Wow Wow Wow! I know I get excited about art pretty much on a weekly basis but every now and again something comes along that just knocks your socks off. The new show at The Sayle Gallery is one of those shows. ‘3 Contemporaries’ is an exhibition of artwork from the family and private collections of Norman Sayle, David Fletcher and David Gilbert, three men dedicated to their art and teaching and sadly no longer with us. The exhibition has been put together to honour and give recognition to these three contemporaries; friends, colleagues and exponents of contemporary art on the Isle of Man. It is simply glorious. That they were all friends to me seems evident from their work; whilst the styles are different there is a harmony that makes the whole ‘glow’ with warmth and there is a camaraderie in how the pieces happily rub shoulders with each other – three amazing talents that the Island should rightly be proud of. 

Alongside these works are paintings by Eileen Schaer, a fabulous artist herself, Eileen was married to David Fletcher; Ian Coulson who was taught by Norman Sayle and Nicola Dixon, who spent some of her younger years with the Gilbert family, making both art and happy childhood memories. Well done Carola, Christian and everyone who helped in curating such a wonderful and important show.


As if that wasn’t excitement enough for one evening, a new show also opened at the Hodgson Loom gallery on Friday night. ‘Saltmother’ is the work of artists Carola Colley and Beatrice Lacey and poets Usha Kishore and Paul Quayle. Carola’s work is inspired by Usha’s recent collection ‘Night Sky Between the Stars’ and her ‘Translating the Divine Woman: Syamala Dandaka’, a translation from the Sanskrit with M Sambasivan. You may remember I published another of their wonderful collaborations a while ago ‘The Bones of Time‘.  Again, this is another wonderful show, beautifully curated as usual by Julia Ashby Smyth and one which I will need to revisit to have time to fully appreciate the words as well as the images. It was so busy (with lots of new faces I’m glad to report) that as usual I spent most of my time gassing and not enough time appreciating.

And then there’s even more to see coming up this weekend! The IOM Art Society Easter Exhibition is on from Thursday 29th March to Monday 2nd April. Always a great show many of these works are for sale and it’s an amazing opportunity to pick up some very affordable local work. We’re spoiled for choice this Easter! There’s so much to see and do so please do go along and see some of these shows and support our local artists.



In competition news, Mike Starkey posted up that he was really pleased to get through the first stage of judging for the Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition. He’s off to London soon for the judges to view his painting…. fingers crossed. This isn’t the one he’s entered but I spotted it last night and thought it was particularly lovely.

Michael Starkey

Julie Collins has also had recent success with this beautiful picture “I stood at Stranraer in a red dress”. To be exhibited at the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours, Mall Galleries, London. 6-21 April, she reported that she is delighted this painting has sold before the exhibition has opened. Not very surprising really 🙂

Julie Collins

Job News!

The Erin Arts Centre is looking for a student/graduate who is eager to gain experience at managing an Arts Centre who has some knowledge of Music and the Arts in general. The position would be part-time and they hope for the new role to commence around June or July this year. Please contact John Bethel at the Erin Arts Centre if you or you know someone who may be interested! or 835858.

Also, many congratulations to Emma Callin who will soon be taking up her new position as Head of Villa Marina Gaiety Theatre and the Arts. Emma has lead the Arts Council team in their support of Arts Council members since 2007. She has provided guidance and support to many Island artists, creatives and arts organisations over the years. The Arts Council posted up that “it is without a doubt that Emma will be missed and we wish her the best of luck in her new role! As such a position as the Arts Development Manager is now vacant and you can apply here!”

News Shorts

Martin Vaughan

The IOM Drawing Club tickets which last month sold out in 24 hours sold out in a staggering 6 hours last week! Awesome, and well done Kim Graziano for starting this very successful group. Lovely to see that she now has support for this from the Isle of Man Arts Council too. Great news.

Lots of Arts Council info to share this week… check out the second blog post about Alice Quayle: Read it here


Mae Challis has published a new blog post on her photography adventure – love how the colour sings in this great photo.

Mae Challis (of her friend Tom)

Super talented I thought I’d share this latest song of hers as well…


And a bit wrinkled from being stuffed in my handbag but just though I would share the article about the Directory that was published in the Manx Independent last week which Mike Wade kindly organised – thanks Mike!


Studio 42 has been in the wars after Storm Emma and the Beast from the East made the shop ‘uneasily breezy’ for a while with a broken window. Now all sorted, gallery owner Eben Carswell has an awesome programme lined up for this year:

“First up, based in Zurich and hot off her work being shown in the Saatchi Gallery, is Julie Anne Denton…
or that isn’t quite so… for she is now also Dr Julie Anne Denton having successfully completed her phd studies.

We are very lucky to be starting the year off with her startling glass pieces and I look forwards to telling you more and lending you an open invite to the preview night of, ‘INNER SPACE’ in 3 weeks time on Thursday 12th April, 6.30-8.30pm.

All very welcome and it will be good to catch up with you all once again to appreciate some of the best work the Island has to offer.

All being well (and hopefully that brings an end to this years weather related incidents!) we will also be bringing you Petrina Kent during the summer months and a joint autumnal show from David Byrne and Nancy Corkish.

So a top crust year in prospect to share with you as well as the usual eclectic and exciting pieces on show all through the year at Studio 42, be it from trusty stalwarts to those just beginning their quest of an artistic journey, hopefully something for everyone.”




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What’s On


On now – 29 March – Erin Arts Centre ‘Animal Kingdom’ by Dawn Kennaugh

On now – 15 April – ‘Clay Masters’ at The Isle Gallery

On now – 21 April – ‘Saltmother’ at the Hodgson Loom Gallery

On now – 22 April – ‘3 Contemporaries’ at The Sayle Gallery

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

28 March – Manx Radio 5.30pm-6pm Spotlight with Sarah Hendy

28 March – 2 April – Isle of Man Art Society Easter Art Exhibition

12 April for a season – Inner Space at Studio 42, Dr Julie Anne Denton (preview 6.30pm – 8.30pm)

15 April – Exhibition on Screen – Vermeer and his Music – Erin Arts Centre – 3pm – 4.30pm

17 April –  Richard J Parker from the Great Pottery Throwdown series 2 at the Isle Gallery for a pottery get together with a chat and some demos

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


Upcoming Workshops:


2 April – Mini Masters Classics – Van Gogh’s Garden, the Isle Gallery 10.00am

2 April – Classic Fairy Tales – Rapunzel (Tangled), the Isle Gallery 2.30pm

7 April – Family Easter Willow Weaving Workshop – the Isle Gallery

9 April – Ceramic Animal Moneybox – the Isle Gallery 10.00am

9 April – Art & Literature – The Gruffalo Art Workshop – The Isle Gallery 2.30pm

16 April – The Great Manx Build Up and Throw Down – 3 Day Workshop – The Isle Gallery

17 April – Silk Painting with Jean Buck 10am-4pm – IOM Art Society

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

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


If you’ve got a workshop or class coming up that you would like me to share please just drop me an email: 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.


Happy Easter! There will be no art news for the next 2 weeks but I will be back on 16th April with more Arty goodness for you.

Jane x

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Isle of Man Art News – 26 March 2018

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