Good Morning Monday! To set you off on the right foot I will be posting the Art News updates bright and early Monday mornings to get your creative juices flowing for the week ahead. 

On Thursday evening, “Just under the Surface” opened at the Douglas Market Hall. I popped in earlier in the day to say a quick hello to Helen as I knew I wasn’t going to make it to the opening. An unbelievable amount of hard work has gone into making this show happen, organised by Helen Fox and Colette Davies in conjunction with Northumbria University and the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art – they not only set up the exhibition, they had to re-arrange all of the internal walls to do it! The exhibition is covered in this month’s Manx Tails magazine (page 38/39). Here are a few of the photographs posted up on social media – in particular, take a look at Helen’s installation which is a representation of the erosion happening around the Kirk Michael coastline (it’s not a massive bar of chocolate, as suggested by someone who shall remain nameless…..). It’s intended that this will dry out over the course of the show and start to fall off. I know I will be popping in later this week for another look so see how it’s progressing.

The group exhibition reflects work in progress and will be open to the public at The Douglas Market Hall from 1st – 9th April, 9am-5pm.


I had a lovely chat with Gary Bennett on Saturday evening. Gary now has a page on the Directory and you can click through to his website to see more of his wonderfully powerful work. He told me that he will shortly be commencing work on a new project which will take over 2 years to complete, working on 2 sculptures to commemorate and recognise the sacrifice the Manx nation has made over the last century. 

He is excited to be working with well known internationally acclaimed war artist Arabella Dorman (with whom he has worked before) and Scott Pohischmidt, both of whom were classically trained in Florence. The sculptures will be cast in bronze on a stone clad plinth and will be inaugurated in November 2018 to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War. They will list the names of those who lost their lives during the Great War.



Alice Quayle (page on the Directory coming soon) sent me this little animation for Unesco Biosphere Isle of Man that she did the drawings for: animation by Glenn Whorrall of Your Movie Crew. As Alice said in her cover note to me, it’s really great that DEFA has used a local illustrator and film maker to explain what the Biosphere is about. 

UNESCO Biosphere Isle of Man – Animation from Your Movie Crew on Vimeo.

Manx Art Directory Logo There are a few new pages on the Directory besides Gary Bennett’s, mentioned above. I’m also delighted to welcome Adam Berry, Anna Clucas, Graham Hall and Clara Nathan. Some examples of their work are shown below or check out their pages for more pics and contact details.


A Date For Your Diary: 7 April 2016, 6.30pm at Studio 42. RED exhibition : An exhibition of works in progress by three emerging artists; Rebekah Corlett, Erin Dimelow and Daniel Price. The exhibition features a selection of experimental work from each artists’ developing practice. The Exhibition runs until 23 April. 

RED exhibition


Details are now starting to emerge about the Creative Network’s Art Festival over the May Bank Holiday weekend – 25 days to go! Suzy Holland has written a very comprehensive article in this month’s Gallery Magazine and other details of the Festival feature in Manx Tails (p36). Confirmed locations include Grenaby Studios – Ballabeg, House of Manannan and Corrin Hall in Peel, the Hodgson Loom Gallery in Laxey, St Patricks Church and the Isle Gallery in St Johns, Noa Bakehouse, the Sayle Gallery and the Market Hall in Douglas.



Genesis Gallery posted up that they have the new Doug Hyde ‘Superhero’ release which I know is very popular, so if you’re a fan pop in and see Rachel.

Doug Hyde – Superhero Release


Finally, here are a few pictures I’ve selected from social media this week for you to enjoy.


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Have a great week!






Isle of Man Art News – 4 April 2016
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