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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.

Event Reports Archive 2014-2017


Day of Special Interest at Mount Murray Golf Clubhouse

26th October 2017

Jacqueline Cockburn

The growth of Paris seen through the eyes of the Impressionists

Three fascinating lectures began in the mid-19th Century, when the industrial revolution and new materials and techniques began to have an impact on painters in Paris and took us through the growth of the city, its architecture, inhabitants, occupations and entertainment as reflected by the Impressionists. Jacqueline Cockburn’s detailed knowledge and insights kept us enthralled throughout the day.


Wednesday 8th March 2017

A few photos from our International Women's Day Lecture and Lunch at Mount Murray Golf Clubhouse. The lecture, "New Art for the New Woman" was presentd by Dr Suzanne Fagence-Cooper

Victorian women like Lizzie Siddal, Julia Margaret Cameron and Evelyn de Morgan, learned to negotiate the male-dominated art world. Many female artists began experimenting with new media, including photography and poster design, to create alternative images of the Victorian world. This lecture showed how, by the early 20th century, women were subverting the traditional feminine skills of book illustration and needlework to develop radical designs for the Suffrage Movement.

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Stained Glass Window


Wednesday 27th July 2016

Our Summer Outing this year took place in July when 40 members met at Arbory Church, Ballasalla on a lovely sunny afternoon. Church Archaeologist, Dr. Pat McClure, considered the building in the eighteenth century landscape and discussed some of the material changes that have taken place inside since its construction in 1759. Then, Historian, Frank Cowin, spoke about the lives of some of the influential families who are remembered inside the Church.

We then all reconvened at The Abbey Restaurant, Ballasalla, for a delicious afternoon tea.

Arbory Tea at the Abbey Tea at the Abbey

Lecture/Lunch to commemorate International Women’s Day

8th March 2016

Impressionist Women – Berthe Morisot by Alice Foster


This event was held at Douglas Golf Club and was attended by a record number of seventy members.

Members were welcomed with coffee on arrival followed by a wonderful lecture on this very impressive impressionist artist. Alice helped us appreciate Berthe’s style and brushwork and we learned a lot about composition and technique. She was a very engaging speaker and the images were charming.

The lecture was followed by a delicious two course lunch.


Tarts in Art

Day of Special Interest

October 2015

Tarts in Art - Linda Smith

Despite having to find a new venue with one week’s notice, sixty members spent a very enjoyable day with Linda Smith examining the portraits and careers of some of history’s most notorious mistresses and courtesans from the 17th to the 20th Century. Linda was a very engaging and entertaining speaker and kept us all enthralled with excellent images and lively anecdotes.

The Laxey Salmon Centre proved to be a very well equipped and comfortable venue and the staff could not have been more helpful in making sure everything ran smoothly. A memorable day was had by all.

Tea on the Train

On 23rd June, forty-two IOMDFAS members and friends spent a wonderful afternoon enjoying a glass of bubbly and a sumptuous tea on our beautifully restored Victorian train, traveling from Douglas to Castletown and back.

We were lucky to have chosen one of the best days of the summer so far to hold this event which contributed to the overall enjoyment and made this a really memorable afternoon.

Tea on the Train


Isle of Man DFAS Garden Visit with Chelsea Gold Winner

A group of enthusiastic gardeners from the Isle of Man DFAS were treated to an excellent and informative tour of the beautiful Milntown gardens by Richard Lucas, a renowned garden designer, who won a gold medal at this year's Chelsea Flower Show for his Beatrix Potter Garden.

Dating from the early 16th century, Milntown is one of the most historically important estates on the Isle of Man. There are fifteen acres of gardens and woodland, all of which are being redesigned by Richard at the request of The Milntown Trust which now runs the House and Estate. Richard has worked his new designs around the existing mature specimens of camellias and rhododendrons, whilst creating interest with new vistas and focal points.

The visit culminated with a delicious tea and cakes in the excellent restaurant.

Milntown Gardens

Milntown Gardens

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