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Isle of Man Art News – 11 September 2017

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Regular readers of this blog may well remember the ‘dog and stairs’ incident just before TT week, when I missed the last step of the stairs and injured my left knee and both ankles. Having decided that I was now not sufficiently injured to warrant not doing any exercise, and as the scales are currently saying ‘one at a time please’, I’ve finally made a decision and joined the gym. Seriously though, I did the fitness test on the cross trainer and it said ‘well below average’. No surprise really but not exactly heartening!

Anyway, I made my first foray to the gym on Friday night after work to fill in the time before heading over to the Sayle Gallery for the opening of their new show – the first by the Isle of Man Society of Architects (SofA). I was really delighted to see such a great turn out and lots of new faces which will hopefully help to bring a new audience to the gallery on a more regular basis. Here’s a video of the opening address by Martyn Thomas.

As well as the show of various projects there are the best photographs from the #ilovethisbuilding competition and some of Patricia Tutt’s fabulous photographs. Patricia has a lovely selection of photographic prints available for sale and they really are stunning.

I caught up with a few people including Gavin Carter who has a mini exhibition on at the Sayle and I’m glad to report that he has decided to stay on the island for the foreseeable future. Gavin has participated in the last two summer workshop days with the Sayle (both of which I’ve missed due to taking holidays in August!). Here is the lovely carving he made with the children and another of his pieces from the show.

It was a full-on arty weekend, as Saturday saw the opening of “Views, Vistas & Studies” at the Hodgson Loom Gallery. John Caley and Ronnie Doyle were both there in person but unfortunately Max Aitken wasn’t, which I was disappointed about especially on seeing his work. Hopefully I will be able to catch up with him soon.

As expected, Julia had done a lovely job of curating the show and if you’re looking for some original artwork to grace your walls presently you’ll be spoilt for choice with this gorgeous collection. Max’s work is mainly acrylic and is bold and vibrant; Ronnie’s work in water colours is striking and compelling and John’s work is exquisite and serene. Here are a few pics to whet your appetite.

I mentioned last week that Eileen Schaer has an upcoming exhibition “Painted Dreams” at the House of Manannan and I’m delighted to be able to share a couple of her gorgeous pictures with you this week. The exhibition is covered on page 44 of this month’s Gallery magazine in a lovely article written by Suzy Holland. The show opens to the public on Monday 25th September and I am sure this will be one of the highlight shows of the year.

It was the last day of the Affordable Art Fair in Bristol yesterday and I got an update report from Kate Jerry who is there with her own work as well as representing a number of Artists (Vici Blackburn, Anna Clucas, Colette Gambell, Eileen Schaer, Jeremy Paul, Graham Rider, and Shelby Sandyford Sykesas) as “Isle Contemporary”. Kate said “It’s all going well, particularly as it’s our first fair. We have been rushed off our feet. Excellent exposure for our Manx Artists, and the stand has also attracted lots of people with Island connections, we have been promoting on many levels to a large audience, so it’s got to be good for tourism too!”. I’m really delighted for them and let’s hope this is the first of many.

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And finally, but certainly not least, Hannah Yeowell. Hannah took up photography earlier this year and I think you’ll agree she’s already producing some fabulous work. She has a good teacher mind you – one of my regulars in these news posts – Phil Kneen. I can see his tuition reflected in these photos. She also has a blog ‘Hannalogue’ where you can check out some more of her work – take a look at ‘Ray of Light’, ‘Gone Pickin” and ‘Hello Lomo!’ where her personal style can be seen coming to the fore…. great work Hannah – keep it up!

Dates for your Diary

On now until 8 October – Isle of Man Society of Architects at The Sayle Gallery

On now until 23 September – “At The Edge of The World” by Julie Collins at The Isle Gallery

On now until 30 September – “Views, Vistas & Studies” at the Hodgson Loom Gallery

Opening 25 September – ‘Painted Dreams’ by Eileen Schaer a the House of Manannan, Peel

14 September – Printmaking for Beginners and Improvers (Adult class) – The Isle Gallery

15 September – Printmaking for Beginners and Improvers (Friday morning Adult Class) – The Isle Gallery

27 September – Isle of Man Drawing Club: Curvy Life Drawing! – 7pm at the Embassy Rooms, The British Hotel

7 October – 27 January 2018 – Manx Tholtans at the Manx Museum – Ray Kelly and Niamh Kelly

7 – 28 October – All things Loaghtan at the Hodgson Loom Gallery

Here’s this week’s round up of images from Social Media. Click on the pictures to view.

Please remember to Share this post via your social media to help get the word out about our fabulous local Artists.

Have a great week!

Jane x

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Isle of Man Art News – 3 April 2017


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

What fun Friday evening was. I’ve not been to a ‘Wearable Art’ show before and decided to take along my friend Sarah for company. Neither of us had eaten and we were short on time so we called into the Terrace Chippy – a rare treat for me – and ate in the car before heading on in. It’s been ages since I’ve had a picnic in the car. There was a great turnout for the show and it really was very well organised and presented. I’d meant to take along my decent camera but had left it in Ramsey so had to go with my phone. Here’s a little clip for you (I thought the hat was particularly good).

