This bank holiday weekend is the Isle of Man Art Festival (the event formally known as WOSAT) and to explain what it’s all about, I have stolen the description from their Facebook page and here it is: –
An annual three-day celebration of visual art, encompassing open access to artist studios, exhibitions, workshops and demonstrations right across the Island!
Formerly known as the Western Open Studio Art Trail (WOSAT), the re-brand has allowed greater scope to encourage Island-wide artist participation.
Entrance to studios, demonstrations and exhibition venues over all three days will be by purchase of a wrist band at £3, which includes a free festival guide. Students will receive a concessional rate of £2 and everyone under 18 goes free! All venues will be open 11am – 5pm over the three day weekend.
Wrist bands and guides are available to purchase before the Festival via Noa Bakehouse in Douglas, the Welcome Centre at the Sea Terminal, The Sayle Gallery, the House of Manannan in Peel, The Isle Gallery in Tynwald Mills, presence of Mann in Laxey, Studio 42 in Port St Mary and Thompson Travel in Port Erin. During the event, you can also buy them at the Corrin Hall in Peel and artist studios.
MORE INFO → www.creativenetwork.im
The Art Festival is organised by the Creative Network, and valuable support is provided by the Isle of Man Arts Council, Manx National Heritage, Peel Commissioners and partner galleries.”
So, that is the basic out line of what is going on this year written far more succinctly than I could! It is all very exciting and I think we have all been super busy getting everything together for the event and this year, rather than most of the event being concentrated in just the North of the Island, there are things to do all over the place!
This time, I personally have pared back what I am doing for the festival. So, last year, I had a stall in the Corrin Hall, Peel (which is happening again with lots of lovely things to be bought and you can speak to the artists as well!) but this year I am only doing a shop window display in Peel which you will be able to see at Cowley’s Pharmacy.
It is looking to be a brilliant weekend- everyone at the opening ceremony last week was buzzing about it and, for the amount of things on offer, it is a weekend’s entertainment for a bargain price! As I am doing far less this year I hope to get around to have a skeet and I am very much looking forward to it!
Please everyone pray hard for decent weather all weekend!!!!
(my badly photographed display!!)