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Art I Own – Graham Uren


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Graham Uren got in touch with these two oil paintings on canvas – the first of Joey Dunlop by H I E Handley and the other of Mike Hailwood by G P Speed. These were bought from Gainsborough Fine Arts in Ramsey in the 1980’s and Graham is interested to know any information on the artists or the shop. Can you help?


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Isle of Man Art News – 27 June 2016


There’s never a week goes by without something happening in the Isle of Man art scene and this week was no disappointment with a new exhibition opening at the Hodgson Loom Gallery in Laxey at the weekend. I called in to say hello thinking the place would be packed out as there seemed to be cars absolutely everywhere, but it turned that just about everyone was at the Laxey Fair! How rude. Still, it gave me a chance to catch up with Julia Smyth and to meet the very talented Kasia Mirska, who I hope I have persuaded to have a page on the Directory.

There really are some wonderful pictures on display, from Howard Shimmin’s wildly colourful landscapes, to Kasia’s humorous renditions, Clara Nathan’s work with organic materials in muted tones and Rebecca Odessa’s thought provoking collages. It’s a good job I don’t have a picture buying budget at present as I would have been very hard-pressed to choose which to have, and would have wanted at least one of each. But don’t let that stop you – please do go along and buy, buy, buy as then our lovely artists will create yet more gorgeous work for us all to enjoy.

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minilogoAs I walked over to chat to Julia, she was just finishing off a little sketch in her sketchbook which was awesome to see her do with such ease and reminded me that I was shortly to face the unknown…. the Frida Kahlo workshop at The Isle Gallery that I had booked myself onto in a moment of foolhardiness a few weeks ago. Still, as promised last week, here are the results of my labour…… OK! You can stop laughing now. If anyone needs a booby prize for a competition just let me know.

I had such a fun time though that I highly recommend you book onto one of the courses available. You get plenty of help and Kate Jerry demonstrates how to go about it and takes you through the process step by step. It’s great value for money and for anyone, like me, who hasn’t tried to draw or paint anything since school, it’s a great way to be able to have a go without committing to buying lots of expensive materials when you don’t know whether you’re likely to ever give it another try. For me, however, I think I have enough to do besides the day-job at present so don’t be expecting any more masterpieces from me in the near future 😉

Here are one or two of the other creations from the workshop to give you an idea of the variety of work produced – it really goes to show how different everyone is.


minilogoYou may have noticed a couple of new posts going out this last week or so; ‘Neb and Nonsense’ and ‘Art I Own’. If you find any arty ‘nonsense’ do let me know (you can email me: and if you have original artwork by a local artist that you would be happy to share, again, please do get in touch. The idea of ‘Art I Own’ is to share pictures of work that is in private ownership which may not have been seen by the public for some time – or even at all! I’ve got a couple of Paul Parker’s pictures from 1991 that I will be sharing in the coming weeks, also one of Adam Berry’s, and others by my mum and my sister. So don’t be shy, please do take a snap and send it in. 


minilogoI debated long and hard whether or not to go to yoga last Thursday lunchtime, decided it was good for me, and so even though my heart was saying no and my head was saying yes I trotted down to the yoga studio only to find the back door locked. Undeterred at this stage, having made it so far, I headed round the front and up the stairs to find the place pretty much deserted apart from one set of clothes in the changing room. I then successfully convinced myself that it must be a private class and put the rest of my lunch hour to much better use by calling into The Sayle Gallery to see what was going on.

It was lovely to see College graduates Kirsten Penzes and Helen Tate at The Sayle. They are doing a job share in a part-time capacity which, having just finished their BA(Hons) in Fine Art, will be great experience for them. A couple of the windows at the Gallery are going to be dedicated to student work over the summer, with displays being rotated every couple of weeks. I think this is a fabulous idea to help the students gain visibility and to give them the confidence they need to take the next steps in their careers. There really has been some great work produced by the College students this year so I know you won’t be disappointed and like me, will probably find excuses to keep going back. Yoga? Well yes, maybe Mondays when the gallery is closed….

Carola Rush filled me in on some of the up-coming events at The Sayle; Peter Davies’ exhibition, ‘Of time and place’ opens on 1 July and runs right through to 31 July. The press release reads: “Peter has enjoyed a long career spanning five decades in the arts. Born in Moreton on the Wirral peninsula, he was educated at Wallasey School of Art, Birmingham College of Art and Birmingham University, and latterly served as Principal of Bournemouth and Poole College of Art and Design.

