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Remembering Pink Jen

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.

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TRUSTEE VACANCY: New Chair of SRFA Trustee Board

The Board of Trustees is seeking a new Chairperson with strong leadership and communication skills, as well as experience of corporate governance and financial management

An opportunity arises to play an important role in shaping the future strategy of the Steve Ross Foundation for the Arts (SRFA), the Isle of Wight’s cultural hub. 

As a charity, SRFA (Quay Arts) has a board of trustees who oversee its governance. This now requires a new Chairperson.

It’s an exciting time to be involved with the arts with Arts Council England’s document ‘Let’s Create’ setting out a strategy for the next ten years, looking forward to:

‘A country transformed by culture. Bringing us together, happier, healthier. To excite, inspire, delight. To enrich our lives.’

What’s involved
The voluntary position of Chair of Trustees involves: 

  • Calling and chairing Trustee meetings, (usually bi-monthly), having set an agenda
  • Chairing the AGM
  • Liaising with the Quay management, staff and volunteers
  • Where appropriate, communicating with external organisations including funding sources and other professional bodies

The successful candidate should have:

  • The ability, and willingness to effectively discharge the duties of a Trustee
  • Team leadership qualities
  • Strong communication and organisational skills 
  • Some experience of corporate governance and financial management
  • A willingness to devote the necessary time to the work of the trust

The closing date for applications is 29th March 2021.

Become a Trustee
SRFA (Quay Arts) would also welcome expressions of interest from other candidates who would like to become part of our team of Trustees.

For further information and to express interest please write to:

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OFF THE RAILS Online Exhibition: Winning Artist Announced!

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 | (

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!



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 | (

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!”

Steve Miles Website: Steve Miles – Fine Art

Steve Miles Social Media: Steve Miles Artist | Facebook / Steve Miles / toxic363 (@stevemilesartist) • Instagram photos and videos

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PATTERN: Home Art Activity with Hannah George

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.

Hannah George (@hgmakings) • Instagram photos and videos


Download PATTERN Cat Template

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Download PATTERN Hedgehog Template

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Quay Arts are looking to commission engaging digital resources for 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) 
  • high quality  

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. 

Application schedule:

  • 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:

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AGM Announcement

AGM Announcement

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.

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    Artist Talk with Susie Prangnell: ‘Balance’ Exhibition

    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.

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    Quay Arts Calendar 2021

    Our brand NEW Quay Arts Calendar has arrived!

    AVAILABLE TO BUY NOW – You can purchase our 2021 calendar through the Quay Arts Online Shop. A collaborative fundraising calendar, featuring a selection of Island Artists, sales of this brand new calendar will directly raise funds for the Quay Arts Charity, Steve Ross Foundation For the Arts. We really appreciate your support now more than ever and it would also make an excellent Christmas gift! The calendar is a limited edition with only 100 copies available.

    The calendar is available to purchase online – This will be a LIMITED EDITION with only 100 copies to be sold!

    Steve Miles – Sue Paraskeva – Martin Swan – Ian Whitmore – Lisa Traxler – Jo Hummel Newell – Nick Martin – Lilly Louise Allen – Caroline Underwood – David Firmstone – Laura Hathaway – Hannah George

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    COVID-19 Update: Lockdown 2

    Although we have shut our doors, rest assured we will still be working hard behind the scenes to bring the Quay to your homes during these strange times.

    We know you love visiting our craft shop for our unique Christmas gifts, so we will be running an online shop providing a click & collect / local delivery service through our website!

    We will be doing our very best to bring you great online content and offers, from online shopping to virtual gallery tours, we will have something for everyone! More details to be announced soon.

    Thank you again for all of the ongoing support. But for now all we will say is WATCH THIS SPACE…

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    Customer Feedback Survey: Have your say!

    Quay Arts Customer Feedback Survey – We would love to hear from you!

    We have set up a 2 minute customer feedback survey to gain an insight on YOUR experience visiting us here at the Quay, since we have re-opened post lockdown. As a charity we appreciate every single one of our customers and any feedback is valuable, helping us shape our future offer.

    Create your own user feedback survey

    To take part in our survey please click here

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    CAFE (access via Terrace Entrance in Little London)

    • Test and Trace system in place – one person from every group must provide Name and Contact number.
    • A maximum of 6 people per table – tables are NOT allowed to mix with others
    • Face Coverings must be worn when moving around the building
    • Full Table Service now provided
    • Socially distanced table plan in the café
    • Hand sanitisers available around the building
    • One person at a time in the toilets (facilities regularly checked by team)
    • Reduced menu being served
    • Staff wearing PPE at all times
    • Contactless payments preferred

    GALLERIES & EXHIBITIONS (access via cafe Terrace Entrance in Little London – test and trace details will be recorded on entry)

    • One way system in place for guidance in regards to social distancing.
    • Face coverings must be worn at all times
    • Limited numbers of visitors allowed in each gallery
    • Hand sanitizer stations available outside both galleries
    • As with LIVE EVENTS, Covid 19 has had an impact on the planned schedule of exhibitions. For the latest information regarding exhibitions being displayed at Quay Arts please visit the WHATS ON page of the website.

