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Isle of Man Art News – 29 May 2017



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Gosh it’s all so busy at the moment! Last week the amazing Roger Dean opened his new show at The Sayle Gallery on Tuesday evening with a private viewing which went extremely well, followed on Wednesday by the fabulous Islexpo event with the Pecha Kucha’s kicking off the evening followed by Roger talking about his architecture in the Garden Hub. Unfortunately I missed the Pecha Kucha’s being otherwise engaged but I’m delighted to report that they were filmed and are going to be loaded up on to the Douglas page on the Pecha Kucha website shortly which you can find HERE. I’m really looking forward to seeing them. 

Private Viewing at The Sayle Gallery last Tuesday – with thanks to Dave Armstrong for the photos.

Roger’s ‘fireside chat’ with two times BAFTA winner and long time friend, Dave Mousley, centered on his architectural designs which are currently being considered for Knebworth and the Peak District. They’ll be absolutely amazing if/when they go ahead and real holiday and short break ‘destinations’. It would be fantastic to have something like that here don’t you think? There was a really good turnout and I heard a number of people saying that this was the first they knew about this aspect of his work so I think the different content went down very well. There were plenty of questions from the audience at any rate. The only thing missing was the ‘fireside’ and being dressed for the day rather than the evening having set out from the house in the sunshine earlier that morning I was nearly blue with cold by the time I was ready for home! Roger fortunately managed to escape Manannan’s cloak on Thursday morning to head back to the UK and I then spent a very relaxed few hours enjoying the second day of Islexpo, going from one extreme to the other with the sun soon burning through the clouds and leaving me with a rather pink schnozzle and a roasted left arm.

It was great to see so many people at the Villa and the sunshine was really helpful in showcasing the Island at its best. It was evident from a show of hands during one of the presentations that there were a good number of people who had traveled to the island especially for the event. I spoke to a lawyer from Liverpool who was thinking of relocating his back office here and an HR agent from Dublin who was hoping to be able to provide candidates to island businesses to give just a couple of examples. Inward investment, diversification and increasing our population with skilled workers into areas such as art, music and media will be key to the success of the Island as the changes on the horizon draw ever closer and challenge our status quo. Events like Islexpo are great for bringing out the local business community to help sell the benefits of island life so I think congratulations to Sam Jones, Kate Brier, Alex Wilson and loads of others at DED for putting on such a great conference are well deserved. 

I’ve kept back a few of the Yes logo’s which went into the delegate bags. If you’d like to win a set autographed by Roger, head over to the Directory’s Facebook page and Share the Event pinned to the top of the page and leave a comment (such as Yes!) so that I know you’re in it to win it. I’ll pick the winner at random on Senior Race Day.

As well as dashing around arranging private viewings and Islexpo doings I was also delighted to be invited to Ramsey Grammar School’s arts evening and was not at all surprised to see the quality of the work there, as we really do have some great talent here on the Island. I did mention RGS in last week’s post but ran out of time to do it justice, so here are a few of my photos from the evening. It was nice to see that Annette Baker, the headteacher, had also participated! Well done to all, it was a really good display of work. You can click on any of the pictures in these news posts to see them in the lightbox.

The very talented Sally Black has recently posted up some pictures of her new work which I absolutely love! They are really quirky and I can see these doing really well as fabric designs. I don’t know what plans she has for them but don’t forget that you can find Sally and lots of other Artists’ contact details through the Directory pages.

Juan Moore has devised a short survey about his work and where to take it. You’d be really helping him out if you could kindly spend a minute or two to complete it and you might even win one of his prints. Any excuse to post up one of Juan’s pics 😉   Click here for the link to the Survey.

There’s a new show on at the Hodgson Loom Gallery including a land speed record holding motorbike (goodness only knows how Julia managed to get it up there – she said it involved men and planks). It’s a show designed to delight our TT visitors with photos and artwork around the TT event (actually that’s a point, am I actually allowed to mention the TT or do I have to apply for permission to use it in my news?). After this show there’s the Manx Cancer Help event – if you haven’t got your canvas in already please deliver it asap to MCH headquarters in Tromode, the Sayle Gallery, Celtic Gold in Peel or the Hodgson Loom Gallery. More details to follow on that one.

