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Mapping Hi-Zex Island

Mapping Hi-Zex Island

On the first day
we viewed the island from above:
a lightning flower flung across the skin of the sea
under the burning eye of the sun.

On the second day, we approached it from the water,
observing aspects of permanence –
three years and four months an island now,
its shape shifting between evening and morning.

On the third day we walked it, measured its synthetic
drumlins, its rope beaches, its tightly woven coves,
weighed the miles of clouded water beneath our feet.
Earth of a kind. Sea of a kind.

On the fourth day we went down to meet
this land mass in its own twilight. Ghost nets reached out
to finger our hair, calling us to the mausoleum
of the island’s rusted underbelly.

On the fifth day, we saw the ocean swarm –
angelfish and rainbow runners twisting through drifts
of polymer confetti that playact as food,
feeding the very body of our island.

The sixth day we spent logging life.
A shore crab. Clams. An albatross in flight
off the western peninsular. We collected old eel traps,
scraps like pastel coloured sharks’ teeth

with which to make a necklace for the children.
We bowed our heads under the weight of that night’s stars.
And when the seventh dawn came,
we saw our work was done.

Discovered by Captain Charles Moore, Hi-Zex Island is made up of fishing gear, nets and buoys believed to have come from the 2011 tsunami that devastated parts of Japan.

 

 

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Isle of Man Art News – 26 March 2018

Wow Wow Wow! I know I get excited about art pretty much on a weekly basis but every now and again something comes along that just knocks your socks off. The new show at The Sayle Gallery is one of those shows. ‘3 Contemporaries’ is an exhibition of artwork from the family and private collections of Norman Sayle, David Fletcher and David Gilbert, three men dedicated to their art and teaching and sadly no longer with us. The exhibition has been put together to honour and give recognition to these three contemporaries; friends, colleagues and exponents of contemporary art on the Isle of Man. It is simply glorious. That they were all friends to me seems evident from their work; whilst the styles are different there is a harmony that makes the whole ‘glow’ with warmth and there is a camaraderie in how the pieces happily rub shoulders with each other – three amazing talents that the Island should rightly be proud of. 

Alongside these works are paintings by Eileen Schaer, a fabulous artist herself, Eileen was married to David Fletcher; Ian Coulson who was taught by Norman Sayle and Nicola Dixon, who spent some of her younger years with the Gilbert family, making both art and happy childhood memories. Well done Carola, Christian and everyone who helped in curating such a wonderful and important show.

 

As if that wasn’t excitement enough for one evening, a new show also opened at the Hodgson Loom gallery on Friday night. ‘Saltmother’ is the work of artists Carola Colley and Beatrice Lacey and poets Usha Kishore and Paul Quayle. Carola’s work is inspired by Usha’s recent collection ‘Night Sky Between the Stars’ and her ‘Translating the Divine Woman: Syamala Dandaka’, a translation from the Sanskrit with M Sambasivan. You may remember I published another of their wonderful collaborations a while ago ‘The Bones of Time‘.  Again, this is another wonderful show, beautifully curated as usual by Julia Ashby Smyth and one which I will need to revisit to have time to fully appreciate the words as well as the images. It was so busy (with lots of new faces I’m glad to report) that as usual I spent most of my time gassing and not enough time appreciating.

And then there’s even more to see coming up this weekend! The IOM Art Society Easter Exhibition is on from Thursday 29th March to Monday 2nd April. Always a great show many of these works are for sale and it’s an amazing opportunity to pick up some very affordable local work. We’re spoiled for choice this Easter! There’s so much to see and do so please do go along and see some of these shows and support our local artists.

 

 

In competition news, Mike Starkey posted up that he was really pleased to get through the first stage of judging for the Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition. He’s off to London soon for the judges to view his painting…. fingers crossed. This isn’t the one he’s entered but I spotted it last night and thought it was particularly lovely.

Michael Starkey

Julie Collins has also had recent success with this beautiful picture “I stood at Stranraer in a red dress”. To be exhibited at the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours, Mall Galleries, London. 6-21 April, she reported that she is delighted this painting has sold before the exhibition has opened. Not very surprising really 🙂

Julie Collins

Job News!

