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Isle of Man Art News – 26 September 2016

It’s been a while since I ventured further south than the airport – in fact I can pin point it to the fabulous Isle of Man Art Festival back in May organised by the Creative Network – so on Saturday afternoon I scooped up my friend Sarah for a girlie catch up and a pootle down south. Our first port of call was to see Claire Pearse at Grenaby Studios (ELEMENTisle) and despite it being a very blustery day it was good to see that there was a steady stream of customers and visitors. Claire told us that she’s very busy and that her Etsy shop is also doing very well which is fabulous news but not really surprising (if you haven’t seen her work you can check it out here). She’s going to be moving from her present workshop across the yard to the unit being vacated by the very talented Simon Capelen who is off to warmer climes. It’s a more modern unit and warmer and with another Manx winter marching ever closer … well, I would – wouldn’t you?!


After a much needed tea and cake break in Port Erin we headed over to see Eban at Studio 42 in Port St. Mary. I’d planned to go to the Preview of his new show of Sheena Graham-George’s work on Thursday night but there was the small matter of the election and I felt compelled to do my duty and head back to Ramsey after work to vote. The thought of then driving ALL the way to Port St. Mary and then back to Ramsey again was just a bit too much for a Manx girl, hence the reason for going on Saturday. Sheena’s work is lovely and reminded me a bit of some children’s book illustrations I’ve seen along the way (Eban suggested Raymond Briggs’s book ‘The Snowman’ which I think is not far off the mark). There were quite a few dots but some pieces are still available for sale so do pop in for a look. There was a very nice Catherine James watercolour I liked a lot too and Eban has a good collection of work in by a variety of artists so I’d be surprised if you didn’t find something you like.

Eban looked well and was in good spirits and we had a bit of a natter about the exhibition and other work in his Studio. He’s a great supporter of young, emerging talent and has a wall dedicated to Daniel Price’s work. Daniel is starting back at college just now for his final year and it will be great to see how his work develops this year.

Here’s this week’s round-up of what’s a-happening…..

minilogoOn Wednesday (28th September) this week at 6pm there is a MakeMarket event at the Douglas Market Hall which is an Image and Text workshop by Helen Fox and Usha Kishore which explores the links between text and image. You can bring an image and create a piece of text, such as poem. Or you can bring in a piece of poetry and illustrate it. Alternatively, images and text can be provided for you to work on. Here’s a sample of the sort of material that might be illustrated, or even produced.

Dappled Light

Limpid light, shimmering like silk, poured
into shade, a black bird’s call, an afternoon
dreaming – a strange glow envelops the woods,
scripting time into stone. I want to write
of the first light that shone on earth, when
darkness was upon the face of the deep.
I want to write of the earth bathed in twilight,
of a wayward shade that sinks into the seams
of oceans. Distant hills soar in my thoughts;
a rivulet of verse ebbs and flows, and fire syllables
script my lines across the page: an image,
a vision. I want to write the story of light
that lived, breathed and died with each day.
I want to write the world in dappled light.

© Usha Kishore, Sept 2016

(Acknowledging: Genesis 1.2)

minilogoOn Wednesday 28th Setpember, 6.30pm at The Sayle Gallery, there is an Adult Workshop (age 14+) – Manipulating Movies: “Manipulating a short cycle of film using paint, tearing, sketching etc in order to create a short animation, inspired by Simon Buttimore’s experimental film of the local scenery and people.” The cost for this workshop is £20 per person.

Also at The Sayle on Saturday, 1 October (1pm to 3pm) there is a family workshop ‘Balinese Shadow Puppetry’ inspired by the eclectic collection of Asian artifacts that Simon Buttimore collected throughout his life, and his wonders with other cultures, have a go at some Balinese-inspired shadow puppetry to create a collaborative story performance. The cost is £20 per family.


minilogoJeremy Paul’s exhibition at The Coach House in Guernsey closes on 30th September and he’s sold some fabulous paintings. I don’t think you can ever really tire of seeing Jeremy’s work so I’ve put together a few of my favourite pictures from his recent posts. What can I say – they’re just amazing. Click to view in the Lightbox.

minilogoThe Hodgson Loom Gallery announced the theme for their open art competition this year is ‘Time’. You can read the details below (click to view).

minilogoDates for your  Diary:

On now to 1 October – Hodgson Loom Gallery – Chinese Whispers

On now to  9 October – ‘A Man Apart’ The Life and Work of Simon Buttimore at The Sayle Gallery

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

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

28 September – Women Today – Bruno Cavellec talking about his solo show, ‘Lifted’

2 October to 30 October – Bruno Cavellec – Solo show ‘Lifted’ at The Isle Gallery – opens at 2.00pm on Sunday 2nd October, all welcome.

