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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 – 21 November 2016

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


On Thursday last week, the Isle of Man Newspapers Awards for Excellence ceremony was held at the Villa Marina with a ‘Space’ theme. A fantastic coup – Stephen Hawking (yes THE Stephen Hawking, theoretical physicist and cosmologist) had recorded a few words to open the show. Unfortunately I didn’t realise it had been specifically recorded for the event and wasn’t paying a huge amount of attention so I missed exactly what he said! Durrr. I’m sure it will be uploaded to the website soon though so at least I will be able to re-watch it. Anyway, it was a really great evening as I’m sure those who attended the event or watched it on the live stream will agree. There will be a special 24 page supplement in the Examiner on Tuesday so do look out for that.

I was absolutely delighted that the Directory was selected as a finalist in the Derivco category for Innovation and Independent Thinking and extremely grateful that the judges thought my entry was good enough to make the cut along with the Isle of Man Post Office and Noa Bakehouse. The winners in this category were, of course, the fabulous Noa which was a very popular choice with huge cheers and people shouting ‘We love you Noa’! I’m really delighted for them as they do such a fantastic job supporting the Arts, providing a go-to place for creatives to congregate and keeping everyone superbly fed and watered (or ‘coffee’d up’ is probably more accurate).

On Tuesday this week, 22nd, Noa will be hosting the Creative Network’s AGM and Social Evening from 7 – 9pm. The main topics for discussion will be this year’s Isle of Man Art Festival and plans for the 2017 event. It’s open to anyone working in, interested in, or supporting the visual arts and the bar will be open for tea, coffee and alcoholic beverages. See you there 🙂


minilogoI’m really delighted to have launched the Directory’s first two shop pages for original artwork for Sally Black (Ridley’s Goose below) and Petrina Kent (Emerging Stillness). Both ladies are fabulous artists (with very different styles) and there is a lovely selection of pieces available so do have a look as you might just find that perfect something for someone you love (or just find something you love for yourself of course). There will be a couple more shop pages launched in the coming weeks so watch this space….


minilogoI thought it was very interesting that both winners of my recent Facebook Christmas Card give-away’s were not local to the Island. The winner of Nicola Dixon’s cards lives in Paris and the winner of Jeremy Paul’s cards lives in Reading. Last time I looked at the stats on Google Analytics the website had had ‘hits’ from 40 countries so I was very surprised when I looked earlier to see that since I launched the site in March it has now had hits from 83 countries! There are only 195 in the world. I thought I’d include a map showing distribution for anyone who’s interested:


minilogoPaul Parker’s show at The Sayle Gallery, Aspects of Man, previews on Thursday evening this week at 6.30pm. Paul’s work is very collectable and sure to be snapped up quickly so do go along to the opening if  you want to make sure you get the piece you want. And a word of advice – don’t hesitate! If you like it enough to buy it someone else probably will too. Julia Smyth was telling me that someone hesitated over a Meriel Burden picture at the opening of Creature Cornucopia recently and it was subsequently sold within the hour. Anyway, here’s a taster of a few of Paul’s pictures for the show.


minilogoThe Sayle Gallery will be holding a “Christmas Shop” from 24 November – 23 December including Thursday evening late night shopping from 7 December. The Sayle Gallery, in case you don’t know, is on the promenade just beyond the Villa Arcade (not far from Strand Street) so do pop along for something a bit different from your standard ‘underpants and socks’ type Christmas presents. A number of local artists will be displaying original artwork and there will be artist designed Christmas cards, gift tags, prints, ceramics, tree decorations and a range of other beautiful gifts. If you are looking for something which is not generally available on the high street this is a great place to start as purchases made at the gallery will support both local artists and the gallery itself. Some items will be on offer at discounted prices especially for the occasion.

