Black Swan Arts is a forward-looking, long-standing, hard-working for the arts, local art gallery within an arts complex in the town of Frome, Somerset, UK.
Black Swan Arts have an annual Open Arts competition/exhibition, which is open to all artists, not only those from the South West of England. I am pleased to say that I have had a piece accepted this year (the third time I entered, and the second time I got in), and it is now on show in their building.
My work is one of only two textile pieces in the show - and the only quilted hanging. The majority of the works are paintings, sculptures, glass, photography, ceramics, with a sprinkling of mixed media of various types, some using fabric as one of the elements. Although the majority of the works are in more traditionally 'arty' materials and categories, there are many 'cutting edge' works.
It is certainly worth visiting, if you are in the area. The exhibition is on until 25 May. Open 10 am - 4 pm Monday-Saturday, closed Sundays. There is a big public car park next door, and the lovely Divas cafe in the building, on which walls some of the art exhibition is hung. "Seeds", a studio crafts shop, and several individual artists' studios, as well as an open studio space which can be used for workshops, complete the complex. Plenty to view!
"Mapping Earth", above, is my piece in the show. I have mounted it on a canvas stretcher, which makes it look more substantial.
It is always worth entering local art shows - textiles are sometimes accepted. And they are always popular with the visitors!