Isle of Man Art News – 24 September 2018

Adam Berry’s new show, Jigsaw2, opened at The Isle Gallery yesterday. It’s a fine exhibition of digital work with a real local bent to it. I particularly liked the larger colour pieces but the gorgeous little monochromes of buildings we are all familiar with saw me smiling and struggling to decide which ones I wanted. The ones ‘down north’ of course were hot favourites for me with the Lucky Star, Queens Pier, Point of Ayre Lighthouse and Nightlife to choose from to name but a few. I wanted to do a little walk around video as I did for Petrina Kent’s show ‘Deeper’ at The Sayle Gallery but it was so busy I didn’t get enough of a break to get close to the pictures to walk around them. I’ll have to go back when it’s a bit quieter.

Do go along and support this show. The prints are really affordable so there’s no reason not to have a few – of the smaller ones at least. Here’s a wee taster for you.

 

Peter Hearsey kindly sent me some photos of pictures he exhibited a couple of weeks ago in California, at the Automotive Fine Arts Society show at the Pebble Beach Concours. He told me that the paintings were very well received and sales were good. A gallery in Carmel is also exhibiting some of his work.  It’s great to see local artists getting their work shown internationally – well done Peter.

 

Manx artist Kevin Atherton who now lives in Ireland got in touch this week with an image of ‘Boat Room’ which is on now at Sirius Art Centre, Cobh, Co Cork as a part of ‘Atherton after Ireland’ exhibition on until October 28th. If you’re in the area do go along.

 

Phil Kneen published a new blog recently with images that caught my attention ‘navy leather, eng size 3c‘. It was a rather poignant piece and the images, made with the camera that belonged to his friend’s father and grandfather before him, will no doubt be treasured.

I wrote about the current show at The Hodgson Loom Gallery last time, ‘T’oltans Reclaimed’. I haven’t had a chance to go back to see it yet but I think it’s one that will need some time to really appreciate it. There’s so much to see ; it really struck a chord with me and I am sure will appeal to many.

Niamh Kelly

 

Michael Starkey is constantly working and does a huge amount to support art and artists particularly in the north of the island. I particularly liked this recent picture of the motor boats at Mooragh Park. It reminded me of many happy hours reading Enid Blyton as a child. And I don’t care what the critics say about her work as an author – if it hadn’t been for the Famous Five I might never have discovered the joy of reading. Thanks for the memory Michael.

 

If you haven’t seen the Wallabies Gone Wild initiative yet for Hospice you can find out more here. The plan is for Artists to paint wallaby sculptures with local companies being asked to sponsor them to create an art trail. The event will take place between May and September next year.

Element Isle at Grenaby Studios always has delicious goodies and these new berry coloured droplets really complement the changing seasons. Tracey, who makes Little Tree Soaps, has been making up her lovely Merry Berry soaps recently too which will be in stock ready for the festive season which is racing towards us all too quickly. I can hardly believe it’s nearly October. New artist to the studios, Debra Tracey of ‘Isle be Creative’ also has some gorgeous glass pieces on sale as well as encaustic art (made of wax) and some of Vici Blackburn’s fabulously colourful ceramic pieces are now also available at Grenaby.

It’s great to see Isle of Architecture staging some further events. On 9th October at Noa Bakehouse, there will be ‘PechaKucha 02’. If you’re not familiar with it it’s an exciting presentation format in which participants share 20 images, each for 20 seconds. At this event local architects and heritage experts will share details of the buildings and work that inspires them. Ticket includes ‘nibbles’. Bar open and food from 7.30pm. Presentations from 8.20pm. Booking essential via Eventbrite: 
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/isle-of-architecture-pecha-kucha-02-tickets-50406724871 

Not only that, there’s more SoFA goodness…. check out the drawing club event too – Art Deco delight in the Villa Marina Arcade on the 10th, the Film Club on the 11th and Music and Architecture on the 12th!

Frances Boyd has been producing more of her lovely work in muted colours and I was delighted to see she’s recently had a delivery of fabric printed up with her designs – I’m looking forward to see what she’s going to do with it.

 

And finally, Eloise White, who had a very successful exhibition at The Sayle Gallery to mark the end of her year as Artist in Residence, posted up these two recent pieces.

 

Dates for your Diary

 

On now until 7 October at the Grosvenor Museum, Chester – ‘Monumental Rage’ – Michael Sandle, RA

On now  – Jigsaw2 by Adam Berry at The Isle Gallery

On now at The Sayle Gallery – ‘Deeper’ by Petrina Kent

On now at The Sayle Gallery – The Sovereign Art Prize (go and vote for your favourite)

On now at The Hodgson Loom Gallery – ‘T’oltans Reclaimed’ by Ray and Niamh Kelly

September – Year of Our Island: Our Festivals

 

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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Rayner Hoff – the Manx born sculptor who found fame in Australia – Public Lecture by Deborah Beck

On Wednesday 19 September 2018, Manx National Heritage will host a public lecture at the Manx Museum by Deborah Beck, author of, Rayner Hoff – The Life of a Sculptor.

Born on the Isle of Man, Rayner Hoff was the son of a stone and wood carver. He began helping his father on architectural commissions at a very young age and attended the Nottingham School of Art where he studied drawing, design, and modelling, from 1910 to 1915.

He served in the British Army during World War 1 in France, an experience from which he was to draw most passionately in the creation of his various war memorials. Later in the war he made maps based on aerial photographs. 

Following the War he enrolled in the Royal College of Art in London. He graduated in 1922 and received the prestigious Prix de Rome.

After studying in Italy for three months, at the age of 29, Hoff emigrated to Sydney, Australia. His arrival in Sydney resulted in a cultural renaissance in his adopted country. He became an influential artist and teacher, and established the first school of sculpture in Australia.  He later became Head of Art at the National Art School.  

