Application Deadline: Sunday 23rd May 2021, midnight
Emerging and established artists are invited to submit works in any medium for Quay Arts’ biennial Open Exhibition 2021, titled ‘Freedom’.
PRIZES: – Selected group exhibition in the West Gallery in 2022 – Solo exhibition in the West Gallery in 2023
Preview & Prize Giving: Saturday 26th June, 6 – 8pm. Exhibition continues till Sunday 29th August 2021.
‘FREEDOM’ OPEN 2021 Brief: With the title and theme ‘Freedom’, we’re looking for works exploring ideas centred around current freedoms or lack of. Works exploring this theme can be produced in any medium but must be within 2m x 2m dimensions, max no of works x3.
Prizes: One artist will be selected from the Open Exhibition 2021 for a solo exhibition at Quay Arts in the West Gallery in 2023. A further selection of up to 7 artists will be selected for a specially curated group exhibition in the West Gallery for early 2022.
Selection Panel: Rachel Johnston, Open 2019 Winner; Eugene Dugan-Brause, Arts Manager – Quay Arts; Ian Whitmore, Visual Arts Manager (maternity cover) – Quay Arts.
To apply: Applications will be open for artists to apply via our website from Saturday 24th April. One-off £20 Submission fee to enter. Entrants must be 18 yrs or over.
Quay Arts is situated within an ex-brewery warehouse on the banks of the River Medina and is the leading Arts Centre on the Isle of Wight. Quay Arts supports the development and display of new work by contemporary visual artists. The West Gallery was designed by award-winning architect Tony Fretton (Camden Arts Centre, Lisson Gallery, ArtSway) and presents work of national and international interest. It has hosted eclectic exhibitions including solo shows by Rachel Whiteread, Andy Goldsworthy, Kurt Jackson, Martin Creed, Vija Celmins and Richard Long.
Previous Open Exhibition winners include: Rachel Johnston (2019 – Open ‘A Life in Nature’); Caroline Underwood (2017 – Open ‘I must down to the seas again); Joanna Kori (2015 – Open); Holly Cade & Liz Sterry (2013 – Open ‘Duet’); Katayoun Dowlatshahi (2010/11 – Open); and Julian Rowe (2008 – Open ‘Location’).
A NEW HomeArt Activity by artist Antonia McGreachan, inspired by artist David Hockney. Make your very own abstract swimming pool following this step by step tutorial!
David Hockney, water and me, an introduction:
“Water is an essential part of us and our lives. I’ve been captivated by the sight, sound and feel of water all my life and it’s often featured in my paintings. Changing light, movement and the way it abstracts the figure make it a fascinating subject.
As a teenager in the 1980s my Mum took my Sister and I to a very small gallery/shop in London’s Covent Garden, where I saw massive wall-to-wall swimming pool paintings by the artist David Hockney. It was as if I was immersed in my own pool surrounded by colour and the show had a lasting effect on my own work. As I went about my artistic life exploring water and swimmers as a subject I naturally looked at David Hockney’s paintings whose interpretations of water are as varied as the subject of water itself. Thank you mum!”
Before you start making your pool why not take a look at his work – click here.
You will need: ⦁ A drawing pencil ⦁ A4 White card/paper ⦁ A4 dark blue paper ⦁ 2-3 different shades of blue colouring pencils ⦁ A white pencil ⦁ Glue stick ⦁ Scissors
Step 1: Take a breath and tune into the feeling of water, the sound and feel of it, imagine yourself floating! Or if you don’t swim just walking by it. Watch the video I made on Ventnor Beach for inspiration.
Step 2: Take your pencil for a walk across your paper going from one edge to the other. Make sure your paper is on a piece of card or a magazine so the lines and colouring don’t pick up what is underneath.
Step 3: You can make 6 different shades out of your 3 colour pencils by applying different pressure. Practise on a bit of paper or in your sketchbook first.
Step 4: Begin by outlining your pencil design in dark blue. To get more intricate patterns you can add more lines using your dark blue pencil as you go along.
Step 5: Start colouring in your pool. As you colour in remember to leave white areas, these are the reflections of light on the water.
Step 6: Draw around the templates on your blue paper with a white pencil and cut them out. You may need an adult to help you. You can download the swimmers template to use here.
Step 7: Place the swimmers on your pool, try out different arrangements (compositions).
Choose your favourite composition and glue it into position.
A year ago our dear friend and colleague Jeni passed away. We had originally planned to hold a yearly fundraising event at Quay Arts in Jeni’s memory but due to the pandemic forcing the venue’s closure we were unable to do so this year. In light of this, we are asking visitors and patrons to kindly consider making a donation to one of the charities below.
