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Staff Vacancies

30 hours per week

Quay Arts are looking for a Kitchen Assistant to join the team in their busy café (approx. 30hrs per week). Our café is currently open from 9am – 4pm and has a reputation for exceptional service and high quality reasonably priced meals in a beautiful setting by the river. You will be part of a friendly team delivering our daily menu to a high standard and within budget. In addition, the centre also hosts music gigs, conferences/meetings, private hires, and weddings, (amongst many other events), and you will play an integral part in assisting with planning and delivering any catering requirements for these. You will also be required to adopt and maintain health and safety policies and ensure kitchen practices are upheld to a high standard – this list is not exhaustive. This is a varied, fast-paced and exciting role where flexibility is essential – although the majority of shifts will be daytime there will be some requirement for evening shifts in line with the centre’s events programming schedule.

If you would like to apply for this position or if you have any questions relating to the role please apply via e-mail to the Del Seymour (Centre Manager) at d.seymour@quayarts

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This is a fantastic opportunity to join the friendly and professional team at Quay Arts as part of our cafe staff. We are looking for a lively and well motivated individual with a pleasant and polite disposition. Our busy café serves from 9am until late and has a reputation for exceptional service, excellent coffee and high quality cakes & meals. The centre often hosts music gigs, conferences/meetings, private hires, and weddings, (amongst many other events), and it is the job of the café team to deliver these to a high standard. Flexibility is a essential – with shift patterns varying from week to week in line with the centre’s programming schedule.

If you would like to apply for this position or if you have any questions relating to the role please apply via e-mail to the Del Seymour (Centre Manager) at d.seymour@quayarts


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Kashmir Cafe

The Isle of Wight Festival is here! Did you know that you can support Quay Arts whilst also enjoying excellent live music and some of the very best produce the Isle of Wight has to offer, including Island-brewed real ale, gravity-poured from the barrel, Island-roasted fresh coffee and specialist Cherry Beer? Well you can! A firm favourite at the Isle of Wight Festival, Kashmir Café is run by a passionate team of Island volunteers and all profits go directly to Quay Arts.

Kashmir Café features performances from the very best musicians from the Island, as well as the highest quality acts from across the UK and beyond, and there’s always something on their incredible line-up for every taste so make sure you check their Facebook page and the official festival app for details. You’ll find tent in the heart of the festival site, and regulars to the Isle of Wight Festival will tell you that Kashmir Café is the perfect drop-in place to discover some of the best music you can find, while you refresh yourself with some fabulous Local Ale (plus all the usual festival bar drinks), and relax in their beautiful beer garden.

You can also buy Kashmir Café T-shirts, sweatshirts and tote bags from our Teemill shop.
Huge thanks to all the musicians and volunteers. Have fun!

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‘FREEDOM’ Open Exhibition Winner Announced

Quay Arts is delighted to announce the 2021 OPEN prize winner is Ventnor artist Paul Woods.

The selection panel were unanimous in selecting Paul based upon his OPEN entries and wider body of thought provoking and idiosyncratic work. We look forward to supporting Paul with a 2022 Quay Arts West gallery solo show.

An additional prize of a 2020 West group exhibition was awarded to the following OPEN exhibitors: Fran Farrar, David Hamilton, Lisa Heath, Charles Inge, Shaun Martin and Jill Wilkinson. The group show will expand upon their FREEDOM OPEN works.

The prize giving event was attended by FREEDOM OPEN exhibitors and Quay Arts Trustees and staff with live piano accompaniment from musician Tom Nuckley.

With the title and theme ‘Freedom’, artworks in the OPEN exhibition explored ideas centred around freedoms or lack of. The exhibition featured sculpture, painting, print, textiles, photography and drawing.

The prize for the overall winner Paul Woods is a solo exhibition at Quay Arts in the West Gallery in 2023.

“I’m very pleased to be awarded a solo show at the Island’s most prestigious gallery space. I look forward to working with the Quay Arts crew towards an exhibition designed to amuse, amaze and/or challenge visitors. David Bowie said “Go a little bit out of your depth. When you don’t feel that your feet are quite touching the bottom, you’re just about in the right place to do something exciting.” Paul Woods

Paul has a unique shop in Ventnor – ‘Paradox Island’, described as “Ventnor’s Quirkiest shop” it features original recycling art by Paul who is an award-winning model-maker including sculptures, figurines, pictures and “things not so easy to describe”!

Image: ‘Captain Haddock and the People Smugglers’, Paradox Paul 2021’

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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

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Dazzle & Disrupt Exhibition

This weekend at Quay Arts, an exciting new exhibition was meant to be opening…

Focusing on themes of perception, disorientation and disruption, ‘Dazzle & Disrupt’ is an exhibition showcasing the work of two emerging contemporary visual artists working in the South; Lisa Traxler and Jeannie Driver. The exhibition pays homage to the Dazzle design invented in 1917 by marine artist Norman Wilkinson and its relationship to the Island’s maritime heritage through newly commissioned artworks.

Despite the West Gallery being closed, we still want to share with you and celebrate the work these artists have made to date! We are gutted this work won’t be seen in the flesh for a while, but we hope you can appreciate these fantastic photos.