Thursday evening last week saw a meeting of the Creative Network at The Sayle Gallery with an update about the organisation and venues for next year’s Isle of Man Art Festival, which will again take place over the early May bank holiday weekend. It’s been a fabulous event in recent years with an increase in the number of locations and their geographical reach now extending island-wide. One of the things the Creative Network are looking for is feedback on the printed programmes – are they useful or should they just be available online? Last year the different locations for the festival were in one section with a separate Artist directory booklet printed with the intention that it would have a longer shelf life than the festival guide itself. Please feel free to leave any comments on this post about any aspect of the festival which you feel would be useful. If you are reading this post and you think your company would be interested in sponsoring the festival, you can email me at and I will be very happy to put you in touch with the right people.

Bruno Cavellec who was in my news post a couple of weeks ago with his beautiful oil paintings inspired by Finistère has been busy creating more wonderful pieces for us to enjoy. I absolutely love the colour palette in the latest in his ‘Monk’ series commission – this one is called ‘The Quest’. He’s also produced a new book cover for Martin Davies, who he met 12 years ago when he was the manager of singer/songwriter Scott Matthews. Their shared passion for music has led to this exciting collaboration. The Million Pound Drop is the bitter-sweet story of a working class boy lifted by art, and daring to transcend his background by aiming for the stars and is available now on Amazon.

Svetlana Cameron was a solo guest on Manx Radio on Friday with Christy DeHaven in a Conister Rocks Special.  Do have a listen if you missed it by following the link.

Also coming up soon is the auction of her beautiful painting of Natalia Osipova, a Principal of the Royal Ballet, London. The portrait is part of a money-cannot-buy experience lot which will be auctioned at the charity evening in aid of Gift of Life on 5 October in London. All proceeds from the auction with be used to provide medical treatment to children battling cancer. In addition to the portrait, the winner will be treated to 2 premium tickets for one of Natalia’s performances and a backstage tour of Royal Opera House in London in 2017/2018 theatre season. To make it extra special and absolutely unbeatable, Natalia kindly offers attending one of her rehearsals or a private ballet lesson. Bidding is open to all ballet lovers around the globe. To place advance bids email Telephone bidding will also be available on 5 October.

Colleen Corlett has recently finished this beautiful gourd. The pictures are different angles of the same piece – I can hardly believe she managed to fit so much onto it! She also made herself rather poorly in the process as she was unaware that she should wear a mask but I’m glad to report that she is now on the mend. Very best wishes for a full and speedy recovery Colleen.

The Isle of Man Drawing Club is proving to be so popular that Kim has had to find a bigger venue! She’s not yet announced where it’s to be but it will be available for the October and November drawing club meetings. The next meeting which is this Thursday, 21st September is still at The British in the Embassy Room but please remember that seating is first come first served (and it’s been really busy so get there early!).

Janet Lees, whose photography work regularly features in these news posts, is the most fabulous writer and poet. I felt very privileged to publish one of her poems accompanied by some of her photographs last week. It had a huge response – and deservedly so – it’s absolutely, stunningly wonderful. If you missed it click here to take a couple of minutes to immerse yourself in its beauty.

Feeling rather inspired by the poetry post and also ‘The Bones of Time’ series I published last year, which was a collaboration between Usha Kishore and Carola Colley, I’m planning on making poetry posts a regular feature and would like to invite any poets and artists who would like to share their work to get in touch. Please email me in the first instance:

News Shorts

Congratulations to Katy Mitchell who is celebrating 2 years as a full time potter!
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Sally Black posted up this little beauty – the fish head is a painting of a ceramic piece made by her husband, Steve.
Ongky Wijana – Art in Stone , who made the Labyrinth in Peel Cathedral grounds, is creating a new Labyrinth in Padi organic restaurant in Ubud.
Nicola Dixon’s Green Mann Manx Land Triskel mugs were on sale at the Isle Of Man Food and Drink Festival at the weekend.
Bryan Moore continues his fab work on a new graphic novel.

Dates for your Diary

On now until 8 October – Isle of Man Society of Architects at The Sayle Gallery

On now until 23 September – “At The Edge of The World” by Julie Collins at The Isle Gallery

On now until 30 September – “Views, Vistas & Studies” at the Hodgson Loom Gallery

Opening 25 September – ‘Painted Dreams’ by Eileen Schaer a the House of Manannan, Peel

21 September – Isle of Man Drawing Club: Curvy Life Drawing! – 7pm at the Embassy Rooms, The British Hotel

7 October – 27 January 2018 – Manx Tholtans at the Manx Museum – Ray Kelly and Niamh Kelly

7 – 28 October – All things Loaghtan at the Hodgson Loom Gallery in conjunction with the 7th North Atlantic Sheep Conference

13 October – Arts, Craft and Demonstration Fayre at The Working Men’s Institute in Laxey – 11.00am – 9.00pm

Here’s this week’s round up of images from Social Media. Click on the pictures to view.

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Have a great week!

Jane x

Isle of Man Art News – 18 September 2017

3 thoughts on “Isle of Man Art News – 18 September 2017

  • Jane, I think that for the art festival, it would be great to have a full catalogue printed, featuring biogs of the artists and images of their work, as well as an exhibition map/guide which clearly shows visitors what and who is where around the island. As is normal with major art exhibitions, the map/guide would be free, and the exhibition catalogue to buy.

    And thanks so much also for your wonderful support 🙂

  • With the catalogue, I’d say exhibiting artists in one section, followed by Creative Network artists who are not exhibiting in another section – inclusion in the catalogue being a benefit of membership.

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