An exhibition to showcase amateur and professional artists within Rushen opens today (Tuesday).

‘Artists of Rushen’ will be on show at Rushen Heritage Centre in Bridson Street, Port Erin until Saturday, October 28th.

The exhibition features a selection of paintings, drawings, photography, carvings, poetry, and handicrafts from around 30 contributors and has been curated by RHT Directors Kathy Potter and Ali Graham, along with the Rushen Heritage Centre Team.

Heritage Coordinator John Quirk said: ‘This is the first time we have run this kind of open exhibition, inviting artists to submit pieces for consideration. It was something of a step into the unknown, but we have had a wonderful response and our thanks go to everyone who has taken the time to answer our call. We have such a variety of artforms on display, with many using Rushen as their inspiration, and we are sure there will be something for everyone, whatever your artistic tastes.’

Kathy said: ‘This is our final exhibition of the season, with the Heritage Centre closing for the winter on Saturday, October 28th. However, we will be open on Monday and Wednesday afternoons (2pm to 4pm) from November through to early March, as part of the “Warm Spaces” initiative. We are planning a programme of art, crafts, and other activities, but people are welcome to spend time at the Centre without taking part in an organised session. Whenever we are open, please do call in for a chat and a hot drink.’

Run by volunteers, Rushen Heritage Centre features a series of exhibitions each season, acts as a visitor information centre in collaboration with Visit Isle of Man, and sells Rushen Heritage Trust books, greetings cards, and merchandise. It also sells a selection of other maps and books about Rushen.

The Heritage Centre is open 10am-4pm Tuesday to Saturday. Entry is free, with donations always welcome.

For more about Rushen Heritage Centre, contact John Quirk at or on 464634.