Isle of Man Art News – 24 July 2017

I’m sure everyone is well aware that it’s now the school holidays and there are six and half long weeks in which you need to keep your school age offspring entertained. It can be difficult, especially if you work full time, and I have to admit that I don’t miss my children not being of school age one little bit. I know it can be quite a challenge to find interesting things for them to do over the holidays and I wish now that I had looked for more creative activities for them in those days. Fortunately there are some great things to do this summer and if cost is a constraint you could do a lot worse than just buying in a variety of art supplies and paper. I keep hearing it being said that the creative industries are becoming increasingly important as more and more of our jobs as we know them are replaced by advances in technology, so get them painting, making and crafting – you could be setting them up for their future careers while they think they are just having fun!

Here are a few ideas to check out: The Isle Gallery (all sorts of fun classes run by the fabulous ArtReach ladies); Manx National Heritage – check out their What’s On page; The Sayle Gallery – more great workshops after the success of Art in the Park last year; Youth Arts Centre on Kensington Road – Click here for performing arts; Craftworks Studio – pottery painting;  and there’s also loads of things to do at The Family Library.


If you fancy a workshop for yourself, Billee Saade is running a workshop at Brightlife on 9th September:-  “Art for the heart” is a day of self exploration and creative expression. This workshop provides you with the opportunity to reconnect to creativity playfully, yet with meaning, and has been designed to work in two parts:-

Part I: Working intuitively with an element of freestyle drawing and painting.
Part II: A structured directional approach, which incorporates coaching and mindfulness practice to establish and express personal goals, dreams and aspirations.

You will be guided by Billee through exercises such as painting to music, working with elements of colour therapy and utilising art and design techniques to enable you to vision the changes you want to see. This is an excellent opportunity to find your inner artist, build confidence and rediscover the joy of creative expression with lots of fun along the way. A day for all regardless of your level of ability, a time to be creative, inspired and leave feeling re-energised! Follow this link for more information and to book.

The new show at the Hodgson Loom Gallery, ‘Moving On’ by Talking Textiles opened on Saturday and I have to say my journey into the appreciation of textile art continues to weave its way to wondrous enlightenment. It really is a lovely show and I am in awe that these nimble fingered ladies can create such beautiful pieces of art with fabric, thread and dye. Julia Ashby-Smyth’s skill at curating is yet again seemingly effortless, although I know for a fact that she works extremely hard. Well done to all – Carol Baker, Julie Fayle, Maureen Kennaugh, Jenny Payne, Janice Rotheroe and Andrea Swann –  (and to Julia of course for putting it all together) for a really lovely show.

The last show at the Hodgson Loom was the Manx Cancer Help art project which has been hugely successful with the final figure raised totaling £5,051. The unsold canvases are now going to be displayed at the hospital so there will still be an opportunity to buy them and support the charity further.

Juan Moore’s new project at is worth a follow – you can now follow on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Pinterst. There are new images every Monday, Wednesday and Friday to enjoy, although I have to say, some of the things that seem to worry Juan have never even crossed my mind ….. such as being accidentally vaporised by a satellite!

Colleen Corlett, a lady with an arsenal of skills in her belt, posted up this picture this week. It’s an image made on wood using the pyrography kit she got earlier this year and I think it’s worth of a line or two in the news just because it’s so captivating.

Website news…. I’ve been having a few technical problems this week and have had to change my email address. My email address was a ‘hangover’ from my first website which didn’t really take off but served as a useful learning curve. I was hosting that website with Bluehost which in its cpanel allows you to have an email address without ‘hotmail’ or ‘gmail’ etc. in it which generally looks a bit more professional. Having decided last year that this website was no longer of any use to me I decided to let it expire and just renewed the domain, not thinking it through and realising that it would kill my email in the process. I got onto their online chat support but the cost to have the basic package was a lot more expensive than getting my business cards reprinted, so I’ve gone with the latter option. If anyone wants to contact me by email please now use the address which some of you use already.

My second bit of website news is that this is the last news post for a few weeks. I’m away with my old school friends for a long weekend in Amsterdam next weekend (look out ‘Dam!) and then off on holiday to thaw my bones in Spain for a couple of weeks with my husband. Fortunately we have built in dog-sitters these days. As I’ve already mentioned, we are at that stage in life where the kids are old enough to fly the nest – but we can’t actually get rid of them. Well that’s not entirely true …. it’s more like the revolving door syndrome where one of them goes and before you know it, another one (or sometimes the same one) comes back. We’ve had more house moves in and out of our house than most people have in a lifetime! Ah well, we love them really. And they are useful dog sitters. Never fear, I’ll be back soon with more arty goodness for you.


