As anticipated, the Artistan Christmas Market at Grenaby last weekend was absolutely delightful. I went along to the late night shopping evening on Thursday after work, a lovely dry and still evening perfect for standing next to the fire in the oil drum, drinking hot chocolate, savoring the bake-tastic delights of Flo the Coffee Van and generally catching up with all of my arty friends.

Mysteriously I also managed to spend quite a few ££ and that Ruth Keggin lady who works with Claire at Element.Isle when she’s not singing Manx Gaelic songs had quite a lot to do with that! I’m thrilled to bits with my pinecone necklace though and will no doubt be back to add another charm or two to my Christmassy necklace in the next week or two when my spend guilt wears off. There are antlers, snowflakes, holly leaves and all sorts of delightful pretties to choose from. I also picked up some gorgeous smelling soaps from my friend Tracey (Little Tree Soaps) – check out her ‘Merry Berry’ if you get the chance, mm mmm mmmmm, a calendar from Julia Ashby Smyth and the cards she very kindly gave me for the current Facebook competition prize, and one of Nicola Dixon’s sweet little bookmarks for my stepdaughter who has recently discovered the joy of reading books. About time too.

If you missed the Artisan event, don’t despair. It’s still worth a visit to Grenaby any time of year as it’s a wonderful hub of artiness and as you know, I’m very keen to encourage everyone and anyone who will listen to me long enough to buy local and support our local artists and crafters. There are still two more weekends to go before Christmas, so you’ve got loads of time!

ElementIsle’s gorgeous charm necklaces to mix and match your own favourite

Lots of you will have seen Darren Jackson’s fabulous ice train in Strand Street on Saturday. I picked up this video from Douglas Town Centre Management showing him putting it together (and there are couple of pictures in the gallery below). Huge congratulations to him and his team on a spectacular piece of work. It’s such a shame they can’t leave it there longer but that’s health and safety these days I guess.

The Creative Network is currently looking for Sponsors for the Isle of Man Arts Festival 2018. If you are interested please email for more information.

Benefits of sponsorship include:
1. Positive brand association, prestige and enhanced reputation for supporting local arts and culture.
2. Exposure of your brand across all festival touchpoints, printed materials and artwork.
3. Reach a wide demographic on the island, including clients looking to invest in Fine Art.
4. Your brand tagged on all IOM Art Festival social media posts (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter).
5. Special “sponsors” section on the Isle of Man festival webpage, linking to your website, for 12 months.
6. Your brand on the IOM Festival Guide and Artist’s directory, 3000 copies printed and online access for 12 months.
7. Your brand mentioned on all press releases and during radio soundbites to acknowledge sponsorship. Press releases are issued regularly throughout December 2017 to May 2018.
8. Exclusive pre-launch evening prior to the official festival with press opportunity (April 2018). Your customers and colleagues can meet with artists and preview the best works before they go on sale. Venue can be decorated with your banners and pop-up displays.

On the subject of Sponsorship, I would like to personally say a huge thank you to The Stars Group (formerly Pokerstars) for their sponsorship of the Directory over the past couple of years. They are moving on to supporting other local businesses ‘to spread the love’ so if anyone would like to pick up their advertising slot please do get in touch. The money is used to pay for things like website hosting, competition prizes, a few admin costs and advertising. I’m not going to Barbados on it I can assure you! The rest of the time I put in I do just for the enjoyment of it. To get in touch please email

Kevin Atherton, formerly of the island, now lives in Ireland and is exhibiting in the New Year at the Sirius Art Centre in Cork.  ‘In Two Minds’ was first installed at the Serpentine Gallery, London in 1978. Now, forty years later, Atherton will re-enter this video-performance live at Sirius Arts Centre. The artist of 1978 will interview himself in 2018. Their cross-temporal combat will be followed by a performative interview in which Sarah Hayden will interrogate the Atherton of today.

I mentioned the lovely little Keird Collective pop-up shop in last week’s news. It’s in the Village Walk Shopping precinct in Onchan and is open Thursday through Sunday up to 17th December. Do go in and say hello and support a new generation of Manx creatives by buying some of their wonderful and unique gifts.

Colleen Corlett and Kathryn Cain’s joint show at the Hodgson Loom Gallery in Laxey has now closed and Julia is busy collecting in the competition pieces for the annual Open Art Competition, which this year has a theme of ‘Space’. The show will open before Christmas and will run through January. I popped into the Sayle as well the other day. They will be closing during January for some refurb work. It’s typically a quiet time of year in the art world but I’ll hopefully be able to find something of interest to report on for you.

The Sayle Gallery has been asked to sell an original Banksy print, ‘The Grin Reaper’. The print is a collector’s piece of some value and with full provenance. If anyone is interested in seeing this Banksy artwork with a view to purchase, a private viewing can be arranged at the Gallery, contact 674557 or email or drop me a message. The artwork is being sold as exhibited on behalf of a private owner. A ‘Certificate of Authenticity’ produced by Banksy’s own, ’Pest Control’ company, accompanies the signed artwork and provenance is warrantied by the current owner.

There are a couple of competitions now running on the Directory’s Facebook page. The first is to win Vici Blackburn’s gorgeous little papier mache bowl and the new comp is to win 12 of Julia Ashby Smyth’s lovely Christmas cards which she very kindly gave me the other evening to use as a competition prize. Head over to the Facebook page to enter. The Christmas Card competition is the one that is now pinned to the top of the page. I will be drawing the winner on 7th December so that you still have time to get them written and posted off.

Dates for your Diary

On now at Studio 42, Port St. Mary – ‘A Place Known’ by Daniel Price

On now until 27 January 2018; Manx Tholtans at the Manx Museum – Ray Kelly and Niamh Kelly

On now – Courtyard Artists’ Christmas Exhibition – The Isle Gallery

4-6 December – Handing in for the Hodgson Loom’s Open Art Competition (SPACE).

7-10 December – Keird Collective in Onchan Shopping Precinct

8 December – 6-8pm – Photographer’s Meeting Place at The Sayle Gallery

7 December – 7-9pm – The British Embassy Room – Introduction to Modern Calligraphy – Oh My Pen & Press

12 December – 10am-2pm – Isle of Man Chamber of Commerce – Professional Linkedin Photo Shoots (please book in advance)

14 December – Isle of Man Drawing Club Christmas Party!

14-17 December – Keird Collective in Onchan Shopping Precinct

and as always – Loads of Workshops and Classes at the Isle Gallery, Tynwald Mills.

Here’s this week’s round up of images from Social Media. Click on the pictures to view in the lightbox.

Please remember to Share this post via your social media to help get the word out about our fabulous local Artists.

Have a great week!

Jane x

Isle of Man Art News – 4 December 2017

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