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Isle of Man Art News – 13 June 2016

Nicola Dixon

Where on earth has this year gone? It’s flying by! TT came and went at what felt like 133.962 mph and now a substantial proportion of the Island’s population is suffering from post TT blues and counting the days until TT 2017. I also just did a quick tot-up and this is my 13th weekly news update! I can hardly believe it but I guess it must be right. Thank you so much for all your support and lovely comments as it really has kept me going. Anyway, read on for this week’s news.

minilogoGraham Hall is busy, busy, busy right now – but not with wood. It’s basking shark season and Graham is Technical Advisor at Manx Basking Shark Watch. Claire Pearse (Element.isle) also got to join the crew of the ‘Happy Jack’ with the Manx Basking Shark Watch team the other day and got to see a shark. The team took underwater footage, fin photo’s which can help to identify the shark, video footage and a DNA swab. She reported that it was about 6 meters in length and that they thought it was a female. Claire said it was “Humbling being alongside and up so close and personal with such incredible creatures!”. If you spot a basking shark you can log any sightings over on the Manx Basking Shark Watch page.


It seems lots of our local Artists are interested in the basking sharks. Sally Black spotted one the other day and another 3 over the weekend – one of which was ma-hoosive, and Nicola Dixon (naughty girl!) and Jeremy Paul have posted up these pictures on FB. Jeremy did the set of stamps for the Year of The Ocean back in 1998 and was originally a marine biologist before becoming a full time Artist. The featured image this week is one of Nicola Dixon’s pictures. 

minilogoI saw ‘the bus’ in Ramsey – YAY! It looks fab and I’m really pleased with it. I’d love to keep it out on the road for another month but I don’t currently have the budget for it. The Arts Council kindly contributed towards getting it out there and I have also personally put money into it. It will cost another £168 (inclusive of VAT) to keep it out on the road for another 4 weeks. That’s 16 people x £10 or 32 people x £5. By contributing you will be helping to raise awareness of the website which is primarily for the purpose of promoting our local Artists. If you would like to donate please use the PayPal buttons below. All monies donated will go towards advertising the site. Thank you in advance. X

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minilogoSo what else is new? Well, I’m planning on doing a couple of new, regular features. The first is called ‘Art I Own’. This will feature some of the original, local artwork people have bought over the years and have in their homes. There will be a photograph of the work along with a bit of information about the piece, such as it where it was bought from or if it was a commission, if the Artist is known to the person, what they like about the piece and so on. From talking to people over the past few months I’ve found that more often than not there is a story to go with it. If you would like to contribute to this blog post, please drop me an email: and I will be happy to give you a call. I’m really looking forward to sharing with you all sorts of exciting work that is in private ownership.

The second new feature is called ‘Neb and Nonsense‘. Talented young cartoonist and creator of Neb Comics, Andy Noble, has kindly agreed to share his cartoon strips via the Directory. Along with the cartoon strips there will be a bit of Art Nonsense (for want of putting it politely) which I will be quoting from Art magazines amongst other sources. Here is a taster for you to snigger at now:

“As a result, these technologies appear to be dissolving a seemingly natural correspondence between visible reality and the “truth-function” of the lens-formed image.”

Yeah, right. Taken from American Art Review, April 2002. I’ve bought a whole batch of these off Ebay and I can tell already they are going to be a rich source of entertainment.


minilogoAt the Isle of Man Art Festival organised by the Creative Network at the beginning of May I had the opportunity to meet the very lovely, talented, super-organised and techno-brilliant Petrina Kent. Petrina says she “draws inspiration from her creator’s handiwork”. I was brought up as a Catholic but confess I have not attended Mass in many a long year. Although I am no longer a practising Christian there is a deep rooted ‘something’ within me which I think is more spiritual than religious. I find Petrina’s Blog posts leave me with a sense of calm and serenity and her recent photographic images will I am sure, even if you aren’t religious yourself, leave you with the same feeling. They are simply beautiful.


minilogoIf you follow this Blog regularly you will recall from last week that Stephanie Quayle’s orangutan ‘Man of The Trees’ is being exhibited at the Royal Academy of Arts’ Summer Exhibition. Many thanks to Howard Shimmin for spotting this video where you can catch a glimpse of it in one of the final rooms. 


minilogoIf you enjoy these news updates, please Share them with your friends and colleagues on FB and Linkedin to help raise awareness of our very talented local Artists. If you would like to do more to help, you can advertise on this site or sponsor these news updates – just drop me a line for more information: Here is a round up of images selected from Social Media this week – Enjoy.

