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Isle of Man Art News – 20 March 2017


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

Things are hotting up nicely on the Island. Perhaps not so much the weather, although the days are drawing out now and the bright yellow of the daffodils along the hedgerows zing with the promise of warm sunny days to come. No, I’m referring of course to all things Arty. There are new shows on the horizon, the Wearable Art show in a couple of weeks’ time followed quickly by the Isle of Man Art Society’s Easter Art Festival and then hot on the heels of that the Creative Network’s fabulous IOM Art Festival over the May bank holiday weekend. A veritable feast for the eyes and all here on your doorstep. Unless of course you are reading this from further afield, in which case you should probably come and visit ūüėČ

Today marks an anniversary for me – I’ve been writing the news for a whole year this week. I can hardly believe where the time has gone or indeed that there has consistently been interesting goings-on to tell you about. Even the first few weeks of the year when I was warned it was a pretty quiet time, there was always someone doing something worth talking about. I think it goes to show just how many wonderful creatives we have here on the Island.

This week I went to the Isle of Architecture’s Pecha Kucha 20×20 on buildings at The Alpine Cafe.¬†I thoroughly enjoyed the evening and took my mum along for company. She said ‘Pecha Kucha’ sounded like something from Peru and still couldn’t remember what it was called on the way home so no doubt she will have been telling her Friday lunch friends that she enjoyed the Machu Picchu!

There were some excellent presentations and Martyn Thomas mentioned an Instagram page which I followed straight away so as not to forget about it. It’s ‘iom_rb‘ which is posting up a photograph of a registered building each day. I was pleased to see ‘Isola’ on there already due to my connection¬†with it, my parents having turned it into ‘Scott’s Bistro’ in the mid 1980’s.

One of the people presenting at the ‘Machu Picchu’ was Daniel Price who is in his final year at UCM. I first spotted Daniel’s work last year at the Douglas Market Hall and he also exhibited last year with fellow students Rebekah Corlett and Erin Dimelow at Studio 42 in Port St. Mary in an exhibition called ‘RED’. It didn’t occur to me until weeks later that ‘RED’ was actually an acronym of their names. Daniel, I think, is a very talented young man and someone you should keep an eye out for in the future. Here are a few of his pictures.

It’s the last week of the fantastic show at The Sayle Gallery, Turning Point, which features work by Mark Wallinger (Turner Prize winner in 2007), Kevin Atherton, Keith McIntyre, Shona Illingworth and Sue Collins. Before the conclusion of the show, however, there is an open invitation to artists of the Island to come together for an informal discussion about such questions as, ‘how are artists affected by the communities they make work in?’ and ‘how are artists affected by how that community responds to their work?’. This will be at The Sayle on Thursday this week from 6.00 – 8.00pm.

This invitation is especially extended to young artists who are perhaps still students or are just starting out on their artistic careers but all are welcome. As well as hoping for some healthy discussion, those of you who are using/experimenting with video and projection as part of your practice are invited to bring your work along to make full use of the fantastic projection set up that has been¬†created for Mark Wallinger’s piece, so if you would like to see your work projected large through a high spec projector, then bring along a digital copy (either on a SD card or in a form we can easily play on a lap-top).

The second screening of¬†Keith McIntyre’s film about Moylley yn Burroo, the Drinking Dragon rock which crouches and drinks from the sea just off the Calf of Man is on on Saturday 25th March at 2pm at The Sayle. Keith spent time on the Isle of Man in 2015 where he studied and filmed the Dragon along with other artists, including poet, Usha Kishore, who has also contributed to the film. The show closes on Sunday.

Helen Fox, curator of the exhibition, has prepared a survey and has asked me to put it in the news this week Рhowever Рplease note, it is for students only: Please follow the link to complete if you are currently studying at UCM:

Paul Parker posted up a few more of his beautiful water colours. As with all of the pictures you can click on them to view.

Roger Dean, together with his family, will be exhibiting in a joint exhibition in Tokyo from 7 April Р19 May at Courtyard Hiroo, Tokyo (

Many people will be familiar with the glowing colours and gravity defying islands painted by Roger Dean. Not so many people may know that he is one of a family of artists, one of whom is living in Tokyo, his daughter Freyja. Her mother Amanda Dean is based in the UK, as well as Roger Dean’s mother Jane Dean who is a painter.

Some¬†of Roger’s original paintings along with prints, books and other signed items are available at The Sayle Gallery.

