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If you follow the news each week, you’ll know that last week I’d taken a bit of battering having badly twisted my left knee and gone over on both ankles in an early morning ‘dog and stairs’ incident. I won’t put you off reading the rest of this post by adding in photographs but by way of update, the hobbling is slightly less severe and the bruising has now come out with two spectacularly black and swollen ankles putting me in mind of my now sadly departed auntie Nellie, who I never saw stand up in all my formative years, and who always suffered from swollen legs and ankles, God bless her. Thank you all for your good wishes – I am up and around and even made it into work last Thursday. I won’t, however, be entering the Parish Walk anytime soon.
Coming up this week, the UCM show opens on 16th through to 29th June. I’m sure I’m not alone in my struggle to call it UCM having known it as ‘The College’ all my life. It was a really good show last year and this year there are a some great students graduating who are already on my radar including Daniel Price, Erin Dimelow and Rebekah Corlett. Here’s a reminder for you (Erin’s and Rebekah’s from their joint show “RED” last year at Studio 42).
The end of year exhibition is an opportunity for all Art, Design & Media students to display a selection of their work. It’s usually the most recent work from their final major projects. Viewing the exhibition is an excellent way to find out more about a course and you can see the range of work studied and the quality of outcomes produced. Student sketchbooks are available for you to look through and this is the best way to find out how ideas have been developed. Students supervise the exhibition and you are invited to talk to them about their course. The show is open to the public, family of the exhibiting students and prospective students.
Do go along to see this show as there are some very talented young people doing some really fabulous work.
Phil Kneen this week posted up some lovely pictures. Whilst I like most of his work it’s been a few months since I’ve mentioned him in the news as nothing has really stood out for me – but these of Courtney Payne-Audsley are reminiscent of the ’70s and the others of Mark Boyd, a great photographer in his own right who currently has work showing at the Erin Arts Centre, capture his subjects in a way I haven’t seen him do for a while. Really lovely I’m sure you’ll agree.
I haven’t seen much of Bruno Cavellec recently – and that’s evidently because he’s been keeping a low profile working away in his studio. Bruno posted up that it’s been 18 months since he started to design book covers for his friend, Graham Hamer, and thanked him for giving him a unique opportunity to create something different’ with so much fun and freedom’. This is the cover for the 10th book in the Manx Connection series -“The Platinum Pirate” – and it’s available on Amazon as an eBook and also in paperback. You can find out more about Graham Hamer and his books here http://graham-hamer.com.
Not only has Bruno been busy producing book covers, he’s also produced this lovely picture for a new Manx CD / DVD: ‘Mona’s Isle: The legacy of Mona Douglas’.
Inspired by the folklore collection, music, poetry and life of one of the Isle of Man’s most important cultural icons, this collection of new songs was created by a group of Manx musicians who all had some connection to Mona Douglas RBV.
The CD consists of songs in English and Manx and it reflects on Mona Douglas’ work in different ways and styles, including settings of her poems, re-workings of traditional melodies she collected, and original songs incorporating archive recordings of Douglas’ own singing. The DVD is a live recording of a concert celebrating Mona Douglas which was given in the Peel Centenary Centre in 2012.
Artists and musicians featured on the CD/DVD include the following: Aalin Clague, Alanna Cowley, Annie Kissack, Bob Carswell, Breesha Maddrell, Bruno Cavellec Art, Chloe Woolley, Clare Kilgallon, Dave Kilgallon, Dave Mclean, Greg Joughin and Mandy Griffin.
‘Mona’s Isle – The Legacy of Mona Douglas’ is available in Isle of Man bookshops or direct from Culture Vannin: http://culturevannin.im/publication_476193.html
The Archibald Knox Forum posted up on Facebook this week that Yvonne Cresswell, Curator of Social History for Manx National Heritage, is providing a curatorial talk and showing of the Deer’s Cry which is a beautiful water colour illustration by Archibald Knox.
The Deer’s Cry or St Patrick’s Hymn is an illuminated version of the prayer traditionally ascribed to St Patrick. Consisting of a series of pages of illuminated lettering bound into a book; The Deer’s Cry was designed and executed by Archibald Knox and illustrates his skilled use of design taken from Norse and Celtic art. Knox is known to have worked on The Deer’s Cry during the First World War, when he was in post as a camp censor at Knockaloe Internment Camp. He then continued to work intermittently on the piece until his death in February 1933.
The talk is at Manx Museum on Tuesday 20th June at 1pm. There will be a nominal £1 charge and spaces will be limited, so please let Chris Hobdell know if you plan to attend. The easiest was is by Facebook – look for ‘The Archibald Knox Forum’ or if you don’t use Facebook you can telephone on 663762.
Janet Lees continues to post up her lovely work on Instagram; she really does have an eye for things that would pass most of us by. You can find her by searching ‘janetlees2001’.
Dates for your Diary
14 June – Sarah Hendy’s arts show ‘Spotlight’ on Manx Radio, 5.30 – 6.00pm (and every Wednesday)
On now– REM-EMBERS EMBLAZONED – David Maddrell at Studio 42
On now – Hodgson Loom Gallery – ‘Salty Wheels’ and Fottofinders TT exhibition.
On now until 10 September – “This is Summer” exhibition at the House of Manannan
On now until 18 June – ‘Thirty-Seven and Three Quarters’ – photographic exhibition by James Marvin at The Sayle Gallery; and also on now until 15 June Roger Dean’s paintings at The Sayle
On now – ‘Catch and Release’ at the Isle Gallery – Nick Barlow and Julie Roberts
15 June – First Meeting of the Isle of Man Drawing Club, 6.30 pm at the British Hotel, North Quay, Douglas
15 June – Start of Paul Parker’s Water Colour Landscape Painting Course at Thie Ellyn
16 June – 29 June – UCM Art & Media Exhibition 2017 , Homefield Road, Douglas 1pm-4pm week days
21 June – The Isle Gallery: Lino Block Printmaking One Day Adult Art Workshop, 10.00am – 4.00pm
26 June – 9 July – Manx Cancer Help’s Art Project at the Hodgson Loom Gallery
Here’s this week’s round up of images from Social Media – enjoy!
Have a great week!