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Isle of Man Art News – 13 February 2017


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


There was lots on this weekend and I had a diary clash between the opening of the new Hodgson Loom exhibition and the inaugural Marshall Cubbon Lecture at the Manx Museum. I couldn’t really be late for the lecture so I decided to be early for the Isle of Man Photograhic Society’s opening at the Gallery instead. I’ve mentioned before that I’m quite a fan of photography as an artistic medium and the show didn’t disappoint, with some lovely photographs by Chris Blyth, Sue Blythe, Jeremy Broome-Smith, Bill Callow, Tony Curtis and Sue Leeming. I really must learn to use my camera. The show is on until 11th  March which is just as well as I really didn’t have a chance to take it in properly, so I will definitely be heading back for a second look.

The Marshall Cubbon lecture entitled ‘The Fight for Beauty’ by Dame Fiona Reynolds DBE was very interesting and I really enjoyed it so it was a shame that the lecture theatre was only around half full. A former Director General of the National Trust, Director of the Council for the Protection of Rural England and Secretary to the Council for National Parks, Dame Fiona spoke very eloquently about how beauty has been embraced through the last century and a half, the importance of influencers such as John Ruskin and Octavia Hill and some of the challenges faced by the National Trust, noting how ‘beauty’ has been relegated to the back seat by the all-consuming political obsession for ‘economic growth’. I didn’t think to ask if it was being recorded but I do hope so. I’ll check this week to find out if it was and if so, whether I can share it with you.


Sunday saw me take a rather wintery drive to The Isle Gallery for the opening of their new show with a collection including some of the Island’s best Artists – in no particular order – Nancy Corkish, David Byrne, Bruno Cavellec, Petrina Kent, Anna Clucas, Colleen Corlett, and Howard Shimmin to name but a few.

It’s a very nice collection of work and, as always at show openings, a number of Artists were there in person. I had a lovely catch up with Howard Shimmin and his wife Sue and also Colleen and David Corlett. I also had a chat to John Caley and his wife who introduced me to Yvonne Cresswell, curator of Social History at the Manx Museum. All in all it was worth braving the weather. Here is a little taster for you.


Of course it’s Valentine’s Day tomorrow, so it would be very remiss of me not to include a couple of pics as a nod to local artistic endeavours in this area. Skimming through the list of Artists most likely to have produced this kind of imagery, two jumped out immediately – Juan Moore who quite often draws people’s innards and Adam Berry for his gorgeous girls and uplifting style. Sure enough, they didn’t disappoint and I managed to find some hearts to share. I think Juan’s ‘Romeo and Juliet’ is particularly lovely which is why I’ve used it as this week’s featured image.

Adam’s ‘With Love & Kisses’ T-Shirts are unisex, super soft grey with retro red print and are also available with a dark grey print on a charcoal tee – both available from his website shop – cost £25.


I was super-chuffed a couple of weeks ago that Phil Kneen picked my daughter, Ellen, to model for him (he didn’t realise that Ellen was my daughter as we have different surnames). Needless to say, I’ll be keeping these ones!


The Creative Network has published some key dates for your Diary. I’ve put them in the Directory calendar and if you go and find them on there you can save them to your own Google calendar. In particular, do note that there is a Social Evening this week and, not to be missed, the Isle of Man Art Festival will be again be held over the May bank holiday weekend. It was absolutely ace last year and I really enjoyed trying to get to all of the venues. I think making it my mission to call in to as many venues as possible made it all the more fun, planning out the most efficient route in advance and taking account of Artists who were only showing on certain days. The planning was executed with military-like precision and much tea and cake was consumed along the way. My friend Sarah, who I commandeered into accompanying me last year, enjoyed herself so much that she was very excited to hear about this year’s event and has already put it in her diary.

Social Evening – 16th February 6-8pm at The Sayle Gallery

Website Update Cutoff – 28th February

IOM Art Festival Entries Cutoff – 31st March

IOM Art Festival Launch – 20th April – Noa Bakehouse

IOM Art Festival 2017 – 29th April – 1st May


Dates for your Diary


On now – Western Photographic Society Exhibition at the Manx Museum

On now – 24 February – Bob Hitchin’s Digi-rama at the Erin Arts Centre

On now – 19 February – ‘4 Years On’ and ‘Thalloo as Keayn’ (Land and Sea) at The Sayle Gallery

On now – Hodgson Loom Photographic Exhibition

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

16 February, 6pm – 8pm at The Sayle Gallery – Creative Network Social Evening

21 February – Draw Folks, Fairies & Themselves with Juan Moore at the Manx Museum (ages 8 -16 years)

23 February – Draw Victorious Vikings in Valhalla with Juan Moore at the House of Manannan (ages 8 -16 years) 

Women Today


Here’s this week’s round up of images from Social Media. Enjoy.



Have a great week!

