Five female artists are to hold their first joint exhibition in the Tynwald Library from 8th to 31st October.
The newcomers – Lottie Ray, Kathryn Cain, Kirsty Moore, Jenny Green and Jennifer Chance – work in a variety of mediums including ceramics, oil paints, photography and even Manx maps.
Although they have each featured and sold work in group exhibitions or on craft stalls in the Island, this will be the first time they have organised their own event.
The exhibition, Thalk Noa – Manx for ‘brand new’, will feature a mix of large canvases and sculptures as well as small gift-sized items, which will be available to buy.
Originally from Norfolk Lottie, who now lives in Port St Mary, has been a member of the Earystane Potters group near Colby for about five years. She was invited to join the group after trying pottery for the first time at the Isle of Man College and has never looked back. She has also been painting since her teens when she went on to study fine art at the Norwich School of Art and Design but, after building a career in journalism and moving on to become a Tynwald Hansard editor, has only recently returned to it. Her work includes asymmetrical pots, sculptured birdbaths and large nude oil paintings.
The idea for the exhibition came from the Clerk of Tynwald Roger Phillips who suggested Lottie and her friends hold their first exhibition in the Tynwald Library as part of this year’s Island of Culture celebrations.
Manx-born Kathryn Cain grew up in the west of the Island but now lives in the Onchan countryside with her husband and two young children. She has been a member of the Earystane Potters since 2007. Kathryn’s work is influenced by the Isle of Man’s natural world as well as memories of family trips; hence, her work features leaves, flowers, swooping swallows, peacocks, garden insects and sea creatures. Her pieces are made using white clay rolled and moulded or thrown into the desired shape. Each piece is then carved and engraved by hand with simple and pretty designs.
New mum, Kirsty Moore, originally from West Dorset, has always had a love of the artistry of cartography, and has used and created maps in many forms through her work as a geography teacher at St. Ninian’s High School. Whereas maps are often used just as functional items, only to be thrown away once out of date, Kirsty has chosen to use this medium to create a series of papercraft items that allow the colours and symbols used in map work to add detail and interest to her work.
With her partner, Stefan Nikolov, a forester, she has created Treecycle IOM to brand their mix of recycled map and found items, and Manx timber products, which they sell through word of mouth.
Manx-born Jenny Green is a potter living in Dalby with her husband and two children. Being so near to the beautifully picturesque Niarbyl bay is where she finds inspiration for her work, which is created through exploring floral and nautical themes, such as fish and fuschias, and the effects that can be created using such a versatile media. Jenny began working with clay in 2001 when she attended the Isle of Man College to study art and design. Since then she has continued to develop as an artist. As well as being a member of the Earystane Potters group, Jenny now also has her own kiln and studio.
Photographer Jennifer Chance moved to the Island from England five years ago. She has an interest in both the natural and built environment, receiving a degree in photography later in life.
Following a private viewing on Tuesday October 7th opened by Isle of Man Arts Council chairman Mr Geoff Corkish MBE MLC the exhibition will be open to the public from Wednesday, October 8th until Friday, October 31st from 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday.
Located on the ground floor of the Legislative Buildings in Finch Road the Tynwald Library exhibition space provides schools, youth, community and sporting organisations, as well as private individuals and commercial enterprises, with a secure, easily managed area in which to mount Manx-themed displays. There is no rental charge, only a small commission fee for sales by commercial operators.
For more details of the exhibition, contact Lottie Ray, L.Ray@tynwald.org.im
For details of Tynwald Library’s exhibition space call 685520.