Did you see the sun? Yes, it really happened – we had a couple of sunny days last week. As I sit and write this however it has clouded over and the wind has picked up. Still, there are always pockets of sunshine on the Isle of Man I’ve found, most usually in an art gallery, and Magical Island which opened yesterday at the Isle Gallery was indeed another little arty ray of sunshine.

“Inspiration for Celia’s work resides in tiny quiet corners of hedgerows, flowers and seeds through the mystical, Celtic atmosphere of our glens and waterfalls through to the wide and ever changing skies. Rosie’s work spans a number of disciplines including photography, pen, ink, acrylic and printmaking, borne out of observations from nature, the structure of rock formations, patterns discerned in a tangle of seaweed on the beach, ivy twining around a tree, winter branches swaying in the wind, shapes worn into rocks by repeated tides, expressions of time frozen, never the same, never repeated.”

Sally Black chooses the most interesting things to paint, from eggs, kippers or mackerel to crab, creatures and geese. Sally has been working on this lovely collection of bees recently. When I was picking up a parcel last week from Manx Independent I noticed a sign on the wall saying that the importation of bees and hives is strictly prohibited – which I did know but it was interesting to see it in print at such a key location. Because of this we have a really healthy bee population which is crucial to our ecosystem. Long may it continue. If you see any of these, don’t squash them!

The Great Pottery Build up and Throw Down sounds like it was a great success. Richard J Parker from the Great Pottery Throwdown series 2 was on the Island and as you can see, got his hands dirty demonstrating to an delighted class of pottery enthusiasts. I chatted to Anna Clucas yesterday while I was at Magical Island and she said it was a really enjoyable event and that she hopes to do something similar on an annual basis with fellow potter, Faye Christian. 


Kim Graziano’s Drawing Club is going from strength to strength and now has a second venue to add to the mix. Alongside the usual life drawing sessions on a Thursday at Noa Bakehouse, there will now be a second monthly session on a Tuesday at The Alpine. These new sessions will be a chance to dive deeper into your drawing practice, with two drawing zones and two opposite sex models cycling between the groups. Bring your own favourite art supplies and paper, and your host Kim Gee Studio will lead the group through different timed poses and social breaks. At the end of the night we’ll show off our favourite creations to our fellow club members, celebrating each other’s unique styles and talents.  There are only 40 tickets available for this event at £10 each, which includes your *first drink free*! Tickets WILL sell out as they always do (it only took 6 hours last time), so make sure to get yours quickly. All are welcome regardless of ability level, as long as you can enjoy a chat and love to draw. RSVP now, and invite an artsy friend!!

Here is a wee interview of Kim talking about the Drawing Club to 3FM.


Phil Kneen’s fabulous documentary photography has been published by Huck Magazine – well done Phil!  He reported that the images he’s taken of the white squatter camps in South Africa will only be printed in magazines and online publications who will let him supply his own text, or are sympathetic to the circumstances in South Africa. 


Coming up Friday is the opening of ‘Inspiring Another Generation’ at the Sayle Gallery. It’s an exhibition of over 60 examples of work produced for the creative industries including, film, animation, fashion, graphics, advertising, painting, design, craft, jewellery and sculpture. 

“The creatives in this exhibition have one thing in common – they are all alumni of the the University College, Isle of Man (formerly known as the Isle of Man College). Inspiring past generations, the University College will continue to inspire future generations.”



Dates for your Diary


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

On now – 10 June – Magical Island at The Isle Gallery

On now for a season – Inner Space at Studio 42, Dr Julie Anne Denton

25 April – Manx Radio 5.30pm-6pm Spotlight with Sarah Hendy

28 April – 20 May – Inspiring Another Generation – A UCM Alumni Exhibition at The Sayle Gallery

1 May – Isle of Man Drawing Club – Life Drawing at The Alpine

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

5 May – 5 August – ‘Have I Got News for Yessir’ by Phil Woodford at the House of Manannan

13 May – 17 June – Awakening Art Exhibition – The Methodist Art Collection in the Isle of Man (various locations, see link)

10 June – Exhibition on Screen – Manet Portraying Life at the Erin Arts Centre, 3.00pm – 4.30pm


Upcoming Workshops


26 April – Absolute Beginners in Ceramics – Night Time Course – 7pm -9.30pm 

27 April – Absolute Beginners in Ceramics – Day Time Course – 10am – 12.30pm

30 April – Absolute Beginners & Improvers in Acyrlics 

1 May and Tuesdays until 22 May – Willow and Chalk Drawing Club – Mother T’s

4 May – Altered Canvas Art (vintage) – A Friday night out at The Isle Gallery

9 May – Pattern Play – Layering with Stencils and Paint

18 & 25 May – 2 Evenings of Oil Painting ‘The Colours of Spring’


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 – 23 April 2018

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