Jen loved pink. Of that there was never any doubt. I don’t think I’ve ever met a person who was more ‘pink’ to be honest. She was bright, vibrant, vivacious – the living embodiment of the colour. She had a zest for life and a real desire to encourage others to enjoy it as much as she did. Passion shone through in everything she undertook; working with young people and children to help enable them to enjoy creativity through the WAVES programme, ‘walking backwards’ to raise money for various charities, travelling and singing with the choir or making silver jewellery.
We originally planned to hold a yearly fundraising event at Quay Arts in Jeni’s memory but due to the pandemic forcing the venue’s closure are unable to do so this year. In light of this, we are asking visitors and patrons to kindly consider making a donation to one of the charities below.
So – this weekend – go pink. We are! Our website and social media and newsletter will turn pink and the venue will be lit up bright pink within to remember and celebrate our dear friend Jen. Please do join us in doing so – I’m certain she would have responded to hearing about it all with one of her big, joyful and infectious laughs!
Del – Centre manager
“On meeting Jeni, you couldn’t help but be struck by her warmth and enormously generous spirit. This was ever present in her work ethic – dedicated, engaging, and enthusiastic, she inspired so many.Incredibly creative too, I proudly wear a beautiful silver bracelet that she made for me. If Jen giggled, you giggled – her laugh was infectious. Her knowledge of ‘all things chocolate’ was also impressive.. quite the connoisseur. She loved the colour pink , and we all fondly referred to her as ‘Pink Jen’ which she loved. I have such special memories of Jeni and feel blessed to have known her.”
“Her bright and bubbly personality shone through in everything she did, a really loyal friend and colleague and a talented jewellery maker with a zest for life, taken far too soon.”
“Jeni would brighten up any room she stepped in with her contagious smile and bubbly personality. She had such a beautiful soul, one of the sweetest ladies I have ever met! Her passion for making the arts accessible to those most vulnerable was truly inspiring.”
“A brilliant, friendly and kind colleague who fought hard for the provision of free creative opportunities for young people on the Isle of Wight, Jeni supported my development as an arts facilitator commissioning me through Quay Arts to deliver workshops, projects and exhibitions with young Islanders. A colourful personality with a sense of humour who is missed.“
For our current exhibition, OFF THE RAILS, we partnered with Isle of Wight Steam Railway to celebrate their 50th anniversary moving from Newport to Havenstreet, by showing artefacts, signs and memorabilia from their collection, related objects and artworks from the IW Heritage Service Collection, AJ Wells & Sons, as well as a series of artist’s and school’s response work.
As part of this exhibition, we invited artists to submit work to respond to ideas around preservation, displacement and memory, and some wider themes on travel, engineering and movement, giving this exhibition a rich, contemporary feel, whilst retaining the narrative of the Island’s Steam Railway history. Works include painting, drawing, mixed media, digital, print, text and sculpture. You can view all of the artists work here on our online gallery: OTR Online: Artist Response | (quayarts.org)
Artist Prize: On Monday 15th February we announced via social media that one artist has been selected from the exhibition to hold a future solo show in Quay Arts’ Clayden Gallery, gaining one-to-one support from the Arts Team in developing their exhibition. In addition, IW Steam Railway have offered a season ticket to IW Steam Railway, giving them unlimited travel on their trains for one year!
THE WINNING ARTIST IS…
Steve Miles His submission to OFF THE RAILS included digital works ‘Fervour 1 & 2’, 50 x 70cm each and six digital works ‘Style Writing Roots (1-6)’, 61 x 16cm each, representing bold, graphic graffiti works on subway trains. See the winning work here – OTR Online: Artist Response | (quayarts.org)
These works on trains represent the beginnings of Steve Miles’ initial interest in the graffiti artform that started on the sides of the trains in the Bronx back in the late 60’s. In the early 80’s when he was a teenager, he was amazed by the large colourful paintings on the sides of the trains and became hooked on practicing the visual style of letterforms –
“Its crazy to think that these kids living in such hard times created a world-wide artform, using their imagination and creativity to produce moving vibrant pieces of work on the side of the trains, it was a way of feeling like they existed and a way out of the gang culture of the times. If you can think past the fact that it was illegal and understand the world these guys were living in hopefully you will find it just as beautiful and amazing as myself! In such desperate and hard times, they found a way to be constructive and creative, giving birth to an amazing artform!”
His abstract language of painting combines a highly expressive and gestural graphic style, that is representational of over three decades spent as a graphic designer and graffiti artist. Steve Miles is a member of the National Acrylic Painters Association and lives and works on the IW.
