YOUNG artists dominated the prizes at the Black Swan Arts open exhibition.

The judges concluded that the 1,000-plus entries were the highest they had ever seen at the Frome centre.

The outstanding 193 pieces selected were created by 153 artists, making it the largest arts open exhibition in its 30-year history.

Of the winners, 74 were from the Bath area and 32 from Frome, while of the 18 prizes and highly commended awards, nine are from the Frome area.

And 16 of the works on show are by artists aged under 30, who won seven of the prizes and commendations.

This year’s winners are:

  • First Prize supported by Hauser & Wirth Somerset, Ellen Carter for Portrait of Mum. Highly commended: Alyson Minkley for Haptic Traces Series, Danny Markey for Red and White Footballers, Sarah Edwards for Scabious, Violet Venables-Ziminski for Self Portrait as Stanley Spencer, Gina Soden for Retrait Bleu and Frances Gynn for The Trouble with Nature – Yellowhammer in Snow.
  • Harris & Harris Solicitors Prize, Steve Dutton for The Judge (Phantom Industry).
  • Lynda Pelly Prize for an Artist Under 30, Grace Green for Where Water Meets Land. Highly commended: Josie Phillips for Vessel 1 and Ruby Hyde for This is No Place.
  • Bruce Munro Studio 3D Prize, Robyn Neild for Resting Figure with Botanicals.
  • Geraint Davies Picture Framing Prize, Violet Venables-Ziminski for Self Portrait as Stanley Spencer.
  • Makers’ Yard Somerset Residency Prize, Marta Zubieta for Petit Mort and Bath Time.
  • Lotte’s Bistro Prize for a Local Artist, Miranda Collis for Nest. Highly commended: Violet Venables-Ziminski for Self Portrait as Stanley Spencer.

The artwork includes a variety of media, from painting, drawing, printmaking, ceramics, photography, sculpture, multimedia to moving image.

The work is already flying off the walls but with so many exceptional, original pieces there is still a wide variety left to buy.

Visitors can also vote for their favourite artwork in the People’s Choice Award, which is sponsored by Forward Space. The winner will be announced at the end of the exhibition.

The Black Swan Arts Open exhibition runs in Frome until September 11. For further information,