Visitors to Rushen Heritage Centre will discover the enchanting beauty of the Isle of Man’s nature at a new ‘Art of Wild’ exhibition.

Curated by the team at Manx Wildlife Trust, Art of Wild opens to the public on Tuesday, June 4 and runs until Saturday, July 13.

The exhibition features a captivating display of nature-inspired art by celebrated local artists such as Jeremy Paul, Erica Kermode, and Ali Hodgson, the Biosphere Artist In Residence.

It is a diverse collection showcasing the artists’ profound connection to the natural world, featuring stunning original paintings, intricate ceramics, evocative photography, and exquisite prints. Each piece reflects our unique Island wildlife through the theme of land, sea and air, bringing the untamed beauty of nature into the gallery.

The Centre, in Bridson Street, Port Erin is run by Rushen Heritage Trust and is open Tuesday to Saturday, 10.00am-4.00pm.

Graham Makepeace-Warne is Manx Wildlife Trust’s Head of Engagement.

He said: ‘The Art of Wild exhibition beautifully captures the essence of our Island’s natural beauty through the eyes of talented local artists. It’s a testament to the incredible biodiversity we are privileged to protect and cherish. We are thrilled to be involved in this celebration of nature and creativity and grateful to Rushen Heritage Centre for hosting it.’

John Quirk, Coordinator for Rushen Heritage Trust, said: ‘Whether you are an art enthusiast, a nature lover, or simply seeking inspiration, Art of Wild offers a perfect blend of creativity and the great outdoors. The exhibited works are also available for purchase, allowing you to take home a piece of this extraordinary celebration of nature. A percentage of the takings will go to Manx Wildlife Trust to help protect the Island’s precious wild spaces and species. Don’t miss this opportunity to support both local artists and MWT, as well as enjoying the serenity and wonder of nature through their eyes.’

Rushen Heritage Trust, which is celebrating its 10th birthday this year, would like to thank Gough Ritchie Charitable Trust for its support towards this season’s exhibitions.

A list of future exhibitions to mark in your diary:

  • Manx Grand Prix & 150th Anniversary of Port Erin Steam Railway Line – July 16-August 24
  • Milner: The Man & The Tower – August 27-October 5
  • Rollage ny Twoaie: Renovating a Tholtan – October 8-November 2

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 and merchandise. It also sells RHT greetings cards featuring scenes from around Rushen, and a selection of other books and maps relating to Rushen.

For more about Rushen Heritage Centre, contact John at rushenht@gmail.com or on 464634.