It’s been very busy but a lot of fun the last couple of weeks. I was asked some time ago to help judge an underwater photography competition organised by Discover Diving (based in Port St. Mary) and the Saturday before last was competition day with the prize giving ceremony in the evening accompanied by a most excellent fish and chip supper. My fellow judges, both former divers, were wildlife artist Jeremy Paul and Jackie Hall (no relation). I was the non-diver of the group so had to rely on Jeremy and Jackie for their superior knowledge…. I’m delighted to say I now know what a nudebranch looks like. We spent a very interesting and animated hour or so going through all of the entries and choosing our favourites, with consideration to focus, colour, composition and whether if fulfilled the criteria of the category to name but a few of the aspects we discussed. In the end, these were some of the winners. Well done to all involved. 


On Saturday just gone, I arrived late to the opening of David Swinton’s new exhibition ‘The Eyes of the House & Other Places’ at the Hodgson Loom Gallery (having been at The Engine House for Elaine Edge’s mosaic workshop for a class of fourteen which went extremely well but wasn’t finally wrapped up until early evening).

I have to say Mr Swinton looks very well indeed. I remember him from art lessons at school when I was at St. Ninians, many moons ago. I obviously wasn’t very good at art even then as he didn’t remember me 🙂  But this isn’t about me…. it’s about this beautiful exhibition of watercolours, full of detail in the interesting subject matter, expertly executed. Do go along as it’s well worth a visit.



Studio 42 has a new show opening this Wednesday 18th July from 6.30pm – ‘The Manx Landscape Afresh’ by Petrina Kent. There are very few of Petrina’s pieces I don’t like so I will definitely be heading to this show. Gallery owner, Eben, also posted up that Daniel Price has some new work on display – a couple of his lovely monoprints here to give you a taster. Also big congratulations to Daniel and his new wife Amy – they got married at the weekend. Very best wishes to you both for a long and happy marriage.



The Western Photographic Society is currently having an Exhibition at the Erin Arts Centre. ‘The World of the Western’ at the James Mellon Gallery which will continue until 30th July, open Wednesday to Friday each week between 10.30am and 4.30pm, and on evenings when there is an event in the Theatre. Amongst the exhibits is this one by Patricia Tutt – a fabulous image don’t you think?


It’s a bit of a short one this week folks. To be honest it’s a struggle at the moment to do this on a weekly basis due to my commitment to The Engine House but I know lots of you like the news posts so I shall endeavour to carry on with them at least every other week for now. Hopefully when I’m not doing 3 jobs I might have a bit more time again to get the diary up to date and do some more focused posts. If anyone would like to contribute or help to keep this website up to date I’d love to hear from you!


Dates for your Diary


On now at the Hodgson Loom Gallery – ‘The Eyes of the House & Other Pictures’ by David Swinton

On now at the Isle Gallery – ‘Dare the Moon’ a solo show by Bruno Cavellec

On now at the Sayle Gallery ’25 Years’ – Isle of Man Arts Council Loan Collection

On now at the Grosvenor Museum, Chester – ‘Monumental Rage’ – Michael Sandle, RA

Opening Wednesday at Studio 42 – ‘The Manx Landscape Afresh’ by Petrina Kent

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

July – Year of Our Island: Culture Month

7 July – 2 September – Williamson Art Gallery and Museum (Birkenhead) – Tom Wood and Cian Quayle


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 New – 16 July 2018

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