Isle of Man Art News – 15 January 2018

I was one of the lucky ones last week, who managed to get a ticket for the event at Noa Bakehouse about plastic in Manx waters. It was a sell-out event with over 100 people attending and over 100 more who tried to get tickets. It seems like at last people are waking up to the problems of plastic waste and the damage it is doing to wildlife and the environment.

Bill Dale, founder of Beach Buddies, is doing absolutely amazing work and his message and the example he has set of engaging 8,000+ people, that’s 10% of the Island’s population, to be involved in beach cleaning is now being used to raise awareness internationally. 

I know you are thinking, ‘what has this got to do with art?’, so I will include at this point Alice Quayle’s rather brilliant poster for raising awareness that wipes shouldn’t be flushed down the loo as they don’t biodegrade.

That’s pretty much the only arty link I have to this topic to be honest but I think it’s such an important issue that it deserves to be spoken about and publicised as much as possible. Alice is happy for you to share this image far and wide and asks that you simply credit her with the image if you do choose to use it.

It’s truly horrendous just how much plastic is used everywhere and in particular, single use plastics such as plastic water cups, coffee cups (which have a plastic lining), take away cartons – the styrofoam is actually really bad for you as contact with hot substances causes it to melt and drip into your food and gives off toxins – it’s incredible that it is allowed to be used at all. Also things like plastic straws which are served in your drink even if  you don’t ask for them, plastic bags of course, all of the plastic around fruit and vegetables – I mean seriously, 4 potatoes on a plastic tray covered in plastic wrap? It’s madness, and supermarkets need to lead the way in making a change but this will only happen if the public put pressure on them to do so. I drove from London to Liverpool on Friday with my husband and there was rubbish and plastic lining the motorways the entire route. It’s heartbreaking.

Apologies for the rant. I could go on at great length and indeed I have just edited this post and deleted several more paragraphs as I’m sure you get the gist of it. It’s up to us, each and every one of us, to help clean up our oceans and the environment so please do your bit in whatever way you can. Thank you.

Back now to arty topics! The Sayle Gallery’s first exhibition of the year will open to the public in February. It’s a retrospective show of David Gilbert’s work which will be exhibited over two locations, the Sayle Gallery and the Manx Museum and is kindly supported by the Isle of Man Arts Council. David was an art teacher and lived on the Island for a number of years. He designed the 3D relief work in the frieze around the new part of the Museum and the glass panels in the Museum doors. He also ran a farm retreat, where troubled youngsters could learn about farming and creative practice. This will be the first major exhibition of David’s work since he passed away last year. More details to follow when dates are announced.

 

I had lots of fun on Manx Radio this week on Women Today with Beth Espey, Christy DeHaven, Janet Lees (author and poet from the Hub, Port Erin) and the amazing singer-songwriter, Mae Challis. It was Beth’s birthday and she didn’t even know who the guests were as Christy kept it all top secret. Beth tried her hand at a bit of artwork herself as Christy bought her a ‘design your own mug’ as a gift (a picture of her masterpiece below).  If you missed it you can listen again here for the next couple of days: http://www.manxradio.com/

News Shorts

 

Paul Parker posted up 2 new little oil paintings he’s recently finished.

 

James Duggan has recently finished this fab commission at the Cherry Orchard.

 

Phil Kneen shared his latest blog post documenting life on the Genesis fishing boat : coffee, cigarette, repeat. It all looks a bit ‘Deadliest Catch’ to me and I’m sure Phil would argue the weather is equally ferocious, not being the best of sailors.

 

Karolina Pawlowska is currently showing some of her work at Castletown Town Hall – on now until the end of the month.

 

If you’re looking for something arty to do today, Mannnin Art Group is holdinga workshop at St. Paul’s Church Hall in Ramsey this morning starting at 10.00am. It’s likely to be a lot of fun and it will get you looking at art differently. Daphne says that Jan’s workshops are always an exciting experience and regular attendees say they never know what the end result will be, but she is such a talented artist the results are always excellent. The workshop is for any age and Mannin Art Group are happy for people to go along and try them out for one session, whether there be a workshop or not, but thereafter membership is £25 a year. Everyone is very welcome to go along. They are a friendly group of people, and as one of their members said a while ago “art is a leveler”, it doesn’t matter who you are or what you do, everyone is the same at the art group. 

