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Matthew Chambers Ceramic Sculpture: Buy a Token & Support the Quay


In recognition of early career support received from Quay Arts, acclaimed Island based ceramicist Matthew Chambers has gifted a newly made sculpture to ‘Love Quay’, our fundraising scheme which provides options for supporting the centre through donations or purchase of special products and tokens.

Ceramic sculpture, Matthew Chambers, 2020,  23cm H x 23 W

The donated sculpture, one of a small number of works developed during the lockdown, is an especially interesting piece pointing towards an evolution of form in Matthews work. The sculpture is being shown for the first time at Quay Arts within the café space.

To be in with a chance of owning Matthew’s sculpture one hundred £10 tokens are being made available for purchase. There is no limit to the number of tokens of support you may purchase.

Once all the tokens have been allotted (purchased) a winner will be randomly selected to receive the artwork.

Shipping to a non-Island address must be covered by the winner.

Image Credit: Julian Winslow

We asked Matthew about his connection to Quay Arts and for some insight into the artwork which was created during the lock down.

Quay: Why donate to the Quay?


“Quay Arts did so much to help kick start my professional career when I moved to the Isle of Wight in 2004, as a resident artist of the Arts Council’s ‘Setting Up Scheme’. It enabled me an 18 month residency at the Quay’s Jubilee Stores Studios, with use of facilities when I had none, without which I’m not sure I would’ve managed to get going at all.

The Quay were so supportive of me, not only providing facilities, but also enabling other invaluable support including provision of  a business mentor and help to build my first business website. I’ve been lucky that my business has grown well through the 16 years since, and whilst my studio is no longer based at the Quay, I’ll forever appreciate the help they gave me to begin my career in strength.

The arts sector has been hit particularly hard by the pandemic repercussions, and Quay Arts has not been far from my thoughts throughout. They are so crucial in bringing arts and culture to the island in all its forms, and we all need them to survive to enable this to continue. If I can try to give a little bit back to them for all the help they gave me at a time that was also (for very different reasons) quite difficult, I am very honoured to do so.”

Quay: Why this piece of work?


“I had an aim that 2019 would be the year I would take some time out to experiment and hopefully create something new. Whilst ideas began it didn’t go far, and after minimal time and small beginnings I let frustration and external pressure overtake and I put it on hold. But when the lockdown began in March everything else suddenly stopped, and I had to leave the studio to stay home full time to look after my kids. I decided then to make a temporary studio in the garage to enable a little bit of continuation, whenever I found some time to do so.

But like most of us I felt a general sense of hopelessness when everything kicked off, and didn’t feel like just carrying on with my normal work as life had suddenly become anything but. I decided then it was time to play, and thought the best way to begin was to look at Barbara Hepworth – my all-time greatest inspiration.

I began by using some of her formal elements, whilst trying to do something new of my own with them, and then build upon it.

Developments have steadily continued in the weeks since the beginning of lockdown and there now seems to be a particular focus coming into play that is very much prevalent in this blue piece donated to Quay Arts. With this new focus I feel I am now in a place where I will continue my development, going forwards into whatever kind of new normal we achieve.”

Buy a Matthew Chambers Token – Click here! ALL TOKENS SOLD OUT!

Cafe Bar News Quay News Take Part News What's On News


Quay Arts will be re-opening on Saturday 4th July. And we want to reassure all our customers that we are working hard to put all the measures in place so you can have a safe visit here at the Quay.

In line with the latest Government guidance, we are excited to confirm that Quay Arts will be reopening on Saturday 4th July – we can’t wait to welcome you back!

Your safety and our staff’s safety continues to be our top priority and this is the first step of a phased reopening. And we want to reassure all our customers that we are working hard to put all the measures in place so you can have a safe visit here at the Quay.


  • A new queuing system to protect customers and staff
  • Socially distanced table plan in the café
  • Hand sanitisers available around the building
  • One person at a time in the toilets
  • Limited menu available and additional take away options
  • Staff wearing PPE for table service
  • Protective perspex on the bar
  • Reduced opening hours to 10am – 4pm
  • Tables and chairs will be wiped down and sanitised after every customer use

Please DO NOT come into Quay Arts if you are showing any COVID-19 symptoms – coughing, sneezing, sore throat high temperature or loss of taste and smell. DO NOT come into Quay Arts if you have been in contact with someone with COVID-19.


The galleries will be re-opened as of Saturday 4th July, with a one way system in place for guidance in regards to social distancing. Due to the current situation, the exhibition key which buy ambien next day delivery will be on display in the West Gallery will be the ‘Great Leap Forward’ Exhibition, which was running before lock down. We also have a NEW exhibition in the Clayden Gallery, ‘Battle of the Bands’, musical icons rendered in cardboard from the Hullabaloo At Home Festival 2020!


The craft shop will remain closed but we hope to re-open very soon. The box office has been re-located to the cafe office for the time being.


