Happy St. Patrick’s Day, especially to all our Irish friends. Of course Saturday was actually St. Patrick’s Day but today is the official public holiday in Ireland. As far as I’ve managed to figure out over the years it mainly involves wearing green, pinning on some shamrock and going to the pub. I decided to see if there was anything I’d missed so had a quick look on my best friend Google. Interestingly, and I probably would have realised this if I had thought about it a bit more, St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated in more countries than any other national festival. It’s a public holiday in the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland, the Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador (for provincial government employees), and the British Overseas Territory of Montserrat. The reason for wearing shamrock I recall from my convent school days; St Patrick is said to have used the shamrock, a three-leaved plant, to explain the Holy Trinity to the pagan Irish. So there you go. I’m sure you all knew most of that anyway.

Jade Boylan said in a post over the weekend that she shares this illustration every year for St. Patrick’s Day but this year she redrew it on her iPad Pro using Adobe Draw ‘and changed it up a wee bit’. It was commissioned by a local client a few years back for a tattoo…   Beannachtai na feile Padraig Oraibh! 



Nicola Dixon, whose work has been deeply influenced by St. Patrick’s breastplate, shared this beautiful set of pictures which are currently on display in The Sayle Gallery.

“St Patricks’s Day Blessings to you. 
Nine lines from 
St Patricks Breastplate/The Deers Cry in triskels.

I arise today
Through strength of Heaven
Light of Sun
Radiance of Moon
Splendour of Fire
Speed of Lightening
Swiftness of Wind
Depth of the Sea
Stability of Earth
Firmness of Rock”

I mentioned the other week that Phil Kneen was off to South Africa to document the squatters’ camps around Pretoria and sure enough, he has been posting some awesome pictures. He said that his brief is to photograph white squatters, so this lot were a bit miffed when he was about to leave without photographing them… “And rightly so. They posed and I shot another roll of film on them.” Well worth it, aren’t they ace?

And check out these gorgeous little’un’s too. Well done the person who assigned this job to Phil, good choice.


The Arts Council announced that they have made some changes to their Facebook group in order to tailor it specifically toward finding out about events and activities on the Isle of Man. They will also be creating a group specifically aimed at artists and organisations which will be a space to share and ask for advice about funding. This ‘What’s On Where’ group is for the specific purpose of promoting, sharing and finding out about arts news, events and activities run by artists and organisations on the Island and they plan to create a weekly ‘share point’ post every Monday where members can add links to their events in the comments. This is to ensure that the feed does not get too cluttered and events can be found easily in one place. 

The AC has also announced that they are launching a new guest blog series about social media and marketing tips for creatives.  A number of Island specialists will be sharing their insights with their first article by Derek Richardson a.k.a. DEREK The Bandit – DataBass so look out for that from today.



Manx Pets in Pencil has created these rather lovely notebooks for you to carry a little bit of art around with you so you can sketch and scribble on the go. A6 lined notebooks in 3 unique designs, available in packs of 3 (3 x 1 design) – £6.00. 


Here are a few pics from my A-Z drawing challenge. This week it was ‘C’ and we had everything from cows to candlesticks. It’s open to everyone so please do join in, especially if you are a beginner. ‘D is for..’ will be pinned to the top of the Facebook page from this evening.


Meriel Burden, aka The Dog Artist, posted up this lovely series of pictures of a work in progress. Little Linda looks lovely doesn’t she?

News Shorts:


Mike Wade, who many will know through Isle of Man Newspapers and his rather awesome ‘The Black Dog Oven’ pizzas, not to mention his musical abilities, has a rather talented daughter too by all accounts. Molly Wade, who is currently studying for a degree in fashion and textiles at Middlesex University, was chosen as one of the interns to work for high fashion label, Preen, leading up to their show at London Fashion Week. Check out the article by Julie Blackburn here.


Neil Milsom delivered this stunning commission to his client this week. How could anyone be disappointed with this? Isn’t it gorgeous? I’m sure they must be delighted.

Svetlana Cameron is having a farewell event on 23-24 March at Genesis Gallery in Douglas. She has arranged an exhibition of ten of her recent portraits borrowed from private collections, and it will be an opportunity to say hello/good-bye to her before her family’s relocation to the south-east of England in early April. Catalogues and limited edition prints will be available to buy during the event.

There’s another lovely new page on the Directory – Kate Summerville. Wouldn’t these make fabulous fabric designs?

And finally, look out for painted rocks. This wonderful community project encourages you to paint on stones and then leave them around and about for others to find. You can either keep them or re-hide them for someone else to find. What a lovely thing to do with your children. The Facebook page has nearly 7000  followers where you can post up a picture of your find.


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What’s On


On now – 29 March – Erin Arts Centre ‘Animal Kingdom’ by Dawn Kennaugh

On now – 15 April – ‘Clay Masters’ at The Isle Gallery

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

21 March – Manx Radio 5.30pm-6pm Spotlight with Sarah Hendy

22 March – Creative Industries Meeting at Noa Bakehouse – 6.00pm

24 March – 21 April – ‘Saltmother’ at the Hodgson Loom Gallery

24 March – 22 April – ‘3 Contemporaries’ at The Sayle Gallery

28 March – 2 April – Isle of Man Art Society Easter Art Exhibition

15 April – Exhibition on Screen – Vermeer and his Music – Erin Arts Centre – 3pm – 4.30pm

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

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


Upcoming Workshops:


22 March – Creative Industries Public Meeting at Noa Bakehouse 6pm

22 March – Printmaking for Beginners and Improvers, the Isle Gallery 7pm

2 April – Mini Masters Classics – Van Gogh’s Garden, the Isle Gallery 10.00am

2 April – Classic Fairy Tales – Rapunzel (Tangled), the Isle Gallery 2.30pm

7 April – Family Easter Willow Weaving Workshop – the Isle Gallery

9 April – Ceramic Animal Moneybox – the Isle Gallery 10.00am

9 April – Art & Literature – The Gruffalo Art Workshop – The Isle Gallery 2.30pm

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 – 19 March 2018

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