Young Glastonbury artists' chance to show work professionally

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By abbie_glasto | Thursday, January 03, 2013, 12:24

Budding Glastonbury artists are being given a rare chance to exhibit their work in a professional gallery.

The 'Open Arts Competition' organised by Frome's Black Swan Arts Centre is open to local young people and winners will have the chance to showcase their work professionally and learn technique from industry professionals.

To enter the competition you must be aged eight to 19 and live or go to school within a 20 mile radius of Frome.

Artists can submit their entries online by uploading an A2 sized 50cm square photo of their best artistic creation to the Black Swan Website.

The Open Arts Competition closes for submissions on Friday 1 February 2013 and all shortlisted work will be on show at the Frome gallery from Saturday 23 February until Saturday 9 March 2013.

"This really is a fantastic opportunity for young artists," said exhibition curator Amanda Sheridan.

She explained: "It's a chance for their work to be judged by professional artists and to be exhibited in a professional public space. There is very little opportunity like this for young artists so we're very pleased to be launching this open competition at the Black Swan.

"Our previous open competitions, for adult artists, have been a big success, with more than 400 entries for the last one. We wanted to build on this by offering the chance to young artists to show their work in a professional gallery.

Amanda added: "We've also had enormous support from local artists who are offering their time as a prize for the overall category winners."

There are three age categories for the competition and those shortlisted will be asked to bring their piece of original artwork to display at the Frome gallery.

More information about the competition is available at and online submissions are being accepted until February 1st 2013.



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