Isle of Man Art Festival 2019

IOM Art Festival
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Work above by Frauke Watson who creates art from reclaimed items.

The Creative Network is pleased to announce that the Isle of Man Art Festival is set to take place over the May Day Bank Holiday weekend, Saturday 4th May, Sunday 5th May and Monday 6th May 2019. The annual three-day celebration of visual art is approaching its eighth year and will continue to provide an inspiring opportunity to discover the artists working on the Isle of Man.
Formerly known as the Western Open Studio Art Trail (WOSAT), the Art Festival will encompass open access to artist studios, exhibitions, workshops and demonstrations right across the Island.

Celine Appleyard
Celine Appleyard - Ceramic Artist

Event Preview

This year the festival organisers will be holding our informal festival launch and major exhibition preview event at our latest new exhibition venue, The Laxey Glen, on Thursday 25th April at 6pm, ahead of the festival weekend. All press representatives are warmly invited by the festival organisers to attend and meet the artists.

The 2018 festival attracted 2500 visitors, we expect this to increase this year. Last year’s feedback from both visitors and participating artists was unanimously positive.

Gavin Carter
Graham Hall - Woodwork Artist is based at Grenaby Studios.
Over 50 of the island’s artists are participating, covering a wide range of disciplines, they include painters, illustrators, poets, sculptors, potters, jewellers, embroiderers, textile artists, print-makers and photographers.

Alice Quayle
Alice Quayle - Illustrator. Read our interview with Alice about her work.

Festival venues so far include:

The Laxey Glen, the Hodgson Loom Gallery and Mother T’s in Laxey
The Old Police Station, the Engine House and Craftworks in Castletown, and nearby, Grenaby Studios
The House of Manannan, the Pilates Studio, and the Centenary Centre in Peel
Isle Contemporary, St Johns
Glen Mooar Cottage Retreat at Sulby Glen
The Courthouse in Ramsey
Ballajora Studio in Maughold and further individual studios in Port Erin, Kirk Michael and Ballaugh.

The shop at Grenaby Studios is a popular venue during the festival.

A Free Festival

Entrance to studios, demonstrations and exhibition venues over all three days will be completely free, as will our printed Festival Guides and Creative Network Artists Directories. These will be available three weeks before the Festival at The Laxey Glen, Noa Bakehouse in Douglas, the Welcome Centre at the Sea Terminal, the House of Manannan in Peel and all major art galleries, as well as all venues during the event.

All venues will normally be open 11am – 5pm over the three day weekend, but please check online in case of last minute amendments. You will also see that there are plans afoot for various exhibitions preview events by festival partners before opening to the public.

Frances Boyd
Frances Boyd - Surface Pattern Designer

The Creative Network

The Festival is organised by The Creative Network, an artists’ cooperative with over 60 members who share the aim of promoting art and artists on the island and beyond. Valuable support is provided by the Isle of Man Arts Council, Manx National Heritage, local town Commissioners and partner galleries.

Please visit or follow the Creative Network IoM on Facebook for festival updates.
Festival images from previous years are available at
For more information please contact Myra Gilbert on 372441 or

A sponsored body of
The Department of Education, Sport and Culture
Rheynn Ynsee, Spoyrt as Cultoor
Isle of Man Government
Reiltys Ellan Vannin
Isle of man Government