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Isle of Man Art News – 13 February 2017


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There was lots on this weekend and I had a diary clash between the opening of the new Hodgson Loom exhibition and the inaugural Marshall Cubbon Lecture at the Manx Museum. I couldn’t really be late for the lecture so I decided to be early for the Isle of Man Photograhic Society’s opening at the Gallery instead. I’ve mentioned before that I’m quite a fan of photography as an artistic medium and the show didn’t disappoint, with some lovely photographs by Chris Blyth, Sue Blythe, Jeremy Broome-Smith, Bill Callow, Tony Curtis and Sue Leeming. I really must learn to use my camera. The show is on until 11th  March which is just as well as I really didn’t have a chance to take it in properly, so I will definitely be heading back for a second look.

The Marshall Cubbon lecture entitled ‘The Fight for Beauty’ by Dame Fiona Reynolds DBE was very interesting and I really enjoyed it so it was a shame that the lecture theatre was only around half full. A former Director General of the National Trust, Director of the Council for the Protection of Rural England and Secretary to the Council for National Parks, Dame Fiona spoke very eloquently about how beauty has been embraced through the last century and a half, the importance of influencers such as John Ruskin and Octavia Hill and some of the challenges faced by the National Trust, noting how ‘beauty’ has been relegated to the back seat by the all-consuming political obsession for ‘economic growth’. I didn’t think to ask if it was being recorded but I do hope so. I’ll check this week to find out if it was and if so, whether I can share it with you.


Sunday saw me take a rather wintery drive to The Isle Gallery for the opening of their new show with a collection including some of the Island’s best Artists – in no particular order – Nancy Corkish, David Byrne, Bruno Cavellec, Petrina Kent, Anna Clucas, Colleen Corlett, and Howard Shimmin to name but a few.

It’s a very nice collection of work and, as always at show openings, a number of Artists were there in person. I had a lovely catch up with Howard Shimmin and his wife Sue and also Colleen and David Corlett. I also had a chat to John Caley and his wife who introduced me to Yvonne Cresswell, curator of Social History at the Manx Museum. All in all it was worth braving the weather. Here is a little taster for you.


Of course it’s Valentine’s Day tomorrow, so it would be very remiss of me not to include a couple of pics as a nod to local artistic endeavours in this area. Skimming through the list of Artists most likely to have produced this kind of imagery, two jumped out immediately – Juan Moore who quite often draws people’s innards and Adam Berry for his gorgeous girls and uplifting style. Sure enough, they didn’t disappoint and I managed to find some hearts to share. I think Juan’s ‘Romeo and Juliet’ is particularly lovely which is why I’ve used it as this week’s featured image.

Adam’s ‘With Love & Kisses’ T-Shirts are unisex, super soft grey with retro red print and are also available with a dark grey print on a charcoal tee – both available from his website shop – cost £25.


I was super-chuffed a couple of weeks ago that Phil Kneen picked my daughter, Ellen, to model for him (he didn’t realise that Ellen was my daughter as we have different surnames). Needless to say, I’ll be keeping these ones!


The Creative Network has published some key dates for your Diary. I’ve put them in the Directory calendar and if you go and find them on there you can save them to your own Google calendar. In particular, do note that there is a Social Evening this week and, not to be missed, the Isle of Man Art Festival will be again be held over the May bank holiday weekend. It was absolutely ace last year and I really enjoyed trying to get to all of the venues. I think making it my mission to call in to as many venues as possible made it all the more fun, planning out the most efficient route in advance and taking account of Artists who were only showing on certain days. The planning was executed with military-like precision and much tea and cake was consumed along the way. My friend Sarah, who I commandeered into accompanying me last year, enjoyed herself so much that she was very excited to hear about this year’s event and has already put it in her diary.

