Chinese artist Li Jianxun at The Sayle Gallery

Manninvest is delighted to sponsor this event in conjunction with the joint curators Tang Biao from Pixel Space Culture and Art Co. Ltd and Gary Bennett from the Sayle Gallery. 

Li Jianxun, who is a member of the Chinese Artists Association, has had six solo and 34 joint exhibitions in China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and the USA. His artwork has been collected by seven museums, including the China National Art Museum. 

LI Jianxun has been awarded many prizes in China for his watercolour and oil painting artworks, including the 3rd prize/Bronze at the 10th China National Art Exhibition. 
He is a graduate with a Master’s Degree from Sichuan Academy of Fine Arts and is an art lecturer in the Art Institute of Sichuan Normal University. 

The exhibition runs from August 4-26, 2018.

Isle of Man Art New – 16 July 2018

It’s been very busy but a lot of fun the last couple of weeks. I was asked some time ago to help judge an underwater photography competition organised by Discover Diving (based in Port St. Mary) and the Saturday before last was competition day with the prize giving ceremony in the evening accompanied by a most excellent fish and chip supper. My fellow judges, both former divers, were wildlife artist Jeremy Paul and Jackie Hall (no relation). I was the non-diver of the group so had to rely on Jeremy and Jackie for their superior knowledge…. I’m delighted to say I now know what a nudebranch looks like. We spent a very interesting and animated hour or so going through all of the entries and choosing our favourites, with consideration to focus, colour, composition and whether if fulfilled the criteria of the category to name but a few of the aspects we discussed. In the end, these were some of the winners. Well done to all involved. 


On Saturday just gone, I arrived late to the opening of David Swinton’s new exhibition ‘The Eyes of the House & Other Places’ at the Hodgson Loom Gallery (having been at The Engine House for Elaine Edge’s mosaic workshop for a class of fourteen which went extremely well but wasn’t finally wrapped up until early evening).

I have to say Mr Swinton looks very well indeed. I remember him from art lessons at school when I was at St. Ninians, many moons ago. I obviously wasn’t very good at art even then as he didn’t remember me 🙂  But this isn’t about me…. it’s about this beautiful exhibition of watercolours, full of detail in the interesting subject matter, expertly executed. Do go along as it’s well worth a visit.



Studio 42 has a new show opening this Wednesday 18th July from 6.30pm – ‘The Manx Landscape Afresh’ by Petrina Kent. There are very few of Petrina’s pieces I don’t like so I will definitely be heading to this show. Gallery owner, Eben, also posted up that Daniel Price has some new work on display – a couple of his lovely monoprints here to give you a taster. Also big congratulations to Daniel and his new wife Amy – they got married at the weekend. Very best wishes to you both for a long and happy marriage.



The Western Photographic Society is currently having an Exhibition at the Erin Arts Centre. ‘The World of the Western’ at the James Mellon Gallery which will continue until 30th July, open Wednesday to Friday each week between 10.30am and 4.30pm, and on evenings when there is an event in the Theatre. Amongst the exhibits is this one by Patricia Tutt – a fabulous image don’t you think?


It’s a bit of a short one this week folks. To be honest it’s a struggle at the moment to do this on a weekly basis due to my commitment to The Engine House but I know lots of you like the news posts so I shall endeavour to carry on with them at least every other week for now. Hopefully when I’m not doing 3 jobs I might have a bit more time again to get the diary up to date and do some more focused posts. If anyone would like to contribute or help to keep this website up to date I’d love to hear from you!


Dates for your Diary


On now at the Hodgson Loom Gallery – ‘The Eyes of the House & Other Pictures’ by David Swinton

On now at the Isle Gallery – ‘Dare the Moon’ a solo show by Bruno Cavellec

On now at the Sayle Gallery ’25 Years’ – Isle of Man Arts Council Loan Collection

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

Opening Wednesday at Studio 42 – ‘The Manx Landscape Afresh’ by Petrina Kent

5 May – 5 August – ‘Have I Got News for Yessir’ by Phil Woodford at the House of Manannan

July – Year of Our Island: Culture Month

7 July – 2 September – Williamson Art Gallery and Museum (Birkenhead) – Tom Wood and Cian Quayle


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 – 2 July 2018

It’s been a technically challenging week this week. I got a bill from my internet service provider and decided to do some switching around to make things more cost effective by ditching the old website I don’t use anymore. However this had the rather nasty knock on effect of killing the Directory website, which I didn’t realise until I came to update something on it, so if you were looking for it last week my apologies. All is now back in order after around 3 hours of me (being non techie) trying to explain what had happened (to a techie) via a pop-up chat window, and then step by step trying to fix things. When we managed to get the URL back it came as a bit of a shock to discover that my 274 blog posts over the last couple of years had all vanished – but fortunately I have a back up plan in place and in the end they all magically reappeared. Phew!

Other than techie nightmare stuff it was a pretty good week, not least with the opening of the Art Council’s celebratory show at The Sayle “25 Years”. In 1993 the Isle of Man Arts Council initiated an innovative project for taking contemporary graphic art into the community. It now has a collection of over 400 pieces which are divided into small groups and loaned out to schools, libraries, the prison, public buildings and galleries.

The concept and curation of the original collection was the brain child of Manx artist David Fletcher and along with his peers he was responsible for the growth of the collection until he passed away in 2008.

It really is a fabulous show with the chance to see works by Picasso, Hockney, Gormley and Hirst; illustrators such as Ralph Steadman and Peter Blake; and local artists including Brian Kneale, David Fletcher and Eileen Schaer to name but a few. The show runs until the end of July.


Kim Graziano has done this fab design for a tote bag for Hospice; only £5 – go and grab one quick as they are selling fast. Kim is also the founder of the Isle of Man Drawing Club and it was their first birthday recently… and if that is not enough, she’s also part of the fabulous Keird Collective. Busy lady. Well done Kim – you’re an inspiration!


Talking about the Isle of Man Drawing club, last week they teamed up with Manx Potters and did a workshop at Craftworks Studios in Castletown, sculpting from live models! The evening went down very well and it sounds like all of the participants really enjoyed it.

It’s been such beautiful weather recently. It’s produced fabulous early morning and evening colours which, sure enough, our very talented photographers have been out and about photographing and sharing. We’re so lucky to live in such a wonderful place I’m sure you’ll agree.


Of course the other thing that has been keeping me busy is The Engine House. For anyone who doesn’t know about it yet, it is a new co-working space in the old Canada Life building on Alexandra Road focusing on Arts, Tech and Media, just around the corner from the train station, the Sidings and the Viking. We opened the doors in May and already have a number of people taking up desk space. We have a few different offerings and I mention it here as I expect there are a number of entrepreneurs and people who run small businesses who read this blog who might find the space useful, particularly for networking, new business or just having a place to work away from home.

The desk spaces are very competitively priced – just £100 per month for a hot desk you can use every business day if you like. We also have ‘fixed’ desks which we call our ‘My Desk’ offering which is a dedicated desk – so you always sit at the same desk and it is ‘yours’ with 24/7 access. The Workbench membership will be opening very soon – we’ve got loads of comfy sofas and smaller tables in this area. This membership offers you somewhere to work and have meetings that is a bit more professional than meeting in a cafe environment. As a Workbench member you also get invites to our events, access to reception and printing facilities and you will be part of our Engine House community. There are loads of extras from confidential shredding through to fire proof storage and discounted prices for hiring conference rooms or event space.

At the moment we are offering anyone who would like to give us a try the opportunity to come and hot desk for a week for FREE. Just call into reception and we’ll get you started.

Oh, PS, did I mention we have Noa Bakehouse coffee, a steam train running past the window and Sally Black and Roger Dean paintings on the walls…? Call in to see us for your no-obligation free trial or find out more here.


News Shorts

Bf 109G-2/R2, 2/Aufklarungsgruppe (Reconnaissance Group) 14, Tunisia 1943. Pilot, Leutenant Herbert Prior, shot down and made PoW. By Darren Prior.



Katy Mitchell

Katy Mitchell has announced that she is closing up her operations in the northern hemisphere – she will be arranging a final sale of her work for Isle of Man folk in due course.

Svetlana Cameron

And Svetlana Cameron posted up a picture of her latest commission.  ‘Portrait of Myla, Amira and Hanna’, 55×75 cm, pastel on paper. Private commission, sold.


Dates for your Diary


On now at the Hodgson Loom Gallery: ‘Lover of the Light’

On now at the Isle Gallery – ‘Dare the Moon’ a solo show by Bruno Cavellec

On now at the Sayle Gallery ’25 Years’ – Isle of Man Arts Council Loan Collection

5 May – 5 August – ‘Have I Got News for Yessir’ by Phil Woodford at the House of Manannan

June – Year of Our Island: ‘Our Culture’

21 June – Isle of Wine & Art Exhibition at The George in Castletown, 7pm – 10pm

21 June SoFA Film Club 10 – Liverpool – Of Time and the City at the Bath & Bottle

24 June – Art in the Garden – Surby

4 July – The Engine House – Barbecue & Wild Immersion 360 VR (if you’ve never tried it or missed it at TT).

7 July – 2 September – Williamson Art Gallery and Museum (Birkenhead) – Tom Wood and Cian Quayle


Upcoming Workshops


21 June – Absolute Beginners in Ceramics (evening option)

24 June – Screen Printing – T Shirt Design (or Bag) 10am – 4pm

Paul Parker Line and Wash Landscape – July 26 and 2, 9, 16 and 23 August

26 June – Oh My Pen & Press – 7pm-9pm – Modern Calligraphy for Beginners

2 July – Oh My Pen & Press – Modern Calligraphy Workshop

7 July – Action Jackson – Adults one day painting workshop 


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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