Works from the Isle of Man Arts Council loan collection are on show in an exhibition at the Villa Marina until August 24th.
‘My Island Home’ celebrates Island of Culture 2014 and the unique place Isle of Man artists call home.
The exhibition features works by the loan collection’s late founder, David Fletcher, Eileen Burgess, Jasper Inskip, Bryan Kneale, Juan Moore, Cian Quayle, Michael Sandle, Norman Sayle and Eileen Schaer. There are also stories about the artists, their connection to and artistic interpretation of the island.
In 1993 the Isle of Man Arts Council began a project to take contemporary art into the community. The resulting collection now consists of more than 300 prints, paintings and photographs by a diverse range of artists.
The works are divided into small groups and lent out to schools, libraries, the prison and other public buildings. The art works then act as a catalyst for discussion and discovery, enabling the development of a more informed awareness and understanding of contemporary visual language.
The collection includes works by eminent artists such as Picasso, Graham Sutherland, Elizabeth Frink, Henry Moore and David Hockney. Some of the more recent acquisitions are from West Africa, Australia, Papua New Guinea and the Isle of Man.
As part of a project between the Isle of Man College and the Arts Council, two Bachelor of Fine Arts first-year degree students, Helen Tate and Kirsten Penzes, worked with the Arts Council to update the loan collection database, cataloguing new works and exchanging public works.
The pair have also curated ‘My Island Home’.