My last news round-up was well received so I’ve decided to make it a regular feature on the website. If you’ve got any news, new work to tell the world about, an update to your blog or anything else art-related that you would like me to publish then please get in touch:


Julie Collins, a Manx born artist who regularly visits the island, recently had 3 paintings accepted to be hung at the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours. The Institute considered 1000 paintings and chose 80, 3 of which are Julie’s, to be shown at the Mall Galleries, London April 6-16 2016. There is to be a private viewing of exhibition on Tuesday 5th April from 12 noon to 8pm. The opening takes place at 3pm and will be officiated by Rt Hon John Whittingdale MP, Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport. 

Julie will also be running a couple of workshops at Brightlife this year – Freedom in Watercolour (April) and Freedom in Watercolour and Ink (November). 




Another date for your diary: 7 May 2016 -2pm.  Manx National Heritage is hosting ‘An Afternoon with Chris Killip’. Tickets are £10 for adults and £5 for students and are available from 31 March. Chris Killip is one of the most influential documentary photographers of the post-war generation. He will be providing a fascinating insight into his career and will sign purchased copies of his book ‘Isle of Man Revisited’. The exhibition of his work runs until 13 August.

Chris Killip


The Isle of Man Art Society’s Easter exhibition has been a great success I think. I manned the door for a couple of hours on Saturday morning and despite the awful weather there were plenty of visitors to the show. Many of the art works were already sold (having opened to the public on Wednesday last week). Lots of positive comments about the new venue as well at the old Shoprite store in The Village Walk in Onchan. It’s a great space for an art exhibition with natural light and ample parking. The exhibition closes tomorrow (Tuesday) lunchtime.


Easter Art Exhibition 2016


‘Art and Faith’ – a PechaKucha by Petrina Kent, is a powerful and yet sublime presentation of her work. In this short video, just under 7 minutes, Petrina talks about how her faith guides her inspiration and how being in the landscape has a profound influence on the work she produces. 



The Art Reach ladies at The Isle Gallery only have 4 places left on their Children’s workshop this Wednesday.

Cermamics - Hand Shaped Bowls


Sally Black published a new blog post earlier today ‘Bali and my discovery of colour‘ and encourages us to look for the riot of colour we just don’t ‘see’ in our local environment. Check out Sally’s website too as she has recently made some changes to it.



Phil Kneen should have reached Tokyo by now on his latest trip. Before disappearing off Island he updated his blog with ‘Mimi’ and his feelings when a model tells him that they don’t like the photographs he has taken. I can understand both sides; I hate just about every photograph ever taken of me (as I am sure many people do), regardless of whether or not it’s a great photo in the eyes of others. Don’t take it personally Phil and keep up the fab work.



Just Under the Surface: Helen Fox Programme Manager for Art, Design and Media and Colette Davies, Fine Art & Contextual Studies Lecturer at the Isle of Man College of Further & Higher Education have invited fellow students/artists from the MA programme at the Northumbria University, Newcastle, to bring work to the Isle of Man. The course at Northumbria provides an ideal opportunity to synthesise pedagogic and creative practices. The group exhibition reflects work in progress and will be open to the public at The Douglas Market Hall from 1st – 9th April 9-5 during the Easter break.



The Creative Network’s Art Festival is not far away now, to be held over the May Bank Holiday weekend. With over 40 artists taking part this will definitely be a great weekend for art lovers. Formerly known as the Western Open Studio Art Trail (WOSAT), the Art Festival will encompass open access to artist studios, exhibitions, workshops and demonstrations right across the Island. The re-brand has allowed greater scope to encourage Island-wide artist participation. Valuable support is provided by the Isle of Man Arts Council, Manx National Heritage, Peel Commissioners and partner galleries.

Entrance to studios, demonstrations and exhibition venues over all three days will be by purchase of a wrist band at £3, which includes a free festival guide. Students will receive a concessional rate of £2 and everyone under 18 goes free! All venues will be open 11am – 5pm over the three day weekend.

Wrist bands and guides will be available to purchase in advance three weeks before the Festival via Noa Bakehouse in Douglas, the Welcome Centre at the Sea Terminal, the House of Manannan in Peel and all major art galleries, as well as the Corrin Hall and artist studios during the event.



And finally, here are just a few of the pictures published on social media over the last week or so. Click on the pictures to see them in lightbox format. 

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Isle of Man Art News – 28 March 2016