What’s On

 

On now at Studio 42, Port St. Mary – ‘A Place Known’ by Daniel Price

On now until 27 January 2018; Manx Tholtans at the Manx Museum – Ray Kelly and Niamh Kelly

On now – Courtyard Artists’ Christmas Exhibition – The Isle Gallery

On now – Hodgson Loom – Open Art Competition ‘Space’

17 January – Manx Radio 5.30pm-6pm Spotlight with Sarah Hendy

 

Upcoming Workshops:

 

15 January – Mannin Art Group Workshop, St. Paul’s Church Hall Ramsey 10am-1pm

15 January – Teens Masterclass (5 week course, age 13+) 6pm-8.30pm – The Isle Gallery

16 January – Winter Sunset in Oils (3 part workshop) / 23 Jan / 30 Jan – click the link for full details – Anna Clucas – The Isle Gallery

18 January – IOM Drawing Club – January Life Drawing at Noa Bakehouse 7pm-9pm – Kim Gee Studio

20 January – Photography Workshop with Brook Wassall – Ballakermeen Studio Theatre 2pm-4pm 

26 January – Photographer’s Meeting Place – The Sayle Gallery – 6pm-8pm(ish)

28 January – Exhibition on Screen – Cezanne – 3pm-4pm Erin Arts Centre

10 February – Beginners’ Modern Calligraphy Workshop, Laxey Pavillion, Oh My Pen & Press 10.30am-12.30pm and 1.30pm-3.30pm

12 February – The Hobbit – Journey to Middle Earth – 9.30am-12.30pm – The Isle Gallery

12 February – Action Jackson (Jackson Pollock) for kids – 2.30pm-5pm – The Isle Gallery 

13 February – Monster Pots – Who can make the best worst pot – Age 5+ 10am-12.3pm – The Isle Gallery

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.

 

There are also some amazing photographs posted on the Peel Online Facebook page, the finalists in this year’s photo competition. Here are just 3 of the 36 shortlisted. Apologies that I cannot credit the following photos with the names of the photographers as they aren’t listed on the post, but do check them out as they are stunning.

 

Have a great week!

Jane x

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Isle of Man Art News – 8 January 2018

Normal service is resumed! After last week’s review of all things arty in 2017 this is really the first forward looking news post of the year. It’s generally a pretty quiet time but for a fair few island residents, Art is the ‘day job’ so many of them are already back in the studio, beavering away and planning the year ahead. On the gallery front, the Sayle Gallery is currently closed (throughout January) and they will be doing a bit of refurbishment ready for their first show in February, which will be a joint exhibition with Manx National Heritage. More to come on that as details are released.

The Hodgson Loom Gallery is showing its ‘Space’ exhibition, which is a wide array of offerings in all kinds of mediums. This now well established annual art competition attracts entries from young to old, novice to professional and is a joyous collection of work.

Take a look at this for example from Colleen Corlett: “My other entry for the ‘Space’ exhibition at the Hodgson Loom gallery is my woodland scene using ‘negative space’. Taking a sheet of black paper I have drawn the light coming through the trees onto the ground and on the occasional trunk. I have not drawn any trees, just the spaces in between.” Pretty awesome don’t you think? Colleen was on Spotlight last week with Sarah Hendy. If you missed it you can check it out here and you can see Colleen’s latest gourd carving in the gallery at the end of this post.

 

The next meeting of the Isle of Man Drawing Club is on 18th January at Noa Bakehouse from 7pm – 9pm. The club meets monthly for after-work drinks and drawing, where art-lovers can chat and create in a no-pressure environment. Everyone is welcome, even complete novices like myself. For the January life drawing event, it will be back to basics and drawing a “good ol’ naked lady!”. Take along your own favourite art supplies and paper for two hours of life drawing where your host, Kim Gee Studio, will lead the group through different timed poses and a few drink breaks, and at the end of the night you can show off your favourite creations and compare notes (or in this case, pictures).

There are only 50 tickets available for this event at £5 each, available ONLY online at kimgeestudio.com/shop/, to cover the model and venue fees. Tickets WILL sell out as they always do, so make sure to get yours quickly.

This was one of my efforts from the ‘Pregnant Life Drawing’ a couple of months ago. Do go along and give it a go.

