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Isle of Man Art News – Christmas Eve 2018

Happy Christmas! As another year draws to a close I just want to say a very big thank you to everyone who has continued to follow the news and support the Directory throughout 2018. Your enthusiasm and encouragement keeps me going. As you know, the news posts are now every other week instead of every week due to my commitments elsewhere, but so long as there is value in writing these blogs I intend to continue, even if it is a bit more sporadic.

Going into 2019 I am hopeful that I can do even more to support the Arts on the Island and have some plans afoot. The Engine House I aim to make a venue for the Arts, with my new Artist Memberhip which I will explain in a minute, and as a gallery type environment for exhibitions. 

The current exhbition at The Engine House is a joint show with work by students from Georgia College and locally UCM –  the information regarding the work is below. The unframed prints are for sale. The woodblock paper prints are £75 each and there is a massive bat print which is just £150. They are printed on Japanese rice paper so it is archival quality. The other prints are only for sale unframed and are £50 each; the fish for £60 and the whale (the only one with frame) for £90. Please feel free to call into The Engine House weekdays between 11am and 3pm to view. The show is up until 14th January and we will be open 27th and 28th December if you want to have a look over the Christmas period.

Large Format Woodcuts:
Print or Treat Event:

Over the course of the Fall 2018 – Spring 2019 Adv. Printmaking in collaboration with BIG INK Inc. produced a series of large format prints.  The work displayed was produced by hand over the fall term to help support our scholarship efforts at Georgia College & State University.  We are please to present this work as part of our ongoing exchange project with UCM & Colette Davies and her amazing students in the department of art.  Work from UCM will be display next spring at Ennis Hall. 

Student Exhibitors USA:

Lauren Spillman, Cheyenne Ballview, Emma Bernardez, Sarah Flanders, Olivia Grube, Haley  Janes, Alyssa McCarley, Niko Moran, Megan Pelli, Ansel Moore, Evan Justus, Erica Gay, Callie Waters.

The UCM students have undertaken printmaking experimentation in linocut, collagraph and dry point engraving. The students are from the Extended Diploma in Art and design and the Foundation Art and Design courses.

Student Exhibitors IOM:

Hannah Clinton, Kipenzi Thomas, Millie Clarke, Erin Renard, Erin Lillie. Amy Cookson, Megan Kermode, Steve Chell, Amber Baker, 

Matthew Forrest – USA
Colette Davies – IOM

As mentioned above, I’m rolling out a new ‘Artist Membership’ at The Engine House. For just £15 per month you will become a member and be able to use The Engine House 2 days of your choice during the week from 8.30am to 5.00pm and on a Saturday from 10.30am to 3.00pm. Members can bring in up to 2 guests by just signing them into the visitors’ book and more than 2 guests by arrangement.

This will enable you to have somewhere where you can hang and show your work to prospective clients. Saying to them ‘Meet me at The Engine House, I’m a member there’ I think sounds a lot more professional than ‘I’ll meet you in X Coffee Shop’ and gives you an option to keep your home private. You will also be able to display a small selection of your work which we can sell for you at a low commission rate.

It is also a place for artists to meet, talk about projects and collaborations and, importantly, get new work and commissions by networking with the other members based there working in different professions who may need your skills.

We have loads of facilities (scanning and printing up to A3 size, WiFi, meeting rooms, conferencing facilities, confidential shredding, postal options, stationery and space for workshops). If you’d like to have a look around I will be very happy to show you the buiding, talk you through how the membership works and answer any questions you might have. Please just message me or drop me an email : to arrange a visit.

Anna Clucas at the IOM Art Society’s Clay Club

Continuing with the Membership theme, the IOM Art Society is open to anyone interested in art; from painting and drawing to ceramics. Clay Club is run twice a month. New members, whether novices or experienced artists, are always welcome. The Society meets most days, when members get together to work on their various projects in the company of friends.

Membership costs £30 per year and members are eligible to exhibit their work in the Society’s prestigious Annual Exhibition.

Anyone interested in joining should contact the Membership Secretary, Linda Gilpin by email Membership application forms can be found on the website:…/art-soc… and standing order forms at…/standing-order…

For further information contact:
The Secretary Diane Moore on tel 07624 402830 or Erica Kermode on 07624 497846 or email

Meetings are held at the Society’s HQ at Thie Ellyn, off Withington Road, Douglas. IM2 3BF

Monday afternoon 1pm – 4pm
Tuesday Evening 7pm – 9pm
Wednesday 10am – 4pm
Thursday evening 7pm – 9pm (Sept – March)

Pottery classes are held on the second and last Thursday of each month 7-9pm.

Non members are welcome to come along as guests for one or two events, after which they will be asked to join the Society.

