ceramics, original artworks and high quality artisan jewellery. Our top favourites this month are a new range of ceramics by the talented Ali Tomlin. Ali came to ceramics as an antidote to computers and managing a company, she tried ceramics and found it completely absorbed her. She creates one-off, contemporary thrown porcelain, with tactile lines and shapes around the forms.

New to Seed is artist Lindsay Madden, her striking artwork uses oil on vintage rulers, creating completely original artwork inspired by the transient nature of childhood.


Make It! Summer holiday workshops
Hooray for the summer holidays! And to celebrate the long sunny days, and to give you something exciting to do when you’ve run out of ideas, Make It! are running their most popular workshops for you. There’s a favourite workshop happening every week, on Wednesdays. We love inventing workshops for you, but we’re always happiest when you put your own creative stamp on them. If you have an idea for a creative workshop that you’d like to see us run, then get in touch and we’ll do our best!

Animate a Short Film / 8 yrs plus
Wed 23 July and also Wed 27 Aug 2pm til 5pm / £11 / £12

Design your own t-shirt / 8 yrs plus
Wed 30 Jul and also Wed 13 Aug 2pm til 5pm / £11

Jewellery Making for Cool Dudes / 6 years or over / Under 7 years accompanied by an adult
Wed 6 Aug 2pm til 3.30pm / £7

Hand Puppets / Under 7 years accompanied by an adult / £7 / Wed 20 August 2pm til 3.30pm any age


Summer Art Car Boot
Information for Visitors

The ninth and very successful Black Swan Summer Art Car Boot will be taking place in the Frome Festival on Sunday 13th July 2014 from 10am to 4pm at the Old Cattle Market Car Park, Frome.

Over 50 artists and designer makers, ceramics, prints, paintings, textiles, jewellery and more…


Black Swan Volunteers!

The Black Swan Arts Centre is a flourishing and exciting venue, with a Gallery staffed purely by volunteers. We have a group of dedicated people who supervise and assist in the Gallery. Would you like to be part of our team? Meet artists and be the first to see exhibitions?


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


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Current Exhibition
Tristan Stevens

Fri 4 July - Sat 30 August
Opening: Thu 3 July

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