The Erin Arts Centre is looking for a student/graduate who is eager to gain experience at managing an Arts Centre who has some knowledge of Music and the Arts in general. The position would be part-time and they hope for the new role to commence around June or July this year. Please contact John Bethel at the Erin Arts Centre if you or you know someone who may be interested! information@erinartscentre.com or 835858.

Also, many congratulations to Emma Callin who will soon be taking up her new position as Head of Villa Marina Gaiety Theatre and the Arts. Emma has lead the Arts Council team in their support of Arts Council members since 2007. She has provided guidance and support to many Island artists, creatives and arts organisations over the years. The Arts Council posted up that “it is without a doubt that Emma will be missed and we wish her the best of luck in her new role! As such a position as the Arts Development Manager is now vacant and you can apply here!”

News Shorts

Martin Vaughan

The IOM Drawing Club tickets which last month sold out in 24 hours sold out in a staggering 6 hours last week! Awesome, and well done Kim Graziano for starting this very successful group. Lovely to see that she now has support for this from the Isle of Man Arts Council too. Great news.

Lots of Arts Council info to share this week… check out the second blog post about Alice Quayle: Read it here

 

Mae Challis has published a new blog post on her photography adventure – love how the colour sings in this great photo.

Mae Challis (of her friend Tom)

Super talented I thought I’d share this latest song of hers as well…

 

And a bit wrinkled from being stuffed in my handbag but just though I would share the article about the Directory that was published in the Manx Independent last week which Mike Wade kindly organised – thanks Mike!

 

Studio 42 has been in the wars after Storm Emma and the Beast from the East made the shop ‘uneasily breezy’ for a while with a broken window. Now all sorted, gallery owner Eben Carswell has an awesome programme lined up for this year:

“First up, based in Zurich and hot off her work being shown in the Saatchi Gallery, is Julie Anne Denton…
or that isn’t quite so… for she is now also Dr Julie Anne Denton having successfully completed her phd studies.

We are very lucky to be starting the year off with her startling glass pieces and I look forwards to telling you more and lending you an open invite to the preview night of, ‘INNER SPACE’ in 3 weeks time on Thursday 12th April, 6.30-8.30pm.

All very welcome and it will be good to catch up with you all once again to appreciate some of the best work the Island has to offer.

All being well (and hopefully that brings an end to this years weather related incidents!) we will also be bringing you Petrina Kent during the summer months and a joint autumnal show from David Byrne and Nancy Corkish.

So a top crust year in prospect to share with you as well as the usual eclectic and exciting pieces on show all through the year at Studio 42, be it from trusty stalwarts to those just beginning their quest of an artistic journey, hopefully something for everyone.”

 

 

 

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What’s On

 

On now – 29 March – Erin Arts Centre ‘Animal Kingdom’ by Dawn Kennaugh

On now – 15 April – ‘Clay Masters’ at The Isle Gallery

On now – 21 April – ‘Saltmother’ at the Hodgson Loom Gallery

On now – 22 April – ‘3 Contemporaries’ at The Sayle Gallery

On now – 5 May – ‘Crossing Open Ground’ – David Gilbert: A Retrospective – at the Manx Museum

28 March – Manx Radio 5.30pm-6pm Spotlight with Sarah Hendy

28 March – 2 April – Isle of Man Art Society Easter Art Exhibition

12 April for a season – Inner Space at Studio 42, Dr Julie Anne Denton (preview 6.30pm – 8.30pm)

15 April – Exhibition on Screen – Vermeer and his Music – Erin Arts Centre – 3pm – 4.30pm

17 April –  Richard J Parker from the Great Pottery Throwdown series 2 at the Isle Gallery for a pottery get together with a chat and some demos

5-7 May – Creative Network’s IOM Art Festival – Island Wide

 

Upcoming Workshops:

 

