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Isle of Man Art News – 23 January 2017

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


After a quiet few weeks which has seen both the Sayle Gallery and the Isle Gallery doing some routine maintenance and refurbishment to get ready for the coming year things are now starting to hot up again. The Sayle previewed its joint show on Friday evening – ‘4 Years On’ and ‘Thalloo as Keayn’ and there was a fabulous turnout for it. 


I got to the preview early and did a bit of a walk around the ‘4 Years On’ side of the exhibition with my phone and spoke to Sharon Beedell and Rosie Wood.  I posted them up on Facebook over the weekend but in case you missed them you can click on the links to watch them. I’ve included the video of the gallery walk around below. Unfortunately it got too busy and noisy to to do the same for the ‘Thalloo as Keayn’ gallery.



Curated by the Sayle Gallery in collaboration with University College Isle of Man, ‘Four Years On’, features the work of Helen Tate, Kirsti Penzes, Rosie Wood, Ruth Gale, Sharon Beedell and Margaret Buchanan, who first came together as a group four years ago when they were studying for an HND in fine art. Carola Rush was a guest tutor on their course. Since that time, life and differing rates of study split the group with different members working together at different times. Three of the students graduated last year with a degree in Fine art, the other three will hopefully graduate this year. 

Photos below by Helen Fox (all pictures in my news posts can be viewed in larger format by clicking on them).


The second exhibition, Land and Sea, is the work of Ruth Blindell and Laura Espinosa. Both artists are inspired by this Island on which they live and work. Ruth has a close affinity with the sea that surrounds us and has linked her maritime imagery with Manx music and traditional songs (in Manx Gaelic) to produce a body of work entitled ‘Manx Musical Seas’. Whilst away studying, Ruth suffered homesickness and a longing for the sea which has influenced her creative output. 

Laura Espinosa’s work has a strong connection with the land, often focussing on trees as an iconic symbol of our Celtic culture. Originally from the Isle of Man, Laura left to study at the Surrey Institute of Art and Design before spending time living in England and travelling across the globe. Laura returned to live on the Island and rekindled her attachment to the place. She discovered that her experiences of far flung lands had helped enhance her vision of home. 


Jimmy Duggan has been working on his mural in Guttery Gable (the cut through between Market Street and Strand Street next to TK Maxx. I went along on Friday lunchtime to see how it was coming along and had a chat to him. I hadn’t realised just how busy that pathway is and it was really great to see everyone looking at it as they walked by. While I was there a couple randomly stopped for a chat and asked a few questions about the work which was really good to see. The couple had also seen Jimmy’s work over on the side of Spill the Beans near the Market Hall and it was interesting to hear the lady say that the relative size of the house in that picture had really caught her imagination. It really is encouraging to see people engaging with Jimmy’s street art.


We have some incredibly talented Artists on the Island. Stephanie Quayle is exhibiting her monkey sculptures for one week only in her incredible ‘Jenga’ installation at the Fitzrovia Chapel, 2 Pearson Place, London. The Private View is this evening, Monday 23rd January 6-8pm and it is open to the public Wednesday 25th January 11am – 6pm  and Saturday 28th January 11am – 6pm.

“Forty fired clay monkeys of various shapes and sizes will be perched atop the giant ‘jenga’ wooden structure, within the stunning Grade II* listed building, surrounded by its ornate gold mosaic ceiling and marble walls.

Jenga was first commissioned for the 56th Venice Biennale in 2015 as part of the group exhibition Vita Vitale, curated by Artwise for the Azerbaijan Pavilion. The Fitzrovia Chapel is recently restored and reopened, and was the chapel for the original Middlesex Hospital which was demolished in 2005. The chapel was designed in 1891 by celebrated Victorian architect John Loughborough Pearson and was completed posthumously in 1929 by his son Frank. They were heavily inspired by the Italian gothic style and in particular San Marco in Venice, and even employed Italian materials and craftsmen to complete the work. Having been originally built for Venice, you are invited to visit Stephanie Quayle’s Jenga in another wonderful Venice-inspired setting.”

