Entry Opens Wednesday 1st August 2018

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.

To become a founder 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.

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.

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.

The next significant development in the Black Swan pipeline is the establishment of the Black Swan Artists' Guild.  We're looking to create a forum to nurture and showcase the work of a range of local 'makers' who will have the opportunity to exhibit in the Round Tower up to four times every year.  We will soon be inviting applicants from the first tranche of potential guild members who will submit examples of their work to be scrutinised by, what we're calling, the Black Swan Guild Set-up Group - a group of successful and respected artists and makers who will select the guild's start-up membership.  Once these first members of the Guild have been chosen, the Set-up group will step back, with the guild members themselves taking the project to the next stages.  We have invited the following people to join the Set-up group:

Hans Borgonjon (one of the organising group)

Gladys Paulus

Chris Pig

Sonja Klinger

and Carolyn Griffiths.

We would REALLY like to add your name to the list as we feel you would add a huge amount of experience, expertise and insight to the selection process.  PLEASE say yes!

We certainly don't expect participation in the set-up group to be either arduous or time-consuming, in fact it's likely to be pretty interesting, as well as being an opportunity to be in at the start of what we hope will be a major strengthening of the Swan's relationship with the local arts community.

I hope the above makes sense.  If not (or if you just want more information than I have provided) please do get in touch, either via this email address or by phone on 01373 473980.

I look forward to hearing from you soon.