It’s been almost two weeks since we called on Manx creatives to submit their videos to the Isle of Man Arts Council as part of the Home Is Where The Art Is competition.
Here’s some of our favourite videos so far!

Jason

To kick off the campaign, the Council uploaded Jason’s trumpet rendition of Ellan Vannin. His perfectly executed multitrack video shows an enormous level of talent, so it’s easy to see how he’s the Principal Trumpet of the Philharmonia Orchestra. Disclaimer – watching this video may cause an intense sense of pride if you identify as ‘Manx to the max’.

Watch it here.

Rosie

Six year old Rosie wowed the Council with her pozzy-vibes art pieces, including a rainbow canvas for her mum, an painted rock for the NHS and a flower-covered plant pot for her neighbour, Pat. I personally think Rosie has a career lined up as an artist, so keep up the good work gal. 

Watch it here.

Felicity

On day seven we met Felicity Wood – a local ceramicist who has been creating and selling rainbow tiles and paintings on her Quirky.im shop, with all profits donated to Friends of Noble’s Hospital. She tries to use the Manx language in her work where possible, so her recent creations have featured the word ‘Cooidjagh’, meaning together. How many people can say they’ve got a kiln in their garden?! Love it.

Watch it here.

Ellie and Ian

This one blew my mind. Port Erin residents and Rushen Silver Band members, Ellie and Ian, rightly deserved a spot on the social channels with their duet on a xylophone. The speed they play is just amazing, and to find out that Ian had never played an xylophone before just puts the cherry on the cake. And to top it off, they didn’t even keep the £100 they won. It was donated to Southern Befrienders in memory of Ellie’s late friend Margaret. 

Watch it here.

Pippa

Pippa’s upload has really pulled on my heart strings. She dedicates a poem she wrote to her late-mother, all while showing how she’s been self-sufficient throughout COVID-19 by making her own produce. Her passion for home-grown ingredients is reflected in her pop-up restaurant concept, Versa, which is currently closed due to the virus. Nevertheless, she hopes her poem is a source of comfort for others and a way of encouraging us all to keep on going.

Watch it here.

Chris

Special shout-out to Chris who’s reppin’ one of our iconic #howardoclock t-shirts in his video (don’t forget to get your hands on one too – proceeds go to the Manx Solidarity Fund). Chris is a saxophone and clarinet teacher with the Isle of Man Music Service who has served up an impressive rendition of Mozart. He’s keen to show that people of all ages and abilities are able to create music themselves at home, so give it a try.

Watch it here.

Zac

So apparently you can write a song, record it, play all instrumentals and create a music video all on your own – who knew?! Twelve year old Zac has been working on his submission while he’s been off school, and it didn’t disappoint. Somehow he managed to convince his sister to drive him to Laxey beach at 5am for the video too #dedication. We love it.

Watch it here.

Beth

This one goes out to the NHS #biglove. Beth is an artist who has decided to celebrate those on the front line by getting involved in the portraits for NHS heroes campaign. She is working on four portraits of NHS workers for free, and once complete, she will give the finished pieces to the NHS workers as a way of celebrating them and showing her thanks and support. 

Watch it here.

With all 31 videos already selected, the Arts Council has closed entries for the competition. Keep an eye on their Facebook, Instagram and Twitter account to see more fantastic videos from Isle of Man creatives. Well done to everyone who submitted, you’re all winners according to Gef.

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