Jane x

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Isle of Man Art News – 16 January 2017


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


It’s been a desperately sad week in the art world. Last weekend you will no doubt have heard about the tragic loss of Roger Leece at the Chasms which has shocked and saddened many. Roger was engaged to ceramicist Celine Appleyard. A few days later, Claire McMahon’s husband, Donal, passed away having been suffering from a terminal illness. Our deepest condolences, thoughts and prayers are with Celine, Claire and their families and loved ones at this sad time.

This beautiful photograph is of a rose from Petrina Kent’s garden – I’m sure she won’t mind me sharing it here in memory of Roger and Donal.



A new exhibition has opened at the Manx Museum celebrating the life of Sophia Morrison as 14th January marked the 100th anniversary of her death. The Mannin branches of the Celtic Congress and the Celtic League and Mec Vannin organised a day of celebrations last weekend but if you are interested in learning more about her then there is a good page of information on Wikipedia. From an visual arts perspective perhaps the most relevant connection to my mentioning it here is that the 1929 second edition of her book, Manx Fairy Tales, was illustrated by Archibald Knox. The exhibition at the Museum is on until 6th May, which is just as well as I haven’t seen it yet!



Amy Bannister, a former student at St. Ninian’s High School, has been awarded a £1,000 bursary from the Isle of Man Decorative and Fine Arts Society (IoMDFAS) to support her continued studies in her final year at Loughborough University where she is studying innovation and design in textiles. She designs and weaves her own fabrics from materials such as silk, paper, bamboo, fine wool and even wire. Read the full story on IOM Today.


Jelena Benson has made a productive start to the New Year and posted up this pic which is just a snippit and says she likes the macro micro effect in it. “You are not quite sure if it is a view from a perspective which is zoomed in or out..”. Looks interesting – hopefully we will see the whole thing soon!


And here’s a little bit of something lovely from Bruno Cavellec.

“Will they still follow me
if I hide in the moon
could you please let them know
I ain’t coming back so soon”
Hide in the moon (January 2017)


I mentioned in a news post last year that Graham Hall (Grenaby Studios, Ballabeg) does wood turning classes and this week he’s posted up a bit more information:

 Turning lessons are normally on a one to one basis and cover the following subjects:-

Health and Safety.
A bit about wood and how it works..its quite a wonderful material that we often take for granted.
An introduction to the Lathe and the turning tools.
Cutting wood safely and easily.
What is a good form…what looks good.
Finishing and sanding…making what you have made look really good.

In a normal day lesson you’ll make two items which are yours to take home with you. Gift tokens are available from the Grenaby Studio shop or by post at £165 for a full day – and if you have any questions please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Graham has been busy working on a fabulous project this week – Bronze Age axes and swords which have been cast from originals in the Manx Museum’s collection. He says the swords are “divinely designed” and that the makers really understood balance and shape. Claire Pearse (Element.isle) who also has her workshop and studio at Grenaby has been helping research how the leather bindings would have been wound to secure the axe heads and said “When you look at incredible pieces like this I can’t help to wonder just how ‘far’ we think we’ve come on in a couple of thousand years. Their understanding of materials was amazing, especially without modern tooling and technology.”.   


Claire is back in full swing making her beautiful silver jewellery out of ethically sourced silver – and noted yesterday that it’s only a month to Valentine’s Day! Her current order time is approx 1-2 weeks, but will soon be 2-3 weeks (apart from items already made and in stock at the studio), so please place your orders early to avoid disappointment! Claire makes a gorgeous selection of items including her organic design rings, heart necklaces and statement cuffs, so get your orders in quick to make sure you don’t miss out on a getting something special for your loved one this Valentines Day!


I was really delighted to hear that Islexpo is back this year and will be held over 2 days, 24th and 25th May. I thought it was a great event last year and I’m very hopeful that there will be more Arts related talks and workshops added to the mix this year as it’s a great opportunity to help bridge the gap between our talented Artists and the local business community.

The website is and the sponsorship packages are available to view and download. If you have anything you’d like to input to the planning of this event then sooner rather than later is always a good idea! Contact Alex Wilson, Jane Jelski or Zoe Guilford at the Department of Economic Development 01624 687186 (for Alex). I’ve added it to the Calendar too (and you can save it from there to your own Calendar). I’ve also put all the school holidays into the Calendar for this year as I thought it might be useful 🙂


Directory News: Look out for Guest Posts, coming soon and if you haven’t yet done the two Surveys I’d be grateful if you could spend a couple of minutes of your time – the more responses I get the more accurate the overview will be. I plan to do a specific blog post on the results of this survey, which is about what exhibitions you went to last year, and the one I did a few weeks ago which you can find HERE.

You can also still send in a photo of original, local artwork you own (old or new, it doesn’t matter – it just needs to be original and local) for the ‘Art I Own’ feature – please email it with a few words about it (such as where you got it and why you like it or what it means to you) to

Also, if you have any art related news please just let me know as I can let people know about it in these news updates!