2 April – Mini Masters Classics – Van Gogh’s Garden, the Isle Gallery 10.00am

2 April – Classic Fairy Tales – Rapunzel (Tangled), the Isle Gallery 2.30pm

7 April – Family Easter Willow Weaving Workshop – the Isle Gallery

9 April – Ceramic Animal Moneybox – the Isle Gallery 10.00am

9 April – Art & Literature – The Gruffalo Art Workshop – The Isle Gallery 2.30pm

16 April – The Great Manx Build Up and Throw Down – 3 Day Workshop – The Isle Gallery

17 April – Silk Painting with Jean Buck 10am-4pm – IOM Art Society

26 April – Absolute Beginners in Ceramics – Night Time Course – 7pm -9.30pm 

27 April – Absolute Beginners in Ceramics – Day Time Course – 10am – 12.30pm

 

If you’ve got a workshop or class coming up that you would like me to share please just drop me an email: graceandhall@gmail.com or get in touch via Facebook/Messenger.

 

Here’s this week’s round up of images from Social Media. Click on the pictures to view in the lightbox.

 

Happy Easter! There will be no art news for the next 2 weeks but I will be back on 16th April with more Arty goodness for you.

Jane x

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Isle of Man Art News – 19 March 2018

Happy St. Patrick’s Day, especially to all our Irish friends. Of course Saturday was actually St. Patrick’s Day but today is the official public holiday in Ireland. As far as I’ve managed to figure out over the years it mainly involves wearing green, pinning on some shamrock and going to the pub. I decided to see if there was anything I’d missed so had a quick look on my best friend Google. Interestingly, and I probably would have realised this if I had thought about it a bit more, St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated in more countries than any other national festival. It’s a public holiday in the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland, the Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador (for provincial government employees), and the British Overseas Territory of Montserrat. The reason for wearing shamrock I recall from my convent school days; St Patrick is said to have used the shamrock, a three-leaved plant, to explain the Holy Trinity to the pagan Irish. So there you go. I’m sure you all knew most of that anyway.

Jade Boylan said in a post over the weekend that she shares this illustration every year for St. Patrick’s Day but this year she redrew it on her iPad Pro using Adobe Draw ‘and changed it up a wee bit’. It was commissioned by a local client a few years back for a tattoo…   Beannachtai na feile Padraig Oraibh! 

 

 

Nicola Dixon, whose work has been deeply influenced by St. Patrick’s breastplate, shared this beautiful set of pictures which are currently on display in The Sayle Gallery.

“St Patricks’s Day Blessings to you. 
Nine lines from 
St Patricks Breastplate/The Deers Cry in triskels.

I arise today
Through strength of Heaven
Light of Sun
Radiance of Moon
Splendour of Fire
Speed of Lightening
Swiftness of Wind
Depth of the Sea
Stability of Earth
Firmness of Rock”

I mentioned the other week that Phil Kneen was off to South Africa to document the squatters’ camps around Pretoria and sure enough, he has been posting some awesome pictures. He said that his brief is to photograph white squatters, so this lot were a bit miffed when he was about to leave without photographing them… “And rightly so. They posed and I shot another roll of film on them.” Well worth it, aren’t they ace?

And check out these gorgeous little’un’s too. Well done the person who assigned this job to Phil, good choice.

 

The Arts Council announced that they have made some changes to their Facebook group in order to tailor it specifically toward finding out about events and activities on the Isle of Man. They will also be creating a group specifically aimed at artists and organisations which will be a space to share and ask for advice about funding. This ‘What’s On Where’ group is for the specific purpose of promoting, sharing and finding out about arts news, events and activities run by artists and organisations on the Island and they plan to create a weekly ‘share point’ post every Monday where members can add links to their events in the comments. This is to ensure that the feed does not get too cluttered and events can be found easily in one place. 

The AC has also announced that they are launching a new guest blog series about social media and marketing tips for creatives.  A number of Island specialists will be sharing their insights with their first article by Derek Richardson a.k.a. DEREK The Bandit – DataBass so look out for that from today.

 

 

Manx Pets in Pencil has created these rather lovely notebooks for you to carry a little bit of art around with you so you can sketch and scribble on the go. A6 lined notebooks in 3 unique designs, available in packs of 3 (3 x 1 design) – £6.00. 

