IT’S NOVEMBERRRR… eeek! We are now marching swiftly towards Christmas and it will be upon us before you know it. This is the time of year most artists make the bulk of their earnings so if you’re starting your Christmas shopping now that we’ve got Hop Tu Naa and (after today) Bonfire night out of the way, then please, please shop local and buy products produced by our local makers. I regularly see the posts throughout the year about supporting artists and makers and how it helps them to feed their families, buy school stuff for their kids and so on. It really is true and particularly relevant at this time of year; every penny you spend with them makes a real difference so please choose local.

Paul Parker’s new exhibition opened at the Hodgson Loom Gallery on Saturday. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to make it as I was at a family birthday party – a bit of a special one, 99! – so I think I can be forgiven for not making it to the show. I’ll go and have a look in the next week. Paul did a walk around video though which I’m happy to share here which will give you a flavour of some of the delights available.



Always a great venue with quality art on display, the new show at Studio 42 in Port St. Mary is the ‘King and Queen’ of water colour,  David Byrne and Nancy Corkish. The Preview is on Thursday 15th November from 6.30pm to 8.30pm – all welcome. There’s usually a great turn out for these shows so if you fancy treating yourself (or someone else) to one of Nancy or David’s pictures make sure you get there early.



It’s all happening in Castletown. The Creative Network is staging a Winter Art Fair from Friday 9th – Sunday 11th November with no less than 17 of their talented artists. There are some really talented creatives amongst those listed so this will definitely be worth popping along to. If you can make it on the Friday night, Castletown is really pretty in the dark with all of the buildings lit up. Compton Vaults in the basement of Compton House is worth a visit for a winter warmer (mainly beers and spirits) and there are several options for food including the Secret Pizza Co. and Mustang Sally’s (great if you’ve got kids with you).



Also on Castletown, opening on Friday 9th November, I’m delighted to announce that The Engine House is hosting its first art exhibition with work by talented artists Sally Black and Chrissie Moss. The artwork is available to view from Monday though Saturday  11am – 3pm. Reception is tucked around the back of the building (follow the walkway around) and then ring the bell for access – it’s primarily a co-working space so the door is locked for security but all are welcome. Stop in for a coffee or hot chocolate too – we have a coffee machine with Noa coffee – so bring a friend and come and see the artwork and have a look around our facilities.

This will hopefully be the first of many exhibitions at The Engine House, so if you are an artist interested in exhibiting with us next year then please get in touch:  


Ellen Scott’s work is getting better and better and this week she posted up this fab pic of her latest picture ‘Rainbow Dragon’. Dragons seem to be a bit of a passion for Ellen – she’s also recently opened an Etsy shop, The Manx Dragon


Petrina Kent is off to the Chester Arts Fair soon. The Deepbridge Chester Arts Fair will take place across three days, hosting over 100 UK & International artists and presenting a range of live art demonstrations and talks at Chester Racecourse, Chester, CH1 2LY.

The official opening of the Fair will take place on Friday 16th November with the Private View (Ticketed Event). It will then open between 10:30 – 17:00 Saturday 17th & Sunday 18th   November, presenting contemporary, investment art collections to view and buy. 

Unfortunately Petrina’s show at The Sayle was sadly cut short so it’s great to see her getting off the island and hopefully picking up some great sales – best of luck Petrina.

Petrina Kent


Some of Jeremy Paul’s artwork particularly lends itself to Christmas and last year was featured on one of Marks and Spencers’ biscuit tins. This year his work is featured on the packaging of these rather special Christmas puddings produced here in the Isle of Man by Berries Luxury Pudding Makers & Confectioners. They are also palm-oil free and won a ‘Freefrom‘ food award. Available at Tynwald Mills (not sure where else as yet) keep a look out for them at other local independent retail outlets.


Talented creative, Janet Lees, opened her new show at Noa Bakehouse last week comprising of her fascinating photography and thought provoking poetry. Janet was the visual artist representing the Isle of Man this year at the Festival Interceltique in Lorient, France, with an exhibition of art photographs, poems and poetry films. The Noa exhibition features the images shown in Lorient. The show runs until 25th November.


Dates for your Diary


On now  – Jigsaw2 by Adam Berry at The Isle Gallery

On now at The Hodgson Loom Gallery – ‘Island of Contrast’ by Paul Parker

On now – 25th November at Noa Bakehouse – Janet Lees – ‘Evidence of Humanity’

November – Year of Our Island: Our Rainy Days

9 November – 15 December – Sally Black and Chrissie Moss at The Engine House

15 November – Preview 6.30pm – 8.30pm – New Paintings and Holiday Memories by Nancy Corkish and David Byrne

17 November – Mannin Quilters – Ballabeg Church Hall

24 November – MNH – When is a Knox not a Knox

25 November – Manx Museum – ‘My Favourite Tholtans’ by Ray Kelly

Hodgson Loom Open Art Competition – ‘Light’ – Handing in 3rd, 4th, 5th and 8th December


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


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Have a great week!

Jane x

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Isle of Man Art News – 5 November 2018

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