It was great to see the Hodgson Loom Gallery buzzing with artists, friends and family on Saturday for the prize presentation of the annual open art competition with the theme of ‘Space’.

There were 118 entries this year, even more than last year, and the quality was out of this world (pun intended). I’ll write a separate post with all of the winners in the different categories soon but for now, here are the overall show winners, Neil Milsom and Greg Barlow who tied for first place! Apologies for the light shining on Greg’s piece – it was tricky to get a decent photo.

The new show opening at The Isle Galley on 4 February is ‘Manx Miniatures’. There will be work by artists Colleen Corlett, Juan Moore, Michael Starkey, Karonlina Pawlowska, Kate Jerry, Vici Blackburn, Colette Gambell, Howard Shimmin, Julie Roberts, Anna Clucas and Lucy Savage – a really great collection of both established and up-and-coming artists. It will be interesting to see how this show is curated as, although the works are all miniature, there are some very diverse styles. If you’re just starting to collect original artwork this will be a great place to pick up some very affordable pieces. Techniques include ceramics, painting and drawing.

The preview of Manx Miniatures – Small and Beautiful is at The Isle Gallery from 2pm – 4.30pm on Sunday the 4th February. You will be greeted with complimentary drinks and light refreshments while you meet and greet the artists. 

Here are some of Karolina’s paintings she’s prepared for the show.


The new exhibition opening at the Manx Museum and the Sayle Gallery on 10th February is a highly significant show to start the year. David Gilbert who lived and worked on the island for a number of years passionately believed everyone could be creative and helped many to discover their own creativity. His work ranged from the small and delicate to the large and monumental but always explored the same immense themes of birth, love, death and the rhythms of the land. This major retrospective exhibition contains art from a lifetime of work and completes the artistic journey began with David Gilbert’s last exhibition in the Manx Museum in 1989.

‘Crossing Open Ground, David Gilbert (1928-2016) A Retrospective’ is at the Manx Museum, Douglas and ‘Another Story About How It Is’ at the Sayle Gallery, Douglas


Photo – The David Gilbert Website:


If, like me, you keep seeing ‘Galentine’s’ and wondering what on earth it is other than a typing error, I’ve just Googled it. Galentine’s Day is February 13th, the day before Valentine’s Day and it stems from the American comedy television series ‘Parks and Recreation’ (which I’ve never even heard of). It originally aired in the United States on February 11, 2010. 

Amy Poehler’s Parks and Recreation character, Leslie Knope, created Galentine’s Day. The idea is that every February 13th, lady friends leave their husbands and boyfriends at home. Basically, it’s like Valentine’s Day, only instead of celebrating the love you have for your significant other, you spend it with your best girlfriends who deserve a holiday all to themselves too. 

So why the reference? Well, the lovely folk of Keird Collective are back with a ‘Galentine’s Weekend’ from Friday the 9th of February to Sunday the 11th, a celebration of creativity and love in all its glorious forms. They are bringing you a weekend full of creative workshops and crafty shopping from their group of talented local artists and makers. Click here to check out all of the details.

Yarny Gráinne


News Shorts

Elaine Edge aka Manx Mosaics is running two workshops in Port Erin, 27th and 28th February. The workshop on the 27th has sold out already so if you fancy it get in touch quick! The price is just £40 – telephone 07624 251553 to book.


Erica Kermode who runs her Silver Willow studio in Union Mills has posted up her workshop options. She runs these on an ‘as and when’ basis so if you fancy doing a ceramic workshop with Erica you can contact her on 07624 497846. (Click to view in the lightbox).


The pictures above are just some of the lovely work you will be able to see at Milntown cafe from 31st January, where members of the Mannin Art Group will be exhibiting. These are by Peter Hepworth.


If you are wondering where the Art Gallery has gone that was on Bucks Road, it has relocated to premises you can access via the lane that runs from next to the Wessex Garage through to Selbourne Drive. It’s tucked out of the way but well worth going to see them especially if you pictures need a bit of TLC. 

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What’s On


On now – Hodgson Loom – Open Art Competition ‘Space’

31 January – Manx Radio 5.30pm-6pm Spotlight with Sarah Hendy

31 January – Mannin Art Group Exhibition at Milntown Cafe

4 February – 2pm – Opening of Manx Miniatures at The Isle Gallery

9th February – Isle of Man Arts Council Funding Deadline

10 February – 5 May – ‘Crossing Open Ground’ – David Gilbert: A Retrospective


Upcoming Workshops:


10 February – Beginners’ Modern Calligraphy Workshop, Laxey Pavillion, Oh My Pen & Press 10.30am-12.30pm and 1.30pm-3.30pm

12 February – The Hobbit – Journey to Middle Earth – 9.30am-12.30pm – The Isle Gallery

12 February – Action Jackson (Jackson Pollock) for kids – 2.30pm-5pm – The Isle Gallery 

13 February – Monster Pots – Who can make the best worst pot – Age 5+ 10am-12.3pm – The Isle Gallery

15 February – Isle of Man Drawing Club Nude Life Drawing – 7pm-9pm at Noa Bakehouse

26 February – Absolute Beginners in Watercolour Painting – 7pm-9.30pm – The Isle Gallery

27 February – Absolute Beginners in Watercolour Painting – 10am-12.30pm – The Isle Gallery

27 & 28 February – Manx Mosaics by Ellie – Design and Create a Mosaic Heart – Workshop – from 6pm at St. Catherine’s Church Hall, Port Erin

1 March – Printmaking for Beginners and Improvers – 7pm-9.30pm – The Isle Gallery

2 March – Printmaking for Beginners and Improvers – 10am-12.30pm – The Isle Gallery

2 March – An Evening of Urban Screen Printing – 7pm-9.30pm – The Isle Gallery

3 March – Art for the Heart – Vizualise the Change you want to See – 10am-4pm – Ramsey

18 March – DIY Mothers Day Crafts – Mum & Me for adults – 1pm-4pm – The Isle Gallery


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.



Have a great week!

Jane x

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Isle of Man Art News – 29 January 2018

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