Spotlight

Join Sarah Hendy every Wednesday for a journey through the vibrant arts and creative scene on the island in Spotlight. Focussing on everything creative from music and visual art to stage performance and artistic hobbies, along with much more.

  • Whimsy

    On #MRSpotlight today, we talk Manx-themed Christmas presents, familiar local scenes which don't exist, and sound theory! Tune in at 5:30pm!

  • P17

    On #MRSpotlight: we speak to artist Michael Sandle about the Sovereign Arts Foundation’s Student’s Prize & Nicola Dixon tells us about the decorative screens she designed for Peel!

  • Whim

    On #MRSpotlight today, we speak to Helen Fox, featured artist and curator of BC20 FK17, Judith Ley finds out about the Poppy Scarf raising funds for the Poppy Appeal and Janet Lees shares her love of poetry and photography!

  • A Moorit Gansey

    On #MRSpotlight this week, we talk Ganseys with artist Ian Coulson and Oliver Henry and Robin Moat bring some ideas from Shetland for the Isle of Man Wool Industry!

  • BC20 FK17

  • Footprints

    On #MRSpotlight today, we find out about the Isle of Man Festival of Choirs, Jemery Paul shows us around his new Exhibition and Suzy Starlight & Simon Campbell talk music rights and making money in the music industry.

  • Camp Rock!

    On #MRSpotlight this week, ceramicist Katy Mitchell, Ramsey Grammar School's Camp Rock! and we look back at this year's Manx LitFest.

  • Bright Little Nuggets

    On #MRSpotlight today, we're joined by ceramicist Katy Mitchell, Artist Jimmy Duggan and Pat Kelly, one of the organisers of the 7th North Atlantic Native Sheep and Wool Conference

  • Silver Screen

    We’re full of the festival spirit on this week’s programme with the Manx Literature Festival taking place all around the Island this week, The Creative Network tell us how they’d like you to be involved in their next Isle of Man Art Festival, and we’re hanging out with all the movers and shakers at this year’s Isle of Man Film Festival. Listen online or on demand at manxradio.com

  • Fun, Mystery and Magic!

    On #MRSpotlight this week, we’re doing a tour of some of the Island’s galleries visiting The Society of Architects’ display at the Sayle, 'Views Vistas and Studies' at the Hodgson Loom Gallery, and we find out more about a magic show at the Peel Centenary Centre this Saturday!
    Listen online or on demand at manxradio.com

  • Angels in America

    On #MRSpotlight this week, we find out about live theatre screenings in the north of the Island, Ruth Keggin takes us behind the scenes as she prepares to head back into the recording studio and Art teacher from Liverpool, Emily Wilson shares her experiences as Education and Volunteer Co-ordinator at Eleonas Refugee Camp in Athens.

  • Biennale!

    On Spotlight this week, we’re getting ready for the Isle of Man Film Festival which starts tomorrow and we’ll be speaking to our very own Christy De Haven, one of the festival Directors about what we have to look forward to. We’ll also be finding out what’s coming up at the King’s Court Theatre with David Dawson and we hear from Costume Artist Sanya Torkmorad-Jozavi on her return from the Venice Biennale where she’s been assisting Michal Cole in the production of her installation at the Biennale’s Pavilion of Humanity.
    Listen online or on demand at manxradio.com

  • Art for the Heart

    On this week's programme, Alice Bravery of The Jersey Arts Trust tells us about an exciting opportunity for creatives, Billee Saade talks about Art for the Heart and we speak to the cast of Ramsey amateur dramatics group, Cloideryn’s production of Oliver!

  • At the Edge of the World

    On the show this week we grab an update on this year’s Isle of Man Poetry Society’s Poetry Trail, Christa McCartney tells us about the Kodály method for learning music and Artist Julie Collins shows us around her exhibition at the Isle Gallery.

  • Know The Origin

    On today’s programme we speak to Charlotte Instone, the co-founder of ethical clothing brand ‘Know the Origin’, - and we have some highlights from Culture Vannin and the Arts Councils presentation of the National Development Strategy for Culture and the Arts in the Isle of Man. we also hear a new track from Ramsey musician Jamys Woolley.

