Black Swan Arts Open 2019

Closed Saturday 21st 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).

Extended deadline for entries: 20 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,
01373 473980

Technical support:

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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, Lynda Pelly £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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Benefits of entering

  • Have your work seen by hundreds of visitors
  • Be assessed by a group of highly qualified judges
  • An excellent place to sell your work
  • Possibility of winning prestigious prizes
  • Raise your profile through a wide variety of media coverage
  • Have provenance added to your artwork


This year’s prizes have been donated by a remarkable range of generous sponsors. They include:

  • Hauser and Wirth Somerset prize – £1000
  • Sue Conrad prize for works on paper – £1000
  • Lynda Pelly prize for an artist under the age of 30 years – £500
  • Black Swan Arts, Programming Group prize – solo exhibition
  • Kobi & Teal prize – solo exhibition
  • local artist prize – Selected work exhibited & a meal from Bistro Lotte
  • photography prize – £200 framing at Mount Art
  • 3d artist prize – £100 of artists materials From Postscript
  • Black Swan Friends prize – lifetime membership, selected by Friends
  • Black Swan Guild prize – 12 months membership, selected by Guild
  • people’s choice award – £250, sponsored by Forward Space

See the winners of the 2018 Art Open prizes and the pieces which they were awarded for.

Sponsors and prize givers

Mount logo with blue and pink triangles overlapping. Mount is written in the same colour created by the overlapping triangles.
Postscript logo, black writing in handwritten script.
aml group logo- red text on white background
logo featuring the words action coach
black swan guild logo showing the black swan with a gold beak and the words, black swan guild
black swan friends logo showing the black swan with a blue beak and the words, black swan guild
text reads kobi and teal, in black on white background
Text reads hauser and wirth in black on a white background
bistro lotte, black text on white background
text reads forward, go your own way in blue text on a white background