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Lectures Programme

The Arts Society Isle of Man arrange an annual programme of lectures. Speakers from the Isle of Man, the UK and further afield present lectures covering a wide range of subjects including decorative arts, individual artists, art movements, music, architecture and history.

Owing to Coronavirus restrictions on travel, lectures by UK based lecturers will be delivered by Zoom until the Isle of Man Government permits unrestricted travel to and from the UK. The option to attend Zoom lectures at the Manx Museum lecture hall will be kept under review.

Members who wish to bring a guest at £10 per lecture, (students free) please .

Lectures Details


SHAFTS OF LIGHT: THE PHENOMENON OF MINING ART

SHAFTS OF LIGHT: THE PHENOMENON OF MINING ART

18th May 2021

11.30 a.m.

Speaker: Robert McManners

Why did miners paint the mines and produce this unique canon of work which atmospherically conveys not only what it looked like in the arcane world of mining but also what it felt like to be a coalminer?

Robert McManners will explore the phenomenon of mining art which was in danger of disappearing from living memory as he and his fellow researcher Gillian Wales urgently collected it for over 30 years.

Robert and Gillian created the largest privately owned collection of mining art, The Gemini Collection. 423 pictures were donated to The Auckland Project to create the country's first gallery dedicated to art by the miner. Robert’s publications include Shafts of Light - Mining Art in the Great Northern Coalfield (2002), McGuinness – Interpreting the Art of Tom McGuinness (2006) and Durham Portraits (2007).

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