  • Lorient!

    On #MRSpotlight this week have a Lorient interceltic festival special for you! We’ll be touching base with some of the team out in Brittany representing the Isle of man through manx music, language, dance and culture at this international 10-day festival.

  • Amazing!

    On Spotlight this week, local author Lynn Bryant shares the intricacies of writing a historical novel, we speak to some of the cast and crew from Taylorian’s production of Joseph! And we’re joined by country singer-songwriter Katy Hurt.

  • Ragas & Talas

    On Spotlight this week, Michelle Jamieson tells us all about her upcoming drama workshops for young people, Charlotte Greenbank talks of her passion for music therapy and Indian musicians Dev & Sam share with us the magic of classical Indian music.

  • Speed Date!

    On #MRSpotlight week we’re joined by local poet Stacey Astill, building renovation expert for the BBC, Marianne Suhr and we speak to some of the creatives at the DED’s recent creative speed networking event.

    As ever, you can tune in online or on demand at manxradio.com and tell us all about your own creative endeavours and events at Spotlight@manxradio.com.

  • A Happy Medium

    On a#MRSpotlight this week, we visit the first meeting of the newly launched Isle of Man Drawing Club, Elöise White takes us on a tour of her end of residency exhibition at the Sayle Gallery and we look back at the Island’s recent concert from the Hallé Orchestra! Tune in online or on demand at www.manxradio.com

  • Celtfest Special

    On #MRSpotlight this week we have a Celtfest Special with our guests, harpist Christa McCartney and hailing from Scotland, composer and musician Hamish Napier and Trad group Talisk! Tune in online or on demand at www.manxradio.com Head to the Celtfest website, www.celtfest.im to see the full schedule, buy tickets and discover more about the festival’s roots.

  • Don't Panic!


    This week we’re joined by Grainne Joughin, organiser of this year’s Tynwald day field festivities, Sgt Mainwaring and Corporal Jones drop by for a chat, we take a visit to the University College Isle of Man to see the students’ end of year art exhibition and we bring you some super, sonic delights from open-mic-jam-gathering, Feral.
    Tune in to Spotlight online and on demand at www.manxradio.com and keep in tough through Spotlight@manxradio.com.

  • Jungle

    This week, we find out how you can be part of the Isle of Man Poetry Society’s Poetry trail, Welsh singer-songwriter Kizzy Crawford plays us her latest song and textiles artist Pat Kelly shares her delicate work with us.
    Listen online or on demand at manxradio.com, where you’ll also find this week’s blog, and you can write to us at spotlight@manxradio.com

  • Spam Hamper

    This week on Spotlight, we're joined by guests Megan Hindley at the launch of her fantastic new art exhibition at Noa Bakehouse, photographer James Marvin shares his unique view of the TT course and we look back at Cyclefest's brilliant finale with Jamie Smith's Mabon.

  • Boat

    On #MRSpotlight this week: woodturner Graham Hall, bluegrass band Flats & Sharps and legendary artist Roger Dean at ISLEXPO! Tune in online or on demand at manxradio.com

  • Wet Field Day

    This week’s #MRSpotlight comes to you from Cyclefest with our guests Mec Lir, Elephant Sessions and Laura Oakes

  • Inspiration

    #MRSpotlight this week we're joined by singer-songwriter Ian Thompson, artist Valerie Galpin, and Alex Bell speak to Julian Barrett and Simon Farnaby about their movie, set on the Isle of Man, Mindhorn

  • Orange Ribbons

    Poetry performer Georgia Zapparolli talks us through her notebook and we catch up with artists who exhibited at the Isle of Man Art Festival. Listen online or on demand at www.manxradio.com

  • Watching Paint Dry

    On #MRSpotlight this week, we're joined by Artist Adam Kinrade, the Secretary of the National Association of Choirs, Celia Johns and Director of the Douglas Choral Union's 'The Producers'

  • Watching Paint Dry

    On #MRSpotlight this week, we're joined by Artist Adam Kinrade, the Secretary of the National Association of Choirs, Celia Johns and Director of the Douglas Choral Union's 'The Producers'