Many of the designs represented something in particular, such as the 10 year anniversary of Rebecca House and one young lady had designed her outfit around Laxey. Another politically minded girl had selected Donald Trump as her theme and yet another design was representative of the rubbish we find on our beaches. In the case of Nicola Dixon, she had upcycled a charity find and painted it with her signature ‘Knoxy Knots’. As mentioned I ended up using my phone for the pics but at least they give you an idea of some of the fab outfits – there were professional photographers there too so no doubt at some point you will be able to see them in all their glory. Click to see the larger pictures in the lightbox gallery.

Unfortunately I didn’t make it to the opening of Alice and Julie Fayle’s show at the Sayle Gallery on Saturday evening but I did call in on Friday lunchtime to see how it was shaping up. Work was in full swing and I was very taken with some of the fabrics displayed in the embroidery hoops. I’ll have to call in this week but I’ve seen a few photographs on Facebook and heard it described as ‘refreshing’ so I’m looking forward to seeing it.

SALT QUARTERLY magazine, a publication due out later this year and the brain child of photographer Phil Kneen, is looking for contributing writers, photographers and graphic artists. This occasional publication will feature quality, contemporary photography, essays and journalism from around Europe, and beyond.

For further details or to pitch any ideas, please email only –


On the subject of writing, the guest posts I have been publishing seem to be very well received. So far I’ve been lucky enough to be able to publish articles by Eloise White, Jane Jelski, Zoe Guilford, Emma Callin, Hannah Murphy, Rosie Wood and Fiona Helleur. If you’ve missed any of them and would like to catch up you can follow this link to filter just the Guest Posts:guest-articles.

Friday 7 April is the next #ilovethisbuilding competition deadline to have your image featured in Gallery IOM in May. Send a 1mb photo with 100 words saying why you love that building to and stand a chance of winning a weekend in the beautiful Manx National Heritage cottage.


Svetlana Cameron posted up a few photos of her latest commission, Sofia. As you would expect, the quality and attention to detail are stunning.

I haven’t done a give-away or a survey for a while so, inspired by the National Joint Arts and Culture Strategy hosted by the Arts Council and Culture Vannin recently, here is the link to my new survey: Once you’ve completed it, please ‘Like’ the post and put ‘done’ in the comments –  in the original post- to be in with a chance of winning some fab new art supplies (Paper, Acrylics and 4 x Paintbrushes).


Responses from young people are of particular interest, so please share the survey with as many people aged 30 and under and their friends as you can. Responses are anonymous.

I’ve had over 40 responses so far and hopefully will get quite a few more. The early indications are interesting and I will share the results after Easter. I’d also just like to say to person who responded to the question ‘How do you hear about what’s going on in the Arts scene’ with the response ‘I receive notifications from Middle Earth, delivered by dragons’ that if they are also the person who said they have never been interested in pursuing a career in the Arts and that Arts doesn’t feature in their life and is irrelevant to how they feel, they might want to have a re-think!

There will be an Isle of Architecture lunchtime event in the Tynwald Chamber on 10 April celebrating 150 years of Manx democracy, with a potted history of the building, re-enactments of extracts from speeches and debates, personal anecdotes and music, all brought to you by historian, broadcaster and author Charles Guard and his talented friends, Caarjyn Cooidjagh, Greg Joughin and Jonathan King.

This free ‘Chamber Concert’ takes place between 1 and 2pm on Monday 10 April and anyone interested in the bits of history which are often overlooked should see for details of how to reserve tickets – places are limited and must be booked in advance as it is an all-seated event.

The event was devised by Charles Guard on behalf of Isle of Architecture: “We couldn’t have a celebration of the Island’s built environment without including Tynwald,” says Charles.  “The iconic ‘wedding cake’ building is as much part of Douglas as the Tower of Refuge, and is in daily use as the centre of our government.  I hope this concert combines the history of the building with the history of 150 years of Manx democracy, in a light hearted, entertaining way with wide appeal.”

Charles Guard

Dates for your Diary

On now – From Syria with Love Isle of Man at Noa Bakehouse

On now – The Sayle Gallery – Cut from the same Cloth – Julie and Alice Fayle

On now – Olive Wassall and Karl Garrett at the Hodgson Loom Gallery, Laxey

5 April – Sarah Hendy’s arts show ‘Spotlight’ on Manx Radio, 5.30 – 6.00pm (and every Wednesday)

6 April – REM-EMBERS EMBLAZONED – David Maddrell at Studio 42 (Preview on the 6th – 6.30pm to 8.30pm)

6 April – 7.00pm – 8.00pm – Noa Bakehouse, Contemporary Architecture Talk – Hannah Corlett

8 April – 6.30pm – 10.30pm -Adults Pot Thrown & Hand Built Ceramic Workshop for 2 – The Isle Gallery

8 April – 21 April – Easter Treasure Hunt in the Milntown Gardens, Ramsey – take the kids and Rob Jones’s Drawn Steel Through the Seasons

10 April – 1.00pm – 2.00pm – Isle of Architecture Tynwald Chamber talk

11 April – 2 May – Noa Bakehouse – ‘Around The Mountain’ by Graham Rider

Here’s this week’s round up of images from Social Media.

Have a great week!

Jane x

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