After the excitement of the Isle of Man Art Festival over the May bank holiday weekend and all of the follow up and photographs, and then the launch of the Chris Killip exhibition at the Museum hot on it’s heels, the visual arts community seems to have taken a moment to breathe this last week ready for the next round of happenings. To think when I started doing the news updates I was worried there wouldn’t be enough to write about week to week! It’s not taken me very long at all to realise that we have a really active art community on the Isle of Man and that if you blink you’ve probably missed something……
Second year students on the Isle of Man College’s Art and Design Degree Courses are presenting an exhibition of eclectic work at the Douglas Market Hall. It’s not on for long though – Friday 20th to Monday 23rd May – as it precedes the final degree show by the third year students, so make sure you get down quick to see work from the eleven students on this course.
Essentia is the third year students’ show and is the accumulation of three years of developing ideas and formulating creative roots, representing journeys through themes of identity, sense of place, loss, solitude, entrapment and surreal worlds. This exhibition represents the core work of the graduates of the Bachelor of Fine Arts, 2016 and the final pieces solidify the creative worlds of each student, bringing forth the essence of each of them as artists.
Kirsti Penzes | Rosie Wood | Bryan Moore | Helen Tate
27th May -14th June 2016
Monday – Saturday 08.00-17:00
Throughout the four weeks of the ESSENTIA: FLOURISH exhibition Kirsten will be running three Saturday afternoon events for families and children to take part and contribute to the exhibition. The events are:
Saturday 28th May 1-3pm: Creating Soundscapes
Saturday 4th June 1-3pm: Making Ceramic Pinch Pots
Saturday 11th June 1-3pm: Kite making
If you would like to take part in the events please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Erica Kermode, whose page went live this week, has only one space left on her one day “Introduction to Clay Modelling Course” on 2 July. It runs from 10am to 4pm and costs £75. Find Erica’s Silver Willow Studio on our handy map. She will also be running “Summer Ceramics” on Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons 1pm to 4 pm from 28 June through to October. These are open studio sessions for people who have some experience in ceramics and want to go along and be creative. The price is £20 per session.
Julia Smyth at the Hodgeson Loom Gallery has been putting next year’s schedule together for the gallery and still has some spots available so is interested in hearing from artists in any discipline. She will be happy to do group or solo shows and even if you have never exhibited before and are a little ‘trepidacious’ she says she will be happy to find you a safe little corner and make it not so scary. You can get in touch with Julia by email: email@example.com (she’s really lovely and approachable so don’t be afraid to get in touch).
The Isle of Man Arts Council posted up the summer schedule for the Youth Arts Centre on Kensington Road which includes Junior Art (ages 8-11) on Mondays 4.00 – 6.00 and Photography (ages 11+) on Tuesdays. It’s not very easy to read here but click the pic to see it in a lightbox.
You’ve still got a chance to see Rob Jones’s “Drawn Steel” exhibition at The Sayle Gallery but this closes on 22 May so if you haven’t yet had a chance to see it, make haste!
“Fast becoming a popular form of craft and a great way to start or get back to your creative journey, this workshop combines many techniques. Get back into creating again, great art therapy and a way to build your confidence.”
£42 including a beautiful 25x25cm bound sketchbook.
There’s been lots happening in the background for the Directory over the past few weeks. I’m delighted to report that the Isle of Man Arts Council has approved some funding to help raise awareness of the website with the public. Huge thanks to them for their support. Look out for advertising over TT – I’m not going to tell you what it is yet but it’s going to be pretty big….. This Friday, 20th May at 2.00pm, I will be on Manx Radio’s Women Today programme, with the first of my monthly Art round-ups. I’m also going to be able to spend more time on the Directory shortly and can now offer premium membership for Artists who will be able to have a shop page as well as their main listing. Get in touch for more information.
Artist and author Ruth Blindell is hosting an exhibition of her fantastic landscape paintings at the Erin Arts Centre. The exhibition was born out her book ‘Finlo and the Fairy Kings’ and is made up of work in a variety of formats including cards, images, both framed and unframed, and original paintings. The exhibition opened on 6th May and is on until 6th June.