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Isle of Man Art News – 29 May 2017



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Gosh it’s all so busy at the moment! Last week the amazing Roger Dean opened his new show at The Sayle Gallery on Tuesday evening with a private viewing which went extremely well, followed on Wednesday by the fabulous Islexpo event with the Pecha Kucha’s kicking off the evening followed by Roger talking about his architecture in the Garden Hub. Unfortunately I missed the Pecha Kucha’s being otherwise engaged but I’m delighted to report that they were filmed and are going to be loaded up on to the Douglas page on the Pecha Kucha website shortly which you can find HERE. I’m really looking forward to seeing them.

Private Viewing at The Sayle Gallery last Tuesday – with thanks to Dave Armstrong for the photos.

Roger’s ‘fireside chat’ with two times BAFTA winner and long time friend, Dave Mousley, centered on his architectural designs which are currently being considered for Knebworth and the Peak District. They’ll be absolutely amazing if/when they go ahead and real holiday and short break ‘destinations’. It would be fantastic to have something like that here don’t you think? There was a really good turnout and I heard a number of people saying that this was the first they knew about this aspect of his work so I think the different content went down very well. There were plenty of questions from the audience at any rate. The only thing missing was the ‘fireside’ and being dressed for the day rather than the evening having set out from the house in the sunshine earlier that morning I was nearly blue with cold by the time I was ready for home! Roger fortunately managed to escape Manannan’s cloak on Thursday morning to head back to the UK and I then spent a very relaxed few hours enjoying the second day of Islexpo, going from one extreme to the other with the sun soon burning through the clouds and leaving me with a rather pink schnozzle and a roasted left arm.

It was great to see so many people at the Villa and the sunshine was really helpful in showcasing the Island at its best. It was evident from a show of hands during one of the presentations that there were a good number of people who had traveled to the island especially for the event. I spoke to a lawyer from Liverpool who was thinking of relocating his back office here and an HR agent from Dublin who was hoping to be able to provide candidates to island businesses to give just a couple of examples. Inward investment, diversification and increasing our population with skilled workers into areas such as art, music and media will be key to the success of the Island as the changes on the horizon draw ever closer and challenge our status quo. Events like Islexpo are great for bringing out the local business community to help sell the benefits of island life so I think congratulations to Sam Jones, Kate Brier, Alex Wilson and loads of others at DED for putting on such a great conference are well deserved.

I’ve kept back a few of the Yes logo’s which went into the delegate bags. If you’d like to win a set autographed by Roger, head over to the Directory’s Facebook page and Share the Event pinned to the top of the page and leave a comment (such as Yes!) so that I know you’re in it to win it. I’ll pick the winner at random on Senior Race Day.

As well as dashing around arranging private viewings and Islexpo doings I was also delighted to be invited to Ramsey Grammar School’s arts evening and was not at all surprised to see the quality of the work there, as we really do have some great talent here on the Island. I did mention RGS in last week’s post but ran out of time to do it justice, so here are a few of my photos from the evening. It was nice to see that Annette Baker, the headteacher, had also participated! Well done to all, it was a really good display of work. You can click on any of the pictures in these news posts to see them in the lightbox.

The very talented Sally Black has recently posted up some pictures of her new work which I absolutely love! They are really quirky and I can see these doing really well as fabric designs. I don’t know what plans she has for them but don’t forget that you can find Sally and lots of other Artists’ contact details through the Directory pages.

Juan Moore has devised a short survey about his work and where to take it. You’d be really helping him out if you could kindly spend a minute or two to complete it and you might even win one of his prints. Any excuse to post up one of Juan’s pics 😉   Click here for the link to the Survey.

There’s a new show on at the Hodgson Loom Gallery including a land speed record holding motorbike (goodness only knows how Julia managed to get it up there – she said it involved men and planks). It’s a show designed to delight our TT visitors with photos and artwork around the TT event (actually that’s a point, am I actually allowed to mention the TT or do I have to apply for permission to use it in my news?). After this show there’s the Manx Cancer Help event – if you haven’t got your canvas in already please deliver it asap to MCH headquarters in Tromode, the Sayle Gallery, Celtic Gold in Peel or the Hodgson Loom Gallery. More details to follow on that one.