I popped into The Hodgson Loom Gallery on Saturday to see the entries into this year’s Open Art Competition with the theme of ‘Light’. There is some fabulous work on display and a very big ‘well done’ to Julia for her excellent curation of the work and actually managing to fit it all in. I’m extremely glad I’m not judging this as I think I’d need to set up camp!

The Kindle edition of Graham Hamer’s new book, ‘Travellers‘ is now available to download for the very affordable price of £2.99 from Amazon if you need an emergency stocking filler. The cover is once again by Graham’s friend and talented artist, Bruno Cavellec. Here’s the synopsis (or the ‘blurb’ as Graham calls it):

While excavating for a new sewage treatment plant, Jimmy Quayle discovers a large, curved object buried in the rock. It looks like plastic, but it wasn’t buried intentionally; it had lain there while the sediments had formed into rock around it, nearly 400 million years ago. Not only that, the object emits a strange ‘dark light’ during the day, and glows red at night.

‘The Pod’ as the object becomes known, draws crowds from around the world. To the media, it is anything from an atomic bomb planted by Russia to the gathering of armies for the end of times battle between good and evil. Detective Chief Inspector Angus Slooth is charged with crowd control at the dig. To him, the pod is a pain in the chest, and one that will prove his downfall.

Meanwhile, Sparky, the life-partner of DI Sarah Flemons, is tasked with protecting the most obnoxious young lady he has ever had the misfortune to meet. But there’s more to Jo Kennaugh than meets the eye. A lot more – as Sparky soon discovers – and it will eventually threaten both their lives.

While naked Wiccans run amok in the ancient Viking castle, and while Elvis and Ozzie are picking fights with the wrong people, DI Sarah Flemons knows something that she’s not prepared to share. Not even with her best friend, Penny Chakyar. It’s too important for sharing. Except, maybe, with a chosen few who are already bearers.

Congratulations to Anya Jackson who studied at QEII and was artist in residence at Henry Bloom Noble Primary School. Her work features on a set of mugs that is available from John Lewis – search ‘East End Prints’. Aren’t they gorgeous? They will certainly brighten up the crockery cupboard….. Have I still got time to say ‘Dear Santa….’?

Preen goes from strength to strength. Justin Thornton and Thea Bregazzi (who are orginally from the Island) were featured in Vogue this month with their pre-fall 2019 line – you can see more by following this link. Author Luke Leitch says ‘Arranged together, these ingredients made for a fresh-feeling remix of the interesting ease these designers are so adept at expressing in clothing.’ and ‘This was a Preen Line collection whose apparently ad hoc improvisation and twist belied the long-honed compositional mastery behind it.’ 

I had a very nice email the other day from Michal Smiglowski who was interested in having a listing on the Directory. I thought his work was lovely but unfortunately Michal doesn’t fit the criteria in that he has no link to the island other than that he loves it. He visited several times when he lived in England but he now lives in York, Maine.

All of the artists I list have either been born on the Island, were educated here or have some other strong family link such as grandparents who live here.

I thought his portraits warranted sharing though so here are a couple of them. Can anyone put a name to the Peel Lifeboat man? He looks somehow familiar.

Felicity Wood shared this festive pic. She said that it’s always nice to receive Christmas cards from friends you haven’t heard from for a while – and even better when it’s one of your own – a design of hers from 2012.

Artists are being invited to submit designs to feature on gateway bollards as part of the Douglas Promenade Refurbishment scheme.

The bollards will indicate the entrance points to the low traffic speed area, at the southern end of Loch Promenade and the northern end of Harris Promenade.

Made of granite, they will be 1.4 metres tall and have an embossed Celtic Knot design on the top. Each of the four bollards will feature two side panels, 20cm wide and 80cm tall, which will carry the winning designs.

The artist’s brief can be obtained by clicking this link Artist Brief

Designs should be submitted no later than 2 January 2019 to the MyProm office on the ground floor, Sea Terminal, Douglas.

For an informal discussion regarding the design competition, contact Jane Corkill at the Arts Council by emailing or by calling 694598. 

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

That’s it for this week. Do remember you can subscribe to the news to get it delivered to your inbox. Just fill in the form in the sidebar.

Have a fantastic Christmas and see you in the New Year!

Jane x

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Isle of Man Art News – 13 February 2017


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

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 – 25 July 2016


It never ceases to amaze me, for an Island with a population of around 80,000, just how diverse and talented the people are. We have everyone from astronauts to zillionaires, Olympic medalists to West end stars and best selling authors to block buster movie actors to list but a few. So imagine my delight when not one but two very accomplished fabric artists got in touch recently to ask for pages on the Directory! Frances Boyd has been commissioned to produce a fabric design for Christian Lacroix and Alice Fayle’s designs were used in the Autumn/Winter 2015, Resort 2016 and Spring/Summer 2016 collections shown at Milan Fashion Week. I feel very honoured to have them both on the Directory. You can click on their name links to see their pages for yourself  but here is a little sample (or should I say swatch…) for you below.


minilogoI was a bit early on Saturday for the opening of the new Summer Symphony of Silk Exhibition at the Hodgson Loom Gallery as I called in on the way back to Ramsey from an appointment in Douglas and didn’t really want to do two trips. That’s a real Manx attitude isn’t it? All the way to Laxey! The very lovely Julia Smyth let me have a sneak preview though and it was great to have a chat with her before everyone arrived.