7 October –  Paul Parker at the Braaid Hall – Watercolour Painting (5 days on light and tone over 5 weeks)

7 October – Elemental Preview at the Hodgson Loom Gallery 6.00pm – 8.30pm – all welcome.

13 October – 2 November – Sally Black at Noa Bakehouse

13 October – 20 November – Colleen Corlett “Answering the Need to Create” at the Sayle Gallery

14 October – 28 October – Svetlana Cameron – Solo Exhibition – 37 Kensington High Street, London

minilogoAnd finally, here is my round-up of images chosen from social media this week – enjoy!

minilogoPlease Share these updates with your friends and colleagues on FB and Linkedin to help raise awareness of our very talented local Artists.

Have a great week!


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Isle of Man Art News – 16 May 2016


After the excitement of the Isle of Man Art Festival over the May bank holiday weekend and all of the follow up and photographs, and then the launch of the Chris Killip exhibition at the Museum hot on it’s heels, the visual arts community seems to have taken a moment to breathe this last week ready for the next round of happenings. To think when I started doing the news updates I was worried there wouldn’t be enough to write about week to week! It’s not taken me very long at all to realise that we have a really active art community on the Isle of Man and that if you blink you’ve probably missed something……  


minilogoSecond year students on the Isle of Man College’s Art and Design Degree Courses are presenting an exhibition of eclectic work at the Douglas Market Hall. It’s not on for long though – Friday 20th to Monday 23rd May – as it precedes the final degree show by the third year students, so make sure you get down quick to see work from the eleven students on this course. 

Essentia is the third year students’ show and is the accumulation of three years of developing ideas and formulating creative roots, representing journeys through themes of identity, sense of place, loss, solitude, entrapment and surreal worlds. This exhibition represents the core work of the graduates of the Bachelor of Fine Arts, 2016 and the final pieces solidify the creative worlds of each student, bringing forth the essence of each of them as artists.

Kirsti Penzes |  Rosie Wood  |  Bryan Moore  |  Helen Tate

Opening times:
27th May -14th June 2016
Monday – Saturday 08.00-17:00

Throughout the four weeks of the ESSENTIA: FLOURISH exhibition Kirsten will be running three Saturday afternoon events for families and children to take part and contribute to the exhibition. The events are:
Saturday 28th May 1-3pm: Creating Soundscapes
Saturday 4th June 1-3pm: Making Ceramic Pinch Pots
Saturday 11th June 1-3pm: Kite making
If you would like to take part in the events please email:


minilogoErica Kermode, whose page went live this week, has only one space left on her one day “Introduction to Clay Modelling Course” on 2 July. It runs from 10am to 4pm and costs £75. Find Erica’s Silver Willow Studio on our handy map.  She will also be running “Summer Ceramics” on Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons 1pm to 4 pm from 28 June through to October.  These are open studio sessions for people who have some experience in ceramics and want to go along and be creative. The price is £20 per session.


minilogoJulia Smyth at the Hodgeson Loom Gallery has been putting next year’s schedule together for the gallery and still has some spots available so is interested in hearing from artists in any discipline. She will be happy to do group or solo shows and even if you have never exhibited before and are a little ‘trepidacious’ she says she will be happy to find you a safe little corner and make it not so scary. You can get in touch with Julia by email: (she’s really lovely and approachable so don’t be afraid to get in touch).



minilogoThe Isle of Man Arts Council posted up the summer schedule for the Youth Arts Centre on Kensington Road which includes Junior Art (ages 8-11) on Mondays 4.00 – 6.00 and Photography (ages 11+) on Tuesdays. It’s not very easy to read here but click the pic to see it in a lightbox.


minilogoYou’ve still got a chance to see Rob Jones’s “Drawn Steel” exhibition at The Sayle Gallery but this closes on 22 May so if you haven’t yet had a chance to see it, make haste! 


minilogoBruno Cavellec published a lovely Linkedin post, ‘Forgiveness’, in which he talks about what forgiveness is and its importance in freeing the forgiver from corrosive anger. His beautiful oil painting accompanies the piece. I’m looking forward to seeing more Linkedin posts like this from Bruno. 
minilogoThe Isle Gallery has their Spring Workshop coming up this week on 17th May (which I mentioned in last week’s news). The next one after that is their Journal Art Workshop on Sunday 22nd May 2016. It’s a one day workshop starting at 10.00am and finishing at 3.00pm. 

“Fast becoming a popular form of craft and a great way to start or get back to your creative journey, this workshop combines many techniques. Get back into creating again, great art therapy and a way to build your confidence.”
£42 including a beautiful 25x25cm bound sketchbook.


The Isle Gallery’s contemporary show – hosted by James Duggan, Juan Moore, Anna Clucas, Jelena Benson, Alexander Colby, Kate Jerry and Colette Gambell – is on until the end of this month and then for June, Brigid Stowell and Bryony Harrison have their joint show.

minilogoThere’s been lots happening in the background for the Directory over the past few weeks. I’m delighted to report that the Isle of Man Arts Council has approved some funding to help raise awareness of the website with the public. Huge thanks to them for their support. Look out for advertising over TT – I’m not going to tell you what it is yet but it’s going to be pretty big…..  This Friday, 20th May at 2.00pm, I will be on Manx Radio’s Women Today programme, with the first of my monthly Art round-ups. I’m also going to be able to spend more time on the Directory shortly and can now offer premium membership for Artists who will be able to have a shop page as well as their main listing. Get in touch for more information.


minilogoArtist and author Ruth Blindell is hosting an exhibition of her fantastic landscape paintings at the Erin Arts Centre. The exhibition was born out her book ‘Finlo and the Fairy Kings’ and is made up of work in a variety of formats including cards, images, both framed and unframed, and original paintings. The exhibition opened on 6th May and is on until 6th June.




minilogoAs well as Erica Kermode’s new page, Celine Appleyard, another ceramicist, has a page as well. Celine produces some really interesting pieces which look great lit up, so don’t forget to have a look at her page while you are here. As usual, here is my brief round-up of some of the pictures posted on social media this last week. Enjoy.


