Frome Art Fair is back after a three year break. Here’s our guide to what to look out for if you’re planning to visit.
May 4th & 5th 10am-4pm
Once again there are three venues spread across Frome town centre: the Silk Mill, Rook Lane Chapel, and Black Swan Arts. Each venue has a different feel to it, but all three venues share a similar history.
The Silk Mill is converted from an old textiles mill and boasts plenty of natural light as well as rustic stone-wall architectural features. After falling out of use in the mid-70s the Silk Mill was in a bad state of disrepair by the middle 2000s. It was saved from ruination by Kate and Damon Moore who bought it in 2005 and converted it into the gallery space and studios.
Rook Lane was built in 1707 and served Frome as a place of worship until 1968, thereafter falling into dereliction. Through the 1990s, artists used the space for informal workshops, performances and exhibitions. NVB Architects moved in during 2001 to renovate the chapel and build a contemporary annex at the rear. It is still strongly associated with the arts.
Black Swan Arts was originally a pub. Like the other two venues it fell into dereliction in the middle of the 20th Century, and was threatened with demolition. In the 1980s a small group raised funds to save the building and turn it into an art centre. Black Swan Arts is run by volunteers and the local arts community.
There are 40 artists showing, we’ll just showcase a handful here, and hopefully get to know some new artists when we visit.
Quite a few of the artists are Mount clients, including
abstract expressonist landscapes on canvas and paper
landscapes, portraits and abstract photographs
landscapes in mixed media inspired by Cornwall, local places, and the coast
exquisite detailed paintings of flora, fauna and objects on wooden panels and boards
a new Black Swan Guild member, Kate’s paintings depict landscapes, ruins and natural scenes
if you’re one of our clients and we’ve missed you off, let us know and we’ll update. We don’t have a full list of who is taking part so unless you’ve told us you’re taking part we won’t know!
We also recommend taking a look at
Painting of a bull by Abigail Reed, framed by us for a collector.
artist and illustrator
folk/ surreal artist
….and many more
Artist Molley May will be offering quick pencil portraits for £5, with 10% of each portrait donated to We Hear You charity. Molley will be drawing from 10am-12:30pm and then from 1:30-4pm on Saturday at Rook Lane.
The Frome Art Fair is now being run in partnership with We Hear You, a local charity that offers free, professional counselling for those affected by cancer, or other life-threatening illnesses. All profits from the art fair will go directly to fund the work of this incredible charity. For more information on WHY, visit www.wehearyou.org.uk Facebook & instagram @fromeartfair
We have a few forthcoming closures: Early May bank holiday weekend, we’ll be closed all weekend. We’re closing from 20th May – 27th May for a workshop tidy-up.