Photographs are courtesy of TJ Boulting Gallery and the one of Fitzrolvia Chapel is credit to John Tcr, also taken from the TJ Boulting event page.


Jeremy Paul must have been feeling the cold since New Year as his latest pictures all have snowy and icy settings. I can’t help feeling all warm and fuzzy about his subject matter though. Polar Bears and Penguins – just gorgeous.


Colleen Corlett has been busy with Polymer Clay and has been ‘doodling dragons and octopus tentacles’ which she can do in the living room rather than her studio, so it’s a bit more sociable.


And Adam Berry’s website is now live! It looks great. Also you can now buy the stamp sets from the Post Office with Adam’s designs as these were officially released last week. Here are a couple of pictures he posted up on Facebook which he said were ‘Trump inspired’; ‘Hope’ and ‘Hopeless’.


Dates for your Diary


On now to the beginning of February – Hodgson Loom Open Art Competition show 

On now – Western Photographic Society Exhibition at the Manx Museum

28 January – Prize Giving – Hodgson Loom Open Art Competition, 3.30pm

9 January – 24 February – Bob Hitchin’s Digi-rama at the Erin Arts Centre

20 January – 19 February – ‘4 Years On’ and ‘Thalloo as Keayn’ (Land and Sea) at The Sayle Gallery

4 February – Manx Landscapes and Seascapes at The Isle Gallery (Group Show)

9 February – Noa Bakehouse at 6pm – IOM Arts Council Pitch for Funding

21 February – Draw Folks, Fairies & Themselves with Juan Moore at the Manx Museum (ages 8 -16 years)

23 February – Draw Victorious Vikings in Valhalla with Juan Moore at the House of Manannan (ages 8 -16 years) 


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



Have a great week!

Jane x

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Isle of Man Art News – 11 July 2016

Bryan Moore

I have a confession to make. I’ve lived here all my life but this year will be my first ever Yn Chruinniaght festival. 

I was thinking about why I have never been to the festival before and part of the reason stems from my experience as a child, 40 years ago, when I attended St. Joseph’s Convent of Mercy school* which was located at 12-14 Finch Road in Douglas. The school closed the year I left (nothing to do with me – nor was it down to Mario Ricciardi flooding the cloakrooms either) and the Convent moved to Selborne Drive for several years before the nuns finally relocated back to the UK.

*As an aside to this wee tale, the wonderfully talented watercolour artist, Julie Collins, attended the Convent and was in the same year as my sister. Another great talent from my year on the musical side of things is Trish Fargher (Douglas Choral Union) and you may also be surprised to know that Damian Chiappelli (Director of the Sayle Gallery) was also a Convent school boy in my brother’s year.

Whilst at the Convent, I somehow got roped (or pushed, I’m not sure which) into going to a Manx dancing class run by the legendary Mona Douglas. The practice space was a rather dilapidated building up a flight of steps and if I remember correctly it was just off Finch Road going up towards Mount Havelock where the car park is now. I’m about as co-ordinated when it comes to dancing as one would imagine Mr Bean to be, so when it came to being entered into the Guild in only the easiest dance (the more complex ones being reserved for the long-standing dance group members who knew what they were doing), and subsequently coming last in said competition I hung up my dancing shoes for good, never to tread stage boards or wave a hankie around in the air again.

Along with this whole ghastly experience was the music which I heard that many times it has left an indelible scar in my memory. I could sing it to you to this day and I detest it with a passion, so I think this is where my dislike of Celtic music and dance stems from. It’s not exclusive in my list of dislikes though. I can’t stand country music either, especially Johnny Cash and Kenny Rodgers which my husband inflicts upon me whenever he’s had one over the eight! 

Next weekend (16th July), therefore, will be my first Yn Chruinniaght and the only reason I am going along is to support our wonderful Artists who will be in residence at the Corrin Hall in Peel. It’s certainly not for music or traditional dancing. However, it is a wonderful opportunity to stock up on cards and hand-crafted gifts and as we are on the wrong side of the solstice with the days getting shorter I’m planning on thinking about the ‘C’ word and getting a few gifts organised for that naughty December festival that has a nasty habit of creeping up on you while you’re not looking.

