Isle of Man Art News – 23 April 2018

Did you see the sun? Yes, it really happened – we had a couple of sunny days last week. As I sit and write this however it has clouded over and the wind has picked up. Still, there are always pockets of sunshine on the Isle of Man I’ve found, most usually in an art gallery, and Magical Island which opened yesterday at the Isle Gallery was indeed another little arty ray of sunshine.

“Inspiration for Celia’s work resides in tiny quiet corners of hedgerows, flowers and seeds through the mystical, Celtic atmosphere of our glens and waterfalls through to the wide and ever changing skies. Rosie’s work spans a number of disciplines including photography, pen, ink, acrylic and printmaking, borne out of observations from nature, the structure of rock formations, patterns discerned in a tangle of seaweed on the beach, ivy twining around a tree, winter branches swaying in the wind, shapes worn into rocks by repeated tides, expressions of time frozen, never the same, never repeated.”

Sally Black chooses the most interesting things to paint, from eggs, kippers or mackerel to crab, creatures and geese. Sally has been working on this lovely collection of bees recently. When I was picking up a parcel last week from Manx Independent I noticed a sign on the wall saying that the importation of bees and hives is strictly prohibited – which I did know but it was interesting to see it in print at such a key location. Because of this we have a really healthy bee population which is crucial to our ecosystem. Long may it continue. If you see any of these, don’t squash them!

The Great Pottery Build up and Throw Down sounds like it was a great success. Richard J Parker from the Great Pottery Throwdown series 2 was on the Island and as you can see, got his hands dirty demonstrating to an delighted class of pottery enthusiasts. I chatted to Anna Clucas yesterday while I was at Magical Island and she said it was a really enjoyable event and that she hopes to do something similar on an annual basis with fellow potter, Faye Christian. 

 

Kim Graziano’s Drawing Club is going from strength to strength and now has a second venue to add to the mix. Alongside the usual life drawing sessions on a Thursday at Noa Bakehouse, there will now be a second monthly session on a Tuesday at The Alpine. These new sessions will be a chance to dive deeper into your drawing practice, with two drawing zones and two opposite sex models cycling between the groups. Bring your own favourite art supplies and paper, and your host Kim Gee Studio will lead the group through different timed poses and social breaks. At the end of the night we’ll show off our favourite creations to our fellow club members, celebrating each other’s unique styles and talents.  There are only 40 tickets available for this event at £10 each, which includes your *first drink free*! Tickets WILL sell out as they always do (it only took 6 hours last time), so make sure to get yours quickly. All are welcome regardless of ability level, as long as you can enjoy a chat and love to draw. RSVP now, and invite an artsy friend!!

Here is a wee interview of Kim talking about the Drawing Club to 3FM.

 

Phil Kneen’s fabulous documentary photography has been published by Huck Magazine – well done Phil!  He reported that the images he’s taken of the white squatter camps in South Africa will only be printed in magazines and online publications who will let him supply his own text, or are sympathetic to the circumstances in South Africa. 

 

Coming up Friday is the opening of ‘Inspiring Another Generation’ at the Sayle Gallery. It’s an exhibition of over 60 examples of work produced for the creative industries including, film, animation, fashion, graphics, advertising, painting, design, craft, jewellery and sculpture. 

“The creatives in this exhibition have one thing in common – they are all alumni of the the University College, Isle of Man (formerly known as the Isle of Man College). Inspiring past generations, the University College will continue to inspire future generations.”

