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.

Erudite Art at Seed

Hot off the press…
Seed has just taken delivery of this amazing book art.

Each page of the antique book is folded within half a millimetre of accuracy to create a word. They can take up to 20 hours to create and make a beautiful wedding gift, pressie for an avid reader or a unique adornment for the home. Each book spells different words including Home, Hope, Read, Love, Shhhh or the design of a heart.


Macramé Jewellery Workshops
Provided by Freya of FeverLeaf Boutique in Black Swan Artisan Shop

Freya has now finalised the details for her Beginners Macramé Jewellery Workshops in May!

There will be two courses:
Course 1:
Thu 8 May (6-8pm), Thu 15 May (6-8pm), and Thu 22 May (6-8pm)
Course 2:
Sat 10 May (12 - 3pm) and Sat 17 May (12 -3pm)

Each course will be for just 3 participants, will cost £60 per person and will include 6 hours teaching time plus a range of lovely materials for you to experiment with.


Make It! Easter holiday Workshops
Round Tower - Various dates

Make It! Easter workshops in the Round Tower Spring has sprung, and Make It! have some very bouncy workshops to coincide with the clocks changing, Mothers Day and Nunney Easter Bonnet Parade. The cool, crazy and creative choices are: make a real clock, animate a short film, make a mad top hat or Easter bonnet, grow man-eating plants, or design and print your own t-shirt.

Make a real clock - Sat 29 March - 3-5pm - 8 yrs & over - £10
Animate a short film - Sat 5 April - 2-5pm - 8 yrs & over - £11
Easter mad hatters - Thu 10 April - 2-3.30pm - Any age - £7
Grow 'man-eating' plants - Fri 11 April - 2-3.30pm - Any age - £7
Print your own t-shirt - Thu April 17 - 2-5pm - 8 yrs & over - £10/£11


Black Swan Arts Young Open Competition & Exhibition
2014 News & Results

Well done to everyone who took part in this years competition!

The winners have been chosen and the exhibition is now open. Come along and see the fantastic artwork and vote for your favourite fo the People’s Choice Award. There is a £1 charge per vote with proceeds going to the Young Open 2015. Prizes for the People’s Choice draw are vouchers to spend in Seed and Diva's Café. Also look out for news of holiday workshops provided by Claire Yeoman.

We are extremely grateful to our workshop providers and our judges, Dickon Moore, mayor of Frome; internationally renowned artist Mark Karasick and Sinead Foley, owner of Seed and stylist for London Department Stores.

Click to find out more ... the list of winners and highly recommended artwork, a gallery of all their images and the prize giving which was held on Sat 22 March 2014. Also find out more about each of the individual professional artists who have pledged to provide workshops as prizes for this year's competition.


Friday 25 April - 6pm - 8pm

Peter Stiles has painted pictures of a small area of Devon since 1980. For 15 years he only painted from observation. During this time he gained a knowledge of the forms and colours of the landscape which he now draws upon to create pictures which are generated from specific emotions. The forms and colours of the landscape have become the building blocks that he uses in order to construct his compositions. There are particular places, Sand Lane, Fisherman's Rock and some waterfalls which he has painted repeatedly. The way in which these pictures have been constructed can be compared to the way in which a musician produces variations on a theme. The subject matter generates a basic structure which can be repeated in different forms.


Art Market in Justice Lane
Sun 6 April will be the next 2014 Art Market
held on Justice Lane just outside the Black Swan.

This is your chance to come and meet the makers and buy direct!
We have Ceramicists, Wood Turners and Fine Artists this coming weekend.

Open from 10am and a chance to grab a coffee in Divas Café along with visiting the current exhibition. Come and support the arts and the centre.

If you would like a stall in the forthcoming markets email


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


For previous news and events click here

Current Exhibition
Black Swan Arts Young Open Competition 2014
Exhibition: Sat 22/3 - Sat 19/4 2014

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