 

Michael Starkey is  a busy chap and he’s recently been having a tidy up in his studio. He dug out this rather gorgeous 1920’s style picture (an era I absolutely love for its style and decor) and an oil painting of a winter’s day near the Whitebridge in Ramsey he did a while ago for a competition. He said he changed his mind about it so he’s been doing some work on it as he plans to enter it into a competition in England in February. It’s a lovely picture so best of luck with the competition Mike.

Phil Kneen has recently invested in an iPhone8 and is very impressed with its camera. We’re just very impressed with your photography skills whatever you use Phil 🙂

 

Alice Quayle did this stellar poster (groan, sorry, couldn’t resist) for the upcoming Dark Skies week Let’s hope for some good weather.

 

Ronnie Doyle is another busy artist. He sent me this lovely picture of a Norfolk estuary to share with you and a couple of pen sketches. The pen sketches are pretty impressive, particularly considering he did them on the boat in a force 8!

Gary Bennett posted up that he did a painting two years or so ago of a lady in response to the suffering of women in the Middle East. He said he felt there was something unresolved, so he attempted to do something different. All was well until he varnished it. He left it in the studio to dry and two days later when he returned he said he initially thought it was ruined until he realised the reaction was only around the lady’s forehead, like a crown of thorns! 

 

Chrissie Moss, aka Manx Pets in Pencil, did a number of commissions as Christmas gifts which she can now share with us since the recipients have received their lovely presents. Here are a couple of them. I’m sure the new owners are thoroughly delighted with them.

My annual survey is up now – please do take a few minutes to answer it as it helps me to see who is following the Directory, where there are gaps, what improvements can be made and also gives the galleries an insight into what exhibitions people enjoyed the most. The survey is anonymous so please feel free to write whatever you think and if you head to the Facebook page and put ‘Done’ in the comments once complete, then you are in the draw to win a £30 voucher for The Hodgson Loom Gallery/Laxey Woollen Mills. Thanks in advance for taking a few minutes (about 5) to do this.

I’ve finally got around adding a ‘Subscribe for the News’ signup form to the website (see the sidebar to subscribe) as I appreciate not everyone uses social media. It’s a great way to ensure you don’t miss any news posts as you will get a link delivered to your inbox every week which will take you straight to the website. It will be scheduled to go out the same time the news which is published at 6.00am each Monday morning. Remember to check your Junk folder in case the confirmation email finds its way there!

What’s On

 

On now at Studio 42, Port St. Mary – ‘A Place Known’ by Daniel Price

On now until 27 January 2018; Manx Tholtans at the Manx Museum – Ray Kelly and Niamh Kelly

On now – Courtyard Artists’ Christmas Exhibition – The Isle Gallery

On now – Hodgson Loom – Open Art Competition ‘Space’

10 January – Manx Radio 2pm-3pm, Women Today with Beth, Christy and me!

10 January – Manx Radio 5.30pm-6pm Spotlight with Sarah Hendy

 

Upcoming Workshops: In response to feedback already received from the survey, I’m adding a simple list with links to all of the upcoming workshops (the ones I know about anyway!). Hopefully this will give you a chance to see what’s coming up so that you can plan ahead and book places rather than finding out about them after they have happened. 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.

8 January – Teens Masterclass (6 week course, age 13+) 6pm-8.30pm – The Isle Gallery

11 January – Absolute Beginners in Acrylic Painting (6 week course) 7pm-9.30pm – The Isle Gallery

12 January – Absolute Beginners in Acrylic Painting (6 week course) 10am-12.30pm – The Isle Gallery

16 January – Winter Sunset in Oils (3 part workshop) / 23 Jan / 30 Jan – click the link for full details – Anna Clucas – The Isle Gallery

18 January – IOM Drawing Club – January Life Drawing at Noa Bakehouse 7pm-9pm – Kim Gee Studio

20 January – Photography Workshop with Brook Wassall – Ballakermeen Studio Theatre 2pm-4pm 

28 January – Exhibition on Screen – Cezanne – 3pm-4pm Erin Arts Centre

12 February – The Hobbit – Journey to Middle Earth – 9.30am-12.30pm – The Isle Gallery

12 February – Action Jackson (Jackson Pollock) for kids – 2.30pm-5pm – The Isle Gallery 

13 February – Monster Pots – Who can make the best worst pot – Age 5+ 10am-12.3pm – The Isle Gallery

 

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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Isle of Man Art in 2017 – The Year in Review

It was another wonderful year on the Isle of Man in 2017 for all things arty, so for this, my first news post of 2018, I thought I would take a look back at some of the highlights.

