Black Swan Art Gallery Frome

Gallery Options

Black Swan Arts has excellent exhibition spaces and from the following options you should find something suitable; we feature the work of artists from a vast array of disciplines and levels of experience and welcome all enquiries.

If you are interested in showing with us, if you can, please visit the Black Swan Arts galleries to look at our exhibiting spaces and become familiar with the entire centre.  Let us know you are coming and we can show you around.

Long Gallery

The exhibitions are agreed by our Programming Group, which is made up of practicing artists. The choices for the exhibitions are made 18 months – 2 years in advance and members of the Programming Group curate each show. We actively promote the work of West Country practitioners as well as artists from further afield. Each exhibition lasts for 4-6 weeks; commissions are at 40%. It is sometimes possible to rent the space depending on schedules.

Round Tower

This stunning 18th century drying tower was restored in 1994 and is on 2 floors of exposed brick and curved walls. This space is available to rent for exhibitions of 2-4 weeks, but also by the hour and day for workshops and private events (subject to exhibition schedule). It has an atmosphere to compliment what is displayed and we wish to retain the community feel, complimenting what is on the walls. The Round Tower costs £100 per week to hire with 30% commission.

Gallery at Divas

Divas café is a very popular destination for locals and visitors to Frome.  The walls of the café are also curated by Paul, the BSA trustee with responsibility for exhibitions. There is no rental charge to exhibit in Diva’s but commissions of 20% are paid. Exhibitions are approx. 3-5 weeks, tying in with Gallery and Round Tower shows.

Studios

From time to time we have one of the studios available to rent on a permanent basis. These are at the heart of BSA’s ethos to support emerging craftspeople and are available at a very reasonable monthly rent.  They are spaces to make, display and sell, and we stress that they are primarily workshops. We also have studios space to hire within the main building.

We also have studios space to hire within the main building. For information contact Emma on office@blackswan.org.uk

Our inclusive programme and number of different galleries allows our visitors to engage with a diverse range of experiences that are not always found in a small town. I hope this is useful information about each of the different options and we look forward to welcoming you here soon.

The next stage is to reply explaining why you have chosen Black Swan Arts and provide the following details; your name, images of your work, your availability and a short artists statement or CV (along with web/social media links)

And do come and visit us to explore the spaces and see what best suits your proposal. I’ve also attached a flyer for our flagship fundraising show this year, 1000 Postcards.

We want to encourage more creative practice in the building at all times and have undergone structural changes to enable this. Workshops now run in the Round Tower, a beautiful listed building, originally used as a wool-drying tower. The ground floor has access for disabled visitors and the building has its own access.

These workshops are administrated by a group of exciting local artists and craftspeople who are keen to bring their expertise and inspirations to all age groups of Frome. The use of tea making facilities and toilet in the link-way corridor is included with the hire. It can be hired for one-off events and workshops or regular courses.

The Round Tower is available to rent please contact office@blackswan.org.uk