On the subject of the TT, I don’t normally dip into media but I thought it worth mentioning ‘3 Wheeling’ which has been produced by Santon based Chris Beauman. It was filmed during last year’s TT and the clue is in the title – it’s about the sidecars rather than the bikes. Whilst I haven’t been to see it yet I’ve heard it’s superb and will get your adrenaline racing. It’s on twice daily at the Broadway Cinema at 12:00 noon and 21:30 through until 8th June.

Here’s this week’s round up of images from Social Media – enjoy!

Dates for your Diary

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

On now– REM-EMBERS EMBLAZONED – David Maddrell at Studio 42 (and lots of other lovely work too…)

On now – Hodgson Loom Gallery – ‘Salty Wheels’ and Fottofinders TT exhibition.

On now until 10 September –  “This is Summer” exhibition at the House of Manannan

On now and throughout the TT period –  ‘Thirty-Seven and Three Quarters’ – photographic exhibition by James Marvin at The Sayle Gallery; and
24 May – 15 June Roger Dean’s paintings at The Sayle

On now – ‘Catch and Release’ at the Isle Gallery – Nick Barlow and Julie Roberts

15 June – First Meeting of the Isle of Man Drawing Club, 6.30 pm at the British Hotel, North Quay, Douglas

15 June – Start of Paul Parker’s Water Colour Landscape Painting Course at Thie Ellyn

21 June – The Isle Gallery: Lino Block Printmaking One Day Adult Art Workshop, 10.00am – 4.00pm

That’s it for this week folks. Have a great and safe Practice Week and TT!

Jane x

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Isle of Man Art News – 9 January 2017


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

This week I was both delighted and somewhat daunted to be asked to be one of the judges of the Hodgson Loom open art competition. I was determined to do a good job so I went along with some criteria with which to determine my choices – and was very glad indeed that I did as I think I would have been completely overwhelmed otherwise. There are 102 entries across several categories and it took me some hours to complete the task. I had a chat to Julia Smyth, curator at the Gallery, after judging and you can hear the recording here on Soundcloud.

It’s a lovely exhibition and I do encourage you to go and see it as there are some lovely pieces of work. The prize giving ceremony is on 28th January and the show will stay up for another week after that to give people a chance to see who the winners are.

After his hugely successful exhibition at the Manx Museum, Roger Dean is off to Singapore to exhibit a few of his pieces at the Singapore Contemporary Art show which is on from January 19th to the 22nd. If you’re not planning on going to Singapore yourself in the next 10 days or so, you can still see some of Roger’s work at The Sayle Gallery where there are a few of his pieces including some limited edition prints, his books and some sets of mini art prints which include the Artist’s statement on the back of each which is rather nice. If you’re interested in buying any of Roger’s original work you can contact me: or The Sayle Gallery for more information.

The Sayle Gallery is currently undertaking some refurb work so there isn’t an exhibition on presently in the main gallery. It will re-open later this month with an exhibition by artists Ruth Blindell and Laura Espinosa.

Juan Moore has recently updated his website and the landing page has this great video on it of some of his animation work. I’m embedding it for you here but do go and have a look at the website too because it looks great; it feels lighter and brighter and is visually very pleasing indeed:  Nice one Juan.

Juan will be teaching a couple of drawing classes during February at the Manx Museum and House of Manannan (see below or check the Calendar for details). Tickets are £10 available from the Manx Museum Gallery Shop and the House of Manannan respectively.

Another website that will hopefully be live very soon is that of Adam Berry. Adam has designed a new set of stamps, to be released on 19th Janaury, which are Art Deco style and depict the Island’s towns and villages. The collection – ‘The Hearts of Ellan Vannin – Manx Towns and Villages’ features two special Europa stamps. I can’t wait for these to come out – they tick all my boxes – I love Adam’s work and Art Deco and it’s showing the world what great Artists we have here.

