The Manx Art Directory is this week supporting the Queen’s Pier Restoration Trust.
The eagle-eyed amongst you will, I am sure, have spotted that the Arts Council is no longer sponsoring these posts. There’s nothing untoward about this – the original sponsorship period has come to its natural conclusion and I’ve made the decision not to re-apply. There are a few reasons. Firstly it frees up cash for the Arts Council to support other art related projects. Secondly, it opens up the possibility for sponsorship from business or other parties who would be interested in supporting this venture and thirdly, it enables me to support various charities in between times. It also takes the pressure off a bit in terms of committing to produce the news each week as my team of one (i.e. me) would like the occasional weekend off! I’d like to take this opportunity thank the Arts Council very much for their support over the last six months – it’s been very much appreciated.
This week the charity I’ve decided to support is the Queen’s Pier Restoration Trust, a project close to home for me and one I would dearly like to see succeed. I’d be really grateful if you could please follow the link above and send a couple of pounds their way. Thanks in advance.
I was very privileged last week to pay a visit to Roger Dean at his studio in the south of England. As many of you will know, Roger had a wonderful exhibition at the Manx Museum last year and some of his work is still available at the Sayle Gallery.
We met at Trading Boundaries where Roger has a permanent display of work including originals and prints. It’s a gorgeous place and one of the top music venues in the country, putting on gigs (Genesis, Steve Hackett, Rick Wakeman to name but a few) and also hosting birthday parties corporate events and wedding receptions. It smells divine and I would have liked to have lingered longer but the prospect of visiting Roger’s studio was reason enough to pry myself out of there.
I was not disappointed. Entering the studio I was immediately struck by the most amazing feeling – it has the most lovely, almost palpable, vibe that I think I have ever felt on entering a building. Roger was incredibly enthusiastic about showing me around and was generous with his time and sharing so much of his work with me. He put me to shame with his athleticism, climbing nimbly up step-ladders to reach folders from high shelves and told the stories behind some of the interesting models and curiosities, one of which was a fascinating, articulated piece by his daughter, Freyja. I had the most wonderful day and expect to be able to share some more photographs and tell you more about the purpose of my visit in the not too distant future, so watch this space!
I’ve only just spotted in the last couple of days that the Youth Arts Centre is running a photography course for young people aged 11+ which started on 2nd May. It’s on Tuesdays from 6-8 pm and I understand there are still some spaces available so you may not be too late to join. Brian Mitchell will be taking his young students out to shoot photos at various locations. Click on the pic to read the details as they are a bit teeny otherwise!
Katy Mitchell has paid a visit this week to New Ashgate Gallery in Farnham where they are now stocking her work. It looks right at home there and will hopefully work out to be a great outlet for her work. Congratulations Katy!
Here’s this week’s round up of images from Social Media.
Dates for your Diary
10 May – Sarah Hendy’s arts show ‘Spotlight’ on Manx Radio, 5.30 – 6.00pm (and every Wednesday)
On now – Jimmy Duggan’s ‘False Idols’ at The Isle Gallery
On now– REM-EMBERS EMBLAZONED – David Maddrell at Studio 42
On now – Hodgson Loom / Isle of Man Art Festival show featuring 14 Artists
On now – “This is Summer” exhibition at the House of Manannan
12 May – Preview of ‘Thirty-Seven and Three Quarters’ at The Sayle Gallery, time tbc but if you get there for 7.00pm that should be about right!
13 May and throughout the TT period – ‘Thirty-Seven and Three Quarters’ – photographic exhibition by James Marvin at The Sayle Gallery
14 May – Hand Printed Fabric and Surface Pattern – Adult Workshop – The Isle Gallery
21 May – Isle of Architecture Event – Walking Tour of Peel. Meet at 10.50am at the Leece Museum, Peel Quay.
21 May – The Artists Garden: American Impressionism at the Erin Arts Centre, 3.00pm
Have a great week!