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.

The Black Swan Guild Foundation

To become a founding member of the Black Swan Guild, your application will be assessed by a group of highly respected and successful professional artists and craftspeople, skilled in a wide range of media. Initially, this will be based on an online application, with short-listed applicants being invited to present selected examples of their work.

Regular exhibitions

Each year the Guild will be guaranteed a minimum of 16 weeks of exhibition time in the Round Tower Gallery, divided into four, four-week blocks, spread out through the year. One of these blocks of time will always fall during the prestigious (and potentially lucrative) month of December.

The Guild’s relationship with BSA

As part of the Black Swan Arts organisation, the Guild will enjoy all the benefits of being part of a significant regional arts venue. The Black Swan Arts website will have pages dedicated to the Guild, including up-to-date listings, artists’ profiles and contact details. There will be opportunities for the Guild to organise demonstrations, courses, workshops and artist’s talks using the Round Tower or other areas of the Black Swan building, as appropriate.

Application fee

On submission of your application to the Guild, you will be charged a one time fee of £20. This fee is to contribute towards administration and marketing including changes which have had to be made to our software and database system. Black Swan Arts is a charitable organisation which does not receive any regular funding.

Membership fee

Members of the Guild will contribute an annual membership fee of £120, payable in advance.

Refund policy

Unfortunately, fees for application and membership cannot be refunded once your application has been submitted.