Hello! Well I’m back to it after a couple of weeks off and I hope you haven’t missed my ramblings too much. As ever there is all sorts of good stuff happening Island wide. Last week saw the opening of ‘Inner Space’ by Dr Julie Anne Denton at Studio 42 and I ventured South after work to make sure I got a chance to say hello. 

I have to say that this was perhaps the most nerve-wracking show I’ve been to thus far… Julie’s beautiful, extraordinary and eyebrow raising pieces are displayed on plinths at just about perfect handbag height. It was so busy and crowded I was in constant fear of hearing a crash as people edged their way round and I think that gallery owner, Eben, was equally anxious – but it was really great to see so many people at the preview and everyone seemed to be taking extra special care. Eben always has a great selection of original work for sale by some of the Island’s best known and respected Artists, so it’s always worth popping in and it’s certainly worth making a special visit to see Julie’s work. I managed to take a few snaps for you. 

While I was in radio-silence mode we also had the Isle of Man Art Society exhibition over the Easter weekend. It seems like ages ago now. This show included work by both amateur and professional artists and I think the standard is pretty high considering it is such a mixed show. Always on the lookout for good artists to add to the Directory pages I particularly liked the work of Janine Skelly, Kay Solly, Elizabeth Walsh, Abby Quirk, Amy Cain, Stuart Green and Tony Hewson to name but a few. Click the pictures to view in the lightbox.

My drawing challenge is now up to the letter ‘H’ which I will post up on the Facebook page this evening. It’s been great to see people rising to the challenge and sure enough, some of the regular players are showing significant improvement already! If you haven’t seen this yet, the idea is that with 16 hours of practice (at whatever you choose to do) you should see a noticeable improvement. I decided to do a picture for each letter of the alphabet and I am posting them up each week. Anyone can join in at any time – all you have to do is post your picture in the comments to keep them all together and say what your letter is for.  Here are some the great contributions so far.

The IOM Arts Council, if you haven’t caught it yet, are doing a new weekly post ‘What’s On Where’. The idea is that they start the post and anyone can post events into the comments of events that are coming up in the next seven days to keep everything together. Please do contribute if you have an event to share. It’s not just art either – it’s music events and theatre etc too.

In other Arts Council news, congratulations to Marlene Hendy MLC on her appointment as Chair of the Arts Council.


Manx National Heritage is opening a new show on 5th May called ‘Have I got News for Yessir’. This is an exhibition celebrating Phil Wooford’s light-hearted take on the Island’s news stories, past and present and runs daily until 5th August at the House of Manannan.


Microgaming is looking to recruit a Junior Graphic Designer to assist their Marketing team with the creation and optimisation of artwork in various media, managing projects from start to finish and communicating creative ideas and solutions throughout. The successful candidate will need to be able to demonstrate excellent design skills, meticulous attention to detail, mastery of Adobe Creative Suite (particularly Photoshop and Illustrator), and remarkable unflappability under pressure.
Please visit https://www.microgaming.co.uk/opportunities  for more details and to apply now. The closing date for applications is Friday 27 April 2018.



Dates for your Diary


On now – 21 April – ‘Saltmother’ at the Hodgson Loom Gallery

On now – 22 April – ‘3 Contemporaries’ at The Sayle Gallery

On now – 5 May – ‘Crossing Open Ground’ – David Gilbert: A Retrospective – at the Manx Museum

On now for a season – Inner Space at Studio 42, Dr Julie Anne Denton

17 April –  Richard J Parker from the Great Pottery Throwdown series 2 at the Isle Gallery for a pottery get together with a chat and some demos

18 April – Manx Radio 5.30pm-6pm Spotlight with Sarah Hendy

5-7 May – Creative Network’s IOM Art Festival – Island Wide

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

10 June – Exhibition on Screen – Manet Portraying Life at the Erin Arts Centre, 3.00pm – 4.30pm


Upcoming Workshops


16 April – The Great Manx Build Up and Throw Down – 3 Day Workshop – The Isle Gallery

17 April – Silk Painting with Jean Buck 10am-4pm – IOM Art Society

26 April – Absolute Beginners in Ceramics – Night Time Course – 7pm -9.30pm 

27 April – Absolute Beginners in Ceramics – Day Time Course – 10am – 12.30pm


If you’ve got a workshop or class coming up that you would like me to share please just drop me an email: graceandhall@gmail.com or get in touch via Facebook/Messenger.


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 News – 16 April 2018

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