We were talking silk and fabrics in general with it being an exhibition of silk paintings and Julia told me about a collaboration or cross over (perhaps a cross-stitch?) between the Mannin Quilters and the Isle of Man Embroiderers which works a bit like the ‘Chinese Whispers’ game. Someone starts off with inspiration for the first piece and once it is created, it gets sent to someone else who produces a piece of work inspired by the first. The second piece (but not the first) then gets sent onto the next person who produces their piece using the second as the inspiration and so it goes on until around a dozen pieces are created. I’m interested to know more about this and would love to see how it works out so if any Quilters or Embroiderers are reading this and know about it or are involved with the project, do please leave a comment or get in touch. I first came across the Mannin Quilters at the Isle of Man Art Festival over the May bank holiday weekend and it was quite a revelation to me – I had no idea that so many people did quilting and the work was just fabulous. I do like the idea of things being beautiful as well as practical.

The Summer Symphony of Silk exhibition has been beautifully curated by Julia. Jean Buck, who teaches silk painting, is wonderfully talented and several of her works in particular caught my eye as did the lovely ‘Sails’ picture by Anne Cannell (below). The medium produces very colourful and vibrant pictures. Do go along and take a look and don’t forget to take your wallet or purse with you because you will be kicking yourself if you don’t. Here are a few of the pictures to whet your appetite.


minilogoIt was good to hear from Studio 42 on FB this week. Eben unfortunately had a serious car accident but is now back in action and introduced his new exhibition featuring Win Norton and Catherine James which opens on 5th August with the preview night on 4th August, 6.30-8.30pm. All welcome.


minilogoNeb was on the mark this week with his ‘Pokemon Go’ cartoon. Nice one Andy! Look out for the ‘Neb and Nonsense‘ posts on the Directory which are published on Wednesdays.

neb- pokemon-go



minilogoIsle of Man Creative Industries is holding its fifth public meeting at Noa Bakehouse on Thursday this week commencing at 6pm.

It will be an opportunity to hear about two projects: Isle of Architecture which I mentioned in last week’s news update and also the Creative Industries Festival at the Market Hall ‘Make Market‘.  Presentations for both projects will be made and there will be opportunities for you to find out how to get involved.  As in previous meetings there will be chance to mingle and meet other attending creatives.

MakeMarket is a Creative Industries Takeover at Douglas Market Hall featuring a summer programme of hands-on workshops, demos, talks, pop-up studios and practical advice for established or aspiring creatives and anyone interested in the creative use of space. Make Market launches at the end of July 2016 in the Island’s original Market Hall – a central location in Douglas and former heartbeat of the community. Don’t miss this exciting line-up of events. It’s free and there for everyone to enjoy and be involved!

MakeMarket focuses on creativity and how it stimulates the surrounding economy. A shared space where anyone can learn about and be involved in creative thinking, design and problem solving. A space where ideas come together and resources are shared. A thought factory where ideas flourish.

A place to make, discuss, market and exhibit skills.


minilogoThe very talented Hebe Atzori is back on the island after her travels and she posted up this video. She says she is super excited to be collaborating with Claire Christian Couture Ltd – the video is of Hebe drawing up ideas at the studio.


minilogoDates for your  Diary:


Tuesday 26th July, 10.30am, Screen Printing Workshop at The Isle Gallery (a couple of places left)

Thursday 28th July, 6pm, Noa Bakehouse – Isle of Man Creative Industries Fifth Public Meeting

Thursday 28th – Sat 30th July – Make Market at the Douglas Market Hall

Friday 29th July – 2pm – me and Juan Moore on the Women Today programme, Manx Radio

Sunday 31st July, 2pm, Juan Moore’s ‘Odd Days’ Exhibition – meet the artist at The Isle Gallery

Wednesday 3rd – Sunday 7th August – Katy Mitchell – Potter-in-Residence at the Market Hall

Thursday 4th August, 6.30pm-8.30pm, Summer Show preview at Studio 42, Port St. Mary

Weekend of 5th, 6th, 7th August, 10am-4pm, Art in the Park, Villa Marina Gardens


minilogoIn case you have been missing it, here are a few images I’ve saved from social media over the past week for your delectation. Click on the pictures to open in the Lightbox. Enjoy.



minilogoIf you enjoy these news updates, please Share them with your friends and colleagues on FB and Linkedin to help raise awareness of our very talented local Artists.  

Have a great week!


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