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Isle of Man Art News – 6 March 2017


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

Did you catch Sarah Hendy’s new show on Manx Radio last Wednesday, ‘Spotlight’? It’s at 5.30 – 6.00pm every Wednesday so a great listen for your drive home from work and a brilliant way to keep up with everything in the Arts that’s going on around the Island. It’s focussing on everything creative from music and visual art to stage performance and artistic hobbies. I was really delighted to be asked to do a regular spot on the show to cover the visual arts and my first contribution will be aired this week. It really feels like there is new and vibrant energy gathering behind our local artists and performers which I hope will continue to build and grow so that the Arts has a more positive impact and plays an integral role in the day-to-day lives of Manx people and visitors to the Island –  and indeed reaches those who live in other countries.

Talking about reaching further afield, local artist Stephanie Quayle is doing a fantastic job of raising the profile of the Island with her artistic skills and is again showing her work in Japan, this time at Gallery 38 in Tokyo. I’m hoping to catch up with her in the not too distant future to give you a better insight into the amazing work she is doing. For now, here are one or two pictures from the Tokyo show.

I spotted this video to share with you of Kevin Atherton, posted up by The Sayle Gallery. I think it’s really interesting, and quite fun and thought provoking, that he could have conceived such a piece of work forty years ago and is here using it today. The clip is of a twenty-something Kevin Atherton in conversation with a sixty-something Kevin Atherton in an exclusive performance of his piece ‘In Two Minds’ for UCM art students last week. Kevin is a Manx artist included in the current exhibition ‘Turning Point’ at the Sayle Gallery, where he is showing his work ‘Log 2’, which documents his passage away from the Isle of Man on The Manx Maid. Kevin’s piece ‘In Two Minds’ will soon be shown in The Whitechapel Gallery, London, where Kevin worked as a young man.

Julie Collins has again had three of her beautiful watercolours selected for exhibition by the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours 2017 at the Mall Galleries, showing in London 6th – 22nd April. Congratulations Julie – they’re gorgeous. The Isle Gallery will be hosting an exhibition of Julie’s artwork this Summer. That’s definitely one not to be missed! I’ll keep you posted about dates in due course. Click the pictures to view.

Paul Parker posted up this video of himself at work, however, it would seem that the painting suffered due to his preoccupation with his recording facilities! “Painting is now in the bin! Must do better.” Oh dear, I know what you mean Paul, being a novice at the whole recording thing myself. Fortunately for me though my lack of skill in that arena doesn’t have such disastrous consequences.

Sunday 26th March is Mother’s Day. I’m sure you’ve all got this highlighted in your diaries and calendars but in case you need some inspiration as to what to buy these fantastic ladies, Claire Pearse aka Element.Isle is on the case and has been stocking up with some lovely pieces of her distinctive jewellery made from ethically sourced silver. She’s based at Grenaby Studios, Ballabeg, along with Graham Hall and new residents Rosie Glassey and Graham Rider. Graham Rider moved to the Island last year having previously been based in Norfolk. His wide-ranging arts experience includes teaching and he and has worked for a number of years as a visual artist. Graham has some high-profile customers such as Ernst & Young, Guardian Royal Properties and Railtrack and has had his work exhibited in London and the National Railway Museum in York. Graham is now enjoying our beautiful countryside here on the Island and concentrating on landscape painting. You can see some of his work on the new Grenaby blog which is a lovely arty read:

Here are a couple of pictures of Claire’s latest pieces.

Another lady who is geared up for Mother’s Day is Katy Mitchell. Her studio at Lower Bishopscourt Farm, Kirk Michael, will be open on Saturday 25th, 12.00 – 5.00pm where you can purchase her lovely ceramics. You can also buy from her Etsy shop and if you don’t fancy a trip out of town you can pop to the shop at the Manx Museum in Douglas which stocks not only Katy’s work but also several other local artists – in fact it’s a really great place to find a nice gift for whatever the occasion might be.

Dates for your Diary

On now – Rob Jones’s Drawn Steel Through the Seasons – Milntown Gardens, Ramsey

On now – Western Photographic Society Exhibition at the Manx Museum

On now – 11 March Manx Landscapes and Seascapes at The Isle Gallery (Group Show)

On now – 11 March Hodgson Loom – Isle of Man Photographic Society Exhibition

On now – 27  March – Turning Point at The Sayle Gallery

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

16 March – 2.00 – 3.00pm Manx Radio – Women Today with me, Christy DeHaven and Beth Espey

16 March 6.00pm – 8.00pm DED Networking and Skills event for creative professionals at Noa Bakehouse

16 March 6.30pm – 10.00pm – Isle of Architecture – PechaKucha 20×20: On Buildings – The Alpine Cafe, Regent Street, Douglas

23 March 7.00pm – 10.00pm SofA filmclub 07 – EAMES the painter + the architect at the Bath & Bottle

25 March – Mother’s Day Shop – Katy Mitchell Ceramics at Lower Bishopscourt Farm, Kirk Michael

27 March – Jimmy Duggan Solo Show at The Isle Gallery

And finally, here’s this week’s round up of images from Social Media.

