I was in Dublin last week and had the very great pleasure of staying in my favourite hotel, The Merrion. Not only is it housed in beautiful buildings, it also has more than ninety works of art which form its outstanding collection of 19th and 20th century art. Assembled over many years the collection is considered to be one of the largest and most significant private collections of 19th and 20th century art in Ireland. Some of my favourite pieces are by artists John Doherty, Cliona Doyle, Patrick Hennesy RHA, Saurin Elizabeth Leech and Martin Mooney. There are also no less than 12 pieces by Roderic O’Conor.

Personally, I particularly love these two pictures by John Boyd.

I’m very keen to ensure that we have original art on the walls at The Engine House and I’m delighted to have been given the opportunity to display a number of pieces from the Isle of Man Arts Council’s loan collection. These will be on display from Wednesday this week when we have the Arts Council visiting us for our next drop in session. They will be giving a talk on who the Arts Council are, what they do, their roles within the office team, information and advice about our funding schemes, the Loan Collection anniversary and much more. The talk will be happening over lunchtime between 12-1pm.  They will be bringing along application forms that they will be happy to go through with you if you’re thinking of applying but not sure where to start and also copies of the joint National Strategy with Culture Vannin to look at and take away as well.

Members of the team will be there from 10am until 4pm where you can chat to them informally about any queries you have in the relaxed setting of The Engine House and I will be there as well of course to show you around and talk about the Engine House should you wish to find out more about the co-working space.

Svetlana Cameron is settling into her new home in the South of England and seems especially pleased with her new studio space. Here is one of her most recent commissions, already sold of course.  ‘Portrait of Myla, Amira and Hanna’, 55×75 cm, pastel on paper. If anyone fancies a lesson from this amazingly talented lady she will be teaching a portrait workshop at the Classical Art Atelier in Ireland on 17-18 November. Open for booking here. Spaces are limited.


Year of Our Island 2018 is about trying something different – to explore more, do more and share more during 2018 as we celebrate the Isle of Man as a special place to live and work. As part of the Year of Our Island celebrations the organisers are running a photography competition where you can win up to £250 plus a railcard for use on the Isle of Man railways. If you’re under 16, there is a separate prize of £100 for the best photo.

There are 3 categories, and you can enter up to 3 photos into each category – so 9 chances to win. The categories are Quality of Life, National Pride and Stronger Partnerships. They are looking for images that sum up ‘Year of Our Island’ and our ‘UNESCO Man and the Biosphere’ status.  Ts and Cs apply, the application form is here: http://www.ourisland.im/ and the closing date is 31 December 2018. 


Many of you will no doubt have seen Phil Kneen’s fab image on the front cover of the latest issue of Gallery Magazine but I thought these pictures from the same shoot were worth a share here. Great pics I’m sure you will agree. 


The Clumsy Printmaker has been busy making stamps for Grose Design and Little Tree Soaps among others but I did enjoy the reveal of this little video 🙂


News Shorts:


Element.isle continues to expand its range of gorgeous goodies. It’s rapidly become the go-to venue for fabulous local art and artisan gifts with Claire Pearse’s jewellery being particularly collectible. Other artists/artisan makers represented at Grenaby Studios are Graham Hall, Nicola Dixon, Pauline Quaye, Jeremy Paul, Mark Boyd, Little Tree Soaps and Breeze Candles. New to the studios is Debra Tracey who is supplying fabulous encaustic artwork as well as some really lovely glass pieces. Add to that Graham Hall’s new, stunning Elm Burr bowls and you’re totally spoiled for choice.


Natalie Norton’s new show, ‘Under the Cloak’ opens at the Erin Arts Centre on 4th September.

And Chrissie Moss is running 2 workshops at the MSPCA Tea Rooms on 10th and 17th September.


Hannah Yeowell has been producing more great images, now branching out into fashion photography. Keep up the good work Hannah!

And Colleen Corlett posted up some of her glass work and work in progress for the Borough of Douglas – what a talented lady.

Dates for your Diary


29 August – Isle of Man Arts Council Drop in Session at The Engine House

On now until 7 October at the Grosvenor Museum, Chester – ‘Monumental Rage’ – Michael Sandle, RA

On now until 16 September – Ellie Baker’s “Light Confection” at The Isle Gallery

On now at Studio 42 – ‘The Manx Landscape Afresh’ by Petrina Kent

August – Year of Our Island: Our Festivals

Opening 5 September – Natalie Norton – Under the Cloak at the Erin Arts Centre

5 September – Isle of Media Drop In Session at The Engine House, Castletown

6 September – Gefachella event with Steve Bartlett at The Gaiety, 7pm

10 September & 17 September – Chrissie Moss ‘How to Draw your Pet’ at the MSPCA Tea Rooms

11 September – Mike Kewley Mindfulness Drop in Session at The Engine House, Castletown 7pm-9pm

15 September – Oh My Pen & Press – Intro to Brush Lettering Calligraphy Workshops (2 options available)

22 September – Oh my Pen & Press – Modern Calligraphy – Discover Your Style (2 options available)


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 – 27 August 2018

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