He became a member of the Society of Artists and sent work to their exhibitions. In 1924, he designed their medal, and in 1927, was responsible for sculpture for the National War Memorial in Adelaide.  His best known works are the monumental sculptures on the Anzac War Memorial in Sydney’s Hyde Park.

His work on the Anzac Memorial is cited as Sydney’s most moving example of publicly visible sculpture. 

Hoff also produced a variety of outstanding figurative sculptures and in 1934 was commissioned to design the Victorian centenary medal. At the time of his death, on 19 November 1937, he was engaged on the George V Memorial for Canberra.

Alan Kinvig, Museums and Site Manager for Manx National Heritage said:

“Manx National Heritage is delighted to welcome Deborah Beck to the Isle of Man.  This promises to be a fascinating lecture, exploring Rayner Hoff’s eventful life in the UK, his decision to emigrate to Australia and his meteoric rise as a prominent star of the art world in Sydney”.

There will also be an opportunity to have your book signed by Deborah on the evening. A limited stock of books will be available from the Manx Museum shop.

The lecture coincides with the recent launch of a set of six stamps by Isle of Man Post Office celebrating Rayner Hoff’s work.

Tickets for the lecture cost £10 and are available for sale at the Manx Museum Shop, where presentation stamp packs and Deborah Beck’s book ‘Rayner Hoff – The Life of a Sculptor’ are also available.  Tickets also available online at www.manxnationalheritage.im/shop.

The lecture takes place on Wednesday 19 September.  Doors open at 6.30pm for a 7pm start. 

Isle of Man Art News – 10 September 2018

It’s a veritable art fest at the moment. There’s so much on and so much quality art to see it makes my wee heart sing. I called into the new exhibition at The Hodgson Loom on my way home from work on Friday night (perfect timing for me) to find a packed gallery, both with people and treasures. I say treasures because this is what this show really captures for me. Not only are Ray’s photographs as beautiful as ever, and Niamh’s exquisite little sculptures just as captivating, but there are items that have been rescued from the Tholtan in the making that was the home of Harvey and Laura Briggs in Onchan like these beautiful little teddy bears and Laura’s button box.

 

The following is an extract which Niamh has included in the lovingly assembled scrap book documenting some of the story of Harvey and Laura Briggs’ life, this relating Niamh’s feelings for these very ‘Real’ teddys.

From the Velveteen Rabbit (1922) by Margery Williams

“Real isn’t how you are made,” said the Skin Horse. “It’s a thing that happens to you. When a child loves you for a long, long time, not just to play with, but REALLY loves you, then you become Real.”

“Does it hurt?” asked the Rabbit.

“Sometimes,” said the Skin Horse, for he was always truthful. “When you are Real you don’t mind being hurt.”

“Does it happen all at once, like being wound up,” he asked, “or bit by bit?”

“It doesn’t happen all at once,” said the Skin Horse. “You become. It takes a long time. That’s why it does not happen often to people who break easily, or have sharp edges, or who have to be carefully kept. Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in the joints and very shabby. But these things don’t matter at all, because you are Real you can’t be ugly, except to people who don’t understand.”

How beautifully put. Mind you, I’m feeling pretty ‘Real’ myself these days – I’m definitely getting loose in the joints, I’m pretty shabby most of the time and I’m just waiting for bits to start dropping off…. any day now I reckon 🙂

I spent most of Saturday in Castletown at the Engine House but timed it with purpose so that I could go to the opening of Petrina Kent’s new show, ‘Deeper’, at the Sayle Gallery. Petrina was telling me that she’s been bringing realism into her work and using larger brush strokes – very successfully I might add. This is a gorgeous show; check out the little walk around video I did.

 

 

The Sovereign Art Foundation Students Prize launched in the Isle of Man for the first time in 2017. Artworks of high calibre have been sumitted for this year’s competition and having seen them I can say they really are testament to the quality of young talent on the island.

All secondary schools and colleges in the Isle of Man are invited to nominate the best artworks produced by their students. All artworks are assessed by a judging panel who then shortlist 12 finalists. The process is now at the stage where the finalists’ works are on display at The Sayle Gallery and the public is invited to vote for their favourite piece. The top 3 artworks with the most public votes will be awarded the top 3 prizes. Additionally, an artwork with the highest combined judges’ score will be awarded a Judge’s prize.

The Sovereign Art Foundation Students Prize aims to celebrate the importance of art in the education system and recognise the quality of art that can be produced by students in the Isle of Man. At the same time it also aims to raise funds in aid of a local children’s charity, as well as The Sovereign Art Foundation and its many meaningful projects. 

This is just a sample (with no particular personal preference). To vote either go into The Sayle and see them for yourself (highly recommended) or you can view and vote online here.

 

Dates for your Diary

 

On now until 7 October at the Grosvenor Museum, Chester – ‘Monumental Rage’ – Michael Sandle, RA

On now until 16 September – Ellie Baker’s ‘Light Confection’ at The Isle Gallery

On now at The Sayle Gallery – ‘Deeper’ by Petrina Kent

On now at The Sayle Gallery – The Sovereign Art Prize (go and vote for your favourite)

On now at The Hodgson Loom Gallery – ‘T’oltans Reclaimed’ by Ray and Niamh Kelly

September – Year of Our Island: Our Festivals

On now – Natalie Norton – ‘Under the Cloak’ at the Erin Arts Centre

11 September – Mike Kewley Mindfulness Drop in Session at The Engine House, Castletown 7pm-9pm

15 September – Oh My Pen & Press – Intro to Brush Lettering Calligraphy Workshops (2 options available)

22 September – Oh my Pen & Press – Modern Calligraphy for Beginners (2 options available)

 

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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