Black Swan Young Arts Open 2018

Currently Open - Entry Closes Friday 16th February 2018


Exhibition Open Sat 17 March – Sat 7 April (over Easter holidays)
Deadline for entries 16 Feb

Black Swan Arts Centre in Frome, Somerset is proud to announce the launch of the Black Swan Arts Young Open competition for 2018.

Now in its fifth year, the Black Swan Arts Young Open has become the most successful and prestigious art competition for young people between the ages of 8 and 19 years old in the South West, attracting hundreds of entries from individuals, schools and youth groups. 

Entries to the 2018 competition will be judged, curated and displayed in one of the region’s leading contemporary art galleries and, as in previous years, prizes will be awarded in three age-group categories.  These unique prizes will be in the form of one-to-one, individualised, creative workshops with practicing and successful artists.

So, if you are between 8 and 19 years old, would like the opportunity to have your work exhibited at the Black Swan Arts Centre, as well as judged to win a prize, get creating NOW because the deadline for entering your artwork into the competition is: 16 February 2018.

We want to see original artwork in as many mediums or processes as possible; the more unique the better: painting, ceramics, modelling, drawing, inks, photography, video, animation, textiles, collage, linocuts, screen-prints, lithographs, collographs, mono-prints, sculpture, waxwork, graphic design, illustration, glass blowing, mosaics, stained glass, metalwork, woodwork, 3D printing and much more!

The selection committee has been closely involved with the competition since it started and they know the extraordinary level of work the young talent in the area can produce.

There are 3 age categories:

  • 8yrs – 11yrs
  • 12yrs – 15yrs
  • 16yrs – 19yrs

There is plenty of time to take part because the closing date is not until 16 February. 

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The Young Open Workshop Prize has become an integral part of the success of the competition, with successful professional artists offering 13 brilliant prizes of individual creative workshops.  These inspirational working artists and craftspeople carefully tailor each of the sessions which are designed to develop the skills and broaden the artistic experience of the winners in each of the 3 age categories.  Every artist comes from a different discipline. More details to follow...

Visitors to the exhibition will also have an opportunity to take an active part in the competition and win for themselves an exciting prize, by voting for 'The People's Choice' award.

2018, the fifth year of the Black Swan Arts Young Open. The EXHIBITION will be open from Saturday 17th March - Saturday 7th April in the Black Swan Gallery, the Café & the Round Tower.

If selected, your artwork will be curated, judged and exhibited for hundreds of people to see and, if you are a prize winner, your prize will be a unique, one-to-one workshop given by an inspirational working artist, designed to help you become more creative.

If you have any questions about the competition please contact Black Swan Arts, by telephone on 01373 473980 or e-mail at

This Young Open Competition demonstrates the on-going and major commitment of Black Swan Arts to the development of talent and to the building of strong links with the community, locally, regionally and nationally. 


  • All forms of art and craft work are eligible – painting, drawing, collage, pottery, ceramics, photography, animation, video, jewellery, textiles, metal work, carpentry and sculpture.   
  • The size for two-dimensional pictures must not exceed A2 (594 x 420 mm, 23.4in x 16.5in) including borders. The size of three-dimensional pieces must fit on a base not exceeding 50cm².
  • There are 3 age groups
    • 8yrs – 11yrs
    • 12yrs – 15yrs
    • 16yrs – 19yrs
  • The cost of entry is:
    10 artworks and under £40
    11-20 artworks £75
    21-30 artworks  £105
    31-40 artworks £130
    41+ artworks £150              
  • To enter the competition you will need (or get help from someone) to upload a photograph of your work using the online entry form.
  • Payment is online.


Online entry open:

Individual- Friday 8 December - Friday 16 February
Group- Wednesday 17 January - Friday 16 February

Notification of successful entry: Friday 2 March
Delivery of artwork to Main Gallery:

1-5pm on 7, 8 and 9 March
10-4pm on Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 March

Judging of artwork:  Thursday 15 March
Exhibition Opening:    Midday, Saturday 17 March
People’s Choice Award announced: Friday 6 April
Exhibition closes:  3.00pm Saturday 7 April
Collection of art work: 

10-4, Sunday 8 April, 3.30-5pm, Monday 9,
Tuesday 10 and Wednesday 11 April