Goodness me this year is racing by. I can hardly believe it’s May tomorrow! Of course the May Bank Holiday weekend is a biggie in the Island’s art calendar as it’s the Island-wide Isle of Man Art Festival. If you haven’t been to the festival before I can highly recommend you take in at least a few of the venues or, if you’re like me, try and pack them all in by working out the most efficient route in advance.

Organised by the Creative Network, this year entry to all 23 venues is FREE. Taking place from 5-7th May the venues for exhibitions and artist demonstrations include Grenaby Art Studios, the House of Manannan, the Hodgson Loom Gallery in Laxey, Ramsey Town Hall, The Pilates Studio in Peel, St Michael’s Hall in Kirk Michael, the The Sayle Gallery in Douglas and Castletown Civic Centre. Art will also fill the streets of Castletown with displays in shop windows and artwork from Ramsey Grammar students will also be on display in Ramsey town hall.

New to this year’s festival is an outdoor Land Art Trail in Castletown which will follow the Bayr Ny Skeddan from Poulsom Park to Silverdale Glen. Open 5th May to 7th May 11am – 5pm over the three day weekend this event is not to be missed! Catalogues are available at all of the venues or you can check it out online at

Pictures from the official launch last Thursday evening in Castletown Civic Centre.

One of the venues on the art trail is of course The Sayle Gallery, which opened its latest show on Friday evening ‘Inspiring another Generation’.  It certainly is inspiring and for an Island with such a small population we have such a lot we can be immensely proud of. The artists included in this exhibition were all students of UCM (the Isle of Man College of Further Education as it used to be known). The show includes Preen, who have designed clothing worn by Michelle Obama and Kate Middleton, cover photography for Elle and Vogue by Amber Dixon, and success in other mediums such as sculpture, glass and interior design. Other artists include Juan Moore, Dr. Julie Anne Denton (currently exhibiting her work at Studio 42 in Port St. Mary), Manos Kalamenios, Rumana Swinton, Sally Black, Andy North, Anya Jackson, Paul Lewthwaite, Steph Quirk and Darren Jackson to list just a few. 


If you’ve been in the Sea Terminal in the last few days you might have seen Michael Starkey working away on this great piece which is for a children’s charity – I’m not sure which one – but it’s looking really great, isn’t it?

Petrina Kent has been busy with preparations to bring over to the Island a most prestigious collection of art works. Apparently it is second only to the Vatican’s art collection in its significance and it’s coming here! The works are powerful and are of a mixed style and will be shown in several locations from 13th May – 17th June.

The main venues are• Waterloo Road Methodist Church, Ramsey • The Cathedral, Peel • Promenade Methodist Church, Douglas • Colby Methodist Church.  More details coming soon on this.

Rebecca Odessa has recently posted up more of her beautiful work. The first picture below is a close up of a section of “Ellan Vannin”, a 22” x 30” hand-cut collage. The imagery is from the line in Eliza Craven Green’s poem: “My own dear Ellan Vannin with its green hills by the sea.” It’s a gorgeous piece of work and even has wallabies in it! The second picture I chose because I love that she has been cutting out pictures since she was just a child. Click on the picture if the text is a bit small. You can see more of Rebecca’s work at the Hodgson Loom gallery during the IOM Art Festival next weekend where she is exhibiting with a very fine selection of artists indeed. 

2018 Year of our Island now has a rather nice looking website,, that I only came across yesterday whilst looking for information I’d seen about May being their creativity and innovation month. During May the organisers will be running a series of workshops and are looking for creatives to showcase their talents. If you’re a maker, creator or innovation who is interested and want to find out more contact them at or drop them a Facebook message. Also, 18th May is the deadline for the next round of ‘Year of our Island’ grant funding.

Also in connection with Year of Our Island, look out for Simon Park’s photographs in a set of 10 stamps issued by the Isle of Man Post Office – nice one Simon!




Dates for your Diary


On now – 20 May – Inspiring Another Generation – A UCM Alumni Exhibition at The Sayle Gallery

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

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

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

2 May – Manx Radio 5.30pm-6pm Spotlight with Sarah Hendy

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

June – Year of Our Island: “Our Seas and Shores”


Upcoming Workshops


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: 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 – 30 April 2018

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