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It’s been particularly difficult to draft the news today (Sunday), firstly because I’ve been happily distracted listening to Bruno Cavellec on Manx Radio’s Sunday Soundtrack with Christy de Haven and secondly because I’ve got a splitting headache – not caused by Bruno and Christy I hasten to add – and nor from any over-indulgences either rather annoyingly!

Christy is a huge supporter of the Arts and it’s thanks to her and Beth Davies that get to do the Art round up once a month on the Women Today programme and talk to really cool people like Darren Jackson about his ice sculptures. You can listen to Friday’s programme again for the next few days if you missed it. I thought it was really interesting to hear how Darren started out working with ice and how he makes the sculptures. I featured his ice mirror in last week’s news including a video showing him at work but really wanted to let you know about his Facebook page as there are some of the most amazing photographs of his work on there: ‘Farmyard Studio presents Icemannstudio’. It’s a good one to ‘Like’ so that you’ve got it handy when you have a big occasion on the calendar – have a look at the photos and you’ll see what I mean!

minilogoSvetlana Cameron announced that she has been chosen to paint a large ceremonial portrait for the Royal Artillery Institution in the UK. Her artwork will hang in the regimental Headquarters, alongside portraits of British monarchs and distinguished military figures painted by prominent artists such as Franz X. Winterhalter and George Frederick Watts. She will also be exhibiting next year at the prestigious Bankside Gallery in London, in June 2017, alongside members of the Society of Graphic Fine Art.

It must be quite disconcerting I expect to see your work pop up on the internet, but such was the case this week when Svetlana said she was really surprised to find that someone has created a YouTube video of her artworks which she knew nothing about and it popped up in her news feed! I think it’s a nice tribute and there are a few pictures on it that I haven’t seen before so I very much enjoyed watching it.

minilogoCreative professionals are being offered the opportunity to pitch for grant funding from the Isle of Man Arts Council. The Arts Council will host an event at NOA Bakehouse on Thursday 9th February from 6pm at which those getting a creative business or project off the ground can present a case for funding. There are eight places at the event and participants will give presentations lasting up to eight minutes to a panel from the Arts Council. The three successful pitches will be awarded grants of £1500, £1000 and £500.

Geoff Corkish MBE MLC, Chairman of the Arts Council, said the event formed part of a successful and inspiring programme of creative industries events begun last year. Mr Corkish said: ‘We want to develop and encourage our creative industries and we see many people setting out in business or on a project who need that initial support to get off the ground and flourish. ‘We will target grants at the opportunities that hold most promise in terms of their contribution to our burgeoning creative industries. ‘The event will also provide those pitching with an opportunity to meet and seek advice from those who are working in our creative industries, contributing to our economy and making the Isle of Man a special place to be.’

To apply to pitch at the event, download an application form from, email or ring 01624 694598. Applications must be submitted by Friday 6th January 2017. If the event is over-subscribed, unsuccessful applicants will be notified.

minilogoNicola Dixon, in between working on commissions, has been having a bit of a tidy in her studio and has a number of originals for sale. The unframed boat pictures are 15 x 40cm and are very reasonably priced at just £65. As you will see from the last  picture she has a good selection of work available.

You can contact Nicola to make an appointment to visit her in her studio via her Facebook page or text her on 07624 403183. Another fab idea for wonderful and unique Christmas gifts (or actually, more likely in my case, mmmm, another present to me from Father Christmas…).

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minilogoCongratulations to Anita Imberger, winner of ‘Warning – Loose Sheep at the Gooseneck’. I asked people to put a Christmas song or carol in the comments so that I’d know they were entering the competition and there were some really funny suggestions, “Ewe scumbag, ewe maggot, ewe cheap lousy faggot”, “While shepherds watched their flocks by night (a couple misbehaving)”,  and “Goooo….SELL it on the mountain”  to mention just a few.

If you missed out, don’t despair, it’s a limited edition print run which you can buy directly from Julia or call into the Hodgson Loom Gallery (at Laxey Woollen Mills). There are lots of other lovely prints and originals to be had there and if  you’re still Christmas shopping there are some great local gifts in the Mill Shop too.

The Hodgson Loom competition with the theme of ‘Time’ will open on Saturday 17th December. Julia said she has had over 90 entries and it has taken some organising to put the show together. There are ‘some stonking entries’, and she says it’s fantastic that people take the ‘time’, excuse the pun, to be so creative. It makes for such a diverse and fabulous exhibition. So there  you go, another great reason to head to the Gallery before Christmas.

minilogoThe B43D team had a small shop to sell their graphic novel ‘A World Apart’ in the Strand Shopping Centre over the weekend and the book will be back on sale next weekend in the old MEA unit. It’s also available at Tynwald Mills and Ian’s News Agents (Peel) and costs just £10. Sales go towards employing students on the Isle of Man.

minilogoDates for your Diary

On now to 23 December – Paul Parker – Aspects of Man at The Sayle Gallery

On now to 23 December – Christmas Shop at The Sayle Gallery

On now until Christmas – Nancy Corkish, David Bryne and Friends at The Isle Gallery

On now through December – Studio 42’s Christmas Show

17 December – Opening of the Hodgson Loom Open Art Competition show

17 December – The Isle Gallery – Angel Wall Art Christmas Workshop (10am)

17 December – The Isle Gallery – Teens’ Masterclass – Screen Printed Snowflake Tote Bag (2pm)

17 December – The Isle Gallery – Children’s DIY Christmas Gifts (2pm)

20 December – The Isle Gallery – Christmas Lantern Family Art Workshop (10am)

20 December – The Isle Gallery – Teens’ Masterclass – Christmas Screen Printing

21 December – The Isle Gallery – The Snow Queen – Classic Art and Literature (10am)

21 December – The Isle Gallery – Children’s Winter Art Camp (2pm)

9 January – 24 February – Bob Hitchin’s Digi-rama at the Erin Arts Centre

20 January – 19 Febuary – Ruth Blindell and Laura Espinosa at The Sayle Gallery

minilogoHere’s this week’s round-up of pictures sourced from Social Media. Do let me know if you prefer the old format or the new slideshow – all comments and feedback gratefully received!

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Isle of Man Art News – 12 December 2016