 

Here are a few pics from my A-Z drawing challenge. This week it was ‘C’ and we had everything from cows to candlesticks. It’s open to everyone so please do join in, especially if you are a beginner. ‘D is for..’ will be pinned to the top of the Facebook page from this evening.

 

Meriel Burden, aka The Dog Artist, posted up this lovely series of pictures of a work in progress. Little Linda looks lovely doesn’t she?

News Shorts:

 

Mike Wade, who many will know through Isle of Man Newspapers and his rather awesome ‘The Black Dog Oven’ pizzas, not to mention his musical abilities, has a rather talented daughter too by all accounts. Molly Wade, who is currently studying for a degree in fashion and textiles at Middlesex University, was chosen as one of the interns to work for high fashion label, Preen, leading up to their show at London Fashion Week. Check out the article by Julie Blackburn here.

 

Neil Milsom delivered this stunning commission to his client this week. How could anyone be disappointed with this? Isn’t it gorgeous? I’m sure they must be delighted.

Svetlana Cameron is having a farewell event on 23-24 March at Genesis Gallery in Douglas. She has arranged an exhibition of ten of her recent portraits borrowed from private collections, and it will be an opportunity to say hello/good-bye to her before her family’s relocation to the south-east of England in early April. Catalogues and limited edition prints will be available to buy during the event.

There’s another lovely new page on the Directory – Kate Summerville. Wouldn’t these make fabulous fabric designs?

And finally, look out for painted rocks. This wonderful community project encourages you to paint on stones and then leave them around and about for others to find. You can either keep them or re-hide them for someone else to find. What a lovely thing to do with your children. The Facebook page has nearly 7000  followers where you can post up a picture of your find.

 

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What’s On

 

On now – 29 March – Erin Arts Centre ‘Animal Kingdom’ by Dawn Kennaugh

On now – 15 April – ‘Clay Masters’ at The Isle Gallery

On now – 5 May – ‘Crossing Open Ground’ – David Gilbert: A Retrospective – at the Manx Museum

21 March – Manx Radio 5.30pm-6pm Spotlight with Sarah Hendy

22 March – Creative Industries Meeting at Noa Bakehouse – 6.00pm

24 March – 21 April – ‘Saltmother’ at the Hodgson Loom Gallery

24 March – 22 April – ‘3 Contemporaries’ at The Sayle Gallery

28 March – 2 April – Isle of Man Art Society Easter Art Exhibition

15 April – Exhibition on Screen – Vermeer and his Music – Erin Arts Centre – 3pm – 4.30pm

17 April –  Richard J Parker from the Great Pottery Throwdown series 2 at the Isle Gallery for a pottery get together with a chat and some demos

5-7 May – Creative Network’s IOM Art Festival – Island Wide

 

Upcoming Workshops:

 

22 March – Creative Industries Public Meeting at Noa Bakehouse 6pm

22 March – Printmaking for Beginners and Improvers, the Isle Gallery 7pm

2 April – Mini Masters Classics – Van Gogh’s Garden, the Isle Gallery 10.00am

2 April – Classic Fairy Tales – Rapunzel (Tangled), the Isle Gallery 2.30pm

7 April – Family Easter Willow Weaving Workshop – the Isle Gallery

9 April – Ceramic Animal Moneybox – the Isle Gallery 10.00am

9 April – Art & Literature – The Gruffalo Art Workshop – The Isle Gallery 2.30pm

16 April – The Great Manx Build Up and Throw Down – 3 Day Workshop – The Isle Gallery

17 April – Silk Painting with Jean Buck 10am-4pm – IOM Art Society

26 April – Absolute Beginners in Ceramics – Night Time Course – 7pm -9.30pm 

27 April – Absolute Beginners in Ceramics – Day Time Course – 10am – 12.30pm

 

If you’ve got a workshop or class coming up that you would like me to share please just drop me an email: graceandhall@gmail.com or get in touch via Facebook/Messenger.

 

Here’s this week’s round up of images from Social Media. Click on the pictures to view in the lightbox.

 

 

Have a great week!

Jane x

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