An artistic journey at House of Manannan

CASTLE VIEW: Gill Dyer's Peel Castle creation

CASTLE VIEW: Gill Dyer's Peel Castle creation

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AN exhibition of work by local artists who are part of a collective will begin at the House of Manannan on Saturday.

Journeys: An Exhibition by the Creative Network will be a selection of contemporary work expressing the individuality of each artist and reflecting the inner journey undertaken during the creative process.

The Creative Network (CN) membership currently stands at 58 professional artists all of whom live and work in the Isle of Man. This group art exhibition follows the highly successful, inaugural Creative Network event Western Open Studios and Art Trail (WOSAT). This brought over 1,000 art-loving visitors to Peel, Patrick and St John’s over one weekend last May to see the work of about 50 artists. The House of Manannan hosted the opening of the event by Lieutenant Governor Adam Wood. It was then a natural decision to develop further collaborative inks between MNH and CN to the benefit of both organisations.

Seventeen members of the Creative Network have submitted new pieces of artwork in response to the theme: Journeys. The choice of title arose from discussions between curators at Manx National Heritage and members of CN, who agreed to exhibit artwork that would reflect the inner journey undertaken during the creative process and allow each artist to freely express their individuality.

Twenty four pieces of artwork were selected by a panel of experts drawn from outside the network, ie the Arts Council, the exhibitions department at MNH and the Department of Art and Design at the Isle of Man College.

‘Although the exhibition is modest in scale, the intention is to promote art made in the island,’ said the CN’s Myra Gilbert. ‘The range of media includes, painting in oil and acrylic on canvas, ceramics, sculpture in metal, etching, digital print, mixed media and collage. This demonstrates the scope of the practice of our network members.

‘Creativity is a journey of the mind whether conscious or not. Any development and realisation of ideas tends to involve some sort of journey, if only based on the time it takes to undertake a process of change. Artworks in this show include visual interpretations of spiritual experiences, physical travel, changes encountered in the different stages of our pathways through life.

‘Sometimes the journeys have been imposed on us by circumstance whilst others have been chosen and followed willingly.’

All artists have provided an accompanying text for each piece of displayed work relating the content to the overall theme. There are also going to be several events where the artists will be available to discuss their work. See for updates.

The Children’s University has validated the exhibition as part of its programme for accredited activities for member children.

Entry to the exhibition, which ends on April 6, is free.

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