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Have a great week!


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Isle of Man Art News – 2 May 2016


What A Fantastic Weekend! The Isle of Man Art Festival opened on Saturday morning with venues around the Island and sunny skies which I am quite sure helped to tempt people out and about. Fuelled primarily by cake and tea, my friend Sarah and I visited the Laxey, Douglas and Southern venues on Saturday ending up at Studio 42 shortly before 5pm and on Sunday my daughter, Ellen, came with me to visit Celine Appleyard in Union Mills, the Isle Gallery and the Peel venues with the last stop at Katy Mitchell’s before heading home to Ramsey (excellent route planning on my part if I may say so myself).

I guess the Creative Network will need to take stock of how the event has gone overall but personally I think it has been extremely successful, with some great artwork on display, plenty of people at the various locations and super hospitality at all of the venues. A huge amount of work has gone into the event so congratulations to all of the organisers and participants in making it happen and run so smoothly.

I’ve really enjoyed the last two days so if you’re reading this today, Monday 2nd May, you still have a chance to get out to the open studios; a rare treat to see where some of our Artists craft their wares. I’ve put together quite a substantial gallery for you – which is just a very small selection – of what you can see. (Click on the pictures to view in the lightbox).


To see loads more great photos follow this link to the Creative Network’s Facebook Page with photos by Deb Turk.


minilogoChris Killip’s
exhibition at the Manx Museum opens on Saturday 7th May with a private viewing on Friday evening. On Saturday, there is ‘An Afternoon with Chris Killip’ when he will be providing an insight into his career and signing purchased copies of his book. Tickets and copies of his book ‘Isle of Man Revisited’ are available from the Manx Museum Shop. Lecture tickets cost £10 for adults and £5 for students and are available now from the Manx Museum.

For those of you not yet familiar with his work, Chris Killip is a distinguished Manx photographer who works at Harvard University as professor of visual and environmental studies. He is well known for his gritty black and white images of people and places and renowned and recognised for his pictures of local communities – in particular the local Manx population. 

Chris is the recipient of numerous international awards, has exhibited all over the world, written extensively and been interviewed on both radio and television. His work has featured in the Tate Gallery and received extensive media coverage, most recently featuring in the Financial Times Magazine and Daily Mail

Manx National Heritage holds 252 of Chris Killip’s images in the Manx National Collections. The exhibition will feature 52 printed images, including well-known portraits of people and landscapes, as well as a number of unseen and unpublished works. Additional images will be featured on a rolling loop. 

The exhibition opens to the public at the Manx Museum on 7th May 2016 and is on until 30th July 2016.  


Chris Killip


minilogoThe organisers of this year’s Deep South Festival are looking for an Artist to display/sell some of their work at this year’s event. It is being held Saturday 2nd July and Sunday 3rd July 2016





minilogoAlice Quayle
got a nice little write up on for her branding work on the Yn Chruinnaght festival. (Ha, try them with that one at a spelling competition!). The illustration captures not just the festival details but also captures the seaside experience of Peel. Yet another great little infographic from her:



minilogoI managed to get along to the Rob Jones exhibition, Drawn Steel, at The Sayle Gallery earlier this week and then again on Saturday. WOW. I love it. I highly recommend you go along and indulge yourself in this show.  I told Rob what my mum had said about it when I saw him on Saturday at Grenaby Studios – that she’d have to take a Brillo pad to it – and he said he’d know where to go if he fancied a different finish (look out mum, you  might have inadvertently got yourself a job!). Seriously though, it really is worth a visit, or two… or three….

Rob Jones - Drawn Steel - Photo by Rob Smith
Rob Jones – Drawn Steel – Photo by Rob Smith


minilogoThe Annual John Nicholson Bursary Award of £500 is open for applications for the period 1 October 2016 to 30 September 2017 to assist one or more individuals in their endeavours in visual arts. More information on how to apply can be found on the Isle of Man Arts Council website and anyone wishing to apply should contact the Secretary, R G Barrs – email 


Finally, here are a few more images from the Art Festival and Social Media over the past week. Enjoy.


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Have a great week!


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New Original Artwork by Bryony Harrison

Bryony Harrison has just added another two stunning pictures to her portfolio. The works, as yet untitled as they are so recently finished, are acrylic on canvas and measure 30″ x 40″.

Click on the pictures for a larger view.

The following pictures are a couple of close ups taken while they were still drying so you can really appreciate the textures of these lovely canvases.

These works are available to buy – please contact Bryony directly:


To see more of her work, you can visit her page on the Manx Art Directory here: