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Isle of Man Art News – 24 October 2016


The News is kindly Supported by the Isle of Man Arts Council.


I don’t really need much of an excuse to go to Noa Bakehouse, favourite haunt and great supporter of many of the Island’s creatives, but on Thursday evening there was a the 6th Creative Industries meeting which gave me a very good reason to go and have another look at Sally Black’s exhibition, a wonderfully colourful collection which look really great set against Noa’s corrugated iron walls. I talked to her before her Preview and you can listen to the clip which went out on Manx Radio’s ‘Women Today’ program last week.

I arrived early – living in Ramsey it’s more convenient for me to go to these things straight from work than to go home and come back again – and had the chance to spend a few minutes appreciating the surroundings and Sally’s work before the main event which was a talk by Tracey Anderson about her Blog and Social Media strategy for her ‘Lovely Greens’ brand. Sam Jones also presented and talked about the MakeMarket and Isle of Architecture events organised by Revel and Zoe Guilford of DED acted as host. It was a very interesting and useful evening and it was good to hear that although this was the last event of the current series there are to be more next year. You can keep up with what’s going on by following the Creative Industries’ Facebook Page here.

If  you’re in town with time for a coffee (or some of the other delights served at Noa) do go along and have a look at Sally’s paintings, all of which are available to buy. If you’d like to contact her about any of her work or to request a commission you can find her details on her page here.


minilogoThere’s lots of change afoot and not least in the news this week is the announcement by The Sayle Gallery that Mr Damian Ciappelli has stepped down from the board after four years of service. Mr John Sheath, Company Secretary, has also stepped down and the remaining board members and gallery staff expressed their thanks to both for their dedication and commitment during their terms in office. Personally I love change. Perhaps it’s the optimist in me but I find it really exciting, full of new and interesting opportunities, people to meet and places to go. Let’s hope that change will be good for The Sayle Gallery and that lots of new and exciting opportunities present themselves as a consequence.


minilogoI mentioned a couple of weeks ago that I’m quite a fan of photography as an artistic medium and I was recently introduced to Andi Howland (in fact it was at the opening of Bruno Cavellec’s show ‘Lifted’ at The Isle Gallery). I only got around to looking at Andi’s Facebook page last week and was particularly drawn to his lovely photographs of Prague. Here is one of a lady he spotted whilst wandering around Prague Castle late in the afternoon as the light was fading. There are some really great photographs on his FB page so do take a few minutes and have a scroll through – it’s well worth it.


minilogoThe Big Draw was founded in the UK in 2000 to promote visual literacy and the universal language of drawing as a tool for learning, expression and invention.  In 2016 nearly 30 countries worldwide, including the Isle of Man, are taking part in Big Draw events. There will be a workshop hosted by Isle of Architecture at Onchan Parish Hall on Thursday 27 October.  Well-known arts educator Kirsten Penzes will run the full day workshop which is open to primary and secondary school students. This year’s Big Draw theme is ‘Steam’ – Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Maths – to show that creativity and innovation go hand in hand. Click here to find out more details.

Another Big Draw event will be happening at the House of Manannan in Peel. Professional teaching artists, Kate Jerry and Colette Gambell will be delivering a Viking inspired art workshop:

“The workshops coincide with the launch of Valhalla, our latest exhibition at the House of Manannan and offers each child participating the opportunity to create their very own doorway to another world.

The Viking hall of Valhalla has 540 doors and using our new exhibition for inspiration, children will use pens, charcoals and clay to create a door worthy of Asgard. The children will pick their favourite drawing to produce a model door or wall plate out of clay to take home”.

 Find out more here.manx-national-heritage-valhalla



minilogoDates for your  Diary:


On now – Autumnal Show – Sheena Graham-George at Studio 42

On now to 30 October – Bruno Cavellec – Solo show ‘Lifted’ at The Isle Gallery 

On now to 5 November – Elemental at the Hodgson Loom Gallery

On now through to 19 November – Manx Museum – ‘Islands and Bridges’ The Art of Roger Dean

On now to 2 November – Sally Black at Noa Bakehouse

On now to 20 November – Colleen Corlett “Answering the Need to Create” at the Sayle Gallery

On now to 28 October – Svetlana Cameron – Solo Exhibition – 37 Kensington High Street, London

On now through November – IOM Arts Council Loan Collection at the Erin Arts Centre

24 to 28 October – Valhalla Doorways at the House of Manannan 2pm – 4pm

25 October – Make your own Breakfast Bowl and Spoon – The Isle Gallery, 10am

25 October – Ceramic Hands Family Art Workshop – The Isle Gallery, 2pm

26 October – Layered Landscapes Family Workshop at The Sayle Gallery – 10am -3pm

26 October – The Book of Life Art Workshop- The Isle Gallery – 10am

26 October – Teens & Tweens Art Masterclass, Collage Landscape – The Isle Gallery – 6pm


minilogoHere’s this week’s roundup of pictures sourced from Social Media. Enjoy!