Dates for your Diary

On now¬†‚Äď 27 ¬†March ‚Äď Turning Point at The Sayle Gallery

22 March ‚Äď Sarah Hendy‚Äôs new arts show ‚ÄėSpotlight‚Äô on Manx Radio, 5.30 ‚Äď 6.00pm (and every Wednesday)

23 March – 6.00pm – 8.00pm – Discussion and Projection at The Sayle Gallery (mentioned above)

23 March 7.00pm ‚Äď 10.00pm¬†SofA filmclub 07 ‚Äď EAMES the painter + the architect at the Bath & Bottle

25 March ‚Äď Mother‚Äôs Day Shop from 12pm ‚Äď Katy Mitchell Ceramics at Lower Bishopscourt Farm, Kirk Michael

25 March – 27 April – Olive Wassall and Karl Garrett opens at the Hodgson Loom Gallery – Opening 2.00pm on the 25th.

26 March ‚Äď Jimmy Duggan Solo Show at The Isle Gallery – opening on Sunday at 2.00pm

31 March ‚Äď 7.00pm ‚Äď 9.00pm ‚ÄstManx Wearable Art Catwalk Show at the Youth Arts Centre, Kensington Road (Doors open to public 19.00. Admission ¬£6
To reserve tickets call 07624 437339)

31 March – Cut Off for IOM Art Festival Entries!

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

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

8 April Р21 April РEaster Treasure Hunt in the Milntown Gardens, Ramsey Рanother great reason to call and see Rob Jones’s Drawn Steel Through the Seasons

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

Keep up-to-date by ‚ÄėLiking‚Äô the Facebook Page or by ‚ÄėFollowing‚Äô me on Linkedin¬†or Twitter@manxart or Instagram @manxartdirectory¬†or Pinterest.¬†

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Isle of Man Art News – 28 March 2016


My last news round-up was well received so I’ve decided to make it a regular feature on the website. If you’ve got any news, new work to tell the world about, an update to your blog or anything else art-related that you would like me to publish then please get in touch:


Julie Collins, a Manx born artist who regularly visits the island, recently had 3 paintings accepted to be hung at the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours. The Institute considered 1000 paintings and chose 80, 3 of which are Julie’s, to be shown at the Mall Galleries, London April 6-16 2016. There is to be a private viewing of exhibition on Tuesday 5th April from 12 noon to 8pm. The opening takes place at 3pm and will be officiated by Rt Hon John Whittingdale MP, Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport. 

Julie will also be running a couple of workshops at Brightlife this year –¬†Freedom in Watercolour¬†(April) and Freedom in Watercolour and Ink (November).¬†




Another date for your diary: 7 May 2016 -2pm. ¬†Manx National Heritage is¬†hosting ‘An Afternoon with Chris Killip’. Tickets are ¬£10 for adults and ¬£5 for students and are available from 31 March. Chris Killip is¬†one of the most influential documentary photographers of the post-war generation. He will be providing a fascinating insight into his career and will sign purchased copies of his book ‘Isle of Man Revisited’. The exhibition of his work runs¬†until 13 August.

Chris Killip


The Isle of Man Art Society’s Easter exhibition has been a great success I think. I manned the door for a couple of hours on Saturday morning and despite the awful weather there were plenty of visitors to the show. Many of the art works were already sold (having opened to the public on Wednesday last week). Lots of positive comments about the new venue as well at the old Shoprite store in The Village Walk in Onchan. It’s a great space for an art exhibition with natural light and ample parking. The exhibition closes tomorrow (Tuesday) lunchtime.


Easter Art Exhibition 2016


‘Art and Faith’ – a PechaKucha by Petrina Kent, is a powerful and yet sublime presentation of her work. In this short video,¬†just under 7 minutes, Petrina talks about how her faith guides her inspiration and how being in the landscape has a profound influence on the work she produces.¬†



The Art Reach ladies at The Isle Gallery only have¬†4 places left on their Children’s workshop this Wednesday.

Cermamics - Hand Shaped Bowls


Sally Black published a new blog post earlier today ‘Bali and my discovery of colour‘ and encourages us to¬†look for¬†the riot of colour we just don’t ‘see’ in our local environment. Check out Sally’s website too as she has recently made some changes to it.



Phil Kneen should have reached Tokyo by now on his latest trip. Before disappearing off Island he updated his blog with ‘Mimi’ and his feelings when a model tells him that they don’t like the photographs he has taken. I can understand both sides; I hate just about every photograph ever taken of me (as I am sure many people do), regardless of whether or not it’s a great photo in the eyes of others. Don’t take it personally Phil and keep up the fab work.