The gallery will be open for late night shopping on the 7, 14 and 21 December until 9pm. Normal opening hours are 10 – 5 Tuesday – Saturday and 1.30 – 4.30 Sunday. Closed Monday.


minilogoDates for your Diary


On now – 27 November – The Isle Gallery : Myths and Morphons 

On now through November – IOM Arts Council Loan Collection at the Erin Arts Centre

On now to 3 December – Creature Cornucopia Preview at the Hodgson Loom Gallery

On now – Studio 42’s Christmas Show preview 6.30 – 8.30pm

3 – 7 December – handing in – Hodgson Loom Open Art Competition ( show dates tbc but probably from 14 December)

22 November – Creative Network AGM – 7pm – Noa Bakehouse – all welcome

24 November – Paul Parker’s Exhibition Preview at The Sayle Gallery 6.30pm

24 November – 23 December – Christmas Shop at The Sayle Gallery

25 November – Paul Parker – Aspects of Man at The Sayle Gallery to 23 December

26 & 27 November – Katy Mitchell’s open Studio at Lower Bishopscourt Farm (with mulled wine…. mmmmmm) 2pm – 6pm

30 November – Presence of Mann at Laxey Woollen Mills – Late Night Shopping from 6pm – 8pm

1 December – Artist Networking Event at The Sayle (tbc).

3 December – The Isle Gallery – Pot Thrown Ceramics and Christmas Decoration Workshop with Faye Christian (and Motown and Jazz and seasonal snacks and beverages…)


minilogoHere’s this week’s round-up of pictures sourced from Social Media. Enjoy!



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Isle of Man Art News – 14 November 2016


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


My dad used to say, ‘always make sure you look presentable because you never know who you might bump into’ and this week his words of wisdom were much appreciated when I was trying to decide what to wear and decided to go the extra mile and opted for ‘smart’ rather than ‘smart casual’. My husband’s grandfather, Hector Duff, had invited me to the Joint Ex Servicemen’s Association luncheon at the Empress. He just said ‘Would you be able to come?’ and I said ‘Yes of course, I’d be delighted’. That’s pretty much all I knew about it except that Colleen Corlett and her husband David had also been invited, so I hope you can imagine my surprise to find myself on the top table with, amongst others, Colleen, David, Hector, the Mayor and Mayoress of Douglas and sat next to the former Lieutenant Governor, Major General Sir Laurence New! I was very surprised and felt very honoured indeed to be in such company. It was a very enjoyable occasion and I was greatly impressed to discover that Sir Laurence has his own website and is very ‘techno-savvy’. Of course the first thing I did when I got home was to look it up and I have to say it really is a remarkable and fascinating site, very comprehensive and with some great photographs on it. The website is “A Pictorial History of the 4th and 7th Royal Tank Regiments” and can be found at

For those who might not know, this year is the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme which took place between 1st July and 18th November 1916. More than one million men were wounded or killed, making it one of the bloodiest battles in history. As it was Remembrance Sunday yesterday, I thought it very appropriate to use one of Paul Parker’s new pictures of the War Memorial on Douglas Promenade as the featured image this week, just one of his new works which will be at The Sayle Gallery from 25th November.


With the greatest respect for all those who have given their lives in battle; we will remember them. 


minilogoI popped into the Isle Gallery at Tynwald Mills on Saturday to have quick look at the new exhibition “Myths and Morphons” which features Artists Colette Gambell, Anna Clucas (who has a beautiful new baby boy, Vinnie – Congratulations Anna!), Julie Roberts and Simon Park. There are some very nice pieces but it’s easy to get distracted by Simon’s large photographic works which are really engaging. I’m not sure where I would have the space for one and I kind of think you would need two or three to really make it work as it’s very much a ‘collection’ – but that’s just my personal opinion – and they are lovely if you have the right space for them. There’s every good reason to head to Tynwald Mills at this time of year so don’t forget to call in while you are there for a look and to say hello to the ArtReach ladies.

