Official Launch of the 8th IOM Arts Festival

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The official launch of the 8th Art Festival took place on Thursday 25th April and was opened by Clare Christian, OBE, patron of the Isle of Man Arts Council at the Laxey Glen. 

Claire Christian, Julie Fayle Mr Fayle and Dr. Alex Allinson MHK

The Art Festival takes place over the early May Bank Holiday, Saturday to Monday, 4th to 6th May and celebrates the Island’s artists and creators and offers visitors the opportunity to meet artists, see and buy new and original art and even have a try themselves. 

Venues are Island-wide and open from 11.00 a.m. until 5.00 p.m. each day.  The major hub this year is Laxey with the Laxey Glen hosting ten artists as well as 19 artists exhibiting at the Hodgson Loom Gallery above the Laxey Woollen Mills.  However, there are fifteen other venues around the Island, including open studios and over forty artists participating.

Claire Christian with two of the Creative Network committee, Val Galpin and Maureen Kennaugh

General hubbub at the launch which took place at Laxey Glen Pavilion

More information can be found at and Facebook Creative Network.  Guides and directories are also available at the Welcome Centre, Douglas, the House of Manannan, Peel, the Laxey Glen Pavilion and the Civic Centre, Castletown as well as the various other venues participating in the Festival.

Dr. Alex Allinson MHK and Suzie Holland with their guides!

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