    CRAFT SHOP (access via Sea Street entrance)

    • Maximum 6 customers at any time
    • Hand sanitizer stations available throughout
    • Customers must wear a face covering at all times
    • Staff wearing PPE at all times
    • Contactless payments preferred
    • Regular cleaning of all contact points
    • No access to galleries or cafe (please use Terrace Entrance via Little London)


    As we are following the government guidelines regarding all live events. The majority of our scheduled programme has now been postponed until 2021 – please keep an eye on the WHATS ON page of our website for the latest information regarding performance dates. We will be in regular contact with ticket holders regarding any shows which have been rescheduled or cancelled. .


    We are currently working on a risk assessment for the re-opening of Jubilee Stores. This may involve reducing class sizes and putting measures in place for regular classes to run smoothly and safely for all participants and tutors. Trials are currently being carried out on limited classes to assess viability and delivery. Watch this space for more updates!


    We can’t thank the public enough for the all the ongoing support we have received during this difficult time, whether that’s by making a donation or simply sharing your support online. We can’t wait to see you all again – please bear with us whilst we try work out the new normal! Thank you.

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    Culture Recovery Fund: It’s good news!

    Quay Arts and Ventnor Exchange receive lifeline grant from Government’s £1.57bn Culture Recovery Fund

    Quay Arts and Ventnor Exchange have been awarded a combined grant of £231,927 as part of the Government’s £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund (CRF) to help face the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic and to ensure they have a sustainable future, the Culture Secretary announced Monday 12th October.

    Quay Arts and Ventnor Exchange are two of 1,385 cultural and creative organisations across the country receiving urgently needed support. The £257 million of investment has been announced today as part of the very first round of the Culture Recovery Fund grants programme being administered by Arts Council England. Further rounds of funding in the cultural and heritage sector are due to be announced over the coming weeks.

    Since 1976 Quay Arts has been the Island’s leading multidisciplinary art centre, enabling the creative imagination and ambition for artists, musicians and performers. Providing opportunities for children, young people and emerging talent. Forging connections with credited museums and galleries, bringing collections of historical and cultural significance to the Quay as well as commissioning art in public spaces through its recent ‘Lift the Lid on Island Culture’ public art commissioning project.

    Open since 2014, Ventnor Exchange has grown to play a key role in developing emerging talent, operating a venue and cultural hub for the past six years, as well as the multi award winning Ventnor Fringe Festival and innovative youth programme ‘Brave Island’.

    This grant will see both organisations work more closely together to develop the Island’s cultural ecosystem and build greater resilience in these uncertain times. This funding will allow us time to take stock of the new world in which we find ourselves and continue to provide arts programmes and activities with which people of all backgrounds can engage.  It includes a direct investment of £30,000 to Ventnor Exchange to help protect jobs and allow the reintroduction of a full live programme, adapted to the new guidelines, which would otherwise be unviable. 

    Quay Arts, Visual Arts Manager, Georgia Newman said: “We are absolutely thrilled to see our joint bid with Ventnor Exchange has been accepted! These are truly unprecedented times, the impact of the pandemic having severely hit our trading activities, which supports the Quay Arts charity, Steve Ross Foundation for the Arts. This investment will ensure there is a safe place for arts and culture to not only survive, but to thrive on the Isle of Wight.”

    Ventnor Exchange, Co-Director, Jack Whitewood said: “This vital funding is transformative for Ventnor Exchange. After losing 75% of our income following months of closure and the cancellation of Ventnor Fringe, this now gives us hope. After months of firefighting, we can now focus all of our efforts and resources on supporting our community and helping to lead the cultural, social and economic recovery to come.”

    Arts Council England is the national development agency for creativity and culture. We have set out our strategic vision in Let’s Create that by 2030 we want England to be a country in which the creativity of each of us is valued and given the chance to flourish and where everyone of us has access to a remarkable range of high quality cultural experiences. We invest public money from Government and The National Lottery to help support the sector and to deliver this vision.

    Following the Covid-19 crisis, the Arts Council developed a £160 million Emergency Response Package, with nearly 90% coming from the National Lottery, for organisations and individuals needing support. We are also one of several bodies administering the Government’s Culture Recovery Fund and unprecedented support package of £1.57 for the culture and heritage sector. Find out more at