Event: Visual Art Festival | Location : island-wide | * Dates: Saturday 5th May, Sunday 6th May, Monday 7th May
Open: 11.00 – 17.00 | Entry: FREE
The 7th annual Isle of Man Art Festival takes place this May Day Bank Holiday weekend 5th – 7th May and entry is free for all visitors. Venues for exhibitions will be open 5th-7th May 11am -5pm, including:
The Hodgson Loom Gallery in Laxey,
Ramsey Town Hall including artwork from Ramsey Grammar School students.
Ramsey Tram Station,
Ballajora Artists Studio, Ramsey.
St Michael’s Hall, Kirk Michael.
The House of Manannan, Peel.
The Pilates Studio in Peel, (note: Monday 7th May opening at 12.30pm – 5pm).
The Isle Gallery, Tynwald Mills.
The Sayle Gallery in Douglas.
Castletown Civic Centre.
Grenaby Studios (Note: Sunday 6th May opening 10am- 1pm).
Hugh Logan Architects, Castletown (Open only Sat 5th May 11am – 5pm).
Marshall Cryer Architects, Cronkbourne, (Open only Mon 7th May 11am – 12.30pm by appointment only, email email@example.com)
Horncastle:Thomas architects, 20 Athol St, Douglas, (Open only Sat 5th May 11am-5pm).
Keird Collective at Castletown Fire Station.
Craftworks Studio, Castletown.
The Hub, Thie Rosien, Port Erin.
2 Open Studios in Peel: Val Galpin (with Di Beckerson) and Greg Joughin
Open Studio in Ballaugh: Frauke Watson (with Ronnie Doyle)
Open Studio in Kirk Michael: Pauline Berrie
The Isle of Man Art Festival is a three-day celebration of visual art right across the Isle of Man. It gives the public and visitors the opportunity to discover inspiring work by local artists on the island. Free entry will be available to all visitors at the festival this year, which promises to be bigger and better than ever with exhibitions, workshops, open access to artists’ studios, many offering taster sessions and demonstrations.
The Creative Network is an island-wide, cooperative group of artists working together to promote visual arts in the Isle of Man. This is the network’s latest major public event, showing the work of over 40 of its artist members in assorted venues across the island. The work covers a wide range of disciplines including painting, illustration, sculpture, ceramics, jewellery, embroidery, printmaking, and photography.
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. The Trail is a legacy project being developed by the Creative Network with support from the Government’s ‘2018 – Year of our Island’ initiative.
The 2017 event attracted over 1200 visitors, and visitor numbers are expected to increase this year. Last year’s feedback from both visitors and participating artists was unanimously positive. Valuable support is provided by the Government’s ‘2018 – Year of our Island’ initiative, Isle of Man Arts Council, Manx National Heritage, the Town Commissioners of Castletown, Peel and Ramsey and partner galleries which have collectively enabled the event to be free to all visitors for the first time ever.