Preview & Prize giving: Sat 29 Jul, 6 – 8pm, FREE, all welcome
With the title and theme ‘I must down to the seas again’ from John Masefield’s original ‘Sea Fever’ poem*, our biennial OPEN Exhibition presents sea and marine inspired works that reflect our love, fear, and curiosity about the sea. Alongside these contemporary works, selected marine-based works and artefacts from the Isle of Wight Council Heritage Services collection will also be on display revealing a wonderful array of works inspired by the Island’s coastline.
Selected artists have come from all over the Island, including many from the mainland such as, Norfolk, Cardiff, Eastbourne, Wiltshire, Bristol, Hampshire, Farnham, Berkshire and London. Selected artists are:
Pauline Barnden | Judith Barton | Christie Bird | Annette Bramley | Molly Burnip | Aliceson Carter | Pat Clarke | Edna Coatsworth | Rups Cregeen | Judes Crow & Mary Flynn | Gordon Dalton | Natalie Dowse | Fran Farrar | Mary Flynn | Cathy Golden | Daphne Gradidge | Stephanie Grainger | Helen Grant | Howard Hardiman | Kerrie Hearn | Moira Jarvis | Serena Katt | Richard Mair | Karen Marks | Brian Marriott | Julian Masson | Elaine Mccracken | Sophia Meeres | Ashley Nesbitt | Helen Oishi | Diana Parsons | Susie Pragnell | Kenneth Prust | Deborah Richards | Vanessa Rolf | Angela Sowden | Nina Sverdvik | Martin Swan | Sadie Tierney | Anne Toms | Brenda Ullrich | Caroline Underwood | Jo Vane | Penny Walford | Tony Westmore | Ian Whitmore |Abigail Wheeler | Jill Wilkinson | Darcy Willett | Paul Windridge | Paul Woods | Lynn Young.
A full programme of live events will accompany this exhibition as well as a community response show in the gallery.
One artist will be selected from the OPEN Exhibition for a solo exhibition in Quay Arts’ West Gallery in 2019. Previous Open Exhibition winners include artists Joanna Kori (2015 – Open), Holly Cade & Liz Sterry (2013 – Open ‘Duet’), Katayoun Dowlatshahi (2010/11 – Open), and Julian Rowe (2008 – Open ‘Location’).
Other visual art exhibitions coinciding with this summer’s theme at Quay Arts are:
- ‘Islands within an Island’ by Gianpaolo Mario Giancovich.
- ‘H2O’ by TRAC (the Ryde Art Collective).
- ‘AQUA’ by the East Wight Photography Group.
To top it off, there are lots of evening events bringing you music, theatre and poetry throughout the duration of the exhibition:
- ‘Stories & Songs of the Sea’ on 31st July – music by John Bentley and a short performance of ‘The Wreck of the Irex’ by the Shore Women Writers group’.
- ‘Ferry Tales’ on 8th Aug – songs and poems inspired by cross-Solent ferry crossings by JC Grimshaw, Lydia Fulleylove, Robyn Bolam and Dom Prag.
- ‘Shanties & Songs of the Sea’ on 20th Aug – apart of our regular Folk at the Quay night.
- ‘All at Sea Round the Isle of Wight’ on 3rd Sep – vintage films and talk by Bob Ennis.
- ‘The Souvenir’ on 15th Sep – theatre production of the Souvenir shipwreck by Kevin Wilson.
*‘Sea Fever’ was first published in 1902 in ‘Salt-Water Ballads’ – John Masefield’s first volume of poetry. The text was later changed to the more commonly used “I must go down to the sea again” in 1923.