I don’t really need much of an excuse to go to Noa Bakehouse, favourite haunt and great supporter of many of the Island’s creatives, but on Thursday evening there was a the 6th Creative Industries meeting which gave me a very good reason to go and have another look at Sally Black’s exhibition, a wonderfully colourful collection which look really great set against Noa’s corrugated iron walls. I talked to her before her Preview and you can listen to the clip which went out on Manx Radio’s ‘Women Today’ program last week.
I arrived early – living in Ramsey it’s more convenient for me to go to these things straight from work than to go home and come back again – and had the chance to spend a few minutes appreciating the surroundings and Sally’s work before the main event which was a talk by Tracey Anderson about her Blog and Social Media strategy for her ‘Lovely Greens’ brand. Sam Jones also presented and talked about the MakeMarket and Isle of Architecture events organised by Revel and Zoe Guilford of DED acted as host. It was a very interesting and useful evening and it was good to hear that although this was the last event of the current series there are to be more next year. You can keep up with what’s going on by following the Creative Industries’ Facebook Page here.
If you’re in town with time for a coffee (or some of the other delights served at Noa) do go along and have a look at Sally’s paintings, all of which are available to buy. If you’d like to contact her about any of her work or to request a commission you can find her details on her page here.
There’s lots of change afoot and not least in the news this week is the announcement by The Sayle Gallery that Mr Damian Ciappelli has stepped down from the board after four years of service. Mr John Sheath, Company Secretary, has also stepped down and the remaining board members and gallery staff expressed their thanks to both for their dedication and commitment during their terms in office. Personally I love change. Perhaps it’s the optimist in me but I find it really exciting, full of new and interesting opportunities, people to meet and places to go. Let’s hope that change will be good for The Sayle Gallery and that lots of new and exciting opportunities present themselves as a consequence.
I mentioned a couple of weeks ago that I’m quite a fan of photography as an artistic medium and I was recently introduced to Andi Howland (in fact it was at the opening of Bruno Cavellec’s show ‘Lifted’ at The Isle Gallery). I only got around to looking at Andi’s Facebook page last week and was particularly drawn to his lovely photographs of Prague. Here is one of a lady he spotted whilst wandering around Prague Castle late in the afternoon as the light was fading. There are some really great photographs on his FB page so do take a few minutes and have a scroll through – it’s well worth it.
The Big Draw was founded in the UK in 2000 to promote visual literacy and the universal language of drawing as a tool for learning, expression and invention. In 2016 nearly 30 countries worldwide, including the Isle of Man, are taking part in Big Draw events. There will be a workshop hosted by Isle of Architecture at Onchan Parish Hall on Thursday 27 October. Well-known arts educator Kirsten Penzes will run the full day workshop which is open to primary and secondary school students. This year’s Big Draw theme is ‘Steam’ – Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Maths – to show that creativity and innovation go hand in hand. Click here to find out more details.
Another Big Draw event will be happening at the House of Manannan in Peel. Professional teaching artists, Kate Jerry and Colette Gambell will be delivering a Viking inspired art workshop:
“The workshops coincide with the launch of Valhalla, our latest exhibition at the House of Manannan and offers each child participating the opportunity to create their very own doorway to another world.
The Viking hall of Valhalla has 540 doors and using our new exhibition for inspiration, children will use pens, charcoals and clay to create a door worthy of Asgard. The children will pick their favourite drawing to produce a model door or wall plate out of clay to take home”.
Dates for your Diary:
On now – Autumnal Show – Sheena Graham-George at Studio 42
On now to 30 October – Bruno Cavellec – Solo show ‘Lifted’ at The Isle Gallery
On now to 5 November – Elemental at the Hodgson Loom Gallery
On now through to 19 November – Manx Museum – ‘Islands and Bridges’ The Art of Roger Dean
On now to 2 November – Sally Black at Noa Bakehouse
On now to 20 November – Colleen Corlett “Answering the Need to Create” at the Sayle Gallery
On now to 28 October – Svetlana Cameron – Solo Exhibition – 37 Kensington High Street, London
On now through November – IOM Arts Council Loan Collection at the Erin Arts Centre
24 to 28 October – Valhalla Doorways at the House of Manannan 2pm – 4pm
25 October – Make your own Breakfast Bowl and Spoon – The Isle Gallery, 10am
25 October – Ceramic Hands Family Art Workshop – The Isle Gallery, 2pm
26 October – Layered Landscapes Family Workshop at The Sayle Gallery – 10am -3pm
26 October – The Book of Life Art Workshop- The Isle Gallery – 10am
26 October – Teens & Tweens Art Masterclass, Collage Landscape – The Isle Gallery – 6pm
Here’s this week’s roundup of pictures sourced from Social Media. Enjoy!
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