Arts project aims to inspire during isolation

Home is where the art isArtists and creatives in the Isle of Man are being invited to take part in a project, run by the Isle of Man Arts Council, to celebrate creation in isolation and boost wellbeing.

As we move into the fifth week of measures to control the spread of coronavirus in our Island, the Arts Council is reaching out to artists, musicians, poets and dancers to submit videos of their work to help keep Manx culture alive during these challenging times.

The ‘Home is Where the Art is’ project will celebrate 31 days of creation in self-isolation.

Mrs Marlene Maska MLC, Chair of the Arts Council said:

‘At a time of social distancing, when artists are often unable to perform or exhibit, we aim to help uplift the mental health and wellbeing of our community by using the internet and social media to keep our culture alive and support our creative artists through this difficult period.’

Artists and creatives are asked to produce a short video of their work created during lockdown and submit it to the Arts Council. The films will be judged by a panel including members of the Arts Council, and each day in May a new video will be uploaded to their website and social media feeds.

Each successful participant will receive payment of £100 as support and thanks.

The videos can be of any art form – music, art, poetry, drama and dance - and must fit into one or more of the following categories:

  • Original
  • Inspirational
  • Educational
  • Interactive

Further information can be found on the Arts Council website www.iomarts.com where interested people can register via a form sent to the Isle of Man Arts Council general email: iomartscouncil@gov.im

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