Throughout this time he has produced a richly diverse body of work, inspired by his fascination with a sense of time and place, encompassing paintings, drawings, studio pieces, illustrations, collages and prints. Much of this is produced on location, notably around England, France and the Isle of Man, where he records the prevailing weather conditions, seasons or time of day, capturing the unique spirit of a moment in time.”.

Also coming up over the weekend of August 7/8th, is ‘Art in the Park’ which sounds very exciting. A group of around 6-8 artists will be making Art in the Villa Marina gardens and the public will be able to participate. Amongst other demonstrations, Gavin Carter will be doing some wood carving / sculpting and Rob Smith will be doing some large, experimental paintings. These will then be displayed in The Sayle Gallery. It sounds like it will be a lot of fun so pop that one in your diary while you remember.

minilogoSvetlana Cameron  posted up on FB to say that she is very honoured and delighted to be invited to organise a display of ceremonial portraits and Tynwald Day themed paintings in the Parliament of the Isle of Man. She would be delighted if you would like to see her works which will be displayed in the Tynwald Library between 28 June and 22 July.

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Damage to the Ancient Stones at Cashtal yn Ard

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Information has been provided to the Police in relation to instances of wilful criminal damage caused to separate sites managed by Manx National Heritage.

Manx National Heritage, the national heritage agency for the Isle of Man, is appealing for users of the Island’s countryside and ancient monuments to respect and appreciate the history of the Island after a spate of damage in recent weeks.

In Maughold, two of the ancient standing stones at Cashtal yn Ard have been defaced with imprints of female figures.   The figures appear to have been created by a woman applying chalk to her legs, hands and torso and then pressing herself against the stone.  


Andrew Johnson, Manx National Heritage Inspector of Ancient Monuments said:

“This is a serious act of vandalism to an ancient monument. The stones at Cashtyl yn Ard form part of a megalithic chambered tomb, dating back to around 4000 BC.  The stones are heavily colonised by lichens, which will have taken decades to grow and it may take a couple of years for the marks to disappear completely. 

Our professional conservator will now attempt to remove the damage using specialist techniques and the public are asked not to try to remove the damage themselves as this may mark the stones for decades to come”.

Damage has also occurred at Ballawoods Keeill in Santon, where a tent has been pitched within the Keeill, which is located on private land.  The keeill site has been damaged by the creation of a fire pit and litter left on the site. The chapel (Manx, keeill) stands on the banks of the Santon Burn on land forming part of the farm of Ballawoods in Malew.   The keeill is one of a network of Christian sites which covered the island and were used as places of worship and burial before the creation of the parishes familiar today.  Almost 200 of these sites are known, although visible traces of only about 40 are apparent today.  The earliest sites are known to have been in existence 1,400 years ago, and the last of them went out of use less than 900 years ago when the parish system came into being.  The keeills are a type of site which is iconic on the Isle of Man.  Although similar chapels are found elsewhere in the Celtic world, the sheer numbers which are known on the Island are unparalleled.

Because of their importance and significance, many of the sites where visible remains survive are protected under the terms of the Manx Museum and National Trust Act: both Ballawoods keeill and Cashtal yn Ard are protected in this way.  Any burning activity at an archaeological site can compromise the archaeological deposits which are present.  Archaeologists use scientific techniques to date ancient burnt material, but if this is contaminated by more recent charred material, the dates will be inaccurate.

There have also been reports of open fires being lit causing damage at Cronk ny Merriu and a further two fires at Maughold Head car park. 

Andrew Johnson continued:

“We are saddened by the recent damage to the Island’s historic sites.  In some cases this extends to ancient monuments dating back thousands of years, with damage that can never be put right. 

Damage to our historic sites is something we take seriously and can have serious consequences for those responsible, including prosecution”.

Under the Manx Museum and National Trust Act 1959, any person injuring or defacing the Isle of Man’s historic monuments is liable to prosecution, possible imprisonment and a fine of up to £5,000. 

Pc Louise Kennaugh of the Southern Neighbourhood Policing Team states:

”The information provided to me about the unique history of the sites that have been targeted by irresponsible people just astounds me.  It is quite obvious that all sites are an important part of our Island’s history and what makes our home and our countryside unique and fascinating.  We should all be working together with Manx National Heritage to protect such areas. We should be visiting these areas with our children and teaching the next generation to care for them and respect them not setting fires, camping and littering and defacing them.  I urge anyone who has any information at all to make contact with me as it our responsibility as residents of the Island to protect our history for generations to come”.