Look out for Nicola Dixon, Graham Hall, Katy Mitchell, Element.Isle and Faye Christian amongst other talented folk. The fab poster below is by Alice Quayle (Alice’s Illustrations). Click on the picture to see it in the lightbox.

minilogoHuge Congratulations to the BA (Hons) Fine Art students! They got their results on Friday and I wasn’t at all surprised: Rosie Wood and Helen Tate got Firsts and Bryan Moore and Kirsti Penzes both got 2:1’s. I’m so delighted for them as they have all worked incredibly hard. Helen and Kirsti are working part-time at The Sayle Gallery and I think Rosie is having a short break before starting her next endeavour. Bryan is currently working on a graphic novel and has some plans for where he wants to go with his skills. I’m sure you’ll join me in wishing them all well in their artistic careers. Kirsti should have a page on the Directory soon but Rosie, Helen and Bryan’s pages are all live so click on their names to go and take a look. Here is a taster from each of them.


minilogoI caught up with my favourite French friend, Bruno Cavellec, on Friday. He’s all cock-a-hoop at France being in the final of the Euro’s (final result at this point not known). I didn’t realise that he was such a passionate football fanatic. Anyway, with all of the footy excitement he’s taken his eye off the ball (groan….) on the Art side of things just recently and told me that he was back off to his studio after lunch to get stuck into work for his solo exhibition at the Isle Gallery in October. He has the title of it and sketched his plan for the poster for me. I’ll not divulge the title just yet but  you can look forward to paintings, graphic art, photography and printing/lino cuts. Here is a recent self portrait to keep you going until then.


minilogoHelen Fox has posted up on the Douglas Market Hall FB page that she is looking for a student or recent graduate to produce a Zine for the Creative Industries Summer Project. Contact if you are interested.Want to know what a Zine is? Check it out here…..



minilogoRebecca Odessa has spent the last week at the Slade Summer School in London and has been loving every minute of it. She’s also good at writing and has been doing a daily blog to catalogue her time which is a very easy and entertaining read. When I visited Rebecca for coffee and a chat a few weeks ago, she showed me some of her ‘pre-Slade’ collage work and I don’t think she will mind me saying that her ‘post-Slade’ collage work is considerably better. I’m therefore very excited to see how her studies this year will manifest into new work for her. I also had a sneak preview of a painting she has been working on that is one of a series of 12 and it blew me away. I can’t wait until she exhibits that work.




minilogoAnd finally, a bit of arty video for you. Adam Berry posted up this process video on his FB page to show how me makes a face ‘facey like’. Looks pretty facey to me 🙂 


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Isle of Man Art News – 27 June 2016


There’s never a week goes by without something happening in the Isle of Man art scene and this week was no disappointment with a new exhibition opening at the Hodgson Loom Gallery in Laxey at the weekend. I called in to say hello thinking the place would be packed out as there seemed to be cars absolutely everywhere, but it turned that just about everyone was at the Laxey Fair! How rude. Still, it gave me a chance to catch up with Julia Smyth and to meet the very talented Kasia Mirska, who I hope I have persuaded to have a page on the Directory.

There really are some wonderful pictures on display, from Howard Shimmin’s wildly colourful landscapes, to Kasia’s humorous renditions, Clara Nathan’s work with organic materials in muted tones and Rebecca Odessa’s thought provoking collages. It’s a good job I don’t have a picture buying budget at present as I would have been very hard-pressed to choose which to have, and would have wanted at least one of each. But don’t let that stop you – please do go along and buy, buy, buy as then our lovely artists will create yet more gorgeous work for us all to enjoy.

Click on any of the pictures throughout this post to view them in the light box.

minilogoAs I walked over to chat to Julia, she was just finishing off a little sketch in her sketchbook which was awesome to see her do with such ease and reminded me that I was shortly to face the unknown…. the Frida Kahlo workshop at The Isle Gallery that I had booked myself onto in a moment of foolhardiness a few weeks ago. Still, as promised last week, here are the results of my labour…… OK! You can stop laughing now. If anyone needs a booby prize for a competition just let me know.