Dates for your Diary


On now until 10 September –  “This is Summer” exhibition at the House of Manannan

On now at Studio 42, Port St. Mary – Ellie Baker’s “Still the Breeze”

On now at the Hodgson Loom Gallery – Talking Textiles

On now until 31 July – Isle of Architecture #ilovethisbuilding exhibition at Noa Bakehouse

23 July – Art Journal Boot Camp 2017 at the Isle Gallery

25 July – Art Journal Boot Camp for Children at the Isle Gallery

26 July – Sarah Hendy’s arts show ‘Spotlight’ on Manx Radio, 5.30 – 6.00pm (and every Wednesday)

29 July – 3 September – Tabula Rasa at The Sayle Gallery

31 July – Summer Boot Camp A at the Isle Gallery

1 August, 6pm-8pm – Preview of Natalie Norton’s ‘Circles of my Mind’ at the Erin Arts Centre, Port Erin

6 August – Creative Open Day at the Sayle Gallery

7 August – Watercolour Mandalas & Sacred Geometry at the Isle Gallery

8 August – Kids Ceramic Summer Fish Dish at the Isle Gallery

8 August – Mum and Me Ceramic Workshop at the Isle Gallery


And finally, here’s this week’s round up of images from Social Media. 


Have a great few weeks – back soon!

Jane x


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‘Moving On’ from Talking Textiles at the Hodgson Loom Gallery

Our next exhibition ‘Moving on’ from ‘Talking Textiles’ opens this Saturday 22nd July. You are most welcome to join us for the launch between 2:00pm and 4:30pm, to meet the artists and partake in refreshments and nibbles.

Talking Textiles is a group of six artists working primarily with cloth, stitch and mixed media.  Their work is diverse in scale and approach but linked through a common appreciation of art and textiles in their many forms.

‘Moving On’ is a collection of new work reflecting the artists’ individual artistic developments and personal interpretations of the theme. The artists’ styles range from representational to abstract and from minimalist to detailed and intricate. The artists work with cloth, hand-made felt, paper, recycled materials and found objects, expressing their themes through hand and free motion stitching, drawing, dying, painting and printing.

Talking Textiles have been sharing ideas, inspiration and technical knowledge for over a decade. They first came together on City and Guilds textile courses, continued learning through masterclasses with a mentoring tutor and currently work independently within the group developing their personal approaches.

All the artists have formal art and/or textile qualifications, some to degree level.  Members of the group have exhibited their work individually in galleries on the island and in the UK and have participated in both open and juried events.

Talking Textiles are delighted that the Hodgson Loom Gallery will host their second group exhibition.

Talking Textiles are: Carol Baker, Julie Fayle, Maureen Kennaugh, Jenny Payne, Janice Rotheroe and Andrea Swann.

Julia Ashby Smyth – Curator
Hodgson Loom Art Gallery
Glen Road, Laxey, Isle of Man. IM4 7AR
Telephone 01624 861395


Isle of Man Art News – 17 July 2017

The sun did indeed shine and much fun was had by all on Saturday at ‘The Gathering’ at Peel Cathedral and the Corrin Hall. There was a really great buzz about the place. The Artisans were all there selling their gorgeous goodies and chatting to a few of them it sounded like business had been brisk. Although I didn’t partake myself I heard lots of people extolling the deliciousness of the Black Dog pizzas and they certainly looked and smelled divine. There was dancing on Ongky Wijana’s beautifully crafted labyrinth and children walking the maze, and it was interesting to see the work in progress in the grounds of the Cathedral and the plans afoot for the future.

The Cathedral itself is beautiful and fascinating so it’s well worth a visit and spending some time there. I was interested to see some of the silverware on display in the glass cases including some gorgeous pieces by Archibald Knox. All in all it was a very pleasant couple of hours, catching up with friends and artists and generally soaking up the festival atmosphere. These events seem to be getting better and better and to anyone who says there’s nothing to do on the Isle of Man…. well send them to me and I’ll put them straight!

Here are a few pics of some of the fab artists and artisans with their wares.


The Manx Cancer Help Art Project finished on Saturday with lots of people calling into the Gallery on Saturday to collect their purchases. I’ll update you with final figures in the next few days but it’s looking very promising with, we think, nearly £4,000 raised for the Charity. The next show at the Hodgson Loom Gallery is ‘Moving On’ from Talking Textiles. Opening Saturday 22nd, this exhibition is bound to be a riot of textile finery, colour, technique and texture by the members of ‘Talking Textiles’ – Maureen Kennaugh, Janice Rotheroe, Jenny Payne, Julie Fayle, Carol Baker and Andrea Swann.

Opening on 29th July through to 3rd September, the new show at The Sayle Gallery will be ‘Tabula Rasa’ – new beginnings by artists Daniel Price, Erin Dimelow, Margaret Buchanan, Rebekah Corlett and Sharon Beedell.


