About Us

The Isle of Wight’s leading art gallery and venue for live arts events.

The Quay Arts Centre is situated in a converted 19th-Century brewery warehouse complex at the head of the River Medina in the centre of Newport.

Refurbished in 1997 by award winning architect Tony Fretton, our facilities include two galleries, a 134-seat theatre, a Crafts Council-listed gift shop and our popular Café Bar which has a reputation for serving some of the best home-cooked food on the Island. Business conferencing facilities are also available, and the Centre is licensed for weddings and civil partnerships.

Quay Arts is a registered charity, supported by donations from people like you.

Beautiful galleries showing excellent work

The Centre’s gallery spaces and Café wall show a varied, engaging and regularly changing programme of visual arts sourced from artists on the Island, mainland and internationally. Quay Arts is committed to creating opportunities for local and regional artists and we hope our spaces both inspire and allow creativity  to flourish. The Clayden Gallery is also available to hire by visual artists, schools and community groups looking to showcase their art and sell new work.

Intimate live venues with an outstanding programme of events

The superbly equipped theatre at Quay Arts, (named after Island-born Oscar-winning director Anthony Minghella) is one of the best venues on the island to see live performances. An outstanding programme of events offers theatre, comedy, music, dance, children’s entertainment and literature. The popular Café Bar also doubles as a live venue where you can see established and emerging artists while enjoying a drink from our well-stocked bar.

Studios for working artists and workshops

Across the river from Quay Arts is Jubilee Stores, home to passionate, professional artists working in a huge range of media including jewellery, pottery, printmaking, textiles, sculpture and painting. The artists are happy to accept commissions, although please arrange an appointment to discuss your requirements.

Jubilee Stores also hosts many of the workshops and courses on offer at Quay Arts. It’s the ideal place to learn new skills, hone old ones and make new friendships with like-minded people.


Even a little money can make a big difference at Quay Arts

Did you realise that when you buy a cup of freshly ground barista coffee in our Café Bar, you are helping to support the cultural life of the Isle of Wight?

However, the generosity of our supporters goes beyond sales of food, drink and theatre tickets. Gifts of money, time, and even specific items make a huge difference to the amount of work we can do. Together, we can continue to enrich the lives of islanders and visitors with our fantastic programme of events.