As we are following the government guidelines, we are still unsure when we will be able to resume with our live events. For the time being, we have had shows reschedule for the later on in the year, and we will be regular contact with ticket holders to any shows which have been rescheduled or cancelled. Watch this space for more updates.


We are currently working on a risk assessment for the re-opening of Jubilee Stores. This may involve reducing class sizes and putting measures in place for regular classes to run smoothly and safely for all participants and tutors. Watch this space for more updates!


We can’t thank the public enough for the all the ongoing support we have received during this difficult time, whether that’s by making a donation or simply sharing your support online. We can’t wait to see you all again – please bear with us whilst we try work out the new normal! Thank you.


Hands & Faces: ONLINE drawing course

Hands and faces with Nick Martin – a short online drawing course

Fridays 24 Jul / 31 Jul / 7 Aug / 10 – 11am / £30


Join experienced tutor Nick Martin for an online course that will help you establish good drawing practice and easy ways of always getting the face and hands ‘right’.

With some simple rules and a little practice, you will never need to fear hands and feet again!

The course is delivered across online via Zoom across three hour long sessions on consecutive Fridays.

Session 1 – group introductions / tutor demo / Q&As

Session 2 – practical activity focussing on the face & features

Session 3 – practical activity exploring hands

An individual 10 min tutorial will be offered to each student between session 2 and 3 for feedback and to set some homework.The course will be delivered via Zoom with a maximum of 10 places available, which must be pre-booked.

This course has been developed with consideration for participants working from home and only a few pencils and some A3 paper is required to join in.


· introduction to students and tutor demo / course Q&A

· x2 sessions of group activity (practicals)

· individual 10m tutorials

The tutor will host the Zoom sessions and allow participants in at the allotted start time of 10am.

Zoom can be downloaded as an app to a PC / laptop or accessed via a web browser.



HOMEART #8 – A La Mondrian!

Piet Mondrian (b. 1872 – d. 1944) was a major player in the Dutch abstract art movement known as the De Stijl (The Style) and regarded as one of the greatest artists of the 20th Century.

He developed a style of totally abstract painting which combined only straight buy klonopin online usa overnight delivery lines and right angles, primary colours and primary values (black, white and grey).

Mondrian’s work continues to inspire architects and fashion designers, such as the contemporary designer Camille Walala

More about Mondrian can be found on Wikipedia:

Create your own MONDRIAN inspired artworks.

You’ll need: thin card (or a cereal box), ruler, scissors, masking tape and pencil.

1.Draw several horizontal and vertical lines on your card (non-glossy side of cereal pack) using the ruler. Make sure the lines are spaced at differently spaced intervals.

2.Where horizontal and vertical lines have crossed you will have created squares and rectangles. Cut out a number of these shapes (but don’t cut out shapes that join the edge of your template).

3.Cut a straight line from the edge of your template to reach into a shape, then use masking tape or similar to repair the single cut line. If you are old enough and competent you can use a craft knife with a metal cutting ruler and self-healing mat underneath. 

4.Place your template over a sheet of white paper and start colouring with red, yellow, blue, black and grey – this recreates the three primary colour and values Mondrian worked with.

5.Make more than one template for variety of shapes and be sure to include some long thin slots, which can be used to box in coloured areas.

6.Rotating templates to apply shapes in different directions for variety.

It’s harder than it looks, to find a harmonious combination of lines, shapes and colour!

Mondrian’s late work such as ‘Victory Boogie Woogie’ (1942) incorporated torn coloured paper. For an extended activity how about cutting out and wrapping coloured bands of paper over paper strips to glue onto a white background.


Upcycle Orchestra – Meet Ben!

Every week we have been sharing with you stories and videos of the brilliant Intune Upcycle Orchestra, who rehearse at Quay Arts every Friday. We are missing the great sounds from the Upcycle team, so we share with you another great video!

The In Tune Upcycle Orchestra – connecting inspirational individuals to the power of music. Every Friday at Quay Arts, we normally have the incredible In Tune Upcycle Orchestra tramadol 200 mg buy online rehearsing in our building. Every week, we will be sharing videos and stories of these inspirational individuals in the Upcycle Orchestra.

“This week’s video features Ben in full Rock mode. Ben has an inherited love for music and enjoys performing infront of others! Please enjoy his awesome performance, rock on Ben!” – Darren Price, In Tune Upcycle Orchestra Facilitator

To see the video please click here!


HOMEART #7: Tasty Tangrams!

Tangrams are Chinese dissection puzzles made up of seven flat shapes called ‘Tans’ which can be put together to form shapes. Invented around 1000 years ago, they were brought to Europe in the 19th Century.

There are 6500+ tangram problems that can be solved using only seven Tan shapes (which should not be overlapped).

But don’t worry! We’re not setting puzzles here – just using the basic shapes to create mindful patterns and geometric art.

Mark up 10 cm squares on a variety of coloured paper (its fine to shade white paper with coloured pencils or paint paper).

If you have a cutting mat you can make use of the printed key rulers to mark up your buy tramadol overnight cod squares.  

