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Issue 323 – 25th anniversary for arts centre

2011 is the 25th anniversary of Black Swan Arts, the centre of Frome’s creative industry.

To celebrate this milestone, photographer Tim Mercer has curated an exciting print exhibition in conjunction with an eclectic mix of artists, designers and students from Bath Spa University. The exhibition will run until 12th May.
Tim says, “This is an exhibition of fun, innovative and affordable art for all.” 25 artists have produced 25 silkscreen, giclée or letterpress posters. The brief was kept purposefully open, based loosely around the theme of 25, allowing each artist to let their creativity reign. Artists exhibiting include Kevin McCloud, Luke Piper, Jonathan Pugh, Mark Karasick, Rachel Ann Grigor, and Day Bowman.
Each poster will have a limited run of 25 and will be for sale for £25. All the proceeds from the exhibition will go towards the Black Swan Arts 25th Appeal, which was officially launched on 25th March, the opening night of 25twentyfive. This money will enable it to maintain the engaging programme of exhibitions, workshops and events that the new Black Swan Arts team have put in place.
The demonstration of local support, from both individuals and businesses, will be critical to its success in getting funds from further afield, such as private foundations and the Arts Council. Luke Wilde, chair of Trustees at Black Swan Arts says, “Overall we would like to raise £25,000 from all sources during the 25th anniversary. This will help us secure Black Swan Arts’ long term future for the people of Frome and further afield.”- Charlie Thomas.