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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.

You can now buy a postcard from the recent 1000 Postcards exhibition by visiting www.1000 or clicking on the link on the homepage. 

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Black Swan Arts Open 2016 - CALL FOR ENTRIES
The Black Swan Arts Open Competition 2016 is an annual exhibition available to artists of all professions and disciplines to enter. The competition welcomes a diverse range of works, with no limitations to medium or size.

Successful entries will be displayed in the Main Gallery between 21st Oct – 19th Nov

Panel of Judges - Gavin Turk - Professor of Art and Design, Bath School of Art and Design; Lawrence Nash RWA - artis; Lucy MacDonald - Associate Director, Hauser and Wirth Somerset; Mark Francis – artist; Suzanne Bisset - Director, Bruton Art Factory

Evolver Prize 2016
Main Gallery
Saturday 2nd July- Saturday 27th August

West Country based artists, photographers and graphic designers compete annually for the prize of £500 and having their work published on the front cover of the July / August edition of Evolver, the region's arts and culture guide. Black Swan Arts is delighted to be hosting the Evolver Prize 2016 exhibition featuring the winning piece of work alongside the 49 runners-up.

Date for your diary: the exhibition will launch with a preview starting at 2pm on Saturday 2nd July

Jasmine Smart
Jasmine Smart B.A. (Hons) majored in Fine Art, receiving her degree from Oxford Brookes School of Arts in 2015.

The Pop-up-up shop will feature new illustrations from her series entitled 'Colour pop Girls.'
On display will be a collection of pencil portraits with unique ‘pops’ of colour. The elegance and design of each beauty is as individual as the lady, which is reflected in pattern, facial features and composition.

Each work is drawn onto individually picked paper by multiple suppliers, with a mixture of mediums to create a minimalistic fluidity while still maintaining intricate details.


Dorothy House Exhibition
The Round Tower
Tuesday 26th July- Sunday 31st July

Dorothy House Hospice Care is celebrating its 40th birthday and has put together a special touring exhibition to mark the occasion. The exhibition has been kindly supported by the National Lottery, through the Heritage Lottery Fund, and the displays have been sponsored by Colour Studios
It shares the 40 year history of Dorothy House from its beginning in 1976 through to the present and its exciting aspirations for the next 40 years of care.

The fascinating past of the independent charity is shown through film, print, image and website, sharing the stories of its work across its 700sq miles area providing care when it matters most.


Frome Open Studios
Divas Café
Friday 24th June- Wednesday 24th August

For the first time, Frome Open Studios are exhibiting a selection of small works submitted by entrants for the 2016 event. With the only criteria being that they are 30 x 40 cm or less, you are guaranteed to see a wide variety of styles and medium representing just some of the 49 gifted artists taking part. Information about the Open Studios Network in Frome is available online at

Volunteer at the Black Swan

Want to get involved in the arts? Want to help the community? Like free tea and cake? Then come and help volunteer at the Black Swan!

We are helped by a small and very loyal army of volunteers without whom the building could not function. You can help us during our 30th Anniversary Year with a range of tasks, from stewarding the main gallery though to admin and marketing, even the occasional bit of painting (you don't need to be an artist for the last one).

For further details and to be part of the team come in and speak to one of our friendly stewards in the main gallery or contact Emma in the office on 01373 473980 [email protected]


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 Evolver Prize 2016

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