 

 

Dates for your Diary

 

On now – 5 May – ‘Crossing Open Ground’ – David Gilbert: A Retrospective – at the Manx Museum

On now – 10 June – Magical Island at The Isle Gallery

On now for a season – Inner Space at Studio 42, Dr Julie Anne Denton

25 April – Manx Radio 5.30pm-6pm Spotlight with Sarah Hendy

28 April – 20 May – Inspiring Another Generation – A UCM Alumni Exhibition at The Sayle Gallery

1 May – Isle of Man Drawing Club – Life Drawing at The Alpine

5-7 May – Creative Network’s IOM Art Festival – Island Wide

5 May – 5 August – ‘Have I Got News for Yessir’ by Phil Woodford at the House of Manannan

13 May – 17 June – Awakening Art Exhibition – The Methodist Art Collection in the Isle of Man (various locations, see link)

10 June – Exhibition on Screen – Manet Portraying Life at the Erin Arts Centre, 3.00pm – 4.30pm

 

Upcoming Workshops

 

26 April – Absolute Beginners in Ceramics – Night Time Course – 7pm -9.30pm 

27 April – Absolute Beginners in Ceramics – Day Time Course – 10am – 12.30pm

30 April – Absolute Beginners & Improvers in Acyrlics 

1 May and Tuesdays until 22 May – Willow and Chalk Drawing Club – Mother T’s

4 May – Altered Canvas Art (vintage) – A Friday night out at The Isle Gallery

9 May – Pattern Play – Layering with Stencils and Paint

18 & 25 May – 2 Evenings of Oil Painting ‘The Colours of Spring’

 

If you’ve got a workshop or class coming up that you would like me to share please just drop me an email: graceandhall@gmail.com or get in touch via Facebook/Messenger.

 

Here’s this week’s round up of images from Social Media. Click on the pictures to view in the lightbox.

 

Have a great week!

Jane x

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Inspiring Another Generation – The Sayle Gallery

Inspiring another generation
 
The Island’s natural and cultural landscape has shaped and inspired creative talent for many generations.  From the well known Archibald Knox to the contemporary fashion design duo Preen, creatives working in all forms have taken inspiration from our unique biosphere.
 
From 28th April to 2nd May, the Sayle Gallery is host to ‘Inspiring Another Generation’. An exhibition of over 60 examples of work produced for the creative industries including, film, animation, fashion, graphics, advertising, painting, design, craft, jewellery and sculpture. 
 
Juan Moore, Artist and Lecturer at UCM said ‘If you are interested in the impact of living and being educated on the Isle of Man and seeing some of the fantastic creative talent progressing from our University College, then this exhibition is not to be missed’. 
 
 
 
 
Globally the industry is worth $2.25 trillion which is 3% of the world GDP and employs 29.5 million.  The creative industries on the Isle of Man are vibrant, diverse and growing.
 
Jo Pretty, Principal of UCM said ‘The work on display is not intended to be the main focus of this exhibition, although I suspect in many cases it will engage and inspire you. Instead the placement of work, within global collections, such as the Saachi collection, brands including Nike, Vogue and John Lewis, tell us of the achievements and successful careers the artists are enjoying.
 
The creatives in this exhibition have one thing in common – they are all alumni of the the University College, Isle of Man (formerly known as the Isle of Man College). Inspiring past generations, the University College will continue to inspire future generations’.
 
 
 

Isle of Man Art News – 16 April 2018

Hello! Well I’m back to it after a couple of weeks off and I hope you haven’t missed my ramblings too much. As ever there is all sorts of good stuff happening Island wide. Last week saw the opening of ‘Inner Space’ by Dr Julie Anne Denton at Studio 42 and I ventured South after work to make sure I got a chance to say hello. 

I have to say that this was perhaps the most nerve-wracking show I’ve been to thus far… Julie’s beautiful, extraordinary and eyebrow raising pieces are displayed on plinths at just about perfect handbag height. It was so busy and crowded I was in constant fear of hearing a crash as people edged their way round and I think that gallery owner, Eben, was equally anxious – but it was really great to see so many people at the preview and everyone seemed to be taking extra special care. Eben always has a great selection of original work for sale by some of the Island’s best known and respected Artists, so it’s always worth popping in and it’s certainly worth making a special visit to see Julie’s work. I managed to take a few snaps for you. 