The year for me started with The Hodgson Loom’s Open Art competition with the theme of ‘Time’. I was surprised, delighted and honored to be asked to be one of the judges and, not taking my duties lightly, boned up on how to go about it before spending the best part of a morning considering the huge variety of wonderful works submitted to the competition. There were quite a few different categories but the overall winner was Neil Milsom and the runner up, Niamh Kelly. 

As ever, The Hodgson Loom hosted some wonderful shows during the year all fabulously curated by the multi-talented Julia Ashby-Smyth. I particularly enjoyed ‘Views, Vistas and Studies’ with work by Max Aitken, Ronnie Doyle and John Caley.

Another great show was the Loaghtan exhibition in conjunction with the 7th North Atlantic Sheep Conference. There were contributions from a huge variety of local artists including Nicola Dixon, Erica Kermode, Kasia Mirska, Chrissie Moss, Natalie Norton, Pat Kelly, Julia Ashby Smyth and Maureen Kennaugh to name but a few. I absolutely loved this amazing tea cosy by Helen Winter and Kasia Mirska’s ‘Ramon’ was a really fun piece.

One of the most difficult shows to curate, however, was Manx Cancer Help’s mini canvas project, which encouraged everyone – young and old; from professional to complete novice – to pick up drawing and painting materials and create a mini work of art on 10cm square canvases. These were then sold to the public in a dedicated show which raised over £5,000 for the charity. There were some absolutely wonderful pieces and it really did engage the public and raise awareness of the charity. Kudos to all involved.

Colleen Corlett, a lady who can turn her hand to pretty much anything creative, exhibited at the Hodgson Loom during the year and her latest show with Kathryn Cain was rather lovely with lots of buying opportunities. It never ceases to amaze my how reasonably priced original artwork is on the Island.

The Isle Gallery did some sterling work too during the year. Not only did the ArtReach Studios ladies put on some fabulous workshops through the year they also, in their spare time, arranged some pretty good exhibitions too! Julie Collins who is originally from the island and who regularly comes back to visit exhibited a show called ‘At the Edge of the World’. Her fabulous water colour paintings are definitely best viewed in person and testament to her skill, three of them were again selected by the Mall Gallery in London for their annual exhibition by the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours.

One of my favourite shows at The Isle Gallery this year was ‘Catch and Release’ with artists Julie Roberts and Nick Barlow. Their work complemented each other beautifully.

And yet another show which stands out at The Isle was ‘Taking Flight’ with work by Kate Jerry and Shelby Sandyford-Sykes.

The end of year show celebrated 25 years since the gallery opened originally as the Courtyard Gallery, with many well known artists exhibiting including Nancy Corkish, David Byrne, Sally Black, Petrina Kent and Juan Moore amongst others. They also ran their postcard lottery again – wonderful mini artworks by some of the island’s best artists. I’ve yet to collect mine and I can’t wait to see whose work I’ve drawn.

Studio 42, tucked away in Port St. Mary, is a place I don’t get to often enough. Owner Eben Carswell is a great supporter of local artists and he hosted a few lovely shows in his pint sized gallery during 2017. His gallery is a bit like a tardis. He seems to be able to fit so much work in and it’s such good quality too that it’s always worth popping in to see what’s new. I particularly liked David Maddrell’s ‘REM-embers Emblazoned’ and Ellie Baker’s ‘Still the Breeze’.

Eben is also picture framer of choice for quite a few local artists and he helped me out at short notice when I brought some of Roger Dean’s work over for the mini show at the Sayle, linked with the hugely successful ISLEXPO event in the summer. Eben gave ‘Pathways’ a bit of a spruce up and framed two new water colour paintings which looked amazing. Roger was delighted with them. Roger and his long-time friend, Dave Mousley, did an informal talk at the ISLEXPO event with a private viewing at The Sayle the evening before. (Photos courtesy of Dave Armstrong).