Just Under the Surface: Helen Fox Programme Manager for Art, Design and Media and Colette Davies, Fine Art & Contextual Studies Lecturer at the Isle of Man College of Further & Higher Education have invited fellow students/artists from the MA programme at the Northumbria University, Newcastle, to bring work to the Isle of Man. The course at Northumbria provides an ideal opportunity to synthesise pedagogic and creative practices. The group exhibition reflects work in progress and will be open to the public at The Douglas Market Hall from 1st – 9th April 9-5 during the Easter break.



The Creative Network’s Art Festival is not far away now, to be held over the May Bank Holiday weekend. With over 40 artists taking part this will definitely be a great weekend for art lovers.¬†Formerly known as the Western Open Studio Art Trail (WOSAT), the Art Festival will encompass open access to artist studios, exhibitions, workshops and demonstrations right across the Island. The re-brand has allowed greater scope to encourage Island-wide artist participation.¬†Valuable support is provided by the Isle of Man Arts Council, Manx National Heritage, Peel Commissioners and partner galleries.

Entrance to studios, demonstrations and exhibition venues over all three days will be by purchase of a wrist band at ¬£3, which includes a free festival guide. Students will receive a concessional rate of ¬£2 and everyone under 18 goes free! All venues will be open 11am ‚Äď 5pm over the three day weekend.

Wrist bands and guides will be available to purchase in advance three weeks before the Festival via Noa Bakehouse in Douglas, the Welcome Centre at the Sea Terminal, the House of Manannan in Peel and all major art galleries, as well as the Corrin Hall and artist studios during the event.



And finally, here are just a few of the pictures published on social media over the last week or so. Click on the pictures to see them in lightbox format. 

Keep up-to-date by ‘Liking’ the Facebook Page or by ‘Following’ on Linkedin.


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Manx Art News Round Up

It’s been busy¬†in the art world on the Island this week so I thought rather than bombard you with lots of separate posts I would do a bit of a round-up for you.

Juan Moore announced that his first solo show in 5 years will open at The Isle Gallery on 31 July. Juan is a¬†practising fine artist, illustrator and creative and works across both traditional and digital mediums. Expect to be surprised (and possibly shocked) by this talented Artist’s work. You can see some of Juan’s work, read his biography and find his contact details on his page : Juan Moore.




The Sayle Gallery is currently hosting Cian Quayle’s ‘Points of Departure’ exhibition which is on until 3 April.¬†

Spanning a thirty year period, the exhibition of paintings, prints, photographs and object-based works, investigates ideas of ‚Äėplace‚Äô and what lies between ‚Äėhome‚Äô and elsewhere.

The exhibition has a strong Manx theme, explores interconnected ideas and subjects across a vast time frame spanning the ancient to the contemporary, using a diverse range of images which includes family paintings, keeills and references to Celtic history. 


The Sayle Gallery is also holding a silent auction for 3 new paintings, created as part of a collaborative project by artist Rob Smith and members of the Youth Arts Centre, on Kensington Road, Douglas. Visitors to the gallery are invited to submit bids for each of the paintings, which will remain sealed until the paintings come down, at which point the winning bidders will be informed.

The paintings, along with a collection of prints will be on display until 3rd April so pop along and put in a bid.




Phil Kneen is off on his travels again – after¬†Japan, he will be heading off on a 5000 mile, two week working road trip to the Lofoten Islands in Arctic Norway. I’m looking forward to seeing more of Phil’s stunning photography on his blog which you can follow here:¬†

The picture below was taken at ‘The Jungle’ in Calais on one of his recent photographic adventures.




The Isle of Man Art Society Easter Exhibition opens next week, 23-29 March, and this year is on at the old Shoprite store in The Village Walk, Onchan. Paul Parker treated us to a preview of one of the paintings he will be exhibiting this year.




The very talented Colleen Corlett now has a page on the Directory. Colleen recently produced the most beautiful illuminated address¬†to commemorate¬†Hector Duff’s Honorary Freedom of Douglas.¬†




The Isle of Man Film Festival 2016 has just launched their new website: Bruno Cavellec has designed this lovely poster with a limited colour palette.



Hope you enjoyed seeing what’s going on. Keep up-to-date by ‘Liking’ the Facebook Page or by ‘Following’ on Linkedin.

Have a great weekend!