What A Fantastic Weekend! The Isle of Man Art Festival opened on Saturday morning with venues around the Island and sunny skies which I am quite sure helped to tempt people out and about. Fuelled primarily by cake and tea, my friend Sarah and I visited the Laxey, Douglas and Southern venues on Saturday ending up at Studio 42 shortly before 5pm and on Sunday my daughter, Ellen, came with me to visit Celine Appleyard in Union Mills, the Isle Gallery and the Peel venues with the last stop at Katy Mitchell’s before heading home to Ramsey (excellent route planning on my part if I may say so myself).

I guess the Creative Network will need to take stock of how the event has gone overall but personally I think it has been extremely successful, with some great artwork on display, plenty of people at the various locations and super hospitality at all of the venues. A huge amount of work has gone into the event so congratulations to all of the organisers and participants in making it happen and run so smoothly.

I’ve really enjoyed the last two days so if you’re reading this today, Monday 2nd May, you still have a chance to get out to the open studios; a rare treat to see where some of our Artists craft their wares. I’ve put together quite a substantial gallery for you – which is just a very small selection – of what you can see. (Click on the pictures to view in the lightbox).


To see loads more great photos follow this link to the Creative Network’s Facebook Page with photos by Deb Turk.


minilogoChris Killip’s
exhibition at the Manx Museum opens on Saturday 7th May with a private viewing on Friday evening. On Saturday, there is ‘An Afternoon with Chris Killip’ when he will be providing an insight into his career and signing purchased copies of his book. Tickets and copies of his book ‘Isle of Man Revisited’ are available from the Manx Museum Shop. Lecture tickets cost £10 for adults and £5 for students and are available now from the Manx Museum.

For those of you not yet familiar with his work, Chris Killip is a distinguished Manx photographer who works at Harvard University as professor of visual and environmental studies. He is well known for his gritty black and white images of people and places and renowned and recognised for his pictures of local communities – in particular the local Manx population. 

Chris is the recipient of numerous international awards, has exhibited all over the world, written extensively and been interviewed on both radio and television. His work has featured in the Tate Gallery and received extensive media coverage, most recently featuring in the Financial Times Magazine and Daily Mail

Manx National Heritage holds 252 of Chris Killip’s images in the Manx National Collections. The exhibition will feature 52 printed images, including well-known portraits of people and landscapes, as well as a number of unseen and unpublished works. Additional images will be featured on a rolling loop. 

The exhibition opens to the public at the Manx Museum on 7th May 2016 and is on until 30th July 2016.  


Chris Killip


minilogoThe organisers of this year’s Deep South Festival are looking for an Artist to display/sell some of their work at this year’s event. It is being held Saturday 2nd July and Sunday 3rd July 2016





minilogoAlice Quayle
got a nice little write up on isleofman.com for her branding work on the Yn Chruinnaght festival. (Ha, try them with that one at a spelling competition!). The illustration captures not just the festival details but also captures the seaside experience of Peel. Yet another great little infographic from her:



minilogoI managed to get along to the Rob Jones exhibition, Drawn Steel, at The Sayle Gallery earlier this week and then again on Saturday. WOW. I love it. I highly recommend you go along and indulge yourself in this show.  I told Rob what my mum had said about it when I saw him on Saturday at Grenaby Studios – that she’d have to take a Brillo pad to it – and he said he’d know where to go if he fancied a different finish (look out mum, you  might have inadvertently got yourself a job!). Seriously though, it really is worth a visit, or two… or three….

Rob Jones - Drawn Steel - Photo by Rob Smith
Rob Jones – Drawn Steel – Photo by Rob Smith


minilogoThe Annual John Nicholson Bursary Award of £500 is open for applications for the period 1 October 2016 to 30 September 2017 to assist one or more individuals in their endeavours in visual arts. More information on how to apply can be found on the Isle of Man Arts Council website and anyone wishing to apply should contact the Secretary, R G Barrs – email rgb@manx.net. 


Finally, here are a few more images from the Art Festival and Social Media over the past week. Enjoy.


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Have a great week!


Isle of Man Art News – 2 May 2016