About the Sayle Gallery
The Sayle Gallery is a registered charity. We serve art and artists on the Isle of Man. Our aim is to inspire interest in the visual arts. We also provide facilities to promote the work of local artists and support the development of their practices. As a charity we are funded by; commission on sales, subscriptions from Gallery Friends and Artists, the IoM Arts Council and donations.
You will find a diverse selection of exhibitions in the main gallery which change approximately monthly. Just as interesting is the Sayle Gallery Shop which features artwork by both Gallery Artists and Friends. We offer a very broad range of styles, media and prices from original cards at a few pounds, upwards. There is a good selection of prints, hand made glass, ceramics and sculpture – something for everyone.
If you would rather watch art actually being created, our Artist in Residence works in the gallery.
Norman Sayle was the most celebrated Manx artist of recent times. Born in 1923, he attended the Douglas High School for Boys and, later, the Douglas School of Art, after which he studied graphic design in the School of Art at Goldsmith’s College, London University fro 1948 to 1952.
He returned to the Island in 1954 as an assistant lecturer at the School of Technology, Arts and Crafts in Douglas – later the Isle of Man College – where he spent his professional life until his retirement in 1989. He served the College as the Head of its Art Department and later as its development officer. He was known as a gifted, charismatic and humorous teacher. ‘Nothing is ever as bad as it’s painted to be!’ was a favourite saying.
In 1993 Sayle won the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours medal for the best painting by a non-member, and the following year he was elected a member of the Institute, a matter of some pride. In 1996 the Manx Museum gave Sayle a one-man show called “A Sense of Place”. He was also four times a prize-winner in the Singer and Friedlander/Sunday Times Watercolour competition, and in 1997 he won the £15,000 first prize. In the same year he was a winner at the “Discerning Eye Exhibition”
In 2007 the Courtyard Gallery in Tynwald Mills was renamed the Sayle Gallery as a tribute to its “friendly, helpful and long-suffering patron”.
Norman Sayle passed away in September, 2007, only a week after being presented with the first ever Tynwald Medal of Honour, awarded for his outstanding contribution to Manx life
Sayle’s chief influence was undoubtedly his fellow Manx artist Archibald Knox, the ‘Arts and Crafts’ painter best known for his interest in Celtic design and his work for Liberty of London. Knox’s watercolours in the Manx Museum, although at the time little known, were a constant source of inspiration to Sayle. His other artistic influences were, he said, John Sell Cotman, Samuel Palmer, Paul Klee and Graham Sutherland.