The Isle of Man Steam Packet Company is supporting the homecoming exhibition of Manx artist Julie Anne Denton.

Work by the former Courtyard Gallery Artist in Residence will be displayed at the Isle Gallery in Tynwald Mills, St John’s, for four weeks from 13th September. The Steam Packet Company has agreed to transport the artwork for the exhibition to and from the Island for free.

This will be Julie Anne’s first solo exhibition in the Isle of Man since she moved to Zurich, Switzerland, in 2009. Since then, she has been working as an artist and designer, lecturing and exhibiting across Europe, and has won a series of prestigious prizes.

Most recently she has been engaged in the architectural industry creating solid glass sandcast panels for interior and exterior spaces, currently focusing on a central art space in Berlin. She is also continuing her work towards completing a PhD in glass techniques and their conceptual applications.

Before relocating, Julie Anne was commissioned by Manx National Heritage to create an exact reproduction of the Pagan Lady Necklace, which is displayed in the Manx Museum. She also created work for the British Craft room at Liberty of London, and was commissioned by the Tate to create a jewellery line based on the work of Turner, Whistler and Monet.

Isle Gallery exhibition curator Anna Clucas said: ‘We are looking forward to welcoming Julie Anne home and delighted to be hosting her first solo exhibition in the Isle of Man for so many years. She has made quite a mark across Europe, and further afield, in recent years, and wants to share her new contemporary works with people in the Island.

‘I’d like to thank the Steam Packet Company for its generous support, which is a major contribution to the staging of an exhibition which promises to be momentous and exciting.’

Isle of Man Steam Packet Company Chief Executive Mark Woodward added: ‘The Isle of Man has produced some truly talented artists, and it is exciting to see creative people like Julie Anne making their mark across Europe and the rest of the world. We’re delighted to be able to assist the Isle Gallery stage this exhibition of Julie Anne’s work, which will be a wonderful opportunity for people here to see the pieces which are winning her such critical acclaim.’

The exhibition opens at 2pm on Sunday, 13th September.

‘He's got a lot of heart’ and ‘Flower’ (Photos by Kevin Moonan).