Black Swan Arts, 2 Bridge Street, Frome, Somerset BA11 1BB   Tel 01373 473980   Registered Charity No.292463

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Black Swan Arts - Frome's Community Art Gallery with Cafe, Shop and Studios


- Get your children to make an artwork or find the best pieces of art they have made this year – any format accepted
- Photograph the work and load the images onto a computer (max size 1mb)
- Go to, fill in the form and pay £5 per entry

Contact if you have any questions

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.

SPIRIT LEVEL- Simon Ledson
Open: Sat 7 Feb - Sat 7 March; open Mon - Sat 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.

Black Swan Arts Young Open Competition 2015
The Young Open Workshop Prize has become an integral part of the competition, with professional artists creating brilliant prizes of individual learning experiences. The inspirational working artists and craftspeople tailor the sessions which are designed to develop the skills of the winners and broaden their artistic experience. Every artist comes from a different discipline including:
•Sarah Ball - mixed media artist •Amanda Bee – painter •Krysta Brooks - gilder •Fiona Campbell - sculptor •Rosie Hart - graphic design / website •Sonja Klingler - glass artist •Charlie Oldham - wood carver •Christina Oswin - jewellery •Anthony Rogers - wood sculptor •Howard Vause - media artist •Claire Yeoman - artist / animator •The Glass Hub
This year the winner of the People's Choice Award will also have their work framed by local framers Mount at the Silk Mill.

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.


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.

News from Artisan Studio 1

Peggie Sue at Studio Shop 1 has a wonderful collection of decorations made from felt. Any fellow felters interested in buying the carded fleece, come along to Studio 1. 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, or a stunning baguette boards, buy from the shelf or have it personalised, the choice is yours!


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:
Find us on Facebook: The Round Tower, Frome


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Spirit Level

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