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Zoe Guilford – DED and Director of the Isle of Man Film Festival

Zoe Guilford
I consult for the Government’s Department of Economic Development specialising in Film & Creative Industries, and am one of the directors of the Isle of Man Film Festival.
Much of what I do day-to-day is in the creative sphere, but I am consistently humbled by the extraordinary talent of the true artists of the Isle of Man. I have always loved art, especially paintings, and treat myself to a serious piece of work every few years. Since moving back to the Island from London in 2010 I have started following several local artists and try to buy as much as I can: I own some Juan Moores and my home is covered in Bruno Cavellec prints. I adore Svetlana Cameron’s work, and James Duggan blows me away with everything he does.
James Duggan
The Isle of Man has an incredible arts scene which we should be very proud of. Since getting involved in the Island’s film festival, I have utilised the expertise of numerous local artists, whether it be for our poster artwork (Bruno Cavellec has created some inspiring imagery every year since its inception) or graphic designers like Rich Hird (Seen & Hird) for our marketing material. The Arts Council (who underwrites the film festival) has been instrumental in supporting the creative industries on the Island and we are so grateful for the work they do.
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Bruno Cavellec
I have recently joined the Government’s DED as a consultant for film and creative industries and I want to represent appropriately. Creative businesses are growing rapidly on the Isle of Man: UK creative industries generate £84.1bn a year to the UK economy so it would be unwise to ignore the impact of this sector on our Island. Though I am mainly focused on film, TV and digital media, the visual arts on the Island are worthy of note: we have a thriving community of artists who need to be encouraged and enabled – whether that be through grants or guidance. 
The Isle of Man Government works with its designated bodies and charities such as Manx National Heritage, the Arts Council and Culture Vannin to promote and support the arts on the Island, which is such a crucial part of our cultural heritage. I’m proud of what we can do on our Island and excited for the future of its creative industries!
Zoe Guilford
February 2017
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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 ‘place’ and what lies between ‘home’ 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.



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Have a great weekend!