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Sarah Callow and Janet Lees exhibit in Wales

Sarah Callow and Janet Lees have both had work selected for inclusion in an exhibition curated by Gallery At Home in Monmouthshire, Wales and the UK based professional photography organisation The Shutter Hub. The exhibition is called HOME. It opened on Saturday 5th October and runs until the 19th October. The event coincides with International Homelessness Day on 10th October. All proceeds from print sales from the event will be split between 3 very worthy charities; Crisis UK, Shelter Cymru and Toiletries Amnesty.  

Janet said, ‘I’m so happy to have five images in this stunning exhibition, and especially to have the opportunity to support the work of these incredibly dedicated and hard-working charities. Responding to the theme of home was for me emotional rather than literal. Since I was very young I’ve found the feeling of home in a whole range of situations and experiences. I think it’s essentially a feeling of being connected and protected. There are too many people who don’t have this sense of safety, because they don’t have homes or a support network, and have experienced trauma in their lives. The images I submitted reflect both these emotional states.’

The exhibition comprises of 200 selected images from 80 photographers from around the world. Sarah told me that she feels very humble to have been selected and to be part of such a meaningful project. The link below explains further:  

Also in October, Sarah will be exhibiting a selection of 6 hand crafted, 12” x 16″ darkroom prints at the 2019 London Photo Show. This event will take place at the Bargehouse Gallery, in the OXO Building on London’s Southbank. This show opens to the public from 17th October.

This exhibition is an open group exhibition with no overarching theme, that will showcase the unique and original artwork of photographers from all over the world.

Sarah said “I feel very excited and a little daunted to be exhibiting in such a prestigious venue, with other world ranking photographers. But it’s great to showcase the talents of the Isle of Man on a global stage. I have been able to attend the event with generous support from the Isle Of Man Arts Council.”

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Isle of Man Art News – 15 April 2019

As many of you will know, I’ve been busy busy of late which is why there hasn’t been much in the way of news updates. That’s not to say there’s nothing going on because of course there is. Current shows on at the local galleries are ‘Africa’ at the Hodgson Loom Gallery in Laxey, a kaleidoscope of colour, which opened on 23rd March and Graham Rider’s beautiful ‘Hinterland’ exhibition at Isle Contemporary, Tynwald Mills.

One of the main reasons for putting together a quick news post this week though is to let you know about the Isle of Man Art Society’s Spring Show (it’s usually called the Easter show) sponsored by Moore Stephens. This year the show is in a new venue, St. Ninian’s lower school, and having visited for the first time on the preview night and then again for a more leisurly walk around earlier today, I have to say it is a great improvement with a lovely high ceiling giving the feeling of plenty of space.

The show is open to the public from 10am to 5pm daily and closes on Wednesday, so you have a limited opportunity to see it. There’s a huge variety of work on show with 422 exhibits, most of them very affordably priced. Here’s another little walk around video I did just to give you a bit of a taster.

Mother T’s in Laxey is doing a fantastic job of supporting Artists and currently has a show on by Graham Joughin “The Earth Does Not Move”. I haven’t had a chance to go and see it yet but it’s on until the end of April so there’s a bit of time yet.

Coming up at The Engine House we have the Preview of our Art Festival show on 2nd May. If you’d like to come along please reserve your free ticket via Eventbrite:

It should be a great show and all being well, we will have better lighting installed by then to show the work off to its best. The Preview is from 6.30pm and all are welcome but please do book as numbers will be capped.

In other news, the fabulous Stephanie Quayle is in Japan with husband Darren Jackson at present preparing for a new show. Here are a couple of Darren’s photos of work in progress….. Looks amazing doesn’t it?

Super busy Julia Ashby Smyth has been chosen to represent the Island this year at the annual Festival Interceltique de Lorient. A fabulous choice but seriously, how this lady manages to fit everything in I have no idea!

Isle of Man ABC creator, Gemma Hjerth, who’s book ‘M is for Manx Cat’ is pictured here in Bridge Bookshop. It’s so great to see collaborations abounding on the island – the illustrations are by Kim Gee Studio, with the book a wonderful celebration of all things Manx.

Staying with books, Bruno Cavellec has illustrated the cover of a new Manx songbook. ‘A Quiet Way’ is a collection of songs which represents a musical direction not often travelled by Manx composers. Culture Vannin posted “It is brilliant to celebrate and encourage the great breadth and diversity of music on the Isle of Man in all its forms”.

Here’s this week’s gallery.

That’s it for the next couple of weeks. If you’d like to get the news delivered to your inbox so you don’t miss it now that’s it’s not every week just fill in the form in the sidebar.

Jane x

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