Discover beauty in decay

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ROLL up, roll up, come one, come all and delight in the latest spectacle at the Sayle Gallery in Douglas.

Death & Decay may seem a bit doom and gloom for January but with a feast of visual delights including a Cabinet of Curiosities installation this exhibition promises to be anything but. 

The exhibition, which opens tomorrow (Friday), features work from six Sayle Gallery artists and has been put together by the gallery’s curator Hazel Walsh, an artist and photographer herself.

She explained: ‘Following on from the work I completed for my photography project Mann, Abandoned during my time as artist-in-residence at the gallery, I have continued to explore themes of decay and degeneration, ageing and death. This exhibition brings together both my own work on the subject and that of selected gallery artists.’

She said: ‘I have been working as curator at the gallery for some time now but this is the first show I have brought together myself and I am excited to see the other artists’ work and how it will all interact.’

Hazel will be showing her portrait series Memento Mori, which was exhibited at the Crypt Gallery in London in July. She will also be creating a Cabinet of Curiosities installation for the exhibition.

French artist Bruno Cavellec has become well-known for his moody landscape images since moving to the island in 2011 but in this exhibition he includes oil paintings, linocuts and drypoint etchings which reflect mortality, ageing and dying.

Alongside watercolours and etchings on the theme, Charlotte Jane Henry will be showing a new DVD called Lease of Life. Mixed media artist Rosi Robinson’s contributions include a 6ft textile wall hanging.

And Vici Blackburn has created a series of ceramic wall hangings while Margaret Claydon will also be contributing to the show.

The exhibition continues until January 27. Admission is free.

The gallery, which is in the Villa Marina Arcade on Harris Promenade, Douglas, is open 1pm-5pm on Mondays, 10am-5pm Tuesday to Saturday, and 1.30pm- 4.30pm on Sundays. For more information call the gallery on 674557 or visit

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