I have a couple of Pinterest boards dedicated to Art Deco so if you like the style too you’re very welcome to have a look. One is Art Deco Images and the other is more general Art Deco furniture, lamps, decor and that kind of thing. I haven’t saved anything to them for a while but looking at them afresh I might well resume that wee hobby. Another favourite board of mine is the Staircases and Ballustrades one – I think that’s a bit of a fetish judging by how much I’ve pinned to that one….!

I’ve put together another short survey on SurveyMonkey about the exhibitions that were held on the Island last year. It’s just 8 questions long and will take around 5 minutes to complete. I plan to do a specific blog post on the results of this survey and the one I did a few weeks ago so if you could please take a few minutes to do this I’d be very grateful (and interested to see the results). If you didn’t do the first one that is still open so you can still respond to that if you would like to HERE.

Alice Fayle has launched her first Manx Colouring book! It features twelve of her hand-drawn illustrations of the Isle of Man and you can inbox her to order for £5. They’ll soon to be available to buy online too.

Jimmy Duggan finished his latest commission at 3am the other morning – I’ll bet his eyes didn’t look quite so bright at that time of day! Jimmy will be having a solo exhibition at The Isle Gallery this spring which will be one to pop in the diary (but don’t worry – I’ll keep you posted).

 B43D posted up that there is a SECOND graphic novel due to be released soon, ‘A Cruel Wonderland’. Wow – hot on the heels of ‘A World Apart’ these guys don’t hang around!

Dates for your Diary

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

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

20 January – 19 February – Ruth Blindell and Laura Espinosa 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.

Please share these updates with your friends and colleagues on Facebook, Twitter and Linkedin to help raise awareness of our very talented local Artists.

Jane x

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Isle of Man Art News – 19 December 2016


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

A new exhibition opened at the Hodgson Loom gallery in Laxey this weekend and I called in on Saturday to have a look at it and to catch-up with Julia Smyth. The show has taken a lot of  putting together with 102 entries this year – not quite beating the previous record of 110 entries – but it’s probably as well or else there wouldn’t be sufficient space to hang it all. This year’s theme is ‘Time’. The first competition was ‘Wool’ and now in its sixth year, other themes have been ‘Earth’, ‘Fire’, ‘Water’ and ‘Air’.

It’s a wonderfully diverse show with many interpretations on the theme and a good selection of work in a variety of mediums. Julia said entries have been received from well known, established artists right through to some of our young, school age, aspiring artists. All of the entries are numbered to make it easy to vote for your favourite piece and judging will take place in the next few weeks with the winners announced during the last week of January. The show will stay up for another week after the results have been announced to allow people time to view the winning entries.

The Gallery and the Woollen Mills are open between Christmas and New Year and it’s one of those places to visit and lovely kind of things you can do in the holidays when you’ve got a bit of time on your hands (sorry) with the family. As well as the Gallery and the Woollen Mills there are a couple of other units in the complex (including Presence of Mann which stocks work by local artists) and of course there’s the cafe for a cuppa and a piece of cake. A nice walk on Laxey beach followed by home and feet up by the fire …. sounds idyllic to me!


My first Christmas gift of the year has already been given and enjoyed! I bought a young lady a place on the Isle Gallery’s ‘Children’s DIY Christmas Gifts’ workshop which was on Saturday afternoon and was very pleased indeed to receive a beautiful hand made card with LOTS of glitter on it. The kids made hand-printed wrapping paper, soaps, bath bombs, glittery Christmas cards and decorated candles amongst other things. I don’t know how they fitted it all in! It looks like a good time was had by all – here’s a video clip of them in action.

The Isle Gallery runs workshops all year round for both adults and children from complete beginners through to more advanced techniques for those who have some experience. Some of you might remember my wall panel effort back in the summer (although I realise there are some things that are best forgotten) so I can say with authority that these really are great, fun classes and an excellent way to ‘have a go’ without spending a fortune on art equipment if you’re not sure whether or not you’ll enjoy it.

New Year is a great time to write that list for 2017, so if you’ve been toying with the idea of doing a bit of art, instead of writing down lots of unrealistic goals that last a month why not do something you might enjoy and stick at and book an art workshop? They’re very affordable too. You can follow the Isle Gallery’s Facebook page, check out their website or just keep an eye on what’s coming up here on the Directory.