The selection was made by Georgia Newman, Quay Arts’ Visual Arts Manager, Ian Whitmore, Quay Arts’ Learning, Education and Workshops Manager, and John Paton, Havenstreet’s Museum curator.
John Paton said this in response: “What drew me to Steve’s work is the boldness and energy, a sense of movement and the way the carriages are peopled with such a wide variety of humanity. Railways are an enclosed world of their own, operating to their own set of often arcane rules, but as Steve reminds us, without passengers -and freight – there is no reason for their existence. I hope that when we can open the railway people will visit ‘Off the Rails’ at Havenstreet, alongside our exhibition celebrating 50 years of the steam railway and view this exciting collection of art in the context of the trains themselves. And perhaps Steve will be inspired to create a work for display at Havenstreet that encapsulates maybe the energy that railways generate.”
In response to finding out about the announcement, selected artist Steve Miles has said: “This opportunity really is a big deal for me and is an opportunity that I will grab with both hands. I am so grateful to the Quay Arts and I’m already looking forward to creating a new body of work for this solo exhibition.”
Georgia Newman said this in response: “I’m thrilled we’ve been able to unanimously select this fantastic artist. Steve’s work is incredibly bold and expressive and shows great promise in adapting the space into something quite exciting. I really look forward to working with him to bring an exhibition of his style and content to our Clayden Gallery in 2022 and potentially do something off-site at Havenstreet too!”
“What if art could find its way into the kitchen? And food could become an imaginative activity too?
In this video, all kids will be able to start their own favourite recipe book, made with pictures, lots of imagination and … with a twist of fun! Materials can be as basic as you want, and you will get two green and healthy recipes to try… suitable for all palates and palettes!”
We have another fantastic follow along tutorial for you to do at home this valentines with the whole family. The lovely Hannah George, Island Artist, has created another wonderful HomeArt activity, making origami paper hearts! Perfect to add to a homemade card or even just for some fun.
Make sure to share this with friends and families and get creating together this valentines!
Join Island Artist Hannah George from your own homes and follow this great tutorial on how to create your very own patterned animal!
The wonderful Hannah George has created a fantastic art activity and filmed a tutorial for you to follow online. Suitable for all ages, this is a perfect mindful resource to use at home. There are downloadable patterned animal templates provided for inspiration or to print and colour in.
Quay Arts are looking to commission engaging digital resourcesfor children and families to access online, as part of our family outreach programme supported by the Daisie Rich Trust.
We are seeking expressions of interest from artists, makers, creatives for new content that can be shared digitally, such as live or pre-recorded video, audio, worksheets & templates, or a blend.
There is no specific theme, but material should be appropriate to the audience and have a participatory or learning element.
Expressions of interest should:
be engaging for children
not require prior knowledge of an art form
not require specialist materials to join in
Proposed resource/s should be:
minimum of X2 A4 sides (if worksheets) – – maximum of X6 A4 sides
minimum of 10 minutes (if video / audio) – – maximum of 30 minutes (can be chunked up)
Along with expression of interest, you may wish to supply a CV, link to examples of your work, and outline how you plan to realise the resource, along with any relevant experience of working with children and families.
This opportunity is open to those 18 and over.
X3 commissions will be awarded attracting a fee of £150 per commission. An additional limited materials budget will be made available.
We are unable to provide funds to cover purchase of digital resources but may be able to assist with small equipment loan such as digital SLR camera / tripod etc upon request.
Deadline for applications: Fri 22 Jan / noon
Commissions awarded: Mon 25 Jan
Deadline for delivery of resource: Fri 12 Feb
Please email any queries / your expression of interest (proposal) to: email@example.com.
Steve Ross Foundation for the Arts Thursday 28th January 2021 | 6pm| Taking place via Zoom
Quay Arts gives notice of the SRFA Annual General Meeting on Thursday 28th January at 6pm. Due to the current national lockdown, the AGM will be held via Zoom. If you would to attend this year’s AGM, please fill out the contact form and we will send you the zoom link via email closer to the date.
Quay Arts’ Visual Arts Manager Georgia Newman talks to Island Artist Susie Prangnell about her latest exhibition ‘Balance’ currently on in Quay Arts’ Cafe.
Join us for our first Zoom artist talk in lockdown 2.0, with artist Susie Prangnell discussing her latest exhibition ‘Balance’ at Quay Arts, her chosen medium soft pastels, creative process and some very useful advice for anyone wishing to pursue a career in the arts and creative industries.
The talk is 14 minutes long and is available while the exhibition is on at Quay Arts until January 2021. To view the exhibition online please click here.