While I was in radio-silence mode we also had the Isle of Man Art Society exhibition over the Easter weekend. It seems like ages ago now. This show included work by both amateur and professional artists and I think the standard is pretty high considering it is such a mixed show. Always on the lookout for good artists to add to the Directory pages I particularly liked the work of Janine Skelly, Kay Solly, Elizabeth Walsh, Abby Quirk, Amy Cain, Stuart Green and Tony Hewson to name but a few. Click the pictures to view in the lightbox.

My drawing challenge is now up to the letter ‘H’ which I will post up on the Facebook page this evening. It’s been great to see people rising to the challenge and sure enough, some of the regular players are showing significant improvement already! If you haven’t seen this yet, the idea is that with 16 hours of practice (at whatever you choose to do) you should see a noticeable improvement. I decided to do a picture for each letter of the alphabet and I am posting them up each week. Anyone can join in at any time – all you have to do is post your picture in the comments to keep them all together and say what your letter is for.  Here are some the great contributions so far.

The IOM Arts Council, if you haven’t caught it yet, are doing a new weekly post ‘What’s On Where’. The idea is that they start the post and anyone can post events into the comments of events that are coming up in the next seven days to keep everything together. Please do contribute if you have an event to share. It’s not just art either – it’s music events and theatre etc too.

In other Arts Council news, congratulations to Marlene Hendy MLC on her appointment as Chair of the Arts Council.

 

Manx National Heritage is opening a new show on 5th May called ‘Have I got News for Yessir’. This is an exhibition celebrating Phil Wooford’s light-hearted take on the Island’s news stories, past and present and runs daily until 5th August at the House of Manannan.

 

Microgaming is looking to recruit a Junior Graphic Designer to assist their Marketing team with the creation and optimisation of artwork in various media, managing projects from start to finish and communicating creative ideas and solutions throughout. The successful candidate will need to be able to demonstrate excellent design skills, meticulous attention to detail, mastery of Adobe Creative Suite (particularly Photoshop and Illustrator), and remarkable unflappability under pressure.
Please visit https://www.microgaming.co.uk/opportunities  for more details and to apply now. The closing date for applications is Friday 27 April 2018.

 

 

Dates for your Diary

 

On now – 21 April – ‘Saltmother’ at the Hodgson Loom Gallery

On now – 22 April – ‘3 Contemporaries’ at The Sayle Gallery

On now – 5 May – ‘Crossing Open Ground’ – David Gilbert: A Retrospective – at the Manx Museum

On now for a season – Inner Space at Studio 42, Dr Julie Anne Denton

17 April –  Richard J Parker from the Great Pottery Throwdown series 2 at the Isle Gallery for a pottery get together with a chat and some demos

18 April – Manx Radio 5.30pm-6pm Spotlight with Sarah Hendy

5-7 May – Creative Network’s IOM Art Festival – Island Wide

5 May – 5 August – ‘Have I Got News for Yessir’ by Phil Woodford at the House of Manannan

10 June – Exhibition on Screen – Manet Portraying Life at the Erin Arts Centre, 3.00pm – 4.30pm

 

Upcoming Workshops

 

16 April – The Great Manx Build Up and Throw Down – 3 Day Workshop – The Isle Gallery

17 April – Silk Painting with Jean Buck 10am-4pm – IOM Art Society

26 April – Absolute Beginners in Ceramics – Night Time Course – 7pm -9.30pm 

27 April – Absolute Beginners in Ceramics – Day Time Course – 10am – 12.30pm

 

If you’ve got a workshop or class coming up that you would like me to share please just drop me an email: graceandhall@gmail.com or get in touch via Facebook/Messenger.

 

Here’s this week’s round up of images from Social Media. Click on the pictures to view in the lightbox.

 

Have a great week!

Jane x

Keep up-to-date by ‘Liking’ the Facebook Page or by ‘Following’ me on Linkedin or Twitter@manxart or Instagram @manxartdirectory or Pinterest. To get in touch please email: graceandhall@gmail.com