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Isle of Man Art News – 25 September 2017

If there’s one thing I love to do at weekends (besides having a very indulgent lie-in), it’s going to exhibition previews. Some are better attended than others and Eileen Schaer’s private view yesterday at the House of Manannan was one of the best I’ve been to this year. There was a great turn out with lots of familiar faces from all facets of the creative industries spectrum. Previews are always a great opportunity for me to catch up with people I haven’t seen in a while – I had a chat with Eben Carswell from Studio 42 in Port St. Mary who was in fine form and looking forward to announcing his next show at the gallery; John Caley took my mug shot; I shared my latest radio bloopers with Sarah Hendy; got the low down on the Affordable Art Fair in Bristol from Kate Jerry; said a quick hello to Sally Black and Claire McMahon and had a Creative Network update from Myra Gilbert just to mention a few of the people there.

Of course I also had the chance to congratulate Eileen on a wonderful show, and wonderful it is. Her enchanting style looks deceptively childlike but on closer inspection the attention to detail is quite something. I was really pleased to see so many red dots – indicating sold – but was not at all surprised. If like me you’re also a fan of Eileen’s work there were still a few pieces available but you will need to get your skates on as I think it might be a sell out show. Open to the public from tomorrow until 19th November, do make sure you make a special visit to see this gorgeous exhibition. Click on the pictures to view them in the lightbox.


There’s another preview coming up next weekend which is likely to be equally popular. Jeremy Paul, perhaps one of our best known local artists, opens his new show at The Isle Gallery on Sunday 1st October 2.00pm – 5.00pm. “Wildlife – An Artist’s View” celebrates nature in all its glory with Jeremy’s incredibly lifelike portrayal of wildlife from across the globe. From the Ranthambhore Tiger to Local Barn Owls & the Arctic Polar Bear, Jeremy presents over 30 new works depicting creatures small and large from Africa, Costa Rica, the Arctic and the Isle of Man.

Category winner of the BBC Wildlife Artist of the Year, and select finalist for the David Shepherd Wildlife Artist of the Year 2016 and 2017 and recipient of a British Wildlife Award, Jeremy Paul exhibits worldwide, achieving international acclaim. “My aim as a wildlife artist is not merely to illustrate but to impart the atmosphere of the setting and the feel of the wildlife in its natural environment. I spend many hours in the field observing wildlife and looking for settings and lighting to inspire an idea for a painting.” 

This exhibition has been kindly supported by Blackford Financial Services, the Isle of Man Arts Council and Culture Vannin and runs from Tuesday 3rd October – Sunday 12th November.

Manos Kalamenios, a former student of the Isle of Man College (as it was known at the time), is doing amazingly well in the UK. He posted up this week that it’s been 5 months since his participation at Ceramic Art London and that lots of things have happened since then. Notably he’s taking part in two major shows in the UK – the London Design Festival at Tent London which was on over this weekend and closed yesterday, and also the British Ceramic Biennial in Stoke on Trent as part of FRESH exhibition which is on between 23rd September – 5th November 2017. So congratulations to him and if you’re in Stoke on Trent do go and have a look at his work – it’s really something special. Here are a few examples of his work.

I’ve noticed Sam Maiden’s work popping up on the internet recently and thought I would share this lovely series of photos with you of one of my favourite structures, Queen’s Pier in Ramsey. I think you’ll agree they are rather lovely. I’m so delighted that restoration work is underway but obviously it’s going to take a lot of time, money and expertise. If you would like to help the Queen’s Pier Restoration Trust they have a Facebook page you can follow where they sometimes post up requests for help by people with particular skills and they also have a great website where you can get lots of additional info and Donate.

News Shorts

There’s a new exhibition opening at the Manx Museum on 7th October, exploring the beauty of Manx Tholtans.  The show focuses on these fascinating buildings through the eyes of Manx photographer, Ray Kelly and multi-media artist, Niamh Kelly. Ray has now produced a second photographic volume of these lovely old ruins. I saw some of Niamh’s ceramic work earlier this year at the Hodgson Loom gallery in their annual exhibition, which this year had the theme of ‘Time’. Niamh won the Ceramic category and was runner up overall, so I’m sure we can look forward to seeing some more of her wonderful pieces.

Dates for your Diary


On now until 8 October; Isle of Man Society of Architects at The Sayle Gallery

On now until 30 September; “Views, Vistas & Studies” at the Hodgson Loom Gallery

Opening today, 25 September; ‘Painted Dreams’ by Eileen Schaer a the House of Manannan, Peel

Opening 1 October – 12 November; ‘Wildlife – an Artist’s View” – Jeremy Paul at The Isle Gallery

7 October – 27 January 2018; Manx Tholtans at the Manx Museum – Ray Kelly and Niamh Kelly

7 – 28 October – All things Loaghtan at the Hodgson Loom Gallery in conjunction with the 7th North Atlantic Sheep Conference

12-15 October – 7th North Atlantic Native Sheep and Wool Conference. For full details go to

 13 October – Arts, Craft and Demonstration Fayre at The Working Men’s Institute in Laxey – 11.00am – 9.00pm


Here’s this week’s round up of images from Social Media. Click on the pictures to view.