On the subject of the TT, I don’t normally dip into media but I thought it worth mentioning ‘3 Wheeling’ which has been produced by Santon based Chris Beauman. It was filmed during last year’s TT and the clue is in the title – it’s about the sidecars rather than the bikes. Whilst I haven’t been to see it yet I’ve heard it’s superb and will get your adrenaline racing. It’s on twice daily at the Broadway Cinema at 12:00 noon and 21:30 through until 8th June.

Here’s this week’s round up of images from Social Media – enjoy!


Dates for your Diary


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

On now– REM-EMBERS EMBLAZONED – David Maddrell at Studio 42 (and lots of other lovely work too…)

On now – Hodgson Loom Gallery – ‘Salty Wheels’ and Fottofinders TT exhibition.

On now until 10 September –  “This is Summer” exhibition at the House of Manannan

On now and throughout the TT period –  ‘Thirty-Seven and Three Quarters’ – photographic exhibition by James Marvin at The Sayle Gallery; and
24 May – 15 June Roger Dean’s paintings at The Sayle

On now – ‘Catch and Release’ at the Isle Gallery – Nick Barlow and Julie Roberts

15 June – First Meeting of the Isle of Man Drawing Club, 6.30 pm at the British Hotel, North Quay, Douglas

15 June – Start of Paul Parker’s Water Colour Landscape Painting Course at Thie Ellyn

21 June – The Isle Gallery: Lino Block Printmaking One Day Adult Art Workshop, 10.00am – 4.00pm


That’s it for this week folks. Have a great and safe Practice Week and TT!

Jane x

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Isle of Man Art News – 15 May 2017

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Have you registered yet? If not, why not! I’m very excited about Islexpo just in case you hadn’t realised yet.  Not just because it was a great event last year and promises to be even better this year, but because this year on the opening evening there is a real focus on the creative industries and creating the future – and who better to talk about designing the future than the very wonderful, internationally acclaimed artist and designer Roger Dean?

Roger, perhaps best known for his album covers for ‘Yes’, ‘Asia’, ‘Osibisa’ and ‘Pink Floyd’ to name but a few, had a hugely successful exhibition at the Manx Museum last year – one of their most successful shows ever – and we are delighted to welcome him back to the Island this time with a focus on his futuristic architecture which he conceived of originally more than 40 years ago. His career and in particular his architectural designs will be central to an informal Q&A discussion with BAFTA winning David Mousley. So something different to what you might have seen last year at the museum and absolutely fascinating it promises to be too. You can read a bit more about this aspect of his work in the article I wrote last year.

In conjunction with Roger’s visit to the Island, the Sayle Gallery will be exhibiting a number of Roger’s paintings which have not yet been shown on the Island, so if you are at the Islexpo event you can pop into the gallery in between sessions, which of course is super-handy just under the Villa Marina colonnade, to see some of his fabulous work up close and personal. If you haven’t registered yet for the Islexpo event there’s still time: See you there!


Deadline day is fast approaching for handing in your Manx Cancer Help mini canvas. They can be dropped off at the Sayle Gallery, the Hodgson Loom Gallery, Celtic Gold in Peel or directly to Gareth at Manx Cancer Help’s HQ in Tromode (the Old School House, opposite the Vehicle Test Centre). Please try to hand in by 19th May. This is to allow time to attach the hooks for hanging and for Julia to curate the show.