These five graduates from of this year’s crop of talent at University College Isle of Man, are coming together for a first exhibition since becoming trained and qualified artists. Over the course of their studies each has developed their own individual style and approach. Now embarking on life after full time study they will no doubt disperse as a group, with their work developing individually without the influence and inspiration of each other.

The group has recently held their two week degree shows within the College Art Department. The Sayle Gallery hopes to bring their powerful work to a broader/different audience by extending their exhibiting experience within the heart of Douglas.

‘Many strong artists are emerging from UCM’s art department and we want to help promote and celebrate them on the Isle of Man. Much of our young talent is lost to a larger art world elsewhere. The Sayle Gallery is keen to redress this by providing opportunities and making the Island’s public more aware of the tremendous emerging talent within our own shores.’

The work on show explores a range of individual issues, interests and inspirations. The outcomes are made using light installations, photographic techniques, painting and sculptures from traditional and unexpected materials. All the works brought together make for a diverse and interesting show, which reflects the artists’ shared background, whilst at the same time emphasising individual diversity. The exhibition is staged at the Sayle Gallery with the support of the Isle of Man Arts Council.


Kim Graziano, aka Kim Gee Studio, will be hosting her second drawing evening at the British this week on 20th July, 7pm – 9pm. The Isle of Man Drawing Club is a new social group for artists. The group meets monthly for after-work drinks and a couple hours of drawing around a theme, without any pressure on the outcome. For their second meeting, things are going up a notch! The theme this month is Burlesque which will be held in the private Embassy Room upstairs.

The fabulous Miss Dee Dee (Burlesque Performer) will be your model for the evening. Bring your own favorite art supplies and paper and spend the evening drawing the human figure and a variety of fun burlesque accessories. At the end of the night you can share your work and Kim will post them on the Isle of Man Drawing Club Facebook page. Admission is £5 in advance through, or £7 at the door, to cover the cost of the venue rental and model fee. We don’t want anyone to miss out on this great evening, so if £5 feels prohibitive, please message the FB page to see if a barter can be arranged! All are welcome regardless of ability level, as long as you can enjoy a chat and know how to hold a marker. RSVP to secure your spot!

Also coming up soon, Natalie Norton’s show opens at the Erin Arts Centre with a preview evening on 1 August from 6pm – 8pm. It runs through to the end of  the month – which I am very glad about as I will be away for the preview. Natalie has a quirky and instantly recognisable style which I really like. I’ve only seen a few pieces of her work to date so very much looking forward to this exhibition.


It’s nearly the school holidays and The Isle Gallery has all sorts of fun classes to help keep your school age offspring entertained with creative fun. Check out their website or Facebook page for full details – here are the details of their  Summer Art Boot Camp A:-

Summer Art Boot Camp A – Intensive Programme – Art all day for 5 days – hooray! Monday 1st – Friday 5th August. Times 9am – 4pm £158 per child. Age from 6+ / 9+

Day 1: Art Journaling: Painting, collage, pop-up page, printmaking and many creative starting points to get going in our journal pages. Nature print bags.

Day 2: Ceramics: Clay Tumblers and pinch pot pencil holder and up-cycled art book project.

Day 3: Papier Mâché: Around the world in 80 days (1873 novel by Jules Verne and the 1956 film), we will create a hot air balloon ceiling hanging, learning a variety of techniques along the way.

Day 4: Painting day: Paint Lab & Canvas Acrylic Art from the heart.

Day 5: BIG ART: Stretching creative horizons: Large scale group art: Printmaking. Tree shadows and large scale dynamic drawings.

All children are supplied with an art journal, cotton jute bag (hand printed) and their own set of felt pens!

There’s also a Kids Ceramic Summer Fish Dish workshop on 7th August and a Harry Potter ‘The Forbidden Forrest’ mixed media painting workshop on 9th August, not to mention the adult classes they run too. Check them out HERE.


Dates for your Diary


On now until 10 September –  “This is Summer” exhibition at the House of Manannan

On now – 24 July “A Happy Medium” at The Sayle Gallery – Eloise White

On now at Studio 42, Port St. Mary – Ellie Baker’s “Still the Breeze”

On now until 31 July – Isle of Architecture #ilovethisbuilding exhibition at Noa Bakehouse

19 July – Sarah Hendy’s arts show ‘Spotlight’ on Manx Radio, 5.30 – 6.00pm (and every Wednesday)

20 July – Isle of Man Drawing Club – Burlesque! At the British Hotel, Douglas

22 July – Opening of Talking Textiles, 2.00pm – 4.00pm and open daily Monday – Saturday at the Hodgson Loom Gallery

29 July – 3 September – Tabula Rasa at The Sayle Gallery

1 August, 6pm-8pm – Preview of Natalie Norton’s ‘Circles of my Mind’ at the Erin Arts Centre, Port Erin


And finally, here’s this week’s round up of images from Social Media. 



Have a great week!

Jane x


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