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Manx heritage meets modern punk

An exhibition to showcase Isle of Man's national heritage

University and secondary students were given a rare treat last month, when they were joined by a group of professional artists, as part of the Isle of Man Arts Council's latest educational initiative.

Over several days, students from University College Isle of Man's Foundation and National Diploma courses and students from Queen Elizabeth II High School met up with the artists Ian Coulson, Graham Hall and Michael Sandle RA, for a series of talks.

This culminated in a fashion drawing masterclass with Molly Kathryn, the designer behind the "Manannan's Cloak," pictured.

The programme was part of an ongoing exhibition: "Ellyn: A Tale of Contemporary Art", which celebrates the Isle of Man's unique culture and heritage, from the perspectives of fine art.

Coordinated by arts council graduate intern, Olivia Savage, the project aims to explore what the Isle of Man means to contemporary artists, working both on and off the island.

The model posing for the live drawing, Maria Crutchley, said it was 'an honour' to wear 'a wonderful mix of Manx heritage and modern punk.'

"It's a garment with so much life, energy and hidden detail," Crutchley said.

"I especially love the intricate cuff knots and ruching on the brassiere that remind me of the islands Celtic crosses."

The exhibition will be open between 10am - 4pm until Sunday. 17 October.

More details are available HERE



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