Have a great week!

Jane x

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Isle of Man Art News – 11 July 2016

Bryan Moore

I have a confession to make. I’ve lived here all my life but this year will be my first ever Yn Chruinniaght festival. 

I was thinking about why I have never been to the festival before and part of the reason stems from my experience as a child, 40 years ago, when I attended St. Joseph’s Convent of Mercy school* which was located at 12-14 Finch Road in Douglas. The school closed the year I left (nothing to do with me – nor was it down to Mario Ricciardi flooding the cloakrooms either) and the Convent moved to Selborne Drive for several years before the nuns finally relocated back to the UK.

*As an aside to this wee tale, the wonderfully talented watercolour artist, Julie Collins, attended the Convent and was in the same year as my sister. Another great talent from my year on the musical side of things is Trish Fargher (Douglas Choral Union) and you may also be surprised to know that Damian Chiappelli (Director of the Sayle Gallery) was also a Convent school boy in my brother’s year.

Whilst at the Convent, I somehow got roped (or pushed, I’m not sure which) into going to a Manx dancing class run by the legendary Mona Douglas. The practice space was a rather dilapidated building up a flight of steps and if I remember correctly it was just off Finch Road going up towards Mount Havelock where the car park is now. I’m about as co-ordinated when it comes to dancing as one would imagine Mr Bean to be, so when it came to being entered into the Guild in only the easiest dance (the more complex ones being reserved for the long-standing dance group members who knew what they were doing), and subsequently coming last in said competition I hung up my dancing shoes for good, never to tread stage boards or wave a hankie around in the air again.

Along with this whole ghastly experience was the music which I heard that many times it has left an indelible scar in my memory. I could sing it to you to this day and I detest it with a passion, so I think this is where my dislike of Celtic music and dance stems from. It’s not exclusive in my list of dislikes though. I can’t stand country music either, especially Johnny Cash and Kenny Rodgers which my husband inflicts upon me whenever he’s had one over the eight! 

Next weekend (16th July), therefore, will be my first Yn Chruinniaght and the only reason I am going along is to support our wonderful Artists who will be in residence at the Corrin Hall in Peel. It’s certainly not for music or traditional dancing. However, it is a wonderful opportunity to stock up on cards and hand-crafted gifts and as we are on the wrong side of the solstice with the days getting shorter I’m planning on thinking about the ‘C’ word and getting a few gifts organised for that naughty December festival that has a nasty habit of creeping up on you while you’re not looking.

Look out for Nicola Dixon, Graham Hall, Katy Mitchell, Element.Isle and Faye Christian amongst other talented folk. The fab poster below is by Alice Quayle (Alice’s Illustrations). Click on the picture to see it in the lightbox.

minilogoHuge Congratulations to the BA (Hons) Fine Art students! They got their results on Friday and I wasn’t at all surprised: Rosie Wood and Helen Tate got Firsts and Bryan Moore and Kirsti Penzes both got 2:1’s. I’m so delighted for them as they have all worked incredibly hard. Helen and Kirsti are working part-time at The Sayle Gallery and I think Rosie is having a short break before starting her next endeavour. Bryan is currently working on a graphic novel and has some plans for where he wants to go with his skills. I’m sure you’ll join me in wishing them all well in their artistic careers. Kirsti should have a page on the Directory soon but Rosie, Helen and Bryan’s pages are all live so click on their names to go and take a look. Here is a taster from each of them.


minilogoI caught up with my favourite French friend, Bruno Cavellec, on Friday. He’s all cock-a-hoop at France being in the final of the Euro’s (final result at this point not known). I didn’t realise that he was such a passionate football fanatic. Anyway, with all of the footy excitement he’s taken his eye off the ball (groan….) on the Art side of things just recently and told me that he was back off to his studio after lunch to get stuck into work for his solo exhibition at the Isle Gallery in October. He has the title of it and sketched his plan for the poster for me. I’ll not divulge the title just yet but  you can look forward to paintings, graphic art, photography and printing/lino cuts. Here is a recent self portrait to keep you going until then.


minilogoHelen Fox has posted up on the Douglas Market Hall FB page that she is looking for a student or recent graduate to produce a Zine for the Creative Industries Summer Project. Contact if you are interested.Want to know what a Zine is? Check it out here…..



minilogoRebecca Odessa has spent the last week at the Slade Summer School in London and has been loving every minute of it. She’s also good at writing and has been doing a daily blog to catalogue her time which is a very easy and entertaining read. When I visited Rebecca for coffee and a chat a few weeks ago, she showed me some of her ‘pre-Slade’ collage work and I don’t think she will mind me saying that her ‘post-Slade’ collage work is considerably better. I’m therefore very excited to see how her studies this year will manifest into new work for her. I also had a sneak preview of a painting she has been working on that is one of a series of 12 and it blew me away. I can’t wait until she exhibits that work.




minilogoAnd finally, a bit of arty video for you. Adam Berry posted up this process video on his FB page to show how me makes a face ‘facey like’. Looks pretty facey to me 🙂 


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Isle of Man Art News – 9 May 2016


There’s an expression I am sure, something along the lines of “You can take the boy out of the country but you can’t take the country out of the boy”. This weekend saw the launch of the Chris Killip exhibition at the Manx Museum and although Chris now works at Harvard University as professor of visual and environmental studies, I think this saying goes some way to expressing how his presentation came across to a packed house in the Museum’s lecture theatre on Saturday afternoon.

