Michael Sandle: Monumental Rage

I’m delighted to bring you this week a press release forwarded to me by Michael Sandle, RA, about his forthcoming major exhibition in Chester which opens this Friday 18th May in the Grosvenor Museum. 

Michael told me in his email “Weirdly a very long time ago when I was doing my National Service in the Royal Artillery when aged eighteen I was stationed in Chester and some evenings I was able to attend the local art school as an evening student –  now this very same art school has become the Grosvenor Museum – a nice bit of symmetry I feel.”

Winner of many prestigious awards Michael has also produced numerous public commissions. The two local ones you might be familiar with are:

  • 1997 “The Viking”, Port Erin Arts Centre, and
  • 2001 Monument to Sir William Hillary, Marine Gardens, Douglas.

The exhibition runs until 7 October 2018 so if you are planning a trip across this might be an exciting show to add to your itinerary.




The Engine House – a New Media Hub in Castletown

The Island’s creative sector will benefit from an exciting new shared workspace initiative in the newly established Engine House in Castletown. Located in the former Canada Life building on Alexandra Road, The Engine House is aimed primarily at those working in the media, arts and technology fields, generating new businesses and relationships through the companies who base themselves there.

Just two minutes drive from the airport, and within easy walking distance of the town, The Engine House is located within the Castletown regeneration zone so that tenants can apply for grant support and up to their first years’ rent free of charge. There are some larger media businesses locating there, building the media “buzz”, and making it an appealing space for smaller media businesses and sole traders to take up desk space on either a ‘My Desk’ or ‘Hot Desk’ license basis. 



Director Jane Hall said “Prices have been pitched at very competitive rates and after the initial 3 months, the rental shifts to a one month rolling basis which means that you aren’t tied in for a long period of time if you need to set up your own, larger office space.  You can set up on a Hot Desk deal for as little as £360 for three months inclusive.” 

The Engine House provides a different working environment from most regular office spaces. Its casual look and with desks made from upcycled materials it offers a great alternative to traditional office furniture. Break out spaces, Noa coffee and the steam train running past the windows with a glorious view of the countryside are not what most people think about when they head to the office – but this is a space for creatives and the Engine House team has tailored the space to make it a place in which people will look forward to going to work.

Jane said “We are aiming to build a community, not just offer a co-working space. Through introductions, collaboration and support from our team we will provide a ‘soft landing’ for anyone looking to re-locate their business to the Island. We are working with all kinds of service providers such as CSP’s, legal firms and of course the Department for Enterprise to ensure that our clients get the advice they need, when they need it.”

Phase 1 of the renovation work is almost complete with ambitious plans to build a members’ area commencing later in the year. For just £30 per month, Workbench members will be able to meet in a comfortable yet professional environment and have access to reception services and printing facilities as well as being able to book meeting rooms, use shower facilities and have their own personal locker.

For more information about The Engine House or to book a visit to see the building, please email enquiries@eng.im or visit the website www.eng.im


Isle of Man Art Festival 5-7th May to be Free Event

Event: Visual Art Festival  |  Location : island-wide  |  * Dates: Saturday 5th May, Sunday 6th May, Monday 7th May

Open: 11.00 – 17.00  |   Entry: FREE

The 7th annual Isle of Man Art Festival takes place this May Day Bank Holiday weekend 5th – 7th May and entry is free for all visitors.  Venues for exhibitions will be open 5th-7th May 11am -5pm, including:

The Hodgson Loom Gallery in Laxey,

Ramsey Town Hall including artwork from Ramsey Grammar School students.

Ramsey Tram Station,

Ballajora Artists Studio, Ramsey.

St Michael’s Hall, Kirk Michael.

The House of Manannan, Peel.

The Pilates Studio in Peel, (note: Monday 7th May opening at 12.30pm – 5pm).

The Isle Gallery, Tynwald Mills.

The Sayle Gallery in Douglas.

Castletown Civic Centre. 

Grenaby Studios (Note: Sunday 6th May opening 10am- 1pm).

Hugh Logan Architects, Castletown (Open only Sat 5th May 11am – 5pm).

Marshall Cryer Architects, Cronkbourne, (Open only Mon 7th May 11am – 12.30pm by appointment only, email sofa_chair@manx.net)

Horncastle:Thomas architects, 20 Athol St, Douglas, (Open only Sat 5th May 11am-5pm).

Keird Collective at Castletown Fire Station.

Craftworks Studio, Castletown.

The Hub, Thie Rosien, Port Erin.

2 Open Studios in Peel: Val Galpin (with Di Beckerson) and Greg Joughin

Open Studio in Ballaugh: Frauke Watson (with Ronnie Doyle)

Open Studio in Kirk Michael: Pauline Berrie


The Isle of Man Art Festival is a three-day celebration of visual art right across the Isle of Man. It gives the public and visitors the opportunity to discover inspiring work by local artists on the island.  Free entry will be available to all visitors at the festival this year, which promises to be bigger and better than ever with exhibitions, workshops, open access to artists’ studios, many offering taster sessions and demonstrations.  

The Creative Network is an island-wide, cooperative group of artists working together to promote visual arts in the Isle of Man. This is the network’s latest major public event, showing the work of over 40 of its artist members in assorted venues across the island. The work covers a wide range of disciplines including painting, illustration, sculpture, ceramics, jewellery, embroidery, printmaking, and photography.

New to this year’s festival is an outdoor Land Art Trail in Castletown which will follow the Bayr Ny Skeddan from Poulsom Park to Silverdale Glen. The Trail is a legacy project being developed by the Creative Network with support from the Government’s ‘2018 – Year of our Island’ initiative.

The 2017 event attracted over 1200 visitors, and visitor numbers are expected to increase this year. Last year’s feedback from both visitors and participating artists was unanimously positive. Valuable support is provided by the Government’s ‘2018 – Year of our Island’ initiative, Isle of Man Arts Council, Manx National Heritage, the Town Commissioners of Castletown, Peel and Ramsey and partner galleries which have collectively enabled the event to be free to all visitors for the first time ever.

For more information, visit www.creativenetwork.im http://www.creativenetwork.im or Facebook



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