New Isle of Man Arts Council Members Announced

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Isle of Man Arts Council announce new member appointments

The Isle of Man Arts Council is delighted to announce the appointment of three new members. 

The appointments follow the recent election of Peter Greenhill to serve as an MLC and the departure from the IOMAC of Jo Pretty and Dave Armstrong at the end of their respective terms of office.

Steven Daykin, David Kilgallon and Jeremy Theobald will join the Council at their September meeting, each beginning a four year term.

Steven Daykin is the current Director of Music at King William’s College and is also an examiner, presenter and educational consultant for the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM). 

He holds a BMus (Hons) and PgDip from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and is also a freelance professional musician.

David Kilgallon is a well-known local and international musician, composer and producer, writing for TV, radio, events and various music collaborations such as “Mec Lir”.  He is also the producer and director of “Manannan’s Winterfest” at the Gaiety Theatre.

He holds an MA in Composition from York University and a BSC Hons in Music Tech from Staffordshire University.

Jeremy Theobald is a film actor, producer and writer who has worked with directors such as Christopher Nolan and who has appeared in major films such as “Batman Begins”.  He is also a board member of the charity “Teapot Trust”, providing art therapy for children with chronic medical conditions.

Jeremy has also worked with the Digital Agency in DfE, creating a strategy to support the film and creative industries in the IOM.  He holds a BSc (Hons) in Physiology from University College London. 

Marlene Maska MLC, Chairman of the Isle of Man Arts Council said “We are delighted to welcome Steven, David and Jeremy to the Isle of Man Arts Council.  With the breadth of their talents and experience and their passions for the arts, they will bring valuable perspectives and added depth to an already experienced and talented Council.  These are three extremely exciting appointments for the future of the arts on the Isle of Man. 

‘Research continues to show the contribution which the arts, culture and creativity make to our quality of life and general wellbeing and this has been highlighted during lockdown; therefore it is vitally important that the membership of Isle of Man Arts Council reflects the unique character and opportunities our Island provides and support continues to be offered to our vibrant creative community.’

The Isle of Man Arts Council

The Isle of Man Arts Council was set up over 50 years ago to support the work of local amateurs and professionals as well as visiting artists. It funds many organisations and offers advice and information to hundreds of people every year, encouraging and enabling participation and development in all aspects of the arts.

Membership of the Arts Council is voluntary. Members give their time freely to serve the people of the Isle of Man by developing and improving the knowledge, understanding, practice and access to the arts in all its forms. The Arts Council is a sponsored body of the Department of the Education, Sport and Culture.

Current members

The current chair of the  IOM Arts Council is Mrs. Marlene Maska MLC.

Steven, David and Jeremy will join fellow council members: Laura Rowles, Jo Callister, Chris Williamson, Sharon Walker, and Ben Heath.

See all council member bios here. ( )

National Joint Strategy for Culture and the Arts

The IOM Arts Council and Culture Vannin have a shared vision to promote and develop arts and culture on the Isle of Man. Whilst we work together to do this through our Joint National Strategy, we do so in very different and wholly distinct ways.

Read more about our initiatives here. ( )

Culture Vannin is represented on the council by Chris Williamson and the IOM Arts Council are in turn represented on the Culture Vannin Board by Ben Heath.

Contact Us

The Isle of Man Arts Council
Department of Education Sport and Culture
Unit 8, Villa Marina Arcade
Harris Promenade

Telephone:+44 1624 694598

A sponsored body of
The Department of Education, Sport and Culture
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