In case you missed the info I published a few weeks ago, the plan is that they will be displayed at the Hodgson Loom Gallery in Laxey for 3 weeks – the last week in  June and the first two weeks in July. All the pictures will be for sale and there are some really fabulous ones, some really fun ones and plenty of quirky ones. Huge thanks again to John at Laxey Woollen Mills/Hodgson Loom gallery for agreeing to waive commission on the sales so that all of the proceeds will go to the charity, thanks also to Cuplas Callow for sponsoring the canvases, everyone who has helped to distribute them and collect them in and of  course, not least, all of the fantastic participants who have taken the time to paint one. I’ll keep you posted on the opening closer to the date.

If you won’t make it to the show for whatever reason, you can make a donation to the charity by clicking here. Thank you for your support of this amazing and worthwhile charity.


It’s a brief news update this week as I’m travelling. However, knowing how much you all love the little gallery at the end of these posts, here is this week’s round up of social media. Enjoy!



Dates for your Diary


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

On now– REM-EMBERS EMBLAZONED – David Maddrell at Studio 42

On now – Hodgson Loom / Isle of Man Art Festival show featuring 14 Artists

On now – “This is Summer” exhibition at the House of Manannan

On now and throughout the TT period –  ‘Thirty-Seven and Three Quarters’ – photographic exhibition by James Marvin at The Sayle Gallery; and from 23 May – Roger Dean’s paintings at The Sayle (not previously exhibited on the island)

21 May -new show at the Isle Gallery – Nick Barlow and Julie Roberts

21 May – Isle of Architecture Event – Walking Tour of Peel.  Meet at 10.50am at the Leece Museum, Peel Quay.

21 May – The Artists Garden: American Impressionism at the Erin Arts Centre, 3.00pm

24/25 May – Islexpo at the Villa Marina – Roger Dean from 7.45pm on the 24th in the Garden Hub – Pecha Kucha’s from 6.45pm.


Have a great week!

Jane x


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Islexpo 2017 with Roger Dean & David Mousley

ISLEXPO 2017 is celebrating the Island’s Exciting Food & Drink Scene with a fun post 5pm programme on Wednesday 24 May featuring the best of Local Food, Drink and Live Music. It’s free to attend – just register online – and get yourself there!

The buzz of ISLEXPO and TT is in the air, so we’re throwing a little garden party in ISLEXPO’s new Garden Hub – and you are most certainly invited! From 5pm on Wednesday 24 May we will be celebrating the Island’s thriving foodie entrepreneur scene in true ISLEXPO-style.

Come along after work with colleagues, clients or friends and enjoy a lively and informal event atmosphere. For those who can’t make it to the daytime events, this is your chance to soak up a bit of ISLEXPO magic.

What’s in Store?

With tasty street food, artisan drinks, live music, ane pop-up talks in the Garden Hub, this is gearing up to be quite the festive affair.
Prepare your taste buds for artisanal treats from The Alpine, Taste Africa, Betty Pie Co., Noa Bakehouse, and Flo the Coffee Van
Lively libations from the Apple Orphanage, Manx Cider Co., Roots Beverage Co. and the Hooded Ram will also be on offer at the bar.

There’s a stellar line-up of local musicians including Matt Kelly, Jeff Jepson and Lee Brooks – watch this space for more!

Pop-up talks promise all sorts of laughter and intrigue. Back by popular demand, Famous Food & Drink Entreprenur Jimmy Cregan, founder of Jimmy’s Iced Coffee will tell his impressive and downright hilarious brand story (6.45pm). Award-winning Social Media Guru David Levin – writer for The Apprentice and The Voice (we love his dazzling handiwork for – follows at 7.15pm.

Renowned artist and architect Roger Dean will talk about his incredible career in a celebration of the Creative Industries (do not miss this one!). Roger will take part in an informal Q&A hosted by the BAFTA Winning David Mousley at 7.45pm. A quick fire ‘Pecha Kucka’ presentation round hosted by the Island’s creatives will open our Future Create programme at 6.45pm.


We are super-excited about this special feature at ISLEXPO 2017. Come on down folks and show your support of this exciting event. Register for free now at!

Registration for the main ISLEXPO conference (24 & 25 May) is available via the same link –

Admission is free.