The Sayle Gallery held a few really contemporary shows during the year, the first of which was ‘Turning Point’. The exhibition showcased the work of five artists with international recognition, including Turner Prize winner, Mark Wallinger. It explored the differing relationships that we have with the sea, coastline and Island culture. The other artists exhibiting at this show were Manxman and artist, Kevin Atherton; Keith McIntyre, Head of Art at the University of Northumbria; Susan Collins, Professor of Art at the Slade School of Fine Art, London, and artist Shona Illingworth.

Artist in residence, Eloise White, had a very successful end of year show at the gallery with her work focusing on mental health, which resonated with many.

Another show of note at The Sayle was BC20FK17 curated by Helen Fox and which featured ‘She Sells Sea Shells’, her scallop shell installation (first shown in the Sailor’s Shelter at the Isle of Man Art Festival in Peel – more on that in a minute), and some fabulous work by Vici Blackburn, Ian Coulson and Phil Kneen. Helen also graduated with a Masters degree from Northumbria University along with colleague Colette Davies during the year.

Julie and Alice Fayle, mother and daughter, exhibited together in ‘Cut from the Same Cloth’, and the Society of Architects closed their year of raising awareness of the built environment with their show at the Sayle featuring the winners of the #ilovethisbuilding competition and some of Patricia Tutt’s fabulous photography.

Besides all of the great shows at the galleries there were lots of other art events. Noa Bakehouse again played its part, hosting a few art exhibitions the most notable of which for me were Graham Rider’s ‘Around the Mountain’ and Chrissie Moss’s ‘Cornucopia’. Lovely work from both.

Noa also hosted several of the Isle of Man Creative Industries’ public meetings. These have been very successful and attract a wide audience and are great for networking. They also hosted a couple of the Isle of Man Drawing Club’s life drawing sessions after its popularity forced Kim Graziano, the founder behind this great new group, to move from the Embassy Room at The British and to make it a ticketed event to ensure everyone had somewhere to sit! A good problem to have I think. I went along to one class and was pleased to produce something not too terrible (although lots of the other work really did show up my novice status).

I went to my first ‘Wearable Art’ event this year held at the Youth Arts Centre on Kensington Road. This was lots of fun with some amazing outfits inspired by all sorts of topics – everything from Donald Trump to local charities.

Whist vaguely on the subject of youth and education, the end of year show at UCM this year was particularly good. There was fabulous work by the students, not least Daniel Price (who also had a show at Studio 42). I was particularly taken with Ferghus Doyle’s work and also Samantha Mathewson, all artists to look out for in the future I’m sure.

Staying with art students for a wee bit longer, the Sovereign Art Prize finalists were exhibited at The Sayle Gallery with the winners recently announced. The public vote went to Ella Garvey and the judge’s vote to Alice Lodge. Well done to them.

The Isle of Man Art Society held two shows during the year in an empty unit at The Village Walk in Onchan, an ideal space for them given the amount of work they have to show. Both shows were generously sponsored by Moore Stephens. These shows are interesting in the range of work on display from established, professional artists through to amateur hobbyists. Here are a couple of pictures from the autumn show.

Over the May bank holiday weekend, a regular spot now in calendar, we had the Isle of Man Creative Network’s Isle of Man Art Festival. This year the venues were island-wide, finally reaching the north of the island with locations in Sulby and Ramsey. It really is a great event and I had lots of fun calling in on the different venues with my friend, Sarah, who is the best companion I could wish for as she has endless patience waiting around for me and organising refreshments while I chat to the Artists. Thanks Sarah, you’re the best!

Moving on through the year, my pre-Tynwald Day trip to St. John’s was another favourite outing, when I visited Breesha Maddrell and the Culture Vannin team at their HQ on the main road opposite our world famous grassy mound. Adam Berry had been working his magic there with a brilliant mural and Gary Myers had been commissioned to produce a rather fab infographic version of Tynwald Hill. It was fascinating to hear Breesha talk about the work that they do and I came away with a much greater appreciation of the culture and heritage around me.

Some artists had particular successes this year. Nicola Dixon had an amazing year with two projects she had been working on for some time coming to fruition. The first was the release of her Green Mann stamp collection followed in recent weeks by the quite stunning regeneration panels in Peel. 

Not only that, Nicola also turned out another brilliant commission for Manannan Court which opened earlier this year and fellow artist Julia Ashby-Smyth produced this great ‘road map’  for mental health recovery based on the TT Course.

