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Isle of Man Art News – 23 May 2016


This week’s Isle of Man Art update has a very international flavour, with our Artists’ work reaching Melbourne, the United States and indeed worldwide – read on to find out who has been doing what.

minilogoKaty Mitchell, always a very busy lady, said that she was “very very VERY excited” to have been selected to participate in the inaugural mentorship programme organised by the Craft Potters Association, in partnership with Adopt A Potter. She has been paired with Helen Beard, an established and successful ceramicist based in Clerkenwell, London, who produces wheel-thrown and hand-illustrated porcelain pots. Katy says that she has followed her work for years and almost fell off her chair when she read the acceptance email. She will be visiting Helen in June and then follow up with Skype sessions. Katy goes on to say that she is “deeply grateful for the opportunity to learn from such a talented and respected maker” and added her thanks to the Isle of Man Arts Council for approving a small travel bursary to assist with flights to London, along with thanks to the good friends who offered advice on her mentorship application. 

Katy will also be participating in The Cup Collaboration again this year. Her partner will be Anne-Laure Charlier, a French potter who produces beautiful porcelain vessels, hand-painted with magical, dream-like creatures. Sixty-two Australian and International ‘clay’ sisters and brothers are making cups for this year’s project. The participants are carefully matched and asked to collaborate to produce two cups together and one cups each for this event, so 4 cups between them. The cups will be exhibited in Melbourne but available to purchase online.  The event dates are 12-18 Sept 2016 – here is the website if you would like more information on this event. You can also find more of Anne-Laure’s work on Instagram.



 minilogoI’m not sure on first acquaintance that I would put Jeremy Paul in the ‘cool dude’ bracket, but that’s right where he is in my estimation right now! Jeremy got in touch to let me know that his ‘Lion-Warrior’ image which is licensed to the US shirt company ‘The Mountain’ features in Rhianna’s video “Work”. When I looked on You Tube, it had had 357,346,491 views. Let’s hope he sells even half as many shirts….. Just to clarify, in case you think Jeremy is a big Rhianna fan – which is possible in all fairness – he did tell me it was his daughter that spotted it 😉   I think this is brilliant – thanks for getting in touch Jeremy! Here is a screen shot and a picture of the shirt. 


minilogoAnother of our local Artists, Gary Bennett, seems to have ‘gotten himself a cult following in the US of A’. (You need to imagine saying that in an American accent by the way and I said ‘gotten’ on purpose – doesn’t it make you cringe?). I can hardly believe I’ve got two such hugely entertaining stories to tell you in one news update, but Gary has a ‘Goth’ fan club and his work features on the website Gothic.Life. This blog has a whole page about Gary and his work, along with a few ‘interesting’ adult ads which I can assure you has nothing to do with my browsing preferences….!!


minilogoMoving back to more local news, Phil Kneen posted up that this December will mark the 10th anniversary of him photographing “the seedy underbelly that is the Isle of Man music scene”. From late 2006 he photographed most of the local bands. As he has A LOT of these photos – most of which haven’t been seen for years or not at all –  he plans to put on an exhibition. He’ll need a venue and a sponsor so if anyone is interested please do get in touch. If the pictures Phil regularly posts up on his blog are anything to go by it will be a fabulous show.

James Gillespie – photo by Phil Kneen
minilogoISLEXPO is on Wednesday this week and it promises to be a great day. I’ve booked a day off from the day job so that I can go and will be dragging along my wing-lady, Sarah, who enjoyed herself immensely when she came with me on the first day of the Isle of Man Art Festival. Hopefully the Google Digital Lab I’ve booked us in for won’t make her run for the hills. From an Arty perspective, Helen Fox made a video about the Pecha Kucha presentation which is on from 6.00pm- 7.00pm.  It looks like it’s going to be great with some really interesting speakers.
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minilogoI posted up about Essentia, the BA (hons) Fine Arts Degree show in last week’s news. This promises to be a great show and is on for 4 weeks, opening this week on Friday 27th at 9.00am
 Here are just a few photographs from the second year’s show that was on over the weekend (and finishes today, Monday).
minilogoYou may remember I mentioned last week that there was to going to be an Ad for the Directory and that it was going to be pretty big….. Well here it is – and the reason it is big is that that it is going on the side of a bus! I’m pretty pleased with it – if you see it around and about over the next few weeks do take a picture of it or let me know whereabouts on the Island you’ve seen it. Very grateful thanks to the Isle of Man Arts Council for their support in helping to fund this and to Isle of Man Advertising and PR for getting this together and onto the bus for me!


There are a couple of new pages on the Directory (and a couple more nearly ready to go live). A very warm welcome to Neil Milsom and Rob Jones.


minilogoAnd finally, here is this week’s round-up of images from Social Media… Enjoy.


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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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