Throwback Thursday: The West Collection 2010

The West Collection: A Quay Vision – 2010

Some nice photos of the exhibition and activity around the show here in the public folder: public/Event Photos/Event photos 2012 and earlier/Event Photos 2010/Exhibition and other Photos by Georgia 2010/2010/The West Gallery/The West Collection 2010 Workshops and Summer School photos and openings

There is a film on this whole project but its on a cd at the Quay so I can’t access it. Might not be needed. Lots of heritage stuff here you could link with – most of which is here one our website:

The title of this ground-breaking exhibition held in 2010, ‘The West Collection: A Quay Vision’, begs the question, ‘whose vision?’ There are many perspectives: you could say, that one Sunday afternoon in 1975, Anne Lewington had the vision when she spotted a disused 19th century brewery warehouse on Newport’s quay; or perhaps it was when Christine and Michael West initiated a fundraiser in their Bembridge home ‘The Garland’; or maybe it was when Anne Toms instigated the £1,100,500 Lottery grant which completely transformed Quay Arts in 1997. You could also say that the vision is happening today, with ideas being passionately pulled together by the next generation of committed Quay Arts team members. Many people should be thanked for their vision and energy in bringing Quay Arts into being and this project celebrated them all. 

Christine and Michael West played a huge part in this exhibition, they loved the visual arts and formed a notable collection of modern British art throughout their lives together. The Wests’ only daughter, Carinthia, generously loaned her parents’ collection for this exhibition, providing an intimate and valuable insight into the lives of her parents; two fascinating individuals who contributed immensely to the creative arts on the Isle of Wight over forty years ago.

The personal revelation of how the Quay Arts building functioned in the 19th century to what it now has become has been an incredible journey. Our goal was to bring these findings to the public; in a way that was never been done before at Quay Arts. Combined with a truly inspiring art collection which belonged to a truly inspiring couple, through this we aimed to enrich peoples understanding of the history of the local area and the story of how Quay Arts came into being through community involvement.

Before Quay Arts existed, there were no venues to hold art exhibitions, a venue to allow the public to peruse and engage with contemporary art, nor artists’ studios to create work or workshops for the public to get involved. But what did exist was the desire and spirit within the hearts and minds of many artists who lived on the Isle of Wight. They had a collective passion and the drive and determination to create a hub for artists and like-minded individuals to explore art and allow the public to engage with it in a way that was unachievable elsewhere on the Isle of Wight.

With special thanks to Heritage Lottery Fund for supporting this project.


Intune Upcycle Orchestra – Justine singing Areosmith

It’s the beginning of a new week in lock down! And what a better way to start the week than by sharing with you another great video from the incredible In Tune Upcycle Orchestra.

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 rehearsing in our building. Every week, we will be sharing videos and stories of these inspirational individuals in the Upcycle Orchestra.

“Todays video from the upcycle orchestra is Justine belting out a Bon Jovi song. Justine loves singing and is building in confidence all the time. Some of us are still continuing to sing on a Friday through Video chat which is great and Justine has been enjoying seeing her friends.” – Darren Price, In Tune Upcycle Orchestra Facilitator

To see the video please click here!

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Dazzle & Disrupt Exhibition

This weekend at Quay Arts, an exciting new exhibition was meant to be opening…

Focusing on themes of perception, disorientation and disruption, ‘Dazzle & Disrupt’ is an exhibition showcasing the work of two emerging contemporary visual artists working in the South; Lisa Traxler and Jeannie Driver. The exhibition pays homage to the Dazzle design invented in 1917 by marine artist Norman Wilkinson and its relationship to the Island’s maritime heritage through newly commissioned artworks.

Despite the West Gallery being closed, we still want to share with you and celebrate the work these artists have made to date! We are gutted this work won’t be seen in the flesh for a while, but we hope you can appreciate these fantastic photos.


Live Events: Rescheduled & Re-launched!

As we’re sure you are aware, we had to cancel/postpone a large amount of events due to the Covid-19 pandemic.  We have managed to reschedule the majority of the cancelled March-April programme and are pleased to announce the new dates below:  

All existing tickets/seat places have been re-allocated to these new dates.  We will be contacting everyone who has purchased tickets to these events over the next week.  Please bear with us during this time as we will be working through the events performance by performance in date order – but rest assured we will be in contact soon.  Any queries you may have in the meantime can be directed to  


Throwback Thursdays – The Big Draw 2019!

Did you take part in last years The Big Draw Festival at Quay Arts? We wanted to share with you the amazing animation video that was made in result of the family workshop. 

On Wednesday 30th Oct, Quay Arts took part in the Big Draw Festival #DrawnToLife. Families joined Charlotte Ager and Matty Ellis to create a unique stop frame animation. Here is the finished result – It’s fantastic! Thank you to all who took part.Hopefully this is something to put a smile on your face today! 

Why not try make your very own animation at home? Create & draw characters, make up scenes and take a series of pictures.

To find out more about the Big Draw please click here!


‘The Great Leap Forward’ Virtual Tour!

This would of been the last week to see the ‘Great Leap Forward’ Exhibition in the West Gallery…

The Great Leap Forward Exhibition is a group exhibition of work created by local school children from across the Island reflecting upon the heritage of the Isle of Wight and theme of ‘The Future’, drawing inspiration from, and celebrating the Lift the Lid project and commissions. It’s such a shame that this fantastic exhibition only had a few visitors before it had to shut due to COVID-19.

