Black Swan Arts Young Open 2019

Closed Friday 1st March 2019

Young Open poster featuring a tiger by a previous entrant

Extended deadline for entries: 1 March

Exhibition dates: 30 March – 27 April

Preview: Saturday 30 March, 12pm midday

Location: Black Swan Arts, 2 Bridge Street, Frome BA11 1BB

Contact: Morag Stuart and Sally Barnett
01373 473980

Are you aged between 8 and 19 years? Would you like to enter an Art Competition?  If the answer is 'Yes' to both these questions then why don't you enter the Black Swan Arts Young Open?  Black Swan Arts Young Open is the largest arts competition in the South West.

Who can enter

This competition is for children/students from all backgrounds and abilities. If you are thinking, 'But, I can't draw' or 'I don't have the confidence', keep on reading.

We are always keen to see work with unique creativity, involving original ideas. Those expressing concerns about everyday matters such as the environment, politics, nature, religion, mental health, your life, your pet, your family, etc. The artworks we receive each year are an acknowledgement to the subjects that affect young people today. We are always very proud to have the opportunity of exhibiting it.

Materials you can use

We would like young artists to also think about using materials available to them at home or at school/club. There is no need to buy expensive art materials to create an amazing artwork or to be selected. In fact, we encourage 2D or 3D artists to use recyclable materials and single use materials. Maybe you could think of something amazing to create with all the plastic we usually throw in the bin.

You may need to think about buying: glue, pencils, paint and paper. But ask your parents to see what is hiding in your house, waiting for you to create that fabulous artwork that we know you can create. We encourage artwork in any medium, including:

  • painting
  • drawing
  • collage
  • pottery
  • ceramics
  • jewellery
  • illustration
  • textiles
  • metal work
  • carpentry
  • sculpture
  • digital media
  • handmade books/zines

Use our Pinterest board for inspiration

If you would like to enter the competition but are stuck for ideas and inspiration, we have a Pinterest board with hundreds of images of artwork from professional and amateur artists. But remember, please do not copy them. We want to see your unique artwork.

Guild Foundation

Closed Thursday 28th February 2019

Accepting submissions 30 November 2018 - 25 February 2019

All submissions must be made online

Open to artists and craftspeople of all types

Application fee £20

For technical support with your application, contact

The Black Swan Guild

The Black Swan Guild is being established as part of our commitment to nurture and showcase high-quality work from the widest possible range of artists and craftspeople. The overriding criterion for selection as a member of the Guild will be the quality of the work you produce. Quality will take precedence over other factors such as qualifications, experience, status and geographic location.

The Guild will be an association of makers, open to practitioners of every type of art and craft. During its first year of operation, the Guild will establish itself as a self-managing, self-governing and self-selecting organisation, operating under the banner of Black Swan Arts. Members of the Guild will be the key contributors to its constitution, aims and objectives and its working practices, in partnership with the trustees of Black Swan Arts.

The selection panel

The selection panel is made up of professional artists working in a variety of media/fields:

Caroline Frood is our first member of the Black Swan Guild, having won a year’s membership as a prize in the Black Swan Arts Open.