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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!

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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 which 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.

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Mike Howley Trust: Funding Round now OPEN!

Funding Opportunity for Young Island Creatives

The 2020 Mike Howley Trust awards are now open for applications.

Mike Howley, who worked for many years as Director of Cultural Services for the Isle of Wight Council, died in May 2013, leaving part of his estate for the specific benefit of aspiring young actors, musicians, dancers and writers, between the ages of 18 and 30, living on the Isle of Wight”.

 Trustees welcome applications from people within the stated age range and art forms for investment in areas such as training, equipment, marketing & promotion, recording, rehearsal space, staging, publishing costs, or simply time to create.  If you fit the bill and have an idea you are burning to put into action, we would like to hear from you.

Due to the advent of the coronavirus and our current state of lockdown, we will be looking at all applications digitally and via email this year.

Please read the guidelines carefully and return your application form to Megan at by Fri 24 April 2020, together with a short video about your project – no longer than 2 minutes.. This can be an example of your work if you wish.  Please also contact Megan if you have any questions.

The selection panel will look at all submitted applications and contact you if they have any questions.

We hope to be able to let you know if you have been successful by Monday 4 May.

To download the guidelines please click here.

To download an application form please click here.

Check out this video of last years MHT recepients, talking about how the funding helped them…

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Show your LOVE for the QUAY

As most of you will know, Quay Arts is a charity that can only exist with the active and generous support of people like you. Together, we can continue to support the cultural life of our Island community through this difficult time and in the future.

We have launched an online Gift Voucher which can be purchased now and redeemed in the future when we resume normal activity. The voucher can be used in our Craft Shop, Café, or to purchase a ticket for an event, course or workshop. We really are relying on the support and love from all you wonderful people right now. Please keep safe, be sensible and get creative.

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In the light of recent advice from Government and Public Health England about the outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID-19), we want to do our very best to keep all our staff and customers safe. With this said, here is the update on where we stand on our opening hours/events and other matters regarding our day to day running here at Quay Arts…


Following another team meeting this morning, we have sadly come to the decision to close our doors to the public until further notice for staff and customer safety. Staff will still be onsite and contactable by email and phone. We will be in contact with you if you hold a ticket to an upcoming event or workshop.

Quay Arts are committed to bringing you the very best in arts and creative opportunities on the Isle of Wight. We will strive to find new ways in bringing this to you and ensure we are able to support the local arts ecology. Please bear with us while we explore new avenues in making this accessible to everyone.

Thank you for your understanding & support. Watch this space!


ALL live events originally scheduled to take place in March will no longer go ahead. However, we are currently working to reschedule as many shows as possible. Unfortunately some of the shows may well be cancelled completely. As we are a very small team, please bear with us as we work through each event on a show by show basis. Box Office will be in contact with all ticket holders as soon as possible, we ask for your patience at this time and can assure you we will be doing our very best to keep all customers informed.

We would like to invite all customers to consider transferring their ticket for a new rescheduled date or transfer to a different show taking place later on in the year. Small venues such as ours rely heavily on the revenue from these events to enable us to continue to provide a diverse programme of live entertainment and art. If rescheduling or choosing a different event is not feasible, we are asking customers to consider donating the value of the ticket to Quay Arts – as a charity we really appreciate your support throughout the challenging times we are going through. We will of course provide a refund should you wish but we would really appreciate you considering the other options first.

We have a big programme of events scheduled for the rest of the year, therefore will be reviewing later events nearer the time.


Courses and workshops taking place at Jubilee Stores and Quay Arts have been suspended till further notice. All customers already booked onto a course or workshop will be contacted by a member of our Box Office ASAP.

At this time we do ask for your patience and understanding of all that’s going on, we are doing our very best to keep all ticketholders informed, and if you do have any pressing questions that we have not answered here, please email

As a charity, we can’t thank you enough for your patience and understanding. At these uncertain times, we want to make sure we are doing our best to keep our staff and customers feeling positive and assured. All we can rely on now is support and love from all you wonderful people. Please keep safe, be sensible and keep smiling.

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Volunteer Stewards needed!

Quay Arts is looking to grow its team of volunteer stewards! If you are able to spare a few hours a week – on a regular or ad-hoc basis – we’d love to hear from you.

Stewards play a vital role in ensuring our galleries are always open to the public as well as welcoming visitors.

A typical shift is 3 hours in the morning / afternoon. Seating plus a voucher for drink & cake is provided to our stewards for each shift.

If you’d like to join the team / know more please contact Ian Whitmore, Visual Arts Manager, Quay Arts