The year is moving on apace and we now have the not so wonderful combination of Halloween paraphernalia mixed with Christmas gifts and decorations. There should be a law I think that nothing related to Christmas can be sold or promoted before 31 October!

Our artists have been busy gearing up for both festivals of course. The Keird Collective are having a pop up at the Pinewood Studios on Saturday and Sunday. This is a great group of young local talent so if you haven’t seen their work yet this is a great opportunity to catch up with them and see what it’s all about.



As well as the Keird pop up Grenaby Studios are also having a pop up on Saturday, where the Clumsy Printmaker and Manx Henna Bee will be joining the Grenaby regulars. You will be able to ‘adorn yourself with magically mystical Hop tu Naa inspired henna designs, or stamp up a storm with the Clumsy Printmaker, and create yourself a spooky loot bag, perfect for collecting all those hauntingly delicious sweet treats!’



One artist whose work lends itself particularly to this time of year is Julia Ashby Smyth. Julia has been sharing some of the pages from her fabulous sketch book. Here are a few of the delights from her gorgeous, leather bound sketch book.


Felicity Wood posted up this picture this week, saying decided to ‘try a quick sgraffito before bed” something I said two hours ago!’. I wasn’t sure what sgraffito was so turned to the ol’ tinternet to find out. Here’s what Wikipedia says: Sgraffito (Italian: [zɡrafˈfiːto]; plural: sgraffiti; sometimes spelled scraffito) is a technique either of wall decor, produced by applying layers of plaster tinted in contrasting colours to a moistened surface, or in pottery, by applying to an unfired ceramic body two successive layers of contrasting slip or glaze, and then in either case scratching so as to reveal parts of the underlying layer.[1] The Italian past participle “sgraffiato” is also used, especially of pottery. 


The Hodgson Loom Gallery is calling for entries for this year’s open art competition. It’s open to all and you can submit up to 3 entries.  Handing-in will be the first week in December. Entry forms will be available in the gallery towards the end of this month. £2 per entry. Any medium, photos, ceramics sculpture, textile, mixed. For further information, please email



Manx National Heritage has a great range of events on at present, particularly of interest to the visual arts are the Archibald Knox inspired events such as ‘Understanding Silver Hallmarks’ and ‘The Deer’s Cry’ (see below for dates coming up soon or check out their ‘What’s On’ page.

Also coming up at the Manx Museum, in advance of the 100th anniversary of the Armistice, ‘Mann at War’ is a new gallery commemorating the role of Manx men, women and children in conflict from the 1700s to the present day.

The new gallery includes material relating to the Manx Fencibles, raised in the 1790s to defend the Island against possible invasion, a rare notebook carried by a sailor in Nelson’s fleet, and artefacts relating to the Isle of Man’s role in the internment of enemy civilians during the two world wars. Perhaps the most poignant artefact on show is the simple wooden cross which marked a Manx soldier’s battlefield grave, exactly 100 years ago.

In addition to stories, manuscripts and objects including weapons and costumes, ‘Mann at War’ features three paintings conserved with generous support from Isle of Man Steam Packet Company, including the magnificent ‘Surrender of the German Fleet’, painted in 1919. Rare Napoleonic era uniforms are displayed including the uniforms of Manx heroes John Quilliam and Caesar Bacon, which have recently been studied by military and textile specialists, giving fresh insights into both Quilliam and Bacon’s military careers.

The bravery of soldiers and the Manx people in the two World Wars is also commemorated including Hector Duff BEM. Hector was a tank crewman during the Second World War. He was awarded the Military Medal for bravery in North Africa, and later was wounded in the Normandy campaign.

We also hear of the bravery of soldiers in more recent times, including Major Voirrey Walsh (nee Corkish) from Douglas who served as an officer in the Royal Engineers from 2002 to 2017. Voirrey deployed during the Iraq War (2003) in an Air Support role to the RAF. Later she was based in Al Amarah with the Scots Dragoon Guards Battle Group, as their first female Battle Group Engineer.

The new gallery is open daily from Monday 5 November 2018. Admission is free of charge.


Finally for this week, I am sure many artists will be aware of the Hospice ‘Wallabies Gone Wild’ project. If you haven’t seen the information pack yet and are interesting in painting a Wallaby I can forward the information to you. Just email

If you are a business interested in sponsoring a Wallaby there are three upcoming information days in early November. Having chatted with Steven Downward who is leading the project during the week, there are loads of benefits and great opportunities to be involved. Do at least go along to find out what it’s all about. To get in touch call 647434 or email


Dates for your Diary


On now  – Jigsaw2 by Adam Berry at The Isle Gallery

On now at The Hodgson Loom Gallery – Chrissie Moss ‘Way of the Gull, et al’

24 October – MNH – Archibald Knox – The Deer’s Cry

27 October – MNH – Archibald Knox – Cymric and Tudric

October – Year of Our Island: Celebrating our Heritage

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

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


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


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Have a great week!

Jane x

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Isle of Man Art News – 22 October 2018

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