An exhibition of photographs of some of the Island’s best loved buildings is at Noa Bakehouse from 6 July until the end of the month.
The photographs are those entered into the Isle of Architecture #ilovethisbuilding competition, which ran in Gallery magazine between April and June 2017. Entrants were asked to send an original photograph of their favourite building with a short paragraph saying why they chose it, as part of the #ilovethisbuilding initiative.
The judges chose the night view of the Sound Café by Paul Ward as the winner of the fabulous prize: a voucher for £300 for a stay at the Manx National Heritage 4* self-catering cottage Yn Thie Thooit, at the Lhen in the north of the Island, and a hamper of local produce and bottle of champagne to enjoy during his stay.
Competition judges were Chris Thomas MHK (Chairman of Culture Vannin), editor of Gallery, Steve Redford, architect Tony Pass (a previous trustee of Manx National Heritage) and photographer and architect Patricia Tutt, who says:
“We were delighted to have the opportunity to judge this competition which produced some fresh new viewpoints on Manx buildings old and new. The contributors’ statements and memories were also fascinating and evocative.
“Several images caught our eye,” Patricia continues, “and these are the commended entries, but we singled out the Paul Ward’s night shot of the Sound Café as being an imaginative and inspiring revisionist view of what is, to most of us, a very familiar building. It also brings home to us how lucky we are to be able to see the night sky so clearly, despite the lights of Manx towns being conspicuously visible on satellite imagery of the earth.”
Of his winning entry, Paul said that he chose the Sound Café because it offers a fantastic view of the sound and Calf of Man in all weathers.
“The large frame-less 180 degree glass wall means you can take in the views in the worst of weather and have a bowl of Manx Broth or a cool drink in the summer,” he says. “With its turf roof and stone walls, it’s a great mix of natural and modern. At night time it offers brilliant views too as it is an official Dark Sky Discovery Site giving fantastic views of the night sky.”
Isle of Architecture began in July last year and has been an exciting year-long celebration of the built environment, encouraging appreciation of the Isle of Man’s rich and varied architectural heritage and promote the value of good, appropriate modern design. It is supported by the Trustees of Manx Heritage, Culture Vannin and the Society of Architects.
The Isle of Architecture #ilovethisbuilding exhibition is at Noa Bakehouse in Douglas until 31 July.
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 😉
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 – however – please note, it is for students only: Please follow the link to complete if you are currently studying at UCM:www.surveymonkey.com/
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 – 19 May at Courtyard Hiroo, Tokyo (www.cy-hiroo.jp).
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 – 27 March – Turning Point at The Sayle Gallery
22 March – Sarah Hendy’s new arts show ‘Spotlight’ on Manx Radio, 5.30 – 6.00pm (and every Wednesday)
23 March – 6.00pm – 8.00pm – Discussion and Projection at The Sayle Gallery (mentioned above)
23 March 7.00pm – 10.00pm SofA filmclub 07 – EAMES the painter + the architect at the Bath & Bottle
25 March – Mother’s Day Shop from 12pm – 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 – Jimmy Duggan Solo Show at The Isle Gallery – opening on Sunday at 2.00pm
31 March – 7.00pm – 9.00pm – Manx 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)
The Creative Network is delighted to announce that the Isle of Man Art Festival will take place over the May Day Bank Holiday weekend: Saturday 29 April, Sunday 30 April and Monday 1 May 2017. Now into its sixth year, the island’s annual celebration of visual art provides a wealth of inspiration and opportunities to discover local artists, with open access to artist studios, exhibitions, workshops and demonstrations right across the Isle of Man.
The festival’s official opening will be held at Noa Bakehouse in Douglas on Thursday 20 April at 6pm. Opened by Clare Christian, patron of the Isle of Man Arts Council, the launch will include an audio-visual display of last year’s festival events and an introduction to artists contributing this year.
Speaking on behalf of the Creative Network committee, Myra Gilbert, said, “The 2016 festival attracted more than 1,000 visitors, with unanimously positive feedback from visitors and participating artists alike. Last year we took the leap from being based primarily in Peel and the west to being an island-wide event. This proved to be a great success, and we expect the festival to keep on growing each year. This year we have extended north and south to include new venues such as the airport, Castletown Civic Centre, The Hub in Port Erin and Sulby.”
Other venues for exhibitions and artist demonstrations include the House of Manannan in Peel, the Sayle Gallery in Douglas, and the Hodgson Loom Gallery in Laxey.
More than 40 artists are participating, spanning a huge range of disciplines including painting, illustration, sculpture, ceramics, jewellery, textiles, print-making and photography. As usual, visitors will be able to get involved in a whole range of creative activities, including workshops based on textile art, fabric design and wearable art run by the Sayle Gallery and artist Alice Fayle working at the Youth Arts Centre.
The Isle of Man Art Festival is organised by The Creative Network, an artists’ cooperative with the shared aim of promoting art and artists on the Island and beyond. 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 for the full three days will be by purchase of a festival passport at £5 – with everyone under 18 going free! All venues will be open between 11am and 5pm each day.
Festival passports will be available from three weeks in advance of the festival at venues including Noa Bakehouse and the Sea Terminal Welcome Centre in Douglas, the House of Manannan in Peel and all major art galleries, as well as festival venues during the event.
More news on workshops, demonstrations and creative activities to come soon. For updates, visit creativenetwork.im or follow Creative Network IoM on Facebook.