Entries invited for Black Swan Open

SUBMISSIONS are being accepted for the Black Swan Arts Open competition in Frome. More than 100 works will be selected by a distinguished judging panel to go on show at the arts centre in November.

The Black Swan Arts Open is an annual competition for original artwork by established practitioners and emerging artists. Over the past 15 years, the Open has built an impressive reputation for attracting outstanding work from across the South West. In 2016, the Open attracted more than 700 entries from 350 artists.

Work can be in any medium and any size – painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, sculpture or ceramics. The successful entries will be displayed at Black Swan Arts from 2nd–29th November.

The 2017 panel of judges includes journalist and broadcaster Mariella Frostrup, Arnolfini trustee Gary Sangster, Stephen Snoddy, director of the New Art Gallery, Walsall, Dea Vanagan, director of Hauser & Wirth Somerset, and artist Seamus Nicolson, the 2015 Black Swan Open winner.

The prizes include the Hauser & Wirth first prize of £750; the Black Swan Arts prize of a solo show; the Frome Town Council/People’s Choice Award of £200 (voted for by the public over the course of the show); the Mount Art prize of £150 for artists in full-time education; the Postscript 3D prize of art materials to the value of £100; the Sam’s Kitchen prize for local art; the Babington House prize and the Friends of Black Swan Arts prize.

The closing date for entries is 8th September. For more information visit www.blackswan.org.uk/artsopen2017.

Pictured: Zara McQueen, At the Chapel