EXPERIENCE the desolation of some of the island’s forgotten homes and industrial buildings in a haunting exhibition of photographs and mixed media work.
During the past 12 months Sayle Gallery artist-in-residence Hazel Walsh has travelled the island photographing Mann, Abandoned.
More than 100 derelict and ruined Manx buildings, long forgotten and left to crumble to dust have provided the inspiration for the exhibition and accompanying book and website, www.mannabandoned.co.uk
Alongside the large selection of visually intriguing and evocative photographs in the exhibition, the 27-year-old has created mixed media works using a variety of methods and materials, including image transfer techniques.
Viewers are also invited to share Hazel’s explorative experiences and enter into a derelict room within the gallery, equipped with only a head torch to illuminate the gloomy interior.
Audiences will also be able to buy a copy of the book Mann, Abandoned which was launched at the exhibition preview this month. It showcases a selection of Hazel’s best photographs from the project. Mann, Abandoned has been supported by the Isle of Man Arts Council.
Hazel, of Douglas, studied a BA (Hon) in Professional Photographic Imaging at Reading College and then completed a part-time MA in Art, Design and Media at Portsmouth University.
Since returning to the island, Hazel has been teaching photography part-time at the Isle of Man College. She started her residency at the Sayle Gallery in September 2010 and in the future hopes to study towards a PhD.
The technical term for what Hazel, and many other artists, are now doing is urban exploration.
She was introduced to it when studying in Portsmouth and soon discovered how many abandoned buildings there were here in the island.
Her discoveries range from old tholtons and dilapidated cottages to the empty Castle Mona in Douglas and the International Hotel School in Port Erin.
‘For me it’s about trying to capture the essence of the place and the people who had lived there,’ she said.
She is a keen member of the Isle of Man Photographic Society and has recently exhibited work at The Crypt Gallery and Candid Arts Trust in London.
Mann, Abandoned will continue until Sunday, September 4.
The Sayle Gallery is in the Villa Marina Arcade on Harris Promenade, Douglas. It is open between 10am and 5pm Tuesday to Saturday, between 1.30pm and 4.30pm on Sundays, and between 1pm and 5pm on Mondays. Admission is free.
For more information call the gallery on 674557 or visit www.hazaelwalsh.co.uk