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Isle of Man Art News – 7 November 2016


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

I can hardly  believe where this year has gone – it’s November already and only 7 weeks ’til Christmas! I can say that now we’ve got Halloween out of the way. I used to have a bit of a mental block about it and couldn’t start thinking about Christmas until after Halloween, but in recent years I’ve started my shopping early and I’ve found it makes a huge difference. One trick I use is to write a list of everyone I need to buy for with space next to their names. I keep it in my purse and whenever I buy a gift I write it on the list. I must have saved hundreds of pounds over the years by doing this as I used to forget what I’d bought and end up buying twice as much as I needed! I’m sure I’m not the only one who’s done that. This year I’m making a real effort to buy as much as possible locally to help support all our local Artists and creatives. Anyway, that’s my ‘top tip’ for this week folks! Here’s what’s been going on and what’s coming up…..

minilogoHuge congratulations to Phil Kneen this week. His WordPress blog post ’16 Years’, in which he captured images of The Jungle at Calais in his usual honest and gritty style, was selected in the recommended list by WordPress – an awesome achievement. Phil said it had already been getting a lot of interest and he’s now had two offers of  publication from international magazines. This is one of the pictures from the post – and my favourite.

Phil Kneen – The Jungle, Calais

minilogoColleen Corlett is always busy – if you haven’t been to see her show yet at The Sayle Gallery do pop along; there are some lovely pieces of work across a range of mediums – it’s quite amazing just how talented she is. No matter what she turns her hand to she seems to excel at it. Colleen posted up some pictures on Facebook this week of a commission she has recently completed for Malew Church. I thought it was really interesting to see the process so I thought I’d share the pictures with you here. I’ve tagged the photos with the same words that Colleen used in her post so that you can see the process.

minilogoSuzy Holland who regularly writes for Gallery Magazine has done a great write up on the new Noa Bakehouse exhibition ‘The Alchemists’, a photographic collection of work which is the result of a collaboration between Sarah Hendy and Jessie Raso. I had intended to go to the Preview last week but circumstances dictated otherwise so I’ve not had a chance to go and see it yet. Fortunately as I work in Douglas most days it’s a good excuse to go for lunch. I just need to find someone to drag along with me. Suzy’s article is on pages 44 and 45 of this month’s issue. It sounds really interesting so I’m really looking forward to seeing it – and let’s be honest, who doesn’t like a bit of gold and glitter? 🙂

minilogoComing up at The Hodgson Loom Gallery next, after the hugely successful ‘Elemental’ exhibition which closed on Saturday, is ‘Creature Cornucopia’ previewing Friday 11th November. It will be ‘a stunning zoological feast, featuring new watercolours, pastels and drawings from the immensely talented pet portraitist and animal artist, Meriel Burden; alongside a characterful collection of fauna, both exotic and those more familiar to our northern climes by expert ceramicist Erica Kermode’. I’ll give you an update on that next week but as always, I do recommend  you go to the Preview if you can. They are always such lovely, convivial events.

minilogoThere’s still time to get some free Christmas cards! I’m giving away 4 packs (6 cards in each) of Nicola Dixon’s fun seal and oyster catcher Christmas cards.

To enter, all you need to do is go to the Directory’s Facebook Page, ‘like’ the page, ‘like’ the post and put any word relating to Christmas (eg ‘tree’, ‘lights’, ‘Rudolf’ etc.) in the comments section, and of course you can also share the post with your friends to help spread the word about the Directory. The winner will be drawn at random on Saturday 12th November (so you’ve still got time to write and send them)! Good luck.

Also on the Directory, if you are an Artist, crafter, author or local ‘maker’ of any sort, you can list on the Directory’s ‘buy local for Christmas’ page. The more listings there are the more useful it will be, and I will be advertising the page through Facebook right the way up to Christmas. It’s creeping up so the sooner you list the more benefit you will get from it. For a small fee you can get lots of exposure for your Etsy Shop, website, Facebook page or even any event that you have coming up!

minilogoDates for your Diary

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

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

On now – 20 November – The Alchemists Photography Exhibition at Noa Bakehouse

On now – 27 November – The Isle Gallery : Myths and Morphons

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

2 November – Hand Printed Christmas Card and Gift Tag Workshop 10am – 3pm

11 November – Creature Cornucopia Preview at the Hodgson Loom Gallery

10, 17 & 24 November 2016 at The Isle Gallery – Hand Printed Fabric & Surface Pattern Design – 7pm – 9.30pm

12 & 19 November at The Sayle Gallery – Ceramic Giftware Workshops – Adult and Family sessions

minilogoHere’s this week’s round-up of pictures sourced from Social Media. Enjoy!

Please Share these updates with your friends and colleagues on Facebook, Twitter 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 – 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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