Space Dolphin

Astronaut, author and artist Nicole Stott has designed a dolphin sculpture for The Big Splash, this year’s Hospice Isle of Man’s ‘Wild in Art’ fundraising campaign. The veteran NASA astronaut drew on her spaceflight experiences as inspiration for the design, which will be painted by Manx artist Kate Summerville. 

Nicole’s ‘Space Dolphin’ will be among more than 30 other sculptures of dolphins and their calves to feature in an island-wide public art discovery trail this summer. 

Nicole, who was the first astronaut to have painted with watercolours on a spaceflight, said: ‘I wanted my design to convey the message that my Space Dolphin is on a mission that’s “off the Earth but for the Earth”, and for it to illustrate the vital connection between personal and planetary wellbeing. That message has been brilliantly interpreted by Kate.’

Hospice Isle of Man chief executive Anne Mills added: ‘All of us at Hospice have been truly overwhelmed and not a little humbled by the amazing response we’re seeing to The Big Splash. This stellar collaboration between Nicole and Kate is yet another example of how The Big Splash is inspiring artists and designers “to boldly go” in support of Hospice Isle of Man.’

Beach Buddies

Beach Buddies returns to the beaches this weekend with a volunteer event at Brewery Bay (Gansey Bay) meeting on Sunday morning, April 24, at 10.30am opposite the Shore Hotel.

Founder Bill Dale said: ‘Every session this year has seen new volunteers take part, and new faces are always welcome and encouraged to give it a try – especially families. If you’ve not tried it before, then you can expect to get a friendly welcome, meet some like-minded people and perhaps enjoy some refreshments afterwards!’

Museum Art

The Manx Museum’s popular exhibition ‘Day For Night: A Season in Douglas’ will close on Sunday April 24 at 4pm. To mark the last day of the exhibition artist Martin Hearne will be offering a free guided tour of the exhibition at 2pm for those who would like to discover more about the paintings.

‘Day for Night: A Season in Douglas’ explores the visual transformation of Douglas into a postcard perfect holiday destination from the heady days of tourism during the 50s, 60s and 70s. Using the vivid, vibrant colours of the holiday season, Martin Hearne’s collection of work evokes memories from seasons past.  The exhibition has been kindly supported by the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company who have generously assisted with transportation costs.

The exhibition closes on Sunday April 24. All the artworks in the exhibition are available for purchase either from the Manx Museum or online. Free tickets for the guided tour are available from MNH’s website.

New Website Shows off Charity Work

Support for more than 10 charities is celebrated on Acclaim’s new site – accla.im – in a dedicated section about the corporate service provider’s CSR programme.

The Acclaim (a Trust and Corporate Service Provider) team is encouraged to get involved with raising funds for charities of their choice, and allowed time out to take part in charitable and community activities. Over the years they have raised funds for numerous charities, including Manx Cancer Help, Manx Breast Cancer Support Group, Anthony Nolan, Cancer Research UK, Diana Princess of Wales Care at Home Trust, Woodland Trust, Motor Neurone Disease Association, Alzheimer’s Society, Children in Need, Macmillan Cancer Support, and The Children’s Centre. Acclaim also provides professional services (pro bono) to the Guide Dogs for the Blind charity.

The company also has a Community Engagement programme to encourage health and wellbeing for employees and the local community. As part of this initiative it has sponsored several events and groups, including:

  • IOM Branch of the Pony Club
  • Isle of Man Veterans Athletics Club
  • Reach (a Tractor Run to raise funds for the Hyperbaric Chamber)
  • Kennaa Riding Club

Acclaim Managing Director, Sandra Georgeson (above), commented: ‘We wanted to do more to highlight our core values and CSR programme, so in addition to the dedicated section on the website they will also feature more prominently in our social content. Our sustainability programme, which underpins our commitment to support the Isle of Man’s net-zero 2050 commitment, is also a major focus.’