The 7th annual Isle of Man Art Festival which takes place over the May Day Bank Holiday weekend between 5th – 7th May, is a free entry 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.
Venues for exhibitions and artist demonstrations include the House of Manannan, the Hodgson Loom Gallery in Laxey, Ramsey Town Hall, The Pilates Studio in Peel, 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 School 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. 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 official festival launch and an exhibition preview will be opened by His Excellency, the Lieutenant Governor, Sir Richard Gozney at Castletown Civic Centre on the 26th April, one week ahead of the festival weekend. An exhibition of Creative Network members’ artwork will remain on display at the Civic Centre for the duration of one month.
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.
All venues will be open on Saturday 5th May to 7th May 11am – 5pm over the three day weekend
* except the House of Manannan which will be open Sunday 6th May – Monday 7th May.
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