A thriving charity built on a firm Foundation

Quay Arts is an independent registered charity, sponsored and managed by the Steve Ross Foundation for the Arts (Charity Reg. No. 272007). The foundation was established in memory of Lord Ross of Newport, long serving Member of Parliament for the Isle of Wight and founder member of Quay Arts.

The Quay Arts Trading Company is made up of the Café Bar, Craft Shop and conferencing facilities and is the trading arm of Steve Ross Foundation for the Arts. It exists for the sole purpose of supporting the charity and its mission. Any surplus generated by the trading company returns directly to the charity.

Why Quay Arts needs people like you

As an entirely self-financed charity, Quay Arts supports itself through its commercial activities and with support from the Island community. The majority of our revenue is generated through our Craft Shop, Café Bar, live events and creative courses and workshops. Every penny we raise is reinvested in our programmes, exhibitions, events and facilities.  We also receive sponsorship and support from Wightlink, WightFibre and Cross Print.

Whenever you spend money at Quay Arts on food and drink, entertainment, or art and craft, you are helping us continue to provide exhibitions, live events, classes and workshops, activities for children, work with schools and everything else we do. You can help us do even more by donating money directly, supporting our QuayHolder scheme, or by volunteering your time to work here.


Fundraising helps us sustain, develop and expand our work. In recent years, this has included:

  • Providing more children’s art projects and gallery education opportunities
  • Helping to support and promote Island artists
  • Providing unique cultural and artistic experiences
  • Helping to source and develop new studio spaces
  • Providing an opportunity for young people to learn film making
  • Creating more opportunities for everyone to participate in the arts

Fundraising is a key part of fulfilling our ambition to be a thriving independent arts organisation and is rewarding and often fun-filled work. If you would like to find out more, get involved, or make a donation, please contact the team on 01983 822490 or send us an email today.


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.