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Isle of Man Art News – 30 April 2018

Goodness me this year is racing by. I can hardly believe it’s May tomorrow! Of course the May Bank Holiday weekend is a biggie in the Island’s art calendar as it’s the Island-wide Isle of Man Art Festival. If you haven’t been to the festival before I can highly recommend you take in at least a few of the venues or, if you’re like me, try and pack them all in by working out the most efficient route in advance.

Organised by the Creative Network, this year entry to all 23 venues is FREE. Taking place from 5-7th May the venues for exhibitions and artist demonstrations include Grenaby Art Studios, the House of Manannan, the Hodgson Loom Gallery in Laxey, Ramsey Town Hall, The Pilates Studio in Peel, St Michael’s Hall in Kirk Michael, the The Sayle Gallery in Douglas and Castletown Civic Centre. Art will also fill the streets of Castletown with displays in shop windows and artwork from Ramsey Grammar students will also be on display in Ramsey town hall.

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. Open 5th May to 7th May 11am – 5pm over the three day weekend this event is not to be missed! Catalogues are available at all of the venues or you can check it out online at http://www.creativenetwork.im.

Pictures from the official launch last Thursday evening in Castletown Civic Centre.

One of the venues on the art trail is of course The Sayle Gallery, which opened its latest show on Friday evening ‘Inspiring another Generation’.  It certainly is inspiring and for an Island with such a small population we have such a lot we can be immensely proud of. The artists included in this exhibition were all students of UCM (the Isle of Man College of Further Education as it used to be known). The show includes Preen, who have designed clothing worn by Michelle Obama and Kate Middleton, cover photography for Elle and Vogue by Amber Dixon, and success in other mediums such as sculpture, glass and interior design. Other artists include Juan Moore, Dr. Julie Anne Denton (currently exhibiting her work at Studio 42 in Port St. Mary), Manos Kalamenios, Rumana Swinton, Sally Black, Andy North, Anya Jackson, Paul Lewthwaite, Steph Quirk and Darren Jackson to list just a few. 

 

If you’ve been in the Sea Terminal in the last few days you might have seen Michael Starkey working away on this great piece which is for a children’s charity – I’m not sure which one – but it’s looking really great, isn’t it?

Petrina Kent has been busy with preparations to bring over to the Island a most prestigious collection of art works. Apparently it is second only to the Vatican’s art collection in its significance and it’s coming here! The works are powerful and are of a mixed style and will be shown in several locations from 13th May – 17th June.

The main venues are• Waterloo Road Methodist Church, Ramsey • The Cathedral, Peel • Promenade Methodist Church, Douglas • Colby Methodist Church.  More details coming soon on this.

Rebecca Odessa has recently posted up more of her beautiful work. The first picture below is a close up of a section of “Ellan Vannin”, a 22” x 30” hand-cut collage. The imagery is from the line in Eliza Craven Green’s poem: “My own dear Ellan Vannin with its green hills by the sea.” It’s a gorgeous piece of work and even has wallabies in it! The second picture I chose because I love that she has been cutting out pictures since she was just a child. Click on the picture if the text is a bit small. You can see more of Rebecca’s work at the Hodgson Loom gallery during the IOM Art Festival next weekend where she is exhibiting with a very fine selection of artists indeed. 

2018 Year of our Island now has a rather nice looking website, ourisland.im, that I only came across yesterday whilst looking for information I’d seen about May being their creativity and innovation month. During May the organisers will be running a series of workshops and are looking for creatives to showcase their talents. If you’re a maker, creator or innovation who is interested and want to find out more contact them at ourisland@gov.im or drop them a Facebook message. Also, 18th May is the deadline for the next round of ‘Year of our Island’ grant funding.

Also in connection with Year of Our Island, look out for Simon Park’s photographs in a set of 10 stamps issued by the Isle of Man Post Office – nice one Simon!

 

 

 

Dates for your Diary

 

On now – 20 May – Inspiring Another Generation – A UCM Alumni Exhibition at The Sayle Gallery

On now – 10 June – Magical Island at The Isle Gallery

On now for a season – Inner Space at Studio 42, Dr Julie Anne Denton

1 May – Isle of Man Drawing Club – Life Drawing at The Alpine

2 May – Manx Radio 5.30pm-6pm Spotlight with Sarah Hendy

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

5 May – 5 August – ‘Have I Got News for Yessir’ by Phil Woodford at the House of Manannan

13 May – 17 June – Awakening Art Exhibition – The Methodist Art Collection in the Isle of Man (various locations, see link)

10 June – Exhibition on Screen – Manet Portraying Life at the Erin Arts Centre, 3.00pm – 4.30pm

June – Year of Our Island: “Our Seas and Shores”

 

Upcoming Workshops

 

30 April – Absolute Beginners & Improvers in Acyrlics 

1 May and Tuesdays until 22 May – Willow and Chalk Drawing Club – Mother T’s

4 May – Altered Canvas Art (vintage) – A Friday night out at The Isle Gallery

9 May – Pattern Play – Layering with Stencils and Paint

18 & 25 May – 2 Evenings of Oil Painting ‘The Colours of Spring’

 

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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Isle of Man Art News – 23 April 2018

Did you see the sun? Yes, it really happened – we had a couple of sunny days last week. As I sit and write this however it has clouded over and the wind has picked up. Still, there are always pockets of sunshine on the Isle of Man I’ve found, most usually in an art gallery, and Magical Island which opened yesterday at the Isle Gallery was indeed another little arty ray of sunshine.

