Black Swan Arts Workshops

Get Creative Black Swan Arts

BBC Get Creative at the Black Swan Arts
Saturday 8 April, from 2-4pm

Black Swan Arts will be taking part in BBC’s nationwide Get Creative event on Saturday 8 April, from 2-4pm, alongside ‘The Future Can’t Wait’, an exciting show of exhibits from 30 MA postgraduate students across four disciplines – ceramics, fashion and textiles, fine art and visual communication.

The MA artists will work with young people offering activities for children of all ages, exploring concepts of their current exhibition at Black Swan ‘The Future Can’t Wait’ (18 March-15 April).  All welcome!  BBC get-creative-weekend.

The Bath Spa artists will offer unique creative activities and sensory experiences for children to make and be inspired, including origami, textured collages or mini sculptures.  Children will be encouraged to look, touch, participate, have conversations with the students artists, explore their ideas and be part of the exhibition. The children’s creations will be exhibited online as the exhibition progresses – a chance to collaborate and expand the show together.

BSA Artisans will offer free drop-in taster workshops for adults and children. Have a go texturing metal, forming intricate patterns and adding gold to silver (keum boo) in Linda and Yasemin’s interactive jewellery-making demonstrations (ages 8+).  Lila will be painting flowers and fruit, welcoming visitors to ‘have a go’.  Jack will demonstrate pen and watercolour techniques to bring flair to drawings – encouraging you to try.  Suzi’s porcelain bead painting taster-workshop will demonstrate bead decorating – ages 10+ can have a go!

Linda Sandeman Jewellery and Yasemin Sweet Filigree

Linda Sandeman Jewellery and Yasemin Sweet Filigree

We are very excited to announce our new workshops for this year!

K E U M B O O – Make a pendant or pair of earrings in a day
Learn how to make a beautiful textured Keum boo pendant or earrings in a day. You will learn basic jewellery techniques as well as adding texture to silver and applying 24ct gold to silver. We are keeping groups small to spend more time with each student so places are limited. For more details about the workshops and how to book, visit

F I L I G R E E – Make a drop pendant in a day
Learn how to make your own silver filigree pendant in one day. You will learn basic skills in the art of filigree making. Groups will be small to spend more time with each student so places are limited. For more details on future workshops and how to book, please visit

Bristol Skipchen-Sea of Humanity

Bristol Skipchen-Sea of Humanity

On Sunday 1st May at 11am there will be a Storytelling and Q & A public outreach event.

On Saturday 30 April from 6- 7.30pm there will also be a creative facilitation workshop, exploring public perceptions around the refugee crisis and how they relate to domestic politics in the UK and EU.

All welcome.

Young Open prize winners and workshop providers

Young Open prize winners and workshop providers

As this year’s Young Open exhibition comes to a close, a reminder of the prize winners and workshop providers- huge thanks to everyone involved with this and for making it such a successful exhibition!


Each winner receives a bespoke half-day workshop with a professional artist, this year the artists kindly donating their time are:
Jenny Ford – Print maker
Jenny Barton – Ceramics
Belinda Brownlee – Ceramics
Fiona Hingston – Textiles and drawing
Candace Bahouth – Mosaic
Suzie Gutteridge – Felt-making
Fiona Campbell – Wire sculpture
Duncan Cameron – Sculpture with found objects
Bronwen Bradshaw – Etching
Rosie Hart – Graphic design / website
Gladys Paulus – Felt sculpture
Mayumi Kaneko – Natural dyes for artwork
Sara Parsons – Drawing, painting, photography