A new art exhibition, curated by six students completing a summer work placement with Manx National Heritage, has been installed at the Manx Museum.

The exhibition ‘VOYAGE – A nautical adventure through our ever-changing seas‘ showcases a broad range of seascapes from the Manx national art collection, creatively and colourfully curated alongside modern pieces including a stunning artwork on loan from Roger Dean.

Katie King, Manx National Heritage Curator for Art & Social History, explains more about the project: ‘Every year we are contacted by a broad range of young people wishing to gain work experience with us over the summer holidays. This year has been very difficult for students, with many having their work experience cancelled and many students missing out on face to face lessons. We really wanted to make their voluntary experience extra special and genuinely beneficial for their future careers. Their brief was to work with our art collections to create an engaging exhibition to attract a younger audience to the Manx Museum. 

The Curating the Art Collections Team – (Left to right) Amy Ratcliffe, Lucy-may Hill, Eleanor Lees, Eryn Bryne and Molly Crowe.

‘The Curating the Art Collections project was inspired by an idea to trial co-curating an exhibition with members of the community. It was motivated by a desire to enable meaningful engagement with the collections. The six students had behind the scenes access to our art collections, and were able to choose paintings for the show. We have all been extremely impressed by their  professionalism, and the quality of the show is fantastic.’

New Recruits

PwC has announced the recent addition of three new recruits. Dasa Brynjolffssen joins as a Director within the Assurance and Consulting team, Daithí O’Regan joins as a Manager with a specific focus on providing Regulatory and Compliance advice and Adolf Mugandiwa joins as a Manager in the Risk Assurance Services team.

Nick Halsall, Territory Senior Partner commented: ‘I am delighted to have welcomed Dasa, Daithí and Adolf to the firm over recent months enabling us to continue to invest in the future needs of our staff and clients. The skills and experience Dasa, Daithí and Adolf bring to the firm, combined with the breadth of our staff’s current skills will further add to our ability to ensure we maintain exceptional quality whilst providing sustained outcomes to our clients at a time of significant change and disruption, be it ESG, Regulatory, and Technology. They are each well placed to ensure we address a broad range of client needs and develop the quality services we offer.’

Best Turned Out

St John Ambulance Isle of Man Cadet Hannah James and the Isle of Man Sea Cadet Corps have been recognised in the Tynwald Day 2021 Best Turned Out awards.

Best Turned Out Individual Hannah, 17, said she was delighted to have received such an unexpected honour, adding: ‘It’s a very proud occasion to be on parade on Tynwald Day, especially this year when we were in the presence of Her Royal Highness, the Princess Royal and that 2021 was first time St John Ambulance has won a Best Turned Out award.’ Queen Elizabeth II High School student Hannah added that she hoped to apply the skills she had learned to pursuing a career in physiotherapy and rehabilitation.

St John Ambulance Isle of Man commanding officer Martin Benson said that Hannah was an ‘exceptional’ cadet who had been on water duty at the Tynwald Day ceremony but then had stepped in magnificently at short notice to serve as standard bearer after a member fell ill.

Receiving the Best Turned Out Unit award on behalf of the Isle of Man Sea Cadet Corps, sublieutenant Jamie Ward, 25, said: ‘The 2021 Royal Tynwald Day was the first major event we had attended since 2019, because of the pandemic. The island’s cadet corps are quite competitive so we’re extremely pleased to have won this award, which is a great morale booster for all of us.’

President of Tynwald, Laurence Skelly MLC, said: ‘Creating these awards was very important as a means to recognise the vital contribution made by the military, not only to the Tynwald Day ceremony but also to the Island’s history and heritage.’

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