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Events, Tours and Visits

As part of the annual programme, there will be events based on the Isle of Man, tours in the UK and abroad.

Reports from Recent Events


International Women's Day

5th March 2020

Peggy Guggenheim

Alexandra Epps

Peggy Guggenheim

The 'poor little rich girl' who changed the face of twentieth century art. Not only was Peggy Guggenheim ahead of her time but she was the woman who helped define it. She discovered and nurtured a new generation of artists producing a new kind of art. Through collecting not only art but the artists themselves, her life was as radical as her collection.

Alexandra is an Official Guide and Lecturer at Tate Modern, Tate Britain and Guildhall Art Gallery. She is also a Pallant House Gallery Lecturer and a Qualified Guide to the City of London, offering lectures and walks about many aspects of the arts for societies, corporations and private individuals. Member of the City of London Guide Lecturers Association. Co-author of the book Lord Mayor's Portraits 1983-2014 (2015). Alexandra’s background is in design having practised as a graphic designer running her own design consultancy for many years. She has a BA from the Saint Martin’s School of Art, and an MA from the London College of Printing.


Evening Lecture with Friends of Manx National Heritage

16th March 2020

Lecture: 7:00pm. Welcome drinks from 6:30pm

Theatre Design

Bertie Pearce

Creating An Imaginary World: Theatre Design From Temple To Playhouse, Into The Picture Frame And Out Again

Theatrical scene design is one of the world's most beautiful, varied and lively art forms. In his talk, Bertie looks at the relationship between actor and audience and how this transformed the space and architecture of theatre throughout the ages. Beginning with the Greeks and their remarkable innovations to pageants, masques, liturgical drama, through the science of perspective, to court theatre. A quick glance at Commedia dell'arte before entering the Elizabethan stage of the Globe and the Fortune and arriving at the Theatre Royal in Drury Lane. From great architects such as Inigo Jones and Frank Matcham, to practitioners such as Granville Barker and Gordon Craig and designers Cecil Beaton and Oliver Messel, Bertie brings to life the magical world of theatre.

Bertie has a BA (Hons) in Drama from Manchester University, and a Diploma Internationale from the École Internationale du Théatre, Jacques Lecoq. He is a member of the Inner Magic Circle, with Gold Star. Past experience includes lecturing and performing on cruise ships, and to U3A, historical societies, festivals, schools and colleges. In addition, he has toured the world with a magic cabaret show and a one man show entitled All Aboard. Has written articles for newspapers and magazines on entertainment and theatre.

Bertie Pearce will also delivered a lecture titled 'The Dancing Faun' as part of the Arts Society Isle of Man annual lecture program the following day.



Study Day

Thursday 24th October 2019

Brian Healey

New York – Sail, Sweat, Sparkle

Going to America, Working in America, Spending in America

The Golden Age of the Transatlantic Liner

How the Blue Riband Atlantic liners adapted to match changing tastes becoming floating works of art.

New York! New York! The Ashcan Experiment

The ‘Ashcan School’ of artists painted the booming late 19th century city of New York and the daily lives of the labourers who built it.

Tiffany & Co : Of Diamonds and Decadence

A fascinating tale of how art and luxury came together as Tiffany and Company, New York, grew to become the iconic purveyors of diamonds and other luxury goods.

Brian taught modern languages for many years as well as enjoying a successful parallel career as a professional artist and interior designer. Since 2006, Brian has had regular appointments on ocean and river cruise lines, either as resident artist, guest lecturer on art history or as destination speaker for more than forty countries, as well as being a guide on art tours.




International Women’s Day Lecture

Joan Eardley – She died too young

8th March 2019

Amanda Herries

Amanda Herries, gave an inspiring and informative lecture about a little known female artist, Joan Eardley, who was born in Sussex but lived and worked in Scotland. She was particularly known locally for her depiction of Glasgow street children and latterly for large dramatic Scottish landscapes painted on board. Sadly her life was cut short by breast cancer in her forties but her work is now being appreciated for its authenticity and legacy.

The event was attended by 62 members and guests and was held at the Comis at Mount Murray Golf and Country Club.

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The Anatomy of Collecting

25th October 2018 (Study day)

Mark Allum

We enjoyed a Study day with Antiques Roadshow expert Marc Allum featuring a fascinating look at the folklore, history and psychology of collecting and including objects from Marc's own collection, followed in the afternoon by a ‘Bring an Object’ talk in which Marc spontaneously described items brought in by the audience which was a fun, informative and inclusive session with a mini Antiques Roadshow flavour!


International Women’s Day

8th March 2018

Dr Twigs Way

Life and Art of Marianne North: Victorian Botanical Artist and Traveller

Accomplished botanical painter and inveterate traveller, Marianne North (1830-1890) led an unconventional life capturing the essence of rare plants. Born in Hastings, the daughter of an MP, she initially contented herself with the wild flowers of England, but after the death of first her mother and then her father her pursuit of plants took her round the world. Japan, Java, Ceylon, Canada, India, Brazil and Jamaica were just some of the countries she penetrated into the remote regions in search of rarities. This talk explored both the life and social context of Marianne North, including an examination of why her paintings troubled deeply conservative Victorian society and the eventual creation of her gallery. The talk was beautifully illustrated and informative, dotted with humour and much enjoyed by all.

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