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Island of Culture 2014

Collection Issue Date: 6th January 2014

A commemoration of a year-long festival of the arts on the Island.

As the diverse and exceptional cultural life of the Isle of Man is recognised by the 2014 Island of culture festivities, we join the celebration of the arts with an issue featuring the work of Manx artist Juan Moore.

Issue Information

Island of Culture 2014 is a year of special events showcasing the incredibly rich cultural scene in the Isle of Man, from painting and poetry to music and theatre.

Isle of Man Post Office is proud to support this celebration by showcasing the amazing talents of Manx artist Juan Moore in an essential issue.

For collectors, fans of the arts or anybody involved in the Island of Culture, this issue is a wonderful souvenir as well as a highly collectable demonstration of the artistic talent the Island is so rich in.

Juan Moore is an internationally respected artist whose work has been published in the Guardian newspaper, exhibited in London and New York and added to the Manx National Art Collection. In 2010 he masterminded Welcome to the Neighbourhood, a project to put art in public spaces in the Island. He also worked as a digital colourist on the Oscar-nominated film Chico and Rita as well as writing and directing the animated short Evolution of Mann for Manx National Heritage.

Commissioned to design this celebration issue, Juan has produced works which not only pay tribute to the Island's cultural diversity, but are also lovely artworks to own.

Who better than the artist himself to explain the spectacular designs?

"My work has been described as whimsical and I guess that's the starting point from most of it. Each piece is based on a thought, idea or even a feeling, sometimes it can be funny, other times it can be sad, not everything within us is happy so I try and portray the whole spectrum of feelings."

"The real challenge for me is to get down on paper what's in my head. It is also important to me that my work is not only thought-provoking, but that it is accessible to everyone, one of the aims of my work is for it to be as understood by not only those from an art background but for someone who knows nothing about it."

The issue, which has been supported by Island of Culture patrons Mark Kermode, the respected film critic, and Clare Christian, President of Tynwald, is available in sets and sheets, in mint condition and Cancelled to Order, a First Day cover, an envelope featuring all the stamps postmarked with the first day of issue, and a Presentation Pack, which includes not only the stamps in mint condition, but also a four-sided folder featuring more illustrations and information about the Island of Culture and these artworks.

The set also includes our Europa Stamp for 2014, which is available on special Europa sheets, as well as a unique Europa First Day Cover.

During Island of Culture 2014 local artist Juan Moore will be creating a unique image every day. To view Juan's Images click here.

Technical Information

Illustrations Juan Moore
Text Mark Kermode & Clare Christian
Stamp Size 40 x 40mm
Sheet Format 20 Stamps per Sheet
Colours 4
Process Offset Lithography
Perforations 14 per 2cms
Paper 110gms PVA Gummed
Issue Date 6th January 2014

Video

For an exclusive look at the stamps please watch our video.

Mark Kermode Film Critic, Author and Patron of Island of Culture 2014 comments on the stamps. See more here.

Collection Products

Island of Culture Mounted, Signed Limited Edition Postcard and Stamp Set
Island of Culture Mounted, Signed Limited Edition Postcard and Stamp Set

Product Code: SA62

This is a unique opportunity to own a limited edition, signed and numbered artist’s print along with a set of the Island of Culture stamps.

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Island of Culture Stamped Prints
Island of Culture Stamped Prints

Product Code: SA17

Each of Juan Moore's stunning Island of Culture designs is also available individually, as part of a limited edition print and stamp set (300 x 250mm). There are just 250 of each design, with every one signed and number by the artist.

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Island of Culture Set of Postcards
Island of Culture Set of Postcards

Product Code: SA60

The extraordinary and unique artwork which features on our collectable Island of Culture stamp issue is also available as a set of eight stunning postcards, perfect to display the incredible art of Juan Moore.

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