Divide up your squares with lines as shown in image 1 & 2 creating parallelograms, triangles and squares.

Cut out as neatly as possible. Use scissors or if you have permission, a craft knife and metal ruler, or a paper guillotine if you own one.

Play with the pieces to create pleasing patterns! Glue them down if you are really pleased with a design.

Feel free to experiment with cut shapes such as circles, hemispheres and different sized squares to expand upon the traditional 7 ‘Tans’!


My Millennium – Throwback to year 2000

Twenty years ago, Quay Arts organised an ambitious project to fill the building with self-portraits of a generation of children. As with many things we’ve done over the years, it started small (with a 10 x 10cm template) but as schools got on board and drawings, paintings and prints came flooding in, it grew to such an extent that the resulting exhibition, My Millenium, ended up in the Guinness Book of Records as the largest collection of self-portraits ever, with 13,626!

Were you one of the thousands of children who took part? Do you recognise yourself in any of these photos? Comment below your memories of the exhibition! 💭

And WATCH THIS SPACE for news of a follow-up, twenty years later….


Isolation Row Virtual Folk Festival

Our venue might be closed at present, but this isn’t stopping local folk singers John key Hacker and John Bentley. Since the lock down a weekly folk club has been running on Zoom and now the organisers are planning a 2 day Folk Festival later this month on Saturday 30th and Sunday 31st May.

Called the Isolation Row Folk Festival it will feature some of the finest local performers, as well as a few mainland guests. It will run from 2-5pm on each day. The event is being held as a fundraiser for Quay Arts.

John Bentley explains ”I run a monthly folk club at the Quay and it’s a great venue. During the Isolation Row Folk Festival we will be encouraging listeners to make a donation to the Quay.”

Those who are appearing will do so through specially recorded video home performances. John buy xanax online cheapest Hacker commented “I’ve been on a steep learning curve to get to grips with the technology but it’s all coming together! We will be streaming the event through Facebook and Youtube.”

Amongst those lined up to play are JC and Kath Grimshaw, Second Time Around and Cajun Daze. Mainland guests include Abacus, The Silver Darlings women’s shanty group and Gemma Kwahaja.

Del Seymour, manager of Quay Arts, said “We really appreciate the support of the Island folk music community. We hope to be open again before too long but in the meantime the music goes on. Please listen in to the Festival and make a donation to the Quay. ”

Readers can find out more about the Festival and stay in touch with developments by searching on Facebook for “Isolation Row Virtual Folk Festival.” To find out more please like the Facebook Page.


A timeline of the Quay’s History

It’s THROWBACK Thursday and today we share with you the timeline of Quay Arts, going all the way to the 1870s. (Click image to see full size.)

What is YOUR oldest memory of the Quay? We would key love to hear your stories and see your photos. If you have any, please send them in to us!

If you like to find out more about the Quay heritage, please click here.


Chris Newnham – Plastic Mermaids

We’ve recieved this lovely message of support from Chris Newnham, from the PLASTIC MERMAIDS. Thank you! If you can spare the money you were saving for that Kashmir Cafe pint to make a donation to the Quay, we would key truly buy tramadol without rx appreciate it.

PLASTIC MERMAIDS have released an acoustic version of their song ‘Milk’, make sure to check it out!


HOMEART #6 – Rock Faces!

This week we are inspired by Grayson Perry’s Art Club TV show and thought it would be fun to create miniature portraits of people and animals using rocks and pebbles in place of a traditional canvas.

Materials Needed: Selection of rocks, permanent pens and paint (household, acrylic or garden).

1.Find some rocks. Flat stones work well for 2D portraits, but interestingly shaped rocks are great for 3D efforts.

2.Apply a background wash / layer of paint. If the colours are thin or light, apply more layers to deepen colour. Work on multiple rocks to avoid watching paint dry, or use a hairdryer to speed key things up.

3.Aim for a likeness of your subject rather than a detailed facsimile! 

4.If you have a limited palette experiment with colour mixing or go ‘Warhol’ and choose unconventional / clashing combinations.

5.Use permanent pens over paint for fine or bold detailing. If you decide to seal your artwork with a clear varnish, make sure to use a well ventilated space.

We’d love to see your portraits of people and animals and especially celebrity rock-stars! Make sure to send in pictures of your creations to us or tag Quay Arts.

Also don’t forget to find other HOMEART activities at the Quay@Home blog!


Upcycle Orchestra Fridays – Barnaby!

Happy Friday everyone! We love sharing these videos and stories from the In Tune Upcycle Orchestra, and miss hearing the rehearsals every Friday morning.

Check out this weeks video of Barnaby…

“This week is the turn of one of the upcyle orchestra’s newest members, Barnaby. For somebody who finds it tricky to perform in front of others, I am sure you will key agree no fax payday loan buy tramadol this is a very fine and confident performance of Lucy in the sky with diamonds. Enjoy!!” – Darren Price, In Tune Upcycle Orchestra Facilitator.

Click here to see the video.