I’ve drawn up a wee survey to see what people think about the Directory and what you would like to see in the coming months. It’s still open so you can have your say, good or bad, and it’s totally anonymous so don’t be embarrassed about putting down what you think. The initial results are interesting. I’m planning on doing another short survey soon and will release the results in due course. If you could complete this one I’d really appreciate it – it’s only 7 questions so hopefully should only take you a few minutes:

I’m very grateful for all your support this year in getting the Directory established and would like to wish everyone a very Happy Christmas and every good wish for the New Year. Rather than favour one local artist over another (and to give you all a giggle) I drew my own Christmas Card for you. I’ve now realised of course that it’s  lacking in copious amounts of glitter, but hey ho (or perhaps that should be ‘ho ho ho’?).

Manx National Heritage has been a great supporter of the Directory this year and I was delighted to see that they have surpassed 10,000 Facebook likes. There is an interesting post pinned to the top of their page from the Director dated 11 November (I hadn’t picked up on it until now). It’s worth a read and good to see that the iMuseum is such a great success, so congratulations to them. I was also interested to see that they have recently launched an exclusive new range of products based on the Manx National Art Collection. Placemats, fridge magnets, note books and more are available from the Manx Museum and House of Manannan.

MNH is currently seeking a talented Communications Executive to join their busy team which sounds like fun. It’s described as “a fascinating role working on the promotion of the Isle of Man’s most unique historic places, spaces and museum collections. If you are a creative, fun loving and hard working individual interested in developing your career in marketing and communications, we’d be interested in hearing from you.” The closing date is 8 January and you can click here to download the job description.  You can also contact the Communications Manager by email at or call 01624 648032.

Check out B43D’s interview on ITV news here:

Featherhead is the latest Truman Falls album cover designed by Bruno Cavellec. Bruno’s first love is, somewhat surprisingly you might think, music rather than art so it seems to be a good path for him to follow combining his passion for both music and art by designing album covers. He’s been super busy recently. As well as Featherhead he posted up his recent picture ‘The Sea V’ – and then there was his visit to Manx Radio to talk to Christy deHaven on Sunday Soundtrack which I mentioned in last week’s news and he’s also been manning the Artisan Market at Tynwald Mills which is open every day this week, Monday-Friday 10am- 5pm and Wednesday late night opening till 9pm. He even squeezed in a few minutes to meet Santa!

Alice Quayle’s ace ‘Yessir I can Boogie’ t-shirts have, unsurprisingly, been a huge success and are currently sold out! She says she’s up to her ears in a commission at the moment but will be in touch very soon if you’ve ordered one. If you’re interested in being on the list for the next print run please drop her a line Alice says she’s not sure when the next print run will be quite yet but the more of you who put orders in the sooner it will be is my guess. They are £13 each and printed locally, in Peel – plus p&p of course if need be.

Dates for your Diary

On now to 23 December – Paul Parker – Aspects of Man at The Sayle Gallery (the Gallery will then be closed until 20 January for refurbishment)

On now to 23 December – Christmas Shop at The Sayle Gallery

On now until Christmas – Nancy Corkish, David Bryne and Friends at The Isle Gallery

On now through December – Studio 42’s Christmas Show

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

20 December – The Isle Gallery – Christmas Lantern Family Art Workshop (10am)

20 December – The Isle Gallery – Teens’ Masterclass – Christmas Screen Printing

21 December – The Isle Gallery – The Snow Queen – Classic Art and Literature (10am)

21 December – The Isle Gallery – Children’s Winter Art Camp (2pm)

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

20 January – 19 February – Ruth Blindell and Laura Espinosa at The Sayle Gallery

Here’s this week’s round up of images from Social Media. I’ve reverted to the thumbnail pictures which you can click on the view in the gallery as that seems to be the more popular choice.

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

Please note that I’m taking next weekend off so there will be no news next Monday. Have a wonderful Christmas! 

Jane x

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