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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.

1000 Secret Postcards Sale FINAL DAY OF EXHIBITION Tue 28 June with end-of-show  party and REVEAL OF ARTISTS' NAMES from 4pm!!!

Amazing miniature works of art have flooded into the Black Swan for this special 30th Anniversary show and most of these have been exhibited. Each original piece has been donated by well-known artists, celebrities, members of the local community as well as artists from further afield. It's your last chance to see this much-talked about show! 

Every UNIQUE piece is on sale for £30 so MAKE SURE YOU VISIT BEFORE 28TH JUNE to snap up an original miniature bargain!

30th Anniversary 1000 Secret Postcards Sale
The Gallery, Saturday 18th- Tuesday 28th June

Postcard-sized artworks have been donated by famous names such as actor and musician Rhys Ifans, fashion designer Pearl Lowe, Supergrass drummer Danny Goffey, Oscar-winning animator Daniel Greaves, singer-songwriter Cara Dillon, musician and DJ Huey Morgan.

Celebrated artists including Anna Gillespie, Janette Kerr PRWA, David Brooke, Jeremy Gardiner, David Parfitt, Silvia Dimitrova, Peter Randall-Page and Fabian Peake, as well as emerging and well-established artists and makers from the UK and worldwide, have all contributed to this major fundraising exhibition.


Secret Swans Art Trail
Part of the Frome Festival: Friday 1st– Sunday 10th July

A free, fun art trail of 30 swan-themed artworks in various media. Steel sculpture, drawings, textiles, ceramics, glass, taxidermy and other surprising forms will be on display at venues around Frome, such as shops, cafes, public buildings and outdoor locations. An opportunity for families and art lovers alike to discover and buy intriguing pieces by selected artists. Visitors can make secret auction bids for the work at each trail venue and the winning bidders will be notified at the end of the festival. Badges will also be available for everyone who identifies all 30 artworks and there will be the opportunity to enter a prize draw at the Black Swan.

SECRET SWANS poster designed and drawn by Beatrice Hunt

Frome Open Studios
Divas Cafe

Opening with a preview evening on Friday 24th June, 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. Frome Open Studios hopes that this will whet your imagination to visit the 19 venues spread in and around the town during the Frome Festival. Their separate free trail brochure is available from May in Frome or 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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