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O Land of Our Birth in the 21st Century 12 July 2010

The Isle of Man Arts Council is very pleased to present an exhibition by Sally Hogarth entitled 'O Land of our Birth - Cultural Identity within a Global Age’ at the Sayle Gallery from 16th July until 5th August 2010. Sally has been working on a project funded by the Arts Council over the last year and this exhibition will be the culmination of her work during that time. Working with curators from Manx National Heritage, there will also be an installation at one of the cottages at Cregneash during the run of the main exhibition.

At the Sayle Gallery, O Land of our Birth is an exciting exhibition including video, textile and print which seeks to question the influence of popular culture. The work draws upon techniques of folk culture and the way in which it seems to document the lifestyle of a time prior to the global community. Visitors to this exhibition will see influences from Kylie Minogue, Madonna, Chanel and Playboy sitting alongside familiar Manx images and music.

The second part of the exhibition consists of an installation at Cregneash Village, which uses the framework of the museum display to magnify the contrasts the work plays upon. In all, the work aims to allow the spectator to take a fresh look at the cultural landscape we live in, its values and the aspirations it presents to us. Sally Hogarth is a Manx-born artist who studied Fine Art and Art History at Goldsmiths College. In recent years she has exhibited for curators of The South London Gallery, Rob and Roberta Smith and Deptford X Art Festival . She has also received exhibition funding from Ideas Tap, Arts Council England and The John Nicholson Foundation. Last year, out of 400 applicants Sally received a six month ‘Big Idea Award’, selected by Kevin Spacey, the Hollywood actor/director. In 2008 she was awarded a sculpture commission by BAA for the newly opened Heathrow Terminal Five. In September she will begin her postgraduate studies in Fine Art at Central Saint Martins College in London. “An exciting young artist whose work creates an all encompassing experience for the viewer.” - Kevin Spacey

Quintin Gill MHK, Chairman of the Arts Council said “The Arts Council have been delighted to support Sally this year and we’re very excited about her project and the work she has created. Generating opportunities for local artists is high on the Arts Council’s agenda and something we hope to continue with in the future. On behalf of the Arts Council I wish Sally every success.”

Entry to the exhibition at the Sayle Gallery and Cregneash is free (subject to usual Manx National Heritage entry rates).

For further information please contact the Isle of Man Arts Council on 694598, or email iomartscouncil@dtl.gov.im alternatively, visit www.iomarts.com -

Contact: Hon David Cretney MHK, Minister for Community Culture & Leisure Work: 01624 686711 mobile 07624 453011 email: david.cretney@gov.im

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