Culture Vannin has announced the nine projects it will be supporting from its 40th anniversary grants fund.

The grants awarded, totalling £40,000, aim to support bigger ideas, especially those that embrace innovation and change. 

Recipients, which are listed below, received either £2,500 or £5,00 for their grants which are to allow them to deliver a project, ideally that starts this year, relating to the Isle of Man and the Manx people. The project had to fit within at least one of the areas in the remit of the cultural charity, as laid down in the Manx Heritage Foundation Act: archaeology; history and law; industrial development; language and literature.

Chris Thomas MHK, Chair of Culture Vannin said: ‘This special grant fund celebrates everything that we are about, and I am very pleased with both the quality and diversity of the nine projects our Board has selected to support. We were delighted by the high volume of applications that were received, many of which were of an excellent standard and fitted the remit well.’

The recipients, in alphabetical order, are:

  • Reuben Armstrong, “Grandad and the Pier”, a documentary film capturing the ambitious restoration of the Queen’s Pier in Ramsey.
  • Neil Corlett, “The Peel Fishing Story”, a short film tracing the history and changes that have taken place in the Peel fishing industry.
  • Simon Maddrell, “The Whole Island”, a poetry book inspired by the Isle of Man and the author’s queer Manx identity.
  • Kimmy McHarrie, “Interdependence”, an original artwork installation of a basking shark in a public space, with accompanying film and website documenting the process.
  • Alice Morgan, “Women in Farming on the Isle of Man”, a photobook of portrait photography and interviews.
  • Jonathan Teare, “Manx Churches on the Brink”, an interactive tour guide captured in 360 footage, that highlights change within significant ecclesiastical buildings with the expert insights of Peter Kelly.
  • Zoe Tweedy, “Nigel Kneale – the man who saw the future from the past”, research and a short film about the Manx screenwriter.
  • Sue Woolley, “More Manx Worthies”, recording online the achievements of 40 individuals who made a significantly notable impact on Island life, or those with close Manx connection or of Manx descent who made a significantly notable impact globally.
  • “Yn Cholloo”, a project combining original music, film, photography and field recordings inspired by the Calf of Man and its social history. Working with Gyp Buggane, Thomas Mac Conchoille, Matty Cummingham, Juan Maddrell, and Joff Whitten.