Black Swan Arts / Events / Fri 19 Oct to Sat 24 Nov 2018 (1 month)

Black Swan Arts Open 2018

Black Swan Arts Open 2018

The Black Swan Arts Open is an annual competition for original artworks by established practitioners and emerging artists. It has a reputation for attracting and selecting diverse and innovative pieces, and championing artistic excellence in the South West.
This year’s judging panel includes Michael Eavis, creator of Glastonbury Festival; Debbie Hillyerd, director of education at Hauser & Wirth Somerset; Steve Burden, artist and 2016 winner of the Black Swan Arts Solo Show Prize; artist Sue Conrad; and Johnny Messum, director and founder of Messums Wiltshire.
A record number of artists entered, with over 520 people entering 950 pieces, including paintings, drawings, textiles, printmaking, ceramics, photography, sculpture, moving image and multimedia. All the work on show is for sale with prices starting from £100 up to £34,000! As usual, visitors can vote for their favourite in the People’s Choice award sponsored by Frome Town Council.
Selected artists have the chance of winning a series of impressive prizes, including the First Prize of £1000 supported by Hauser & Wirth Somerset; the inaugural Sue Conrad Works on Paper Prize of £1000; the Black Swan Arts Prize of a solo show; the Mount Art Prize for artists in or who have recently left education to frame a piece of artwork; the Postscript 3D Prize for art materials; the Kobi and Teal Prize of a solo exhibition; the Babington House Prize of a mentoring session with Kate Bryan, head of Soho House Group Collections; the Friends of Black Swan Arts Prize; and one year membership of the new Black Swan Arts Guild.
The preview takes place on Thursday 18 October from 7.30–9pm and everyone is welcome to attend.

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2 Bridge Street, Frome BA11 1BB
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