“Inspiration for Celia’s work resides in tiny quiet corners of hedgerows, flowers and seeds through the mystical, Celtic atmosphere of our glens and waterfalls through to the wide and ever changing skies. Rosie’s work spans a number of disciplines including photography, pen, ink, acrylic and printmaking, borne out of observations from nature, the structure of rock formations, patterns discerned in a tangle of seaweed on the beach, ivy twining around a tree, winter branches swaying in the wind, shapes worn into rocks by repeated tides, expressions of time frozen, never the same, never repeated.”

Sally Black chooses the most interesting things to paint, from eggs, kippers or mackerel to crab, creatures and geese. Sally has been working on this lovely collection of bees recently. When I was picking up a parcel last week from Manx Independent I noticed a sign on the wall saying that the importation of bees and hives is strictly prohibited – which I did know but it was interesting to see it in print at such a key location. Because of this we have a really healthy bee population which is crucial to our ecosystem. Long may it continue. If you see any of these, don’t squash them!

The Great Pottery Build up and Throw Down sounds like it was a great success. Richard J Parker from the Great Pottery Throwdown series 2 was on the Island and as you can see, got his hands dirty demonstrating to an delighted class of pottery enthusiasts. I chatted to Anna Clucas yesterday while I was at Magical Island and she said it was a really enjoyable event and that she hopes to do something similar on an annual basis with fellow potter, Faye Christian. 

 

Kim Graziano’s Drawing Club is going from strength to strength and now has a second venue to add to the mix. Alongside the usual life drawing sessions on a Thursday at Noa Bakehouse, there will now be a second monthly session on a Tuesday at The Alpine. These new sessions will be a chance to dive deeper into your drawing practice, with two drawing zones and two opposite sex models cycling between the groups. Bring your own favourite art supplies and paper, and your host Kim Gee Studio will lead the group through different timed poses and social breaks. At the end of the night we’ll show off our favourite creations to our fellow club members, celebrating each other’s unique styles and talents.  There are only 40 tickets available for this event at £10 each, which includes your *first drink free*! Tickets WILL sell out as they always do (it only took 6 hours last time), so make sure to get yours quickly. All are welcome regardless of ability level, as long as you can enjoy a chat and love to draw. RSVP now, and invite an artsy friend!!

Here is a wee interview of Kim talking about the Drawing Club to 3FM.

 

Phil Kneen’s fabulous documentary photography has been published by Huck Magazine – well done Phil!  He reported that the images he’s taken of the white squatter camps in South Africa will only be printed in magazines and online publications who will let him supply his own text, or are sympathetic to the circumstances in South Africa. 

 

Coming up Friday is the opening of ‘Inspiring Another Generation’ at the Sayle Gallery. It’s an exhibition of over 60 examples of work produced for the creative industries including, film, animation, fashion, graphics, advertising, painting, design, craft, jewellery and sculpture. 

“The creatives in this exhibition have one thing in common – they are all alumni of the the University College, Isle of Man (formerly known as the Isle of Man College). Inspiring past generations, the University College will continue to inspire future generations.”

 

 

Dates for your Diary

 

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

On now – 10 June – Magical Island at The Isle Gallery

On now for a season – Inner Space at Studio 42, Dr Julie Anne Denton

25 April – Manx Radio 5.30pm-6pm Spotlight with Sarah Hendy

28 April – 20 May – Inspiring Another Generation – A UCM Alumni Exhibition at The Sayle Gallery

1 May – Isle of Man Drawing Club – Life Drawing at The Alpine

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

5 May – 5 August – ‘Have I Got News for Yessir’ by Phil Woodford at the House of Manannan

13 May – 17 June – Awakening Art Exhibition – The Methodist Art Collection in the Isle of Man (various locations, see link)

10 June – Exhibition on Screen – Manet Portraying Life at the Erin Arts Centre, 3.00pm – 4.30pm

 

Upcoming Workshops

 

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

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

30 April – Absolute Beginners & Improvers in Acyrlics 

1 May and Tuesdays until 22 May – Willow and Chalk Drawing Club – Mother T’s

4 May – Altered Canvas Art (vintage) – A Friday night out at The Isle Gallery

9 May – Pattern Play – Layering with Stencils and Paint

18 & 25 May – 2 Evenings of Oil Painting ‘The Colours of Spring’

 

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

Keep up-to-date by ‘Liking’ the Facebook Page or by ‘Following’ me on Linkedin or Twitter@manxart or Instagram @manxartdirectory or Pinterest. To get in touch please email: graceandhall@gmail.com

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Inspiring Another Generation – The Sayle Gallery

Inspiring another generation
 
The Island’s natural and cultural landscape has shaped and inspired creative talent for many generations.  From the well known Archibald Knox to the contemporary fashion design duo Preen, creatives working in all forms have taken inspiration from our unique biosphere.
 
From 28th April to 2nd May, the Sayle Gallery is host to ‘Inspiring Another Generation’. An exhibition of over 60 examples of work produced for the creative industries including, film, animation, fashion, graphics, advertising, painting, design, craft, jewellery and sculpture. 
 
Juan Moore, Artist and Lecturer at UCM said ‘If you are interested in the impact of living and being educated on the Isle of Man and seeing some of the fantastic creative talent progressing from our University College, then this exhibition is not to be missed’. 
 
 
 
 
Globally the industry is worth $2.25 trillion which is 3% of the world GDP and employs 29.5 million.  The creative industries on the Isle of Man are vibrant, diverse and growing.
 
Jo Pretty, Principal of UCM said ‘The work on display is not intended to be the main focus of this exhibition, although I suspect in many cases it will engage and inspire you. Instead the placement of work, within global collections, such as the Saachi collection, brands including Nike, Vogue and John Lewis, tell us of the achievements and successful careers the artists are enjoying.
 
The creatives in this exhibition have one thing in common – they are all alumni of the the University College, Isle of Man (formerly known as the Isle of Man College). Inspiring past generations, the University College will continue to inspire future generations’.