Dates for your Diary


On now to the beginning of February – Hodgson Loom Open Art Competition show 

19 January – 2.00pm Art Round up on Manx Radio’s ‘Women Today’ programme with me, Christy deHaven, and Beth Davies

28 January – Prize Giving – Hodgson Loom Open Art Competition (time tbc)

9 January – 24 February – Bob Hitchin’s Digi-rama at the Erin Arts Centre

20 January – 19 February – Ruth Blindell and Laura Espinosa at The Sayle Gallery

4 February – Manx Landscapes and Seascapes at The Isle Gallery (Group Show)

9 February – Noa Bakehouse at 6pm – IOM Arts Council Pitch for Funding

21 February – Draw Folks, Fairies & Themselves with Juan Moore at the Manx Museum (ages 8 -16 years)

23 February – Draw Victorious Vikings in Valhalla with Juan Moore at the House of Manannan (ages 8 -16 years) 


Here’s this week’s round up of images from Social Media. Enjoy.



Jane x

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Isle of Man Art News – 28 November 2016


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


One of my greatest pleasures in producing this website is that I get to share all kinds of beautiful work with you. If you haven’t yet seen the series “The Bones of Time” that I have been publishing over the last few weeks then please do take a few minutes to have a look. I feel so honoured to be able to publish such wonderfully sensitive poetry which complements the artwork so well and I’ll be sad when the final one goes out in a couple of weeks’ time. In a similar vein, many of you will know Janet Lees and I recently featured some of her photography work in one of these news updates. Whilst it’s perhaps pushing the boundaries of the scope of this website, I couldn’t resist sharing this gorgeous piece with you (click the following link) – it’s a poetry film which has been  featured in Lucy English’s Book of Hours project. The project is about collaboration. For Janet’s film, she sampled words and lines from five of Lucy’s poems and wove them together to create a new five-stanza poem, then combined the text with footage and music by the beautiful and generous spirit that is Moby, via mobygratis. If you’re having a stressful day, click the link and take five minutes to watch this and let it wash over you. You’ll come out the other end feeling like you’ve just spent the day being pampered in a luxury spa.


minilogoStaying with beautiful words for a minute, Petrina Kent’s blog is a lovely one to follow. Petrina’s faith inspires her not only to produce some gorgeous artwork but also to write about how she translates her belief into her life. Petrina is a Christian but I find it easy to sense the larger, spiritual picture through her words which translate to any religion. Petrina has a series of ‘Little Gems’ which will make wonderful Christmas gifts and they are very reasonably priced. At just 10cm x 10cm they can easily be posted throughout the UK or even further afield. You can buy them via the Directory or visit her website.


minilogoThere are lots of Artists busy selling their work in the run up to Christmas. In particular, do head to the galleries – Studio 42 in Port St. Mary, The Isle Gallery at Tynwald Mills, Hodgson Loom at Laxey Woollen Mills and The Sayle Gallery under the Villa Marina colonade. They all have stocks of original artwork, prints and other goodies that make for interesting and affordable gifts. Also keep an eye out at the Christmas markets as there are some great Artists selling their wares at these events. Of course, if you’ve missed the particular market you wanted to go to you can always track down the Artist you’re looking for via the Directory! Use the main navigation pages to see the Artist profiles and contacts and the Christmas shop page has quick links to Shops, Websites and Facebook pages.


minilogoPhil Kneen has produced some more of his stunning work in a new post on his WordPress blog “Ebony and Ivory” which goes into some ‘techie speak’ for those interested in photography. I’ll just share this one image with you and if you’re offended by nudity then don’t visit the page. Due to a huge amount of interest, Phil is now taking bookings for Film Photography Wedding packages (35mm, medium format and instant film) but be quick if you want to book him as a few Saturdays throughout the summer have already been filled. He is also offering a Portrait Package for Artists and Perfomers – whether it’s for press releases, brochures, album artwork or promotional material. As he says, if you want to be professional, you need to look professional. The package includes 20 final images and is priced at £450. Message Phil: for details or to book a shoot.


minilogoBryan Moore has been busy working on his graphic novel and he is hopeful that it will be available around Christmas. I’ll keep you posted when I hear it’s to be released and I for one definitely want a signed first edition!! Here’s a taster for you.


minilogoSvetlana Cameron goes from strength to strength, this week having been Elected a Full Member of Society of Graphic Fine Art by the UK national drawing society. Congratulations Svetlana!  After her recent exhibition in London, whilst it’s been a wonderful achievement, it sounded like she was glad to be back in her studio and re-united with her paint brushes!


minilogoManx Tails recently published an article about the most prestigious award for Manx culture. The article gave some background to the award and its previous winners, but also explained that the RBV (Reih Bleeaney Vanannan) award was now open for nominations of people or groups who have made outstanding contributions to Manx culture. The nominations close this evening (Monday 28th November) so you’ve still got time to nominate someone you feel is worthy of the award. More about the RBV award can be found here:  Culture Vannin RBV Award.



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 through December – Studio 42’s Christmas Show

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

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

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

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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Have a great week!


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