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Isle of Man Art News – 28 March 2016


My last news round-up was well received so I’ve decided to make it a regular feature on the website. If you’ve got any news, new work to tell the world about, an update to your blog or anything else art-related that you would like me to publish then please get in touch:


Julie Collins, a Manx born artist who regularly visits the island, recently had 3 paintings accepted to be hung at the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours. The Institute considered 1000 paintings and chose 80, 3 of which are Julie’s, to be shown at the Mall Galleries, London April 6-16 2016. There is to be a private viewing of exhibition on Tuesday 5th April from 12 noon to 8pm. The opening takes place at 3pm and will be officiated by Rt Hon John Whittingdale MP, Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport. 

Julie will also be running a couple of workshops at Brightlife this year – Freedom in Watercolour (April) and Freedom in Watercolour and Ink (November). 




Another date for your diary: 7 May 2016 -2pm.  Manx National Heritage is hosting ‘An Afternoon with Chris Killip’. Tickets are £10 for adults and £5 for students and are available from 31 March. Chris Killip is one of the most influential documentary photographers of the post-war generation. He will be providing a fascinating insight into his career and will sign purchased copies of his book ‘Isle of Man Revisited’. The exhibition of his work runs until 13 August.

Chris Killip


The Isle of Man Art Society’s Easter exhibition has been a great success I think. I manned the door for a couple of hours on Saturday morning and despite the awful weather there were plenty of visitors to the show. Many of the art works were already sold (having opened to the public on Wednesday last week). Lots of positive comments about the new venue as well at the old Shoprite store in The Village Walk in Onchan. It’s a great space for an art exhibition with natural light and ample parking. The exhibition closes tomorrow (Tuesday) lunchtime.


Easter Art Exhibition 2016


‘Art and Faith’ – a PechaKucha by Petrina Kent, is a powerful and yet sublime presentation of her work. In this short video, just under 7 minutes, Petrina talks about how her faith guides her inspiration and how being in the landscape has a profound influence on the work she produces. 



The Art Reach ladies at The Isle Gallery only have 4 places left on their Children’s workshop this Wednesday.

Cermamics - Hand Shaped Bowls


Sally Black published a new blog post earlier today ‘Bali and my discovery of colour‘ and encourages us to look for the riot of colour we just don’t ‘see’ in our local environment. Check out Sally’s website too as she has recently made some changes to it.



Phil Kneen should have reached Tokyo by now on his latest trip. Before disappearing off Island he updated his blog with ‘Mimi’ and his feelings when a model tells him that they don’t like the photographs he has taken. I can understand both sides; I hate just about every photograph ever taken of me (as I am sure many people do), regardless of whether or not it’s a great photo in the eyes of others. Don’t take it personally Phil and keep up the fab work.



Just Under the Surface: Helen Fox Programme Manager for Art, Design and Media and Colette Davies, Fine Art & Contextual Studies Lecturer at the Isle of Man College of Further & Higher Education have invited fellow students/artists from the MA programme at the Northumbria University, Newcastle, to bring work to the Isle of Man. The course at Northumbria provides an ideal opportunity to synthesise pedagogic and creative practices. The group exhibition reflects work in progress and will be open to the public at The Douglas Market Hall from 1st – 9th April 9-5 during the Easter break.



The Creative Network’s Art Festival is not far away now, to be held over the May Bank Holiday weekend. With over 40 artists taking part this will definitely be a great weekend for art lovers. Formerly known as the Western Open Studio Art Trail (WOSAT), the Art Festival will encompass open access to artist studios, exhibitions, workshops and demonstrations right across the Island. The re-brand has allowed greater scope to encourage Island-wide artist participation. Valuable support is provided by the Isle of Man Arts Council, Manx National Heritage, Peel Commissioners and partner galleries.

Entrance to studios, demonstrations and exhibition venues over all three days will be by purchase of a wrist band at £3, which includes a free festival guide. Students will receive a concessional rate of £2 and everyone under 18 goes free! All venues will be open 11am – 5pm over the three day weekend.

Wrist bands and guides will be available to purchase in advance three weeks before the Festival via Noa Bakehouse in Douglas, the Welcome Centre at the Sea Terminal, the House of Manannan in Peel and all major art galleries, as well as the Corrin Hall and artist studios during the event.



And finally, here are just a few of the pictures published on social media over the last week or so. Click on the pictures to see them in lightbox format. 

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