The other reason I called into The Isle Gallery was to pick up Christmas Cards from Nicola Dixon to give to the winner of the Facebook competition, France Gayon, who lives in Paris! Great to see local work heading further afield. Nicola was teaching at the Gallery on Saturday – here is a clip of her in action 🙂



minilogoIf you missed out on Nicola’s Christmas cards I am currently running another give-away on Facebook of Jeremy Paul’s cards. I’ve asked people to put a wild animal or bird in the comments that you’d like to see Jeremy paint (this is so that I know you have entered the competition). Jeremy has replied to lots of the entries already about what he is or isn’t likely to paint so it’s worth a look if only to see what we can hope to see soon!


minilogoWhile I was out and about I collected the Christmas Cards from Jeremy and called into Grenaby Studios (Ballabeg) to see the space now that Claire Pearse (Element.isle) has moved across the yard to the Studio next to Graham Hall. Grenaby is a really lovely location with a great creative vibe about it and well worth a visit – if you haven’t discovered it yet you can see the map of where it is HERE . You’ll be sure of a warm welcome even if you’re just stopping by for a mooch. Claire was telling me that it’s getting busier and busier as more people find out about it and that last Friday was their busiest to date – she was at the Studio until 2am re-stocking for the Saturday!

Graham has been busy too – we were talking about some of his sculptural pieces (which are to die for) and I had the privilege of having a look through his sketch book which holds all kinds of promising gorgeousness. As he says though, they are very time consuming and with demand as it is at present he’s been busy fulfilling orders. Here’s a video of him at work on a recent piece which is still available in the shop at Grenaby (if you’re quick…).



minilogoI’ve had a busy week all in all! On Friday night I went to the Preview of ‘Creature Cornucopia’ at the Hodgson Loom Gallery (Laxey Woollen Mills). This is a joint exhibition of Meriel Burden’s paintings and Erica Kermode’s sculptures, as ever beautifully curated by Julia Smyth. I was very pleased indeed to at last meet Meriel in person. Meriel has a page on the Directory but up until Friday we had only communicated by email! I was also really delighted to see how beautifully her pictures ‘sing’ when viewed in person. As with most non-digitally produced art, the internet does not do it justice. I was not at all surprised to see that 3 of my favourite paintings of hers had been snapped up before I arrived.

Erica Kermode’s sculptures, particularly of the African animals, are also lovely to see ‘in the flesh’. I had a lovely chat with Erica about different types of clay which was very interesting and I am very tempted to have a go at one of her workshops. I feel that I’d probably be better at ‘making’ something that trying to draw or paint something. After my Frida Khalo efforts I know you’ll all be hoping that to be the case! One of these days I might have a go….

Creature Cornucopia is on until 3 December (which is handing in date for the annual competition, this year with the theme of  ‘TIME’).


minilogoDates for your Diary


THE LAST WEEK, UP TO 19 NOVEMBER AT THE MANX MUSEUM ‘Islands and Bridges’ The Art of Roger Dean.  If you haven’t been to see this yet but have been meaning to you’ve only got this week left!

On now – Autumnal Show – Sheena Graham-George at Studio 42

On now to 20 November – Colleen Corlett “Answering the Need to Create” at the Sayle Gallery

On now – 20 November – The Alchemists Photography Exhibition at Noa Bakehouse

On now – 27 November – The Isle Gallery : Myths and Morphons 

On now through November – IOM Arts Council Loan Collection at the Erin Arts Centre

On now to 3 December – Creature Cornucopia Preview at the Hodgson Loom Gallery

10, 17 & 24 November 2016 at The Isle Gallery – Hand Printed Fabric & Surface Pattern Design – 7pm – 9.30pm

12 & 19 November at The Sayle Gallery – Ceramic Giftware Workshops – Adult and Family sessions

17 November – Studio 42’s Christmas Show preview 6.30 – 8.30pm

22 November – Creative Network AGM – 7pm – Noa Bakehouse

24 November – Paul Parker’s Exhibition Preview at The Sayle Gallery

26 November – Katy Mitchell’s open Studio at Lower Bishopscourt Farm (with mulled wine…. mmmmmm)

1 December – Artist Networking Event at The Sayle (tbc).


minilogoHere’s this week’s round-up of pictures sourced from Social Media. Enjoy!



Please Share these updates with your friends and colleagues on Facebook, Twitter and Linkedin to help raise awareness of our very talented local Artists. To get in touch please

Have a great week!


Keep up-to-date by ‘Liking’ the Facebook Page or by ‘Following’ me on Linkedin or Twitter@manxart or Instagram @manxartdirectory or Pinterest