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More than 50 local artists apply to take part in art collection on board the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company’s new vessel

(16 March 2022) The Isle of Man Steam Packet Company is commissioning an artwork collection specially curated in collaboration with SMC Art Consultancy, to go on permanent display on board its new vessel, Manxman. 

The Steam Packet Company issued an invitation to local artists, both professional and amateur, to submit artwork proposals for the collection, and are delighted to announce that more than 50 artists have applied since entries closed.

The artwork will celebrate the Island’s creative output, heritage, landscape, and community, and will feature in three main areas on board the new vessel, including the Pet Lounge, Forward Lounge and First-Class Lounge.

Brian Thomson, Managing Director at the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company, said: ‘The overarching theme of the collection is to tell the story of the Isle of Man; be it the archaeology, folklore, literature or stunning and diverse landscape, and who better to tell that story than our local artists.

‘We have received more than 50 submissions, all unique and diverse in their offering. It just goes to show the level of talent the Isle of Man has to offer. Decisions are currently being made, and we will be announcing the successful individuals this Spring.’

Emmie Ratter, Senior Art Consultant at SMC Consultancy, added: ‘The art collection on board Manxman is a great platform to showcase the Isle of Man’s history and beauty in a really unique and creative way. It’s going to be an opportunity for Manx artists to reach a wider audience and we’ve been very impressed with the level of quality and thought that has gone into every submission.

‘In total 11 artists will be commissioned as part of the collection, and we’re looking for individuals that have integrated community spirit into the heart of their artwork proposal. What is key to this collection, is the telling of local, individual, and moving stories worth sharing.’

Successful entries will be announced in the coming weeks. For more information on the artwork collection, visit: https://www.steam-packet.com/manxmanart