I had such a fun time though that I highly recommend you book onto one of the courses available. You get plenty of help and Kate Jerry demonstrates how to go about it and takes you through the process step by step. It’s great value for money and for anyone, like me, who hasn’t tried to draw or paint anything since school, it’s a great way to be able to have a go without committing to buying lots of expensive materials when you don’t know whether you’re likely to ever give it another try. For me, however, I think I have enough to do besides the day-job at present so don’t be expecting any more masterpieces from me in the near future 😉

Here are one or two of the other creations from the workshop to give you an idea of the variety of work produced – it really goes to show how different everyone is.


minilogoYou may have noticed a couple of new posts going out this last week or so; ‘Neb and Nonsense’ and ‘Art I Own’. If you find any arty ‘nonsense’ do let me know (you can email me: and if you have original artwork by a local artist that you would be happy to share, again, please do get in touch. The idea of ‘Art I Own’ is to share pictures of work that is in private ownership which may not have been seen by the public for some time – or even at all! I’ve got a couple of Paul Parker’s pictures from 1991 that I will be sharing in the coming weeks, also one of Adam Berry’s, and others by my mum and my sister. So don’t be shy, please do take a snap and send it in. 


minilogoI debated long and hard whether or not to go to yoga last Thursday lunchtime, decided it was good for me, and so even though my heart was saying no and my head was saying yes I trotted down to the yoga studio only to find the back door locked. Undeterred at this stage, having made it so far, I headed round the front and up the stairs to find the place pretty much deserted apart from one set of clothes in the changing room. I then successfully convinced myself that it must be a private class and put the rest of my lunch hour to much better use by calling into The Sayle Gallery to see what was going on.

It was lovely to see College graduates Kirsten Penzes and Helen Tate at The Sayle. They are doing a job share in a part-time capacity which, having just finished their BA(Hons) in Fine Art, will be great experience for them. A couple of the windows at the Gallery are going to be dedicated to student work over the summer, with displays being rotated every couple of weeks. I think this is a fabulous idea to help the students gain visibility and to give them the confidence they need to take the next steps in their careers. There really has been some great work produced by the College students this year so I know you won’t be disappointed and like me, will probably find excuses to keep going back. Yoga? Well yes, maybe Mondays when the gallery is closed….

Carola Rush filled me in on some of the up-coming events at The Sayle; Peter Davies’ exhibition, ‘Of time and place’ opens on 1 July and runs right through to 31 July. The press release reads: “Peter has enjoyed a long career spanning five decades in the arts. Born in Moreton on the Wirral peninsula, he was educated at Wallasey School of Art, Birmingham College of Art and Birmingham University, and latterly served as Principal of Bournemouth and Poole College of Art and Design.

Throughout this time he has produced a richly diverse body of work, inspired by his fascination with a sense of time and place, encompassing paintings, drawings, studio pieces, illustrations, collages and prints. Much of this is produced on location, notably around England, France and the Isle of Man, where he records the prevailing weather conditions, seasons or time of day, capturing the unique spirit of a moment in time.”.

Also coming up over the weekend of August 7/8th, is ‘Art in the Park’ which sounds very exciting. A group of around 6-8 artists will be making Art in the Villa Marina gardens and the public will be able to participate. Amongst other demonstrations, Gavin Carter will be doing some wood carving / sculpting and Rob Smith will be doing some large, experimental paintings. These will then be displayed in The Sayle Gallery. It sounds like it will be a lot of fun so pop that one in your diary while you remember.

minilogoSvetlana Cameron  posted up on FB to say that she is very honoured and delighted to be invited to organise a display of ceremonial portraits and Tynwald Day themed paintings in the Parliament of the Isle of Man. She would be delighted if you would like to see her works which will be displayed in the Tynwald Library between 28 June and 22 July.

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