Social Evening – 16th February 6-8pm at The Sayle Gallery

Website Update Cutoff – 28th February

IOM Art Festival Entries Cutoff – 31st March

IOM Art Festival Launch – 20th April – Noa Bakehouse

IOM Art Festival 2017 – 29th April – 1st May


Dates for your Diary


On now – Western Photographic Society Exhibition at the Manx Museum

On now – 24 February – Bob Hitchin’s Digi-rama at the Erin Arts Centre

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

On now – Hodgson Loom Photographic Exhibition

On now – Manx Landscapes and Seascapes at The Isle Gallery (Group Show)

16 February, 6pm – 8pm at The Sayle Gallery – Creative Network Social Evening

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) 

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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 – 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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Isle of Man Art News – 20 June 2016


One of my day-job colleagues mentioned last week that there are only 5 weeks left of school until the summer holidays, which I was quite shocked to hear as my children have left school and the term dates are no longer on my radar. Five weeks! And then, to further support the truth of this the End of Year Exhibition invitation from the Isle of Man College (now University College Isle of Man) popped up in my inbox.

What a great show. There really is some fabulous work on display and the range of mediums used and diversity of ideas really does evidence the skill sets being taught at the College. I’m including a few pictures that I snapped on my jazzy new camera that I don’t know how to use because I’ve only read the first half of the manual. (Does anyone ever really make it all the way to the end of those things?). 

I was particularly taken with Lucy Pendlebury’s ceramics (first and third photo below and the featured image this week) and was vindicated in my choice when she won one of the awards presented on the evening for her work. Lucy is heading off to university in September so it will be exciting to see how her skills develop over the next 3 years. 


Click on the pictures to view them in the lightbox.

Other young artists that particularly caught my eye were Grace Harrop with her mixed media pieces made with wax amongst other things (picture bottom middle) and also Isobel Heath (2 of her pics below), who told me that she started concentrating on doing portraits during life drawing classes so that she didn’t have to draw any gentlemen’s bits. I don’t think she’ll mind too much that I’ve put that in the news as she did write something along those lines in her Artist’s Statement. I can’t name everyone in here who I thought was good (and there were many), so I will leave it to you to decide for yourself. You can go into the College to see the exhibition during normal College hours – the show is on until 28th June.


minilogoJulia Smyth at the Hodgson Loom Gallery in Laxey nearly made me spit my coffee out laughing this week when she emailed to say that unfortunately Michael Starkey had had to unfortunately cancel his exhibition at the last minute so there was now “nowt on in the gallery this week other than performance art entitled, ‘Curator Meltdown’. Private viewings only”. Being the true professional she is though, Julia pulled it together and now has an exciting show lined up called ‘Summer Invitational’ featuring Howard Shimmin, Rebecca Odessa, Clara Nathan and Kasia Mirska. Here is a wee preview of what you can expect to see. It looks like it’s going to be a really vibrant and colourful show. It opens next Saturday, 25th June at 2.00pm and then runs until 16th July.


minilogoBearing in mind that the School holidays are, as mentioned, only 5 weeks away, the ArtReach Studios ladies at the Isle Gallery have published their latest schedule of Summer workshops for children which should be a lot of fun. I have, in a rash moment (I wasn’t drunk, honestly…), enrolled onto the Frida Khalo adult workshop next weekend. Given that I just about know which end of a pencil to use and my artistic prowess extends to drawing stick people I confess I am slightly terrified. At least I should have something amusing for you to laugh at in the news next week. On at the Isle Gallery right now is a joint exhibition – Bryony Harrison and Brigid Stowell. Their work sits very well together. The stand out piece for me I think is Brigid’s picture of the Gaiety on a rainy night which she described as ‘a squinter’! 


minilogoIf you missed the BA (Hons) Fine Art Degree Show – Essentia – which opened in May and closed last week, the College has kindly sent me this video which I am delighted to be able to share with you. All the assessments have now been done and it is a case of waiting for grades, always a nervous time. I thought the quality of the work was really wonderful and on my visit on one of the last days before the show was taken down I had the opportunity to ask Bryan Moore about the words he had used to ‘set the scene’ for his work. I thought perhaps he had found literature which had inspired him but it turned out that he is not only a brilliant Artist but also an awesome descriptive writer as well. Definitely keep an eye out for all of these talented folk as I am sure we will be seeing great things from them in the future: Bryan Moore, Kirsti Penzes, Helen Tate and Rosie Wood.




minilogoAnd finally – a week wouldn’t be a week without squeezing in one of Bruno’s pictures somewhere. Here is his latest picture Miserere, and I just love it. Also, last minute breaking news ….. Jimmy Duggan now has a page on the Directory – a very warm welcome to him.


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