Drop-In Centre, Talks and Workshops

During 2017 there have been 3 drop–in centre events at Braddan Church New Hall in the Isle of Man. These were quite informal, lasted 2 to 3 hours, and refreshments were supplied in the way of tea, coffee and biscuits.  read more..

Visits to Knox places of interest

From 2017 to 2019 there have been several group visits to places of Knox interest:read more..

Events

In addition to the drop – in centre events and the visits to places of Knox interest talks and exhibitions have been held at various venues.read more..

Forum Mission

Mission statement

The mission of The Archibald Knox Forum is to promote the work and legacy of Archibald Knox both nationally and internationally, thus furthering the artistic and cultural history of the Isle of Man and attributing to Knox the stature of one of the greatest decorative arts designers of the late 19th and early 20th centuries.  Read More

Knox Flyer

Archibald Knox (1864-1933) was a pioneer of modern 20th century design and art in general. For many, Archibald Knox’s decorative art in metalware is what Charles Rennie Mackintosh and Frank Lloyd Wright are in furniture and architecture.  His work bridges the Arts and Crafts Movement, Celtic Revival, Art Nouveau and Modernism. He did not reject the past and could look backwards easily, yet he defined the modernist sensibility of “less is more.” As expressed by a renowned expert: Read More

Exhibitions

Chris Hobdell, Co-Founder of The Archibald Knox Forum introduces ‘Archibald Knox: Artist, Designer, Teacher’, an exhibition at the Manx Museum.

The Archibald Knox Forum curated ‘Archibald Knox: Artist, Designer, Teacher’ – a  free exhibition at the Manx Museum.

The Archibald Knox Forum is very grateful to the collectors, Manx National Heritage, 2018 Year of Our Island and Culture Vannin for the sponsorship, help and support they gave to make the exhibition a success.

The exhibition ran from 12 October 2018 to 13 January 2019 and as well as the 40+ Knox items on display (many of which had not been seen on the Isle of Man before) there were 28 wall posters showing the breadth of Knox’s designing genius including:

Watercolours, Oil Paintings, Illuminated Illustraions, Photography, Graphic Designs. Textiles, Wallpapers, Rugs/Carpets, Commemorative Memorials, Plaques and Grave designs, Sketches, Ceramics and The Deer’s Cry,

During the three month period there were also talks and visits to see some of the Knox designed graves on the Island. These included:

Talks:

An introduction to the origins of the “Cymric” and “Tudric” ranges by Liberty & Co. – Derek Tootill

Industrial espionage in late 19th/early 20th century with examples of design stealing. – Sue Wilson

Understanding silver hallmarks, Liberty & Co. marks etc. and info, on Peel Cathedra’sl Knox designed silver. – Julie Quine

All Saints’ Lonan Church with 2 Knox war memorials, a Knox designed pavement and the grave of Canon John Quine.- Julie Quine

An introduction to “When is a Knox not a Knox.” – Sue Wilson

Curatorial talk on The Deer’s Cry and a chance to see this Manx National Treasure. – Yvonne Cresswell of Manx National Heritage.

Visits

Three visits over the period to Douglas Borough Cemetery to see the 8 Knox designed graves there. – Peter Killey