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It’s only 5 more sleeps folks! I’m talking of course about the 6th Creative Network Isle of Man Art Festival. It was a brilliant event last year and promises to be even better this year, with new venues added making it a truly island-wide event. I sat down and worked out my route in advance with a view to getting to see as much as possible last time but of course it’s not just about following the art trail and seeing what the Artists have to offer. For them, selling their work is their livelihood and this is a key event for their cash flow, so I would urge you to take along your wallets and purses (not everyone has card facilities) and to buy whatever takes your fancy, safe in the knowledge that not only have you got something lovely for yourself, but you have also supported local industry at grass-roots level, helping not only the Artists but their families too. Crazy though it may sound I actually did some of my Christmas shopping last year and stashed away a number of my purchases to give as gifts.

So dig deep, buy lots, get to as many venues as you can and most of all, have a fabulous time. You can find all of the details and a link to buy the tickets here or via the Creative Network’s website, here.

After beavering away quietly in the background in recent months, the second of Nicola Dixon’s major commissions is now in the public domain. Nicola’s lovely stamps are now available to pre-order from the Isle of Man Post Office website. ‘Green Mann’ is issued on Wednesday 3rd May and can be found at The set of six colourful stamps look good enough to eat with original artwork from Nicola showing the Island’s landscape, horticultural, farming and fishing heritage and our diverse group of food producers. Each stamp has a quirky title representing the subject matter: Farm to Yarn; Fish to Dish; Welly to Belly; Cow to Cup, Tree to Table and Field to Fork. Chris Collins is the Isle of Man Post Office’s face of the issue, as a former Blue Peter gardener, global horticulturalist and all round grow your own enthusiast.

If you’ve got one of the Manx Cancer Help mini canvases finished then there are a few places you can drop them off. In Douglas you can either deliver them directly to the charity at their HQ in Tromode or to The Sayle Gallery. In Laxey you can drop them off at the Hodgson Loom Gallery and in Peel, Emma at Celtic Gold has kindly agreed to collect them in. I’ll let you know as soon as I’ve sorted out a drop-off point in Ramsey and another in the South. They all need to be in by 19th May to allow sufficient time to get hooks attached to them for hanging and the other practicalities around arranging the show (and taking into consideration TT etc.).

I’m delighted to be able to tell you that John and Julia from the Hodgson Loom Gallery have very kindly agreed to host the show in the gallery for 3 weeks – the last week in June and the first 2 weeks in July. Not only that but they have also agreed to waive commission on any sales which means that ALL of the money raised will go directly to the charity. This really is fantastic news and incredibly generous of them. I’ll publish further information on the launch event closer to the date.

Easter Sunday saw the unveiling of a rather wonderful statue representing Archibald Knox and Josef Pilates by Angela Patchett in the grounds of Peel Cathedral. I haven’t been to see this yet but will make sure I pay a visit to the gardens when I’m in Peel next weekend. Do have a read of the information on the photograph, it’s fascinating. Photographs courtesy of Nicola Dixon.

Starting tonight at The Isle Gallery, Tynwald Mills, the ArtReach Studios ladies are running a “Teens Masterclass”. Following on from a very popular pilot this is a 4 week course and there are still a few places available. The aim is for young people to express their inner creative through a series of a quality Art workshops designed to allow for more time to delve into process, express their inner art voice and develop skill in a number of artistic disciplines. This block of 4 weeks art making, following a programme that builds confidence in speciality art areas for teenagers, includes painting, printmaking and ceramic techniques and is aimed at children of ages 13+. The workshops will take place Monday evenings, from 6pm – 8.30pm tonight, April 24th and then May 1st; May 8th and May 15th. Follow the link to book.

Artreach Studios are also starting another 6 week course this week, ‘Absolute Beginners in Oil Painting’. The first session is 28th April, 7.00-9.30pm. Again, head to the website to book.

Dates for your Diary

24 April for 4 weeks – Teen’s Masterclass at The Isle Gallery

26 April – Sarah Hendy’s arts show ‘Spotlight’ on Manx Radio, 5.30 – 6.00pm (and every Wednesday)

27 April for 6 weeks – Absolute Beginners in Oil Painting at The Isle Gallery

On now – The Sayle Gallery – Cut from the same Cloth – Julie and Alice Fayle

On now – Jimmy Duggan’s ‘False Idols’ at The Isle Gallery

On now– REM-EMBERS EMBLAZONED – David Maddrell at Studio 42

On now  – 2 May – Noa Bakehouse – ‘Around The Mountain’ by Graham Rider

29 April – Hodgson Loom / Isle of Man Art Festival show featuring 16 Artists

29 April – 1 May – the Creative Network’s Isle of Man Art Festival Weekend – island wide

30 April – Bohemian Floral Decorative Wallpanel workshop – The Isle Gallery

14 May – Hand Printed Fabric and Surface Pattern – Adult Workshop – The Isle Gallery

Here’s this week’s round up of images from Social Media.

Please note that the news will be published on Tuesday next week as it’s the IOM Art Festival next weekend and I shall be busy visiting as many artists as possible to fill in the gaps of any you don’t manage to visit yourself 🙂

Have a great week!

Jane x

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Isle of Man Art News – 24 April 2017

2 thoughts on “Isle of Man Art News – 24 April 2017

  • Hi there… from what I have seen so far I am looking forward to making some visits to the various exhibitions. I have taught and produced art work on the island for over 30 years and have enjoyed seeing the work of many island artists on display in various venues.looking and learning is a must.

  • Hi Terry – yes, very much looking forward to it. There are some great artists who are very happy to talk about their work and I’d encourage everyone to take the opportunity to chat to them too, as well as looking and learning.

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