Competitions


Black Swan Arts Open 2019

Currently Open - Entry Closes Saturday 14th September 2019

Black Swan Arts Open logo featuring the black swan with a red beak. Words read Black Swan (in black text) Open (in red text).

Deadline for entries: 13 September

Exhibition: 18 October – 16 November

Prizegiving: Thursday 17 October, 6-7pm

Artists Preview: Thursday 17 October, 7.30-9pm

Long Gallery, Black Swan Arts

Competition support: Morag Stuart,
exhibitions@blackswanarts.org.uk
01373 473980

Technical support: web@blackswanarts.org.uk

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The prestigious Black Swan Arts Open is an annual competition that welcomes entries of original works from established practitioners and emerging artists of all professions and disciplines. Work can be submitted in any medium and in almost any size – from painting, drawing and printmaking to photography, sculpture and ceramics.

This year’s judging panel includes; Robert Devereux (former chair of Frieze), Katharine Fry (winner of the Black Swan Arts First Prize 2017), Luke Jerram (artist), Elly Hawley (Director of Hauser & Wirth Somerset) and Sandra Porter RWA (artist).

The many prizes include the first prize of £1000 supported by Hauser & Wirth Somerset, the Sue Conrad Prize of £1000 for work on paper, Lyndy Pelley £500 prize for an artist under the age of 30 years and the Black Swan Arts prize of a solo show.

In 2018, the Black Swan Arts Open attracted over 900 entries from almost 500 artists. We have built an impressive reputation for attracting some of the best artists from the South West, with our expert judges selecting diverse and innovative pieces and championing artistic excellence. The successful entries will be on show at Black Swan Arts in the Long Gallery.

Open 2019 Judges

Each Art Open has a different panel of judges who are independent of the Board of Trustees or the Programming Group.

Previous panels included Steve Burden, Sue Conrad and Michael Eavis for the 2018 Art Open and Mariella Frostrup, Seamus Nicolson and Gary Sangster for the 2017 Art Open.

Portrait of Robert Devereux

Robert Devereux
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profile photograph of Katharine Fry

Katharine Fry
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Portrait of Elly Hawley

Elly Hawley
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Profile photograph of Luke Jerram

Luke Jerram
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Profile photograph of Sandra Porter

Sandra Porter
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