Sayle Gallery - Answering the need to create

Answering the Need to Create

An Exhibition by Colleen Corlett

13 Oct - 20 Nov 2016

Sayle Gallery, 1 - 3 Harris Promenade, Douglas. 10 - 5 Tues - Sat, 1.30 - 4.30 Sun

Colleen is probably best known on the Isle of Man for the stamp designs she created whilst employed as the Designer at the Isle of Man Post Office for 15 years. The philatelic work she produced has become a part of our rich Manx heritage and is stored at the Museum for posterity.

Colleen's current creative practice goes far beyond the miniature, two dimensional format of a postage stamp. She works prolifically and does not confine herself to any one medium, dimension or inspiration. This latest solo exhibition will show Colleen's recent explorations into calligraphy, painting, pastels, stained glass, sandblasted glass, ceramics, tapestry, quilting, crochet and embroidery.

Although she trained as a graphic designer, Colleen has gradually expanded her repertoire as a designer and craftsperson. She states that, 'I love learning new things and I love making things.'  This is very apparent in the breadth of work in Colleen's exhibition where she displays her ability to turn her creative hand to numerous ways of working. A single motif designed by Colleen may be painted, interpreted as a tapestry or carved as decoration into the surface of one of her ceramic pieces. Colleen has been a teacher herself but also an avid learner and has picked up skills wherever she can. Her brother taught her to crochet and her friend, David Parkin inspired her passion for tapestry and quilting.

Colleen is also known on the Island for he watercolours of Manx urban and rural scenery and her illuminated and illustrated scrolls which were produced for Douglas Corporation and Tynwald. Two such scrolls, produced by Colleen, have been presented to the Queen.

Every year, a new volume of 'Strokes of Genius' is published, showcasing the best of international drawing. Colleen has had work selected for inclusion in this prestigious publication for the second year running.

The resulting exhibition from Colleen's 'need to create', is diverse in medium and subject matter and will hopefully inspire others to get involved in their own creative practice.


Inspired by Colleen's work with miniatures and landscape, the Sayle Gallery will be running a family half-term workshop, 'Layered Landscapes', where participants will be creating shoe box dioramas using light and layered imagery, featuring Manx scenes. Wednesday 26th Oct 10 - 3, £30 per family (materials included).

Also, just in time for the season of giving, The Sayle Gallery will be offering workshops where you can create ceramic brooches or magnets using polymer clay, wire and a range of other materials inspired by Colleen's ceramic work. There will be workshops for families and workshops for adults only. Saturday 12th and Saturday 19th November, £30 per adult/family (materials included).

For further details of either workshop please contact the gallery on 674557.

Venue: Sayle Gallery

Start Date: 13-10-2016 @