Monday, 4 March 2013

Black Swan Arts Open 2013

Black Swan Arts Open, 2013
27 April - 25 May 2013

Black Swan Arts is inviting submissions to the 2013 Arts Open competition and exhibition. The competition, now run annually, is in its 11th year and will encompass a diverse range of works including: painting, sculpture, ceramics, textiles, jewellery, print, photography and digital media.

The Open attracts some of the best contemporary artists and makers working in the UK and in 2012 over 500 entries from across the South West were submitted. The competition will be judged by respected arts' practitioners and academics from a variety of backgrounds and fields of expertise. This year we are pleased to announce the following judges:

Irena Czapska – Director at Spike Print Studio in Bristol
Dr Jo Dahn – Senior Lecturer in Critical Studies in Art and Design at Bath Spa University
Charlie Thomas – Photographer and Awards Manager at The Association of Photographers Limited in London
David Chandler - Frome based Artist, Black Swan Arts Prize winner in 2010, Arts correspondent for Frome FM and Frome TV.
Tom Bayliss - Frome based Artist, Black Swan Arts selection 2012, co-founder and curator of the Tool Shed gallery, Frome.

The exhibition will run from 27th April until 25th May 2013 with a launch evening and prize-giving on Friday 26th April. Prizes include:

The Black Swan Arts Prize - £750
The Bax Family Fine Art Prize - £250
with further sponsored prizes to be confirmed

Submission: Submissions will be via an online form. A maximum of 4 works can be submitted at £10 per entry (e.g. 1 work = £10, 4 works = £40) and all entries must be for sale. Work in any medium will be considered including fine, applied and digital.

Submission Deadline: 29th March (Good Friday)
Judging: Saturday 6th April
Launch Evening and Prize-giving: Friday 26th April
Exhibition: 27th April until 25th May

For submissions please go to

For more information please email:
Black Swan Arts - Contemporary arts gallery and studios, shop and cafe in the heart of Frome, Somerset.

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