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Breakout! Exhibition

Thu 31 December Thu 31 December, 2020

Open until Thursday 31st December

Breakout! Exhibition

BREAKOUT! is a growing exhibition of miniature self-portraits created by residents of Isle of Wight during lock down capturing the likeness or inner likeness of over 500 folk. ,BREAKOUT! is an ongoing project and we are accepting portraits throughout the exhibition which will be added to the show. 

If you come and see the exhibition, please tag us in all your pictures and use the hashtag #breakoutexhibition – we can’t wait for you to see it!

NEW extension to the West Gallery Annex…

It Started With a Scrub – The Bees Needles

2020 has been an eventful year to say the least. A time of uncertainty and sometimes fear. The lockdown brought so many hardships, with the majority of people stuck at home unsure of what the future was bringing. The one amazingly positive thing that came from all this was the many people who chose to help others and use their skills to help protect those on the front line to do their job safely. 

Island Seamstress Karen Robb started with one pair of scrubs to show her sewing students what to do but slowly that total grew until they were receiving over 100 sets per day.

At the last official count, they had over 150 sewers, drivers, and admin people and had made over 2,800 sets of scrubs, over 1,000 scrub bags and 1,000 face coverings.

See the full story of the fantastic team and how they not only helped care workers but helped each other to survive with laughs and friendships, while being creative in the process.

See what they are now doing to help other charities as The Bees Needles. Follow them on Instagram @thebees_needles


We are still collecting portraits, so why not get involved? All you need to do is drop off your 10cm x 10cm portrait at Quay Arts. Or post to Quay Arts, 15 Sea Street, Newport Harbour, Isle of Wight PO30 5BD.

We asked the talented Caroline Underwood’s art to produce a step by step video on how to draw a self-portrait! We are still collecting portraits to add to this growing exhibition, so why not follow the video and give it a go?

To find the full length video please click here.


West Gallery
Monday – Sunday, 10am – 4pm