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Have a great week!

Jane x

PS There will not be a news post next week as I’m having a day off! xx


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Isle of Man Art News – 27 March 2017


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


I’ve had a very self-indulgent weekend. Not only was it of course Mother’s Day yesterday but the sun was shining (it actually feels like it might be Spring) and the clocks changed. Woo hoo! Bring on the lighter nights. Add to this a full on arty weekend and there you have a perfect ‘keep Jane happy’ recipe.

On Saturday morning I attended the National Joint Arts and Culture Strategy hosted by the Arts Council and Culture Vannin with around 40-50 delegates from across a wide range of creative organisations and disciplines. This initiative was designed to get feedback on 6 core objectives:

  1. Inspire people of all ages and backgrounds to enjoy our arts and culture;
  2. Invest in the Island’s creative communities so that they are successful and sustainable;
  3. Promote our unique Manx culture and distinctiveness as central to our Island’s image, nationally and internationally;
  4. Champion the arts and culture as fundamental to our wellbeing and sense of place;
  5. Develop knowledge, skills and understanding about and for our creative and cultural industries; and
  6. Inspire people to explore new horizons through innovation, media and technolody.

The delegates were divided into 6 groups who considered each objective in turn, rotating onto the next objective after 15 mintues. It was a really interesting, engaging and fun morning with lots of lively discussion and good suggestions being put forward. The strategy will be finalised shortly and it will be really interesting to see what it looks like and what ideas are taken forward.


One person who would have been at the strategy meeting on Saturday but tragically didn’t make it was Jonathan ‘Jonno’ Gollow. Jonno was a member of the Arts Council between 2007 and 2011 and had planned to be there this weekend. His untimely passing has been devastating and many of his friends have posted the most beautiful and fitting tributes to him and his legacy of JonnoPromotions. Jonno’s funeral is today in North London near his parents’ home. God Speed, Jonno, to the Great Gig in the Sky. 


On Saturday afternoon, after a quick trip to Manx Radio to record a few minutes with Sarah Hendy for her Spotlight programme (Wednesday evenings, 5.30-6.00pm), I headed off to the Hodgson Loom Gallery in Laxey for the opening of Olive Wassall and Karl Garrett’s show. Unfortunately I missed seeing Karl by a few minutes but it was lovely to meet Olive who has traveled quite extensively since retiring. Many of her paintings are of African animals. Here’s a small selection of Olive’s pictures.


Yesterday saw the opening of Jimmy Duggan’s new show at The Isle Gallery, ‘False Idols’, which unsurprisingly includes some large-scale pieces. I was particularly taken with the beautiful horse he has painted onto cardboard boxes and the large portrait. He told me he was thinking about putting the horse in an open public space and just let whatever might happen to it happen, but I could see this in somewhere like the Children’s Centre as an educational piece or a public space like the Airport or the Sea Terminal. I was chatting to artist Sally Black about it and she suggested painting the horse’s innards on the other side which could be fun.


I’d spotted on Facebook the beautiful labyrinth that has been installed in the grounds at Peel Cathedral crafted by Ongky Wijana but I hadn’t realised, until I was chatting to Sally at the show, that Ongky is actually her son-in-law. Ongky is a master stone carver and the whole thing has been made by him in Bali, Indonesia, each piece individually cut and fitted, and then shipped to the Island to be installed by Stokes Building and Restoration. It’s taken Ongky many months to carve it and it’s been no mean feat to install it either so huge congratulations to everyone involved. I think you’ll agree, they have done a beautiful job. You can see more here.


Colleen Corlett has been working on a range of clocks using her new pyrography skills having already made a few ceramic ones. Colleen said she is hoping to have an exhibition later this year – I wonder if it will be a whole exhibition of clocks? Anyway, she is a very talented lady and here are some pictures of her latest time pieces.


Am I a bit jealous? Yes, probably. Phil Kneen has been teaching his partner, Hannah Yeowell, photography and so far she’s doing a pretty good job of it. Having said that, however, I think part of the deal involves not wearing much in the way of clothing for some of Phil’s photos and I certainly wouldn’t want to subject anyone to that.

Here are a few of Phil’s recent photos from the Welsh Streets in Liverpool (and a couple of Hannah not wearing very much) ……


….. and a couple of Hannah’s recent shoot in Peel with the beautiful and talented Mae Challis as her model – pretty good eh?


Dates for your Diary

On now – From Syria with Love Isle of Man at Noa Bakehouse

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

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)

31 March – Cut Off for IOM Art Festival Entries!

1 April – The Sayle Gallery – Cut from the same Cloth – Julie and Alice Fayle

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 – 21 April – Easter Treasure Hunt in the Milntown Gardens, Ramsey – another 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


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