Mayoral Chain exhibition at Black Swan Arts

Simon of Mount Art Services framed 24 photographs by David Partner for the Mayoral Chain exhibition at Black Swan Arts Round Tower gallery. We donated the frames to the cause because we support what Peter and Frome Council’s independent councillors do.

This touring exhibition started at the Silk Mill gallery and coincided with the Mayor’s Charity Bash (read more here). It has now moved to Black Swan Arts. The exhibition has opened, but there will be a launch party on Thursday 14th May 5-7pm, all welcome. Peter Macfadyen, David Partner and Mount Art Services will be in a panel discussion on the 19th May from 7pm.

Mayoral Chain exhibition black swan arts

The Mayor’s Chains aims to emphasise that the council – and its leader – is at the service of the people.  He becomes a vehicle for them to display their creativity and their organisations, rather than expressing status and power through the formal gold chain.

The idea evolved firstly from Luke’s Lego club, who were challenged to make a Lego chain.  And secondly from St John’s School Green Panthers group who offered to make a recycled chain to temporarily usurp the non-ethical one.  Theirs was then worn to open the school fete.  Other groups and local business offered, and were encouraged to make chains.

The total collection is just a snapshot of a vibrant community –  there could have been many many more!

David Partner
Photo by David Partner
Black Swan mayor chain
Photo By Paul Newman, resident of studio 3 at Black Swan Arts

Portrait photographer, David Partner, is interested in bringing down political barriers. His 2004 series “Heads of Government” was exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery. This series focused on the ministers then responsible for governing the UK. David is a photographer in the mould and spirit of pictorialist photographers such as Paul Strand, August Sander, and Walker Evans; interested in objectively capturing the ordinary people of his time. David’s political portraits show politicians from the Cabinet right down to the local Council as the ordinary people they are.

Mount designed a foldout booklet with information about the project and Frome’s independent community spirit.  On the reverse of the unfolded booklet is an A2 poster of the 24 photographs. This will be on sale at the gallery from Thursday evening. All the framed photographs are for sale, as well as unframed prints.

Frome Town Council Mayor
Unfolded booklet designed by us here at Mount


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