Isle of Man Art Festival 5-7th May

IOM Arts Festival 2018
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The Creative Network  presents the 7th annual Isle of Man Art Festival which takes place this May Day Bank Holiday weekend 5th – 7th May, and entry is free for all visitors. 

Ramsey Tram Station

Image courtesy of Alice's Illustrations

Venues for exhibitions - open 5th-7th May 11am -5pm, including:

The Hodgson Loom Gallery in Laxey - featuring Julia Ashby Smyth, Greg Barlow, Di Beckerson, Jacqueline Dawson, Susanne Ekdahl, Val Galpin, Karl Garrett, Myra Gilbert, Maureen Kennaugh, Shane Lucas, Claire McMahon, Neil Milson, Rebecca Odessa, Pat Tutt, Frauke Watson and Katharine Watling.

Ramsey Town Hall including artwork from Ramsey Grammar School students.

Ramsey Tram Station - Featuring Alice Quayle Illustrations and Michael Starkey. See the event page here

Ballajora Artists Studio, Ramsey

St Michael’s Hall, Kirk Michael.

The House of Manannan, Peel - Featuring Celine Appleyard, Frances Boyd, Bruno Cavellec, Susannen Ekdahl, Pat Kelly, Dawn Kennaugh & Patricia Tutt.

The Pilates Studio in Peel, (note: Monday 7th May opening at 12.30pm – 5pm)

The Isle Gallery, Tynwald Mills

The Sayle Gallery in Douglas - featuring work by John Caley

Castletown Civic Centre - Featuring artwork by Eve Adams of Balley Cashtal Beg, Paint & Thimble - Illustration, Karolina Pawlowska (who will also be painting a live wall mural at the townhall funded by the Arts Council), Chrissie Moss,  Gavin Carter ArtistMaureen Kennaugh TextilesJeremy Paul Wildlife Art, Laura Espinosa Moon, & Erica Kermode.

Grenaby Studios (Note: Sunday 6th May opening 10am- 1pm) - featuring the Longhouse Collective 

Hugh Logan Architects, Castletown (Open only Sat 5th May 11am – 5pm).

Marshall Cryer Architects, Cronkbourne, (Open only Mon 7th May 11am – 12.30pm by appointment only, email

Horncastle: Thomas architects, 20 Athol St, Douglas, (Open only Sat 5th May 11am-5pm).

Keird Collective at the Old Castletown Fire Station.

Craftworks Studio, Castletown.

The Hub, Thie Rosien, Port Erin.

2 Open Studios in Peel: Val Galpin (with Di Beckerson) and Greg Joughin

Open Studio in Ballaugh: Frauke Watson (with Ronnie Doyle)

Open Studio in Kirk Michael: Pauline Berrie

The Isle of Man Art Festival is a three-day celebration of visual art right across the Isle of Man. It gives the public and visitors the opportunity to discover inspiring work by local artists on the island.  Free entry will be available to all visitors at the festival this year, which promises to be bigger and better than ever with exhibitions, workshops, open access to artists’ studios, many offering taster sessions and demonstrations. 

The Creative Network is an island-wide, cooperative group of artists working together to promote visual arts in the Isle of Man. This is the network's latest major public event, showing the work of over 40 of its artist members in assorted venues across the island. The work covers a wide range of disciplines including painting, illustration, sculpture, ceramics, jewellery, embroidery, printmaking, and photography.

New to this year’s festival is an outdoor Land Art Trail in Castletown which will follow the Bayr Ny Skeddan from Poulsom Park to Silverdale Glen. The Trail is a legacy project being developed by the Creative Network with support from the Government’s ‘2018 - Year of our Island’ initiative.

The 2017 event attracted over 1200 visitors, and visitor numbers are expected to increase this year. Last year’s feedback from both visitors and participating artists was unanimously positive. Valuable support is provided by the Government’s ‘2018 – Year of our Island’ initiative, Isle of Man Arts Council, Manx National Heritage, the Town Commissioners of Castletown, Peel and Ramsey and partner galleries which have collectively enabled the event to be free to all visitors for the first time ever.

For more information, visit The Creative Network  or Facebook

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