Have you registered yet? If not, why not! I’m very excited about Islexpo just in case you hadn’t realised yet. Not just because it was a great event last year and promises to be even better this year, but because this year on the opening evening there is a real focus on the creative industries and creating the future – and who better to talk about designing the future than the very wonderful, internationally acclaimed artist and designer Roger Dean?
Roger, perhaps best known for his album covers for ‘Yes’, ‘Asia’, ‘Osibisa’ and ‘Pink Floyd’ to name but a few, had a hugely successful exhibition at the Manx Museum last year – one of their most successful shows ever – and we are delighted to welcome him back to the Island this time with a focus on his futuristic architecture which he conceived of originally more than 40 years ago. His career and in particular his architectural designs will be central to an informal Q&A discussion with BAFTA winning David Mousley. So something different to what you might have seen last year at the museum and absolutely fascinating it promises to be too. You can read a bit more about this aspect of his work in the article I wrote last year.
In conjunction with Roger’s visit to the Island, the Sayle Gallery will be exhibiting a number of Roger’s paintings which have not yet been shown on the Island, so if you are at the Islexpo event you can pop into the gallery in between sessions, which of course is super-handy just under the Villa Marina colonnade, to see some of his fabulous work up close and personal. If you haven’t registered yet for the Islexpo event there’s still time: www.islexpo.com. See you there!
Deadline day is fast approaching for handing in your Manx Cancer Help mini canvas. They can be dropped off at the Sayle Gallery, the Hodgson Loom Gallery, Celtic Gold in Peel or directly to Gareth at Manx Cancer Help’s HQ in Tromode (the Old School House, opposite the Vehicle Test Centre). Please try to hand in by 19th May. This is to allow time to attach the hooks for hanging and for Julia to curate the show.
In case you missed the info I published a few weeks ago, the plan is that they will be displayed at the Hodgson Loom Gallery in Laxey for 3 weeks – the last week in June and the first two weeks in July. All the pictures will be for sale and there are some really fabulous ones, some really fun ones and plenty of quirky ones. Huge thanks again to John at Laxey Woollen Mills/Hodgson Loom gallery for agreeing to waive commission on the sales so that all of the proceeds will go to the charity, thanks also to Cuplas Callow for sponsoring the canvases, everyone who has helped to distribute them and collect them in and of course, not least, all of the fantastic participants who have taken the time to paint one. I’ll keep you posted on the opening closer to the date.
If you won’t make it to the show for whatever reason, you can make a donation to the charity by clicking here. Thank you for your support of this amazing and worthwhile charity.
It’s a brief news update this week as I’m travelling. However, knowing how much you all love the little gallery at the end of these posts, here is this week’s round up of social media. Enjoy!
Dates for your Diary
17 May – 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 / Isle of Man Art Festival show featuring 14 Artists
On now – “This is Summer” exhibition at the House of Manannan
On now and throughout the TT period – ‘Thirty-Seven and Three Quarters’ – photographic exhibition by James Marvin at The Sayle Gallery; and from 23 May – Roger Dean’s paintings at The Sayle (not previously exhibited on the island)
21 May -new show at the Isle Gallery – Nick Barlow and Julie Roberts
21 May – Isle of Architecture Event – Walking Tour of Peel. Meet at 10.50am at the Leece Museum, Peel Quay.
21 May – The Artists Garden: American Impressionism at the Erin Arts Centre, 3.00pm
24/25 May – Islexpo at the Villa Marina – Roger Dean from 7.45pm on the 24th in the Garden Hub – Pecha Kucha’s from 6.45pm.
Have a great week!