'Home is Where the Art is' is a project by the Isle of Man Arts Council which aims to inspire the Manx public whilst supporting and celebrating creative in isolation on and from the Isle of Man. Stay tuned everyday of May to see a number of fantastic videos from creatives as part of our Home is Where The Art Is project.
We will be adding videos each day in summary of week one! Launching our project is Jason Evans.
Principal Trumpeter, Jason Evans, plays a stirring rendition of Ellan Vannin
Jason Evans is the Principal Trumpet of the Philharmonia Orchestra. Originally from Colby, Jason has arranged this rendition of Ellan Vannin himself and dedicated it to the Key Workers of the Isle of Man as well as across the globe. Jason multitracked a number of different instruments and edited the piece together to create something quite magnificent!
As an Arts Council Ambassador from the Island of Culture year in 2014, we are thrilled to have heard from Jason during this time and found his entry very uplifting and instilling a lot of Manx pride. Well done, Jason!
Rosie Everson shows us what she's been making during lockdown.
Rosie has been keeping herself very busy during isolation creating lots of colourful art pieces for her neighbours and the NHS. We loved Rosie's cheery spirit, confidence on the camera and determination to stay creative during lockdown. I think we could all benefit from being a more Rosie!
Katie Lawrence does brilliant rendition of Toto's iconic song, Africa.
Katie Lawrence is a local musician and part time music teacher at Ballacottier Primary School. Katie also teaches piano and violin privately.
"Like many, I was looking to do something to keep my spirits up and keep my mind focused. I saw this 30 day song challenge photo and thought I'd give it a go. The idea is that you learn a different song every day. I chose to share some of them. It got a bit tenuous towards the end as I found it pretty tricky to find the time, so I shared some videos of the school choir that fit the category for certain days.
This song was day 11 - a song you never get tired of. Most people who know me know I love Africa by Toto and it's become a bit of a standing joke now. I discovered the app Acapella on the iPhone, which lets you record a track and then record other tracks alongside it. I'm missing making music with the children at school and this seemed like a good way to counteract that. If I can have a bit of fun alongside that, then that surely has to be a good thing in these times"
John Hall uses lockdown to develop art practice.
Originally from Liverpool, John has lived on the island for more than 30 years. John returned five years ago to spend time with his wife between the island and Italy.
"I’ve always been keen on drawing but until retirement recently I haven’t really had the time to develop this further. The current lockdown has given me an opportunity to think about specific subjects to draw during this period. I’m only an amateur artist but a friend recently purchased one of my pictures “Peacocks” and I gave the proceeds of £100 to the NHS here on the island and to the Salvation Army."
Molly Bowman gives us an insight into life as a dance student during lockdown.
Molly is a dancer from the island studying towards a UAL level 3 extended diploma at LIPA Sixth Form College in Liverpool. Molly has danced for 13 years prior to going away across a range of style at The Academy of Dance in Ballasalla partaking in exams and biannual shows at the Gaiety Theatre.
“Due to the Covid-19 virus we have had to take all of our dance classes online, dancing in our bedrooms and gardens alone which I can tell you is a very crazy experience as it is such a group driven art. Although sadly we can’t be in the studio, this has opened up many opportunities for us training dancers to not only continue with our course, but also to train with and learn from so many amazing professionals and teachers you would normally have to travel across the country to work with.
This video is an example of a section of choreography a professional would teach within the hour slot they have on a live video. Having this platform available to me has really helped me to stay positive and keep dancing during such uncertain times, meaning that I can still improve and stay inspired daily.”
Molly has also performed in many pantos and musicals at the Gaiety with Manx companies such as Douglas Choral Union, Dreamstar Productions, the Manx Operatic Society, and JT Productions. In the future Molly hopes to continue dancing for as long as possible and gain a career in dance whether it will be performing professionally or by teaching this amazing art.
Juan Moore creates a mesmerising timelapse.
Juan Moore is a Freelance Illustrator of 15 years and lectures Illustration at UCM.
“Every piece of art I’ve ever produced starts off as a blank page and then a pencil drawing. Since the lockdown it’s been pretty much business as usual for me. I’ve still been producing artwork and illustrations for clients but I’ve also been doodling and sketching all the time. I’m often asked where my ideas come from, the simple answer is that I don’t know! All this weird stuff is just kind of there so I decided to record the drawing of one of these weird characters: The Battered Cod. My hope is that people will enjoy it and just start drawing.”
uan has worked on a range of products including stamps, book covers and regular work in the Guardian newspaper. He has exhibited work here on the island and in the UK, Europe and the USA. Juan has work in animation, produced propped for film and TV and more recently has produced illustrations for board games.
Felicity Wood creates art to raise money for the NHS.
Felicity Wood Designs is a hand building, tile loving ceramicist who loves to use the Manx language where ever she can. Felicity produces graphical work through the medium of ink and watercolour.
“I received a message from a lady called Jo out of nowhere asking if I would be willing to produce some ceramics to raise money for Friends on Nobles Hospital. Both of my sister in laws work for the NHS and although technically I am a key worker as a primary teacher, it is not even slightly on the same level as their world right now and so this felt like a great way to help a bit more.
I started to doodle rainbows to make ceramic tiles, my own children have painted a massive window hanging from the front window and so has every child in our road. Then I walked down the stairs and saw my own calendar for Crossroads hanging on the wall with the rain and sun looking back at me. Now the rainbow was really taking shape and truly looking like a piece of my work. I try to use the Manx language whenever I can and this project needed a Manx word; Cooidjagh, all together.
I am selling the ceramic tiles from my Quirky.im Shop and all the profits will go to Friends of Noble's Hospital. I have also got a design for a tea towel, however as of yet I cannot find a company who are up and running again after lock down. But I hope to have tea towels available by the summer.”
Slowly over the past year Felicity’s hobby is turning into a part time business and says that she is so excited to see where this is going to go.