Chris talked with evident affection of his childhood days growing up in and around Peel, of the mischief he and his friends would get up to, of the love and support of his father and how the subjects of his work would question his genealogy in order to place him in the order of things before allowing him to take their photograph. 

On the odd occasion, Chris would forget the name of a person in a particular picture but the audience was able to come to his aid; these photographs are of people – many of whom are still alive – who people know or knew or indeed are related to. Chris’s unassuming delivery conveyed the sense of community, the friendships and rivalries, the hard work and drunken nights, what life was like when there was little money to go around and how people helped each other for no reward by giving of their time. He painted a vivid and emotive picture of life up to the early 70’s and brought back a multitude of memories for many. Chris’s love of the Isle of Man and the Manx people was both humorous and enthralling – the talk ran over by 25 minutes but no one noticed and no one cared and I for one didn’t want it to end.

The exhibition is on until 30 July 2016 at the Museum and you can buy copies of Chris’s book from the museum shop (when they are back in stock, as it completely sold out yesterday). 



minilogoBruno Cavellec has produced this great picture for the launch of Mae Challis’s cover of ‘Crazy’ by Gnarls Barkley. Here is the YouTube link for you in case you haven’t seen it yet. The video is by Dave Armstrong (DAM Productions Isle of Man). Bruno is a great music fan and the perfect person for album cover art, gig posters and the like. Remember his ‘Hot Club of Cowtown’ picture recently on FB? No? OK, here you go (any excuse to post this one up as I absolutely love it!).




minilogoThe wildlife Park is looking for someone who can make something like in this photo, wood, metal or other material (but must be weather proof) for their new Gibbon interpretation. Please call Kathleen at the Park on 693572 if you can help or know the person who can.




minilogoPetrina Kent published a new blog post last week: 

‘Even though life has incessantly thrown tempestuous waters at me, I still know that You are there. Your light shines upon the water.’  After a winter of storms and standing at ‘the end of things’ I chose to paint. This is the result. 




minilogoThe Arts Council has a new logo which I think looks much more contemporary than the old one. They also posted up about the Creative Designer of the Year 2016 competition which is aimed at young people aged 4 to 16 years old and offers the chance for students to win up to £450 for their school. Entrants are asked to present their designs landscape on a plain piece of A4 paper with their full name, school, year group and teacher’s name on the reverse side. Entries are to be submitted to Isle of Man Newspapers no later than 14th June 2016. 

Another Arts Council post which I am sure will be of interest to Artists is that Manx National Heritage is offering space for individuals and community groups to create their own exhibitions within their sites. The stipulation is that proposed exhibitions should demonstrate either strong links with MNH’s collections or celebrate Manx community, heritage or culture. Proposals are welcomed from artists, curators and all members of the public. 






minilogoThere are a couple of Adult Workshops coming up at The Isle Gallery this month; the first is “Waterfalls” which is on tomorrow, Tuesday 10th May 10.00am to 1.30pm. You will get the chance to create your own stunning Waterfall painting on canvas. No experience is necessary as you will be guided through the process. You can relax and unwind in the beautiful, light and airy gallery space and indulge your creative self. All materials are included and refreshments will be provided. The price is £49 including materials. 

The next workshop after that is “Springtime, Acrylic on Canvas” on Tuesday 17th May, 10.30am to 1.00pm. Here you can celebrate the changing seasons with their Springtime Acrylic Workshop by creating your own vibrant painting on canvas. This workshop is suitable for all levels and abilities as again, you will be guided through the process. Learn to ‘let go’ of inhibition and explore colour on canvas. All materials are included and refreshments will be provided. This price for this workshop is also £49 including materials.



minilogoJulie Collins’s water colour workshop at Brightlife was a great success. The delegates learnt about drawing, colour mixing and various watercolour techniques during the weekend. The talk about Julie’s art was also well attended on the Friday evening. If you fancy extending your watercolour skills, Julie will be running a watercolour and ink workshop at Brightlife in November. In the meantime she says she has lots of painting to get on with for various exhibitions and commissions.

Julie kindly sent me this picture for the news update:-  “Towards the Calf of Man” – watercolour on paper.

Towards the Calf of Man



minilogoThere is a lovely new page on the Directory, photographer Clint Hudson, and a couple more nearly ready to release. Here is a a round-up of some of the pictures posted on social media this last week. Enjoy.


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