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Isle of Man Art News – 20 June 2016


One of my day-job colleagues mentioned last week that there are only 5 weeks left of school until the summer holidays, which I was quite shocked to hear as my children have left school and the term dates are no longer on my radar. Five weeks! And then, to further support the truth of this the End of Year Exhibition invitation from the Isle of Man College (now University College Isle of Man) popped up in my inbox.

What a great show. There really is some fabulous work on display and the range of mediums used and diversity of ideas really does evidence the skill sets being taught at the College. I’m including a few pictures that I snapped on my jazzy new camera that I don’t know how to use because I’ve only read the first half of the manual. (Does anyone ever really make it all the way to the end of those things?). 

I was particularly taken with Lucy Pendlebury’s ceramics (first and third photo below and the featured image this week) and was vindicated in my choice when she won one of the awards presented on the evening for her work. Lucy is heading off to university in September so it will be exciting to see how her skills develop over the next 3 years. 


Click on the pictures to view them in the lightbox.

Other young artists that particularly caught my eye were Grace Harrop with her mixed media pieces made with wax amongst other things (picture bottom middle) and also Isobel Heath (2 of her pics below), who told me that she started concentrating on doing portraits during life drawing classes so that she didn’t have to draw any gentlemen’s bits. I don’t think she’ll mind too much that I’ve put that in the news as she did write something along those lines in her Artist’s Statement. I can’t name everyone in here who I thought was good (and there were many), so I will leave it to you to decide for yourself. You can go into the College to see the exhibition during normal College hours – the show is on until 28th June.


minilogoJulia Smyth at the Hodgson Loom Gallery in Laxey nearly made me spit my coffee out laughing this week when she emailed to say that unfortunately Michael Starkey had had to unfortunately cancel his exhibition at the last minute so there was now “nowt on in the gallery this week other than performance art entitled, ‘Curator Meltdown’. Private viewings only”. Being the true professional she is though, Julia pulled it together and now has an exciting show lined up called ‘Summer Invitational’ featuring Howard Shimmin, Rebecca Odessa, Clara Nathan and Kasia Mirska. Here is a wee preview of what you can expect to see. It looks like it’s going to be a really vibrant and colourful show. It opens next Saturday, 25th June at 2.00pm and then runs until 16th July.


minilogoBearing in mind that the School holidays are, as mentioned, only 5 weeks away, the ArtReach Studios ladies at the Isle Gallery have published their latest schedule of Summer workshops for children which should be a lot of fun. I have, in a rash moment (I wasn’t drunk, honestly…), enrolled onto the Frida Khalo adult workshop next weekend. Given that I just about know which end of a pencil to use and my artistic prowess extends to drawing stick people I confess I am slightly terrified. At least I should have something amusing for you to laugh at in the news next week. On at the Isle Gallery right now is a joint exhibition – Bryony Harrison and Brigid Stowell. Their work sits very well together. The stand out piece for me I think is Brigid’s picture of the Gaiety on a rainy night which she described as ‘a squinter’! 


minilogoIf you missed the BA (Hons) Fine Art Degree Show – Essentia – which opened in May and closed last week, the College has kindly sent me this video which I am delighted to be able to share with you. All the assessments have now been done and it is a case of waiting for grades, always a nervous time. I thought the quality of the work was really wonderful and on my visit on one of the last days before the show was taken down I had the opportunity to ask Bryan Moore about the words he had used to ‘set the scene’ for his work. I thought perhaps he had found literature which had inspired him but it turned out that he is not only a brilliant Artist but also an awesome descriptive writer as well. Definitely keep an eye out for all of these talented folk as I am sure we will be seeing great things from them in the future: Bryan Moore, Kirsti Penzes, Helen Tate and Rosie Wood.




minilogoAnd finally – a week wouldn’t be a week without squeezing in one of Bruno’s pictures somewhere. Here is his latest picture Miserere, and I just love it. Also, last minute breaking news ….. Jimmy Duggan now has a page on the Directory – a very warm welcome to him.


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