– Posted on Tuesday 19th April 2022

The Manx Museum’s popular exhibition ‘Day For Night: A Season in Douglas’ will close on Sunday 24 April at 4pm. To mark the last day of the exhibition artist Martin Hearne will be offering a free guided tour of the exhibition at 2pm for those who would like to discover more about the paintings.

‘Day For Night: A Season in Douglas’ explores the visual transformation of Douglas into a postcard perfect holiday destination from the heady days of tourism during the 50s, 60s and 70s. Using the vivid, vibrant colours of the holiday season, Martin Hearne’s collection of work evokes memories from seasons past. The exhibition has been kindly supported by the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company who have generously assisted with transportation costs.

Katie King, exhibition curator, added:

We want to give visitors one last chance to see the exhibition before it closes and are thrilled that Martin will be returning to the Island to offer a guided tour on the last day of the show. We are also delighted to announce that Martin has agreed to donate one of his wonderfully evocative paintings to the National Art Collections, so that it can be enjoyed and appreciated for years to come.

 The oil painting entitled ‘Family Entertainment’ shows the waves of deckchairs on the solarium floor of the Summerland complex in the summer of 1972. The graphic form of the deckchairs are clamped around a tourist family waiting for the entertainment to begin and enthral them. We think it is a very engaging painting and look forward to exhibiting it in the National Art Gallery at the Manx Museum. Our thanks go to Martin for his most generous donation.”

The exhibition closes on Sunday 24 April. All the artworks in the exhibition are available for purchase either from the Manx Museum or online. Free tickets for the guided tour are available from our website.

The Manx Museum is open daily 9.30am – 4.30pm. Admission is free, with donations welcome to Manx National Heritage, Isle of Man registered charity no. 603.



Martin Hearne attended the Douglas School of Art from 1966 – 1968, before going on to study painting at St. Martins School of Art in London. After many years teaching art at various schools and colleges he became head of Ceramics at Bradford School of Art a post he held until retiring in 2015. He has recently returned to his love of painting.  Past exhibitions of both ceramics and paintings by Martin have included group shows in London and at the Leeds Design Innovation Centre; and solo exhibitions at the South Square arts centre, Bradford, The Bingley Gallery, and at the Manx Museum.


Family Entertainment by Martin Hearne


Media contact:

Lynsey Clague, Communications Manager – Manx National Heritage

T: 01624 648032


Manx National Heritage, Eiraght Ashoonagh Vannin

Manx Museum, Douglas, Isle of Man, IM1 3LY

Isle of Man Registered Charity No 603

Back to top