Jeremy Paul had a solo show at The Isle Gallery and was also commissioned by Marks & Spencer to produce a woodland scene for one of their biscuit tins. What a shame he doesn’t have his name on it (apart from the ones he has signed of course!).

Svetlana Cameron produced yet more stunning commissions. Her portrait of ballerina Natalia Osipova and a commission for a child portrait raised £22,000 for the Gift of Life charity at a high profile event in London.

On the Directory I had the very great pleasure to publish guest posts by Zoe Guilford, Jane Jelski, Anthea Young, Hannah Murphy, Fiona Helleur and Emma Callin. Many thanks to all of them for taking the time to do this. I was also delighted to publish several poems, one by Jera illustrated by Bruno Cavellec and some absolute stunners from Janet Lees, illustrated with her own lovely photography work (one of which I’ve included here).

Bruno Cavellec had another busy year. Amongst other things he produced the latest in his series of posters for the Isle of Man Film Festival and also book covers for Graham Hamer and Michelle Tonnesen.

Phil Kneen not only exhibited in his first show at the Sayle Gallery (BC20FK17) but continued his work documenting the local fishing industry as well as producing more of his fabulous portrait photography, which for me is where he excels.

Rebecca Odessa also produced some fabulous work this year, her beautiful collages are getting even better and are a delight to see in real life.

Manx National Heritage has not only been super supportive of the Directory but they too have also put on some great shows. One of the stand-out shows of the year has to be Eileen Schaer’s solo show ‘Painted Dreams’ at the House of Manannin. 

At the museum itself, the ‘Manx Tholtans’ exhibition is still on. It’s a wonderful collection of photograpic work and interesting pieces rescued from these rather beautiful, crumbling ruins, along with Niamh’s wonderful ceramics which proved very successful in the Hodgson Loom ‘Time’ competition which I mentioned at the beginning of this post.

In the run up to the end of the year, things just got better and better. First of all there was the Peel Art Crawl, another day of fun and networking for me and Sarah along with some fascinating facts about Peel and getting lost in its lovely old winding streets and cut-throughs. There was also Katy Mitchell’s ‘Christmas in the Yard’ prior to her departure on her adventure ‘down-under’. Hopefully she will be back sometime next year full of inspiration and raring to get back to the potting wheel.

A group of young artists set up shop in the Village Walk in Onchan as ‘Keird Collective’ including Alice Fayle, Kim Graziano, Grainne Sheard and Jimmy Duggan (ok, not so young I guess) amongst others. Jimmy also got some more street art done too.

And then there was the fabulous Christmas Artisan Market at Grenaby. A little hub of loveliness, they got the formula just right with a fire on the go, lights, Flo the Coffee Van serving scrumptiousness and a wonderful array of buy-able handmade local goodies and art. Claire Pearse of Element.Isle, another Artist whose business is going from strength to strength was run off her feet. Nicola Dixon and Little Tree Soaps had the fab wooden lodge (not sure what to call it) and it was great to see Julia Ashby Smyth tucked into Rosie Glassey’s studio too.

Finally, a word for Darren Jackson who re-created his giant Loaghtan on Douglas Head in the summer, produced the fabulous deer ice sculpture at the Edinburgh Ice Festival and then delighted Christmas shoppers in Strand Street with his awesome Santa Train. What an amazing year for him and the promise of more to come form Farmyard Studios together with his wife, Steph Quayle.

Wow, what a year. I haven’t mentioned everything either so my apologies if I have left anyone out. I think it just remains for me to thank the supporters of the Directory during 2017, you – the readers and followers for making it worth my while putting these posts together, The Stars Group (formerly PokerStars) and Manx National Heritage. Without the support of a financial sponsor this would be so much harder so my very grateful thanks.

If you’d like to receive a link to the news into your inbox each week, please subscribe using the new form in the righthand sidebar (on the home page), and as ever, please Share to help raise awareness of our amazing local artists. Also, if you haven’t yet done my annual survey, please follow this link to have your say on the best shows of 2017 and to provide some feedback on the website. Responses are anonymous, however, if you go to the Facebook page once you have completed it and put ‘Done’ in the comments of the post pinned to the top of the page you will be in with a chance to win a £30 voucher for Laxey Woollen Mills / The Hodgson Loom Gallery. 

Wishing you all, all the very best for 2018. May your year be inspiring, fun, creative, joyful, colourful and well, just generally wonderful!

Jane x