Education policy at Quay Arts

At Quay Arts we use the principle of ‘co-creation’ to guide our education work and our Artist Educators work alongside participants, learning with them and from them, as well as imparting new skills and ways of seeing things. We use our main exhibition programme as a starting point to encourage children and young people to produce work of their own in response to what they see and feel.  We are non-judgemental and respect the views of all children and young people who come to our workshops and exhibitions.

While it is the process of creating the work which excites us, we often celebrate completed work by exhibiting the end result in the Clayden Gallery, our dedicated space for schools and colleges,

Our workshops are usually non-curriculum based, so that children and young people have a very different and open-ended learning experience in the gallery to that which they experience at school. Their work will not be ‘marked’ and every contribution is recognised.

We aim to de-mystify the gallery – to help children understand that galleries are so much more than places to observe – they are both safe and provocative spaces in which to let imaginations run wild.

For more information, please also see our Schools & Colleges page.


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.