I don’t know if you’ve noticed or not, but TT is upon us! One of the things I had in mind when I started out with this website was that our local Artists needed a way to be more visible to the local public and to our visitors, to help Isle of Man Artists make a decent living and to show the world what amazingly talented folk we have here. If you are reading this blog post and have visitors over for the TT festival – or indeed at any time of year – don’t forget to have a look on the Calendar to see what’s on around the Island. If you’re visiting, why not have a look through the Artist pages, dig through to their websites and blogs and maybe even order Artwork to be sent back home as a memento of your visit rather than trying to carry things home?

Whether you are visiting or local, have a fantastic TT 2016 and stay safe!

minilogoJuan Moore has his first solo exhibition in 5 years coming up at The Isle Gallery in July. As a personal thank you from Juan for supporting local artists, he will be giving a FREE drawing to anyone who receives a personal invite to the preview. All you have to do to receive an invite is message Juan with your postal address: runswift@hotmail.com and your drawing will be there waiting for you at the Gallery on July 31st when the show opens. I’ve asked Juan to put a kiss on mine but he’s being very ‘bah humbug’ about it.

I’m guessing that it’s going to be a very busy evening regardless of the offer of freebies. If the last preview I went to is anything to go by I shall have to wear flat shoes (cos I’m rubbish at standing up for any length of time, being an office dweller by day) and take liquid refreshment in my handbag. Not that there’s nothing to drink at these things – there is usually ample fluid of both the alcoholic and non-alcoholic variety…. I was just gassing that much that it took me three quarters of an hour to make it beyond 6 feet of the door and another hour after that before I actually got to look at any of the artwork!



minilogoThe Sayle Gallery is now hosting Nicole Stott’s exhibition, ‘Around the World in 90 Minutes’. Nicole’s mixed media pictures are inspired by the views she could see from space and she has produced some beautiful organic mixed media pieces using sea glass fragments, stones, and textured gels in her paintings to express the many shapes and forms to be seen when viewing the Earth at 17,500 mph from 250 miles up. You will be able to see the first picture painted in space, ‘Earth View’, which Nicole created whilst aboard the International Space Station.

The exhibition runs from 27th May until 26th June and is presented with support from ManSat and the Isle of Man Arts Council.

The Sayle Gallery is also host to Adam Berry’s work over the TT period, so lots to see there!


minilogoI’m delighted to report that Jimmy Duggan will shortly have a page on the Directory. If you spot a good place for him to paint one of his amazing works do give him a shout (nice big walls with friendly inhabitants for preference!). You can contact him through FB, email:  hacksawjamesduggan@hotmail.co.uk or by phone: 434500.



minilogoThe Isle Gallery is setting up their new exhibition this week. Brigid Stowell and Bryony Harrison are holding a joint show, “Broadening Horizons” which will be on throughout June and opens on 3rd June. Here is a little taster for you…. There is a ‘meet the artists’ event on 12 June commencing at 2.00pm, all welcome.


minilogoThe other exhibition that is on at the moment is over at Douglas Market Hall. Essentia is the third year students’ show. It represents the core work of the graduates of the Bachelor of Fine Arts course, 2016 – Kirsti Penzes, Rosie Wood, Bryan Moore and Helen Tate.

Opening times are: 27th May -14th June 2016 – Monday – Saturday 08.00-17:00

I’m going to have to go back and have a proper look as this is the Preview I mentioned above where I didn’t get  a proper chance to look at the Art! What I did see though was really impressive and I’m so glad this is on at the Island’s busiest time of year when these emerging Artists will get maximum exposure. 


minilogoThere’s another new page on the Directory this week – welcome to the very talented Barry Westcott. Barry’s picture of Guy Martin ‘Chasing Shadows’ is the featured image this week. Well, if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em 😉


Here is a round-up of the images posted up on Social Media this week. Enjoy.


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Have a great week!



Isle of Man Art News – 30 May 2016