Artists Ian Whitmore and Chris Jenkins worked with Island schools; St Saviours, Queensgate, Nine Acres, St Catherine’s, The Island Free School and Barton Primary to create work for The Great Leap Forward celebratory exhibition exploring heritage, culture and the theme of ‘The Future’. Taking inspiration from the four Lift the Lid public art commissions created on the Island earlier last year, the artists and young people invite the viewer to consider what cultural heritage means to you and what might be left in the future for others to discover.

However, if you were unable to see it, we have put together a small virtual tour for you!


HOMEART # 5 – Shadow Tracings!

A simple and fun activity making art from shadows.

Materials needed: Paper, crayons, pens, sunshine or an internal light source.

Find a sunny spot in your garden or on your stoop.

Place an object or two directly on the ground or raised on a stool etc.

Make sure to position your set-up so that light falls across it and casts a shadow.

Place a sheet of paper in the path of the shadow and trace around the edges to capture a likeness.

Rotating an item will alter the shape of it’s shadow. Experiment to cast detail or create interesting shapes.

Swapping objects or rotating and re-drawing items several times will create layered semi-abstract drawings.

Try using different colours for overlapping tracings to add vitality.

We used ships-in-bottles, toy dinosaurs, cacti and a miniature star wars model in our experiments. What will you use?

Make sure to share this with friends and family you know who will want to give it a go! We would love to see your creations – tag us in your pictures!


Intune Upcycle Orchestra Fridays – Joe Buckell

Every Friday at Quay Arts, we normally have the incredible In Tune Upcycle Orchestra rehearsing in our building. Every Friday, we will be sharing videos and stories of these inspirational individuals in the Upcycle Orchestra.

This Friday, we share a video of Joe Buckell!
“Cor blimey is it Friday already! This week I would like to introduce you to Mr Joe Buckell. Joe has a very good music knowledge and is the king of air guitar. As you can see by this great video of Joe singing he has a connection with a lot of the song’s that he sings and likes to give a good intro!! Take it away Joe and happy Friday everyone, please take care!” – Darren Price – In Tune Upcycle Orchestra Facilitator


Throwback Thursday – Richard Long Exhibition 2017

Three years have past since Turner Prize winning artist and Britain’s leading figure in Land Art, Richard Long presented a series of photographic and text works as well as a monumental floor installation made from flint in our main gallery. A vinyl text installation ‘The Isle of Wight as Six Walks’ 1982, from which the exhibition takes it name, was on display for the first time, representing coast to coast walks by roads and paths on the Isle of Wight, as well as a bespoke ‘wall drawing’ using local mud from the River Medina.

Richard Long discusses his exhibition ‘The Isle of Wight as Six Walks’ and wider work with writer and curator Les Buckingham. You can find the full talk on our Youtube Channel.

Check out these incredible photos of the exhibition by Julian Winslow. 📸

And talking of walking, the team at Quay Arts are taking part in the ‘Walk the Wight Your Way’ in memory of our dear colleague, Jeni Saunders (Pink Jen). 

Due to COVID-19, the normal Walk The Wight event won’t be taking place. HOWEVER, Mountbatten Isle of Wight have asked for people to Walk the Wight ‘Your Way’! Therefore, Quay Arts staff will be completing 26 miles walking in their own time, to raise money for Mountbatten Isle of Wight.

If you would like to donate, please click here for the Quay Arts Just Giving Page!


HOMEART #4 – Consequence Characters

Drawing consequences is a great fun quick game to play with your family!

Here is what you need…

Any size plain paper
Pen or pencil
Felt tips or colouring pencils
Other people to play with

  1. Without letting anyone else see, draw a ‘head’ on the top of your sheet.
  2. Fold the paper over so that only bottom on the neck shows, pass your drawings to the person on your left. 
  3. Now draw neck, arms, body and very top of legs. 
  4. Fold over the paper so that only the top of the legs show and pass to the left. 
  5. Finally draw legs and feet and get ready for the big hilarious reveal!

Remember, be as wild and creative as you can – you can have lots of legs, wings instead of arms, a robot head, giant furry feet…

Grow your character and write a story…
Colour in your drawing and bring the creature to life – Give them a name. Where do they live? Do they have a job? Who are their friends? What sort of personality do they have? Can you imagine what adventures they might get up to? Let your imagination run free.

Please share your creations with us and don’t forget to tag Quay Arts! 


MHT – A Dancer’s Isolation Diary

With the Mike Howley Trust funding round now open for 2020/2021, we have asked previous MHT recepients what they have been up to during Isolation and how they have found new ways to be creative staying at home.

Here is a video put together by Dancer Jorja Follina Dance & Fitness

“This is a collection of moments from my time in isolation. As a dancer it has been very important to keep active and finding ways to continue researching movement, even in a small space. I didn’t put too much pressure on what I did each day, as long as I found movement in some way. Some days have been difficult and felt unproductive, other days I felt incredibly inspired – and I wanted to show this fluctuation in the video.”

If you would like to find out more about the Mike Howley Trust and how you can apply for funding as a young creative, please click here!


HOMEART #3 – Bejewelled Eggs!

Make your own Bejeweled Eggs this Easter weekend!

Between 1885 – 1917 the House of Faberge produced exquisite jewelled eggs for the Tsars of Russia.

This Easter, Quay Arts is inviting you to create and share your own blinged-up eggs which we’ll put up in an online albumen.

Assuming you don’t have precious metals, minerals and gemstones or a team of master craftspeople to hand, the following pointers might give you some ideas.

Make abstract marks on a piece of thick paper with watercolour, ink, paint. Once dry, cut out an egg shape.

Use shaped die-cutters, hole punches, stickers and drawing materials to decorate and develop the surface of your egg base.

Cut out and glue on paper swag / filigree for a Faberge feel. Add details with metallic markers / paint. Enhance with stick-on-gems.

Et Voila!