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Summer Holiday Creative Fun for Children and Families at the Sayle Gallery

Open Day: Sunday 6th August 2017, 11am – 4pm

Come along to the Sayle Gallery on the 6th August to have lots of family fun being messy and creative. There will be eight local artists on hand to guide you through activities such as: fun with clay; paper work and origami; face painting; collage; wood carving; mosaics; giant mural painting and printmaking. The entire day is free (kindly supported by the Isle of Man Arts Council) and materials are provided.

The artists and their activities will be both in and around the gallery. Some will be behind the gallery in the Villa Gardens (under cover if it is wet!). Join us for the whole day and try out each activity or just drop in when it suits. Our neighbour is the Villa Café, so refreshments are close by. Mums and Dads are welcome to have a go too!

If you want to take the artwork you produce home you are welcome to but you might like to leave it with us to go in to our children’s exhibition which will be on show at the Sayle 12th – 18th August.


Following on from the Open Day, there will be four days of art workshops for children from Tuesday 8th – Friday 11th August. These workshops are aimed at youngsters aged 8 and above (unless accompanied by an adult) and will all use the wonderful Villa Gardens as inspiration for our art.

On Tuesday the 8th we will be exploring old techniques in photography. We will be using pin-hole cameras in the gardens and creating photogrammes in a makeshift darkroom built within the gallery. We will also bring our photography up to date through the use of iPads to create digital a digital record of your favourite bits of the Park.

On Wednesday 9th and Thursday 10th , both days will be devoted to making creations in the fields of mosaics, collage, printmaking and iPad drawing. The photographs from Tuesday could inspire some of this activity.

Friday the 11th will be a day devoted to fashion design. Using fabric inks we will be turning ordinary white T-shirts into something more interesting using both your designs painted on and some cutting and embellishing to create unique items of clothing. You will also be able to design your own make up and get an expert face painter to transfer your designs onto your own face.

Each workshop is £20 per day, 10.30am – 3pm (bring a packed lunch) or £60 if you book all four workshops. To book please contact the Sayle Gallery on 674557 or email

Children’s Exhibition 12th – 18th August

Art produced on the workshops and the Open Day will go in to our week long children’s exhibition in the gallery. The workshop week will end with an exhibition preview for the children, their families and friends at 5pm on Friday 11th. So if you would like to become an exhibiting artist, do join us for either the Open Day or the workshops and have some fun creating your own masterpieces.

The Gallery is open:
10am – 5pm Tuesday – Saturday
1.30pm – 4.30pm Sunday
Closed Monday

The Sayle Gallery is supported by the IOM Arts Council.


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‘Tabula Rasa’ – New Beginnings at the Sayle Gallery

29th July – 3rd September 2017
Sayle Gallery, 1 – 3 Harris Promenade, Douglas
10 – 5 Tuesday – Saturday   1.30 – 4.30 Sunday

Five of this year’s graduates from University College Isle of Man, are coming together for a first exhibition since becoming trained and qualified artists. Daniel Price, Erin Dimelow, Margaret Buchanan, Rebekah Corlett and Sharon Beedell all work as fine artists but have, over the course of their studies, developed their own individual styles and approaches. They are now embarking on life after full time study and will doubtless disperse as a group, with their work developing individually without the influence and inspiration of each other.

The group have recently held 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 emphasises the individual diversity.

The exhibition is staged at the Sayle Gallery with the support of the Isle of Man Arts Council.

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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!

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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