It’s a gloriously sunny morning as I sit here and write this. Everyone is still in bed so I should be able to gather all this week’s info together in fairly short order. So what’s new this week? Well great news on the artist studio spaces front. Kate Jerry and Colette Gambell are now happily installed at Pinewood Studios, Bishopscourt. I was out there a couple of weeks ago for the Keird Collective pop up and Kate and Colette had a couple of open studio days. They said they still had quite a lot of sorting out to do but it was looking in pretty good shape to me. They’ve had the most fabulous bright pink kiln installed. Kate said they could choose from a variety of colours, ‘so why not’? Why not indeed… I love it!

Other studio news is that Juan Moore and Anna Clucas have now set up a joint studio in The Engine House in Castletown. I thought they might be rattling around in the space as Juan set up his work area first which is all compact and close to hand… and then Anna arrived with all her gear – a massive easel, boxes of materials and stacks of canvases – so it now looks comfortably full. Both have started work and I’m looking forward to them realising some of their plans, in particular a joint exhibition in The Engine House in due course.

Those of you who follow the Directory will know that we have now hung our first art exhibition at The Engine House, hopefully the first of many. I am the first to admit that the lighting is not ideal at present but I am in the process of researching a hanging and lighting system for installation as soon as possible so that we can schedule in some shows for next year. The preview night unfortunately coincided with absolutely horrendous weather which I am sure put a lot of people off coming. Nonetheless, several pieces sold which was a great start and there are plenty of opportunities to call in and see the show and to buy anything that takes your fancy of course. The show is open 11am – 3pm Monday to Saturday and on Saturday coming up, 24th November, we are hosting a ‘Meet the Artist’ event. 

If you aren’t sure where we are, The Engine House is the old Canada Life building next to Poulsom Park (near the Sidings and the Viking, go around the roundabout as though you are going to Port Erin and we are right there on the bridge).



While I was galavanting around the south of the island on Saturday I took the opportunity to call into Studio 42 in Port St. Mary to see the new show by Nancy Corkish and David Byrne and to have chat to gallery owner, Eben. Wow. I was right in my post a couple of weeks ago to call them the King and Queen of watercolours. There are some fabulous pictures.

It’s such a lovely gallery and Eben has such a good eye for great art that it’s always a delight to go and see what’s on offer, so while I was there I took a few extra photos to share with you. The picture you can see on the counter is a Norman Sayle – fab isn’t it? The textiles are by Amy Price and apologies, I forgot to note who the glass is by (but I’m sure someone will help me out there).

You might think that would be enough ‘arting’ for one day but I was in the mood and hadn’t been able to make it to the opening of Paul Parker’s new show at the Hodgson Loom Gallery so I called in there on my way home. Paul has a selection of work which I’m pretty sure will capture at least one of your favourite places on the Island. I particularly liked the ones of Port St. Mary and Casteltown which I’ve included here.

I also had the opportunity to have a chat with a very croaky Julia Ashby Smyth, who is suffering with tonsillitis at present. Huge congratulations to her and The Fynoderee Distillery for their fantastic achievement in winning the New Business / Innovation category in the Isle of Man Awards for Excellence.


Coming up on 29th November from 5pm to 9pm and then Saturday ad Sunday 1-2 December is Grenaby’s Christmas event. This was a spectacular event last year with well over a thousand people visiting the studios over the three days. I know the artists have been beavering away making sure they have plenty of stock but I’d still get there as soon as you can to make sure you get the pick of what you want.

I went to the evening event last year and the atmosphere was really lovely – it was super Christmassy so if you’re struggling to ‘get into the zone’ this event will certainly cure that malade.


Continuing on with the Christmas theme, Darren Jackson (aka Farmyard Studios) posted up a couple of pictures of the ice village he is working on in Manchester. Darren has made a couple of ice sculptures in Douglas in the past – there was the ice mirror inspired by fairy tales and last year the train with all of the present on it. Stunning work. We will have to wait and see what this year’s theme will be but WiManx are again sponsoring the ice sculpture which will be in Strand Street for one day only; don’t miss it – 10am on Saturday 1st December.

Colleen Corlett posted up this beautiful illuminated piece of work presented to the President of the Law Society. The Kerruish Endeavour Award this year was awarded to Jane Grey, by His Honour Geoffrey Tattersall QC. Colleen said that she designs and illuminates each artwork to reflect the recipient, so they are always different. The back depicts Deemster Kerruish and the tributes paid to this ‘honourable gentleman’.


Vibrant young band Scran have released their debut CD of Manx traditional music with Album artwork by Adam Berry.

Their new album ‘Nane’ (Manx Gaelic for the number one) is a blend of lively Manx jigs and reels, beautiful airs such as “Dooraght” by Katie Lawrence, Gaelic song, new melodies by members of Scran and a few tunes from the other Celtic nations thrown into the mix.

Scran consists of some of the most talented young traditional musicians in the Isle of Man, and the band has grown out of Culture Vannin’s Manx music youth movement, Bree. Guided by mentor, Paul Rogers (Mabon, Strengyn & The Fecktones), Scran members are aged between 13 and 18 and the group includes BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Musician of the Year 2018, Mera Royle on harp. Scran clinched second place in the Next Big Thing 2017. 

The CD is £10.00 and is now available to buy from Culture Vannin and other local shops, or it can be downloaded as a digital album for £7.00 from the Culture Vannin bandcamp page.

Nane (CD)
Nane (digital download)

And finally, the next Manx Wearable Art Show will take place at 7.30pm on Friday 29th March 2019 at the Youth Arts Centre, Kensington Road, Douglas. Wearable Art is about “Creating garments of great beauty, innovation and wit, embracing the worlds of art, fashion and theatre.”

To find out more please call Sue on 842592 or 470639 or email:


Dates for your Diary


On now at The Hodgson Loom Gallery – ‘Island of Contrast’ by Paul Parker

On now – 25th November at Noa Bakehouse – Janet Lees – ‘Evidence of Humanity’

November – Year of Our Island: Our Rainy Days

9 November – 15 December – Sally Black and Chrissie Moss at The Engine House

15 November – Preview 6.30pm – 8.30pm – New Paintings and Holiday Memories by Nancy Corkish and David Byrne

17 November – Mannin Quilters – Ballabeg Church Hall

24 November – MNH – When is a Knox not a Knox

25 November – Manx Museum – ‘My Favourite Tholtans’ by Ray Kelly

Hodgson Loom Open Art Competition – ‘Light’ – Handing in 3rd, 4th, 5th and 8th December

Coming soon – not sure of the date yet – Affordable Art at The Isle Gally, Tynwald Mills.


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


That’s it for this week. Do remember you can subscribe to the news to get it delivered to your inbox. Just fill in the form in the sidebar.

Have a great week!

Jane x

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Isle of Man Art News – 19 November 2018

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