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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 – 21 November 2016

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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!

Have a great week!


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