Sayle Gallery gets into TT spirit with exhibition

Roland Noble

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LOCATED on Harris Promenade at the heart of Douglas’ TT entertainment, the Sayle Gallery will embrace the biking festival with TT related exhibitions and the launch of TT calendar Milestones.

The gallery is featuring the work of Manx artist Paul Parker with a range of bike-related oil paintings, Roland Noble’s watercolours of race scenes around the island, and photographer Martin Parnell, who will be providing up-to-the-minute photos from around the course, especially for TT 2012.

Visiting the exhibition is free of charge and it is open 1pm to 5pm Mondays, 10am to 5pm Tuesdays to Saturdays and 1.30pm to 4.30pm Sundays until June 10.

Meanwhile, Mad Sunday sees the launch of ‘Milestones’ – a TT calendar in which every image is a quirky, surreal take on the history of the various TT milestones and bends. The part-nude, part-bonkers calendar is the brainchild of Rachael Clegg, who comes from good biking stock – her father Noel competed in the TT for 30 years, and her grandfather, Tom Clegg raced in the Manx Grand Prix and Clubman’s TT.

Rachael researched, designed, created and modelled for the images, which were shot by Peter Greste, former BBC foreign correspondent and the current Al Jazeera Africa correspondent – more at home in Mogadishu than on the Mountain Course.

‘Milestones took months to prepare, four weeks of 3am starts and several traffic-defying stunts,’ said Rachael. ‘All my life I’ve been submerged in bike-lore from my father, grandfather and brother – who raced in British Superstock and British Superbikes – and the Isle of Man has played a huge part in my family’s life. As a journalist I’ve been reporting on the TT for a number of years and while I’ve had to accept that I lack any racing talent (or indeed basic road sense), I’ve tried to “do” the TT in my own way – fusing my arty background and my anorak interest in TT history.’

She added: ‘I hope that this calendar will be taken for what it is – an amusing , even classy, take on some of the more intriguing events in the history of the course.’

Milestones will be available for £14.99 from the Sayle Gallery, along with prints of the images used in the calendar, some of which will be signed by Rachael and the featured riders, including John McGuinness and Guy Martin.

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