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Mike Howley Trust: Funding Round now OPEN!

Funding Opportunity for Young Island Creatives

The 2020 Mike Howley Trust awards are now open for applications.

Mike Howley, who worked for many years as Director of Cultural Services for the Isle of Wight Council, died in May 2013, leaving part of his estate for the specific benefit of aspiring young actors, musicians, dancers and writers, between the ages of 18 and 30, living on the Isle of Wight”.

 Trustees welcome applications from people within the stated age range and art forms for investment in areas such as training, equipment, marketing & promotion, recording, rehearsal space, staging, publishing costs, or simply time to create.  If you fit the bill and have an idea you are burning to put into action, we would like to hear from you.

Due to the advent of the coronavirus and our current key state of lockdown, we will be looking at all applications digitally and via email this year.

Please read the guidelines carefully and return your application form to Megan at by Fri 24 April 2020, together with a short video about your project – no longer than 2 minutes.. This can be an example of your work if you wish.  Please also contact Megan if you have any questions.

The selection panel will look at all submitted applications and contact you if they have any questions.

We hope to be able to let you know if you have been successful by Monday 4 May.

To download the guidelines please click here.

To download an application form please click here.

Check out this video of last years MHT recepients, talking about how the funding helped them…

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In the light of recent advice from Government and Public Health England about the outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID-19), we want to do our very best to keep all our staff and customers safe. With this said, here is the update on where we stand on our opening hours/events and other matters regarding our day to day running here at Quay Arts…


Following another team meeting this morning, we have sadly come to the decision to close our doors to the public until further notice for staff and customer safety. Staff will still be onsite and contactable by email and phone. We will be in contact with you if you hold a ticket to an upcoming event or workshop.

Quay Arts are committed to bringing you the very best in arts and creative opportunities on the Isle of Wight. We will strive to find new ways in bringing this to you and ensure we are able to support the local arts ecology. Please bear with us while we explore new avenues in making this accessible to everyone.

Thank you for your understanding & support. Watch this space!


ALL live events originally scheduled to take place in March will no longer go ahead. However, we are currently working to reschedule as many shows as possible. Unfortunately some of the shows may well be cancelled completely. As we are a very small team, please bear with us as we work through each event on a show by show basis. Box Office will be in contact with all ticket holders as soon as possible, we ask for your patience at this time and can assure you we will be doing our very best to keep all customers informed.

We would like to invite all customers to consider transferring their ticket for a new rescheduled date or transfer to a different show taking place later on in the year. Small venues such as ours rely heavily on the revenue from these events to enable us to continue to provide a diverse programme of live entertainment and art. If rescheduling or choosing a different event is not feasible, we are asking customers to consider donating the value of the ticket to Quay Arts – as a charity we really appreciate your support throughout the challenging times we are going through. We will of course provide a refund should you wish but we would really appreciate you considering the other options first.

We have a big programme of events scheduled for the rest of the year, therefore will be reviewing later events nearer the time.


Courses and workshops taking place at Jubilee Stores and Quay Arts have been suspended till further notice. All customers already booked onto a course or workshop will be contacted by a member of our Box Office ASAP.

At this time we do ask for your patience and understanding of all that’s going on, we are doing our very best to keep all ticketholders informed, and if you do have any pressing questions that we have not answered here, please email

As a charity, we can’t thank you enough for your patience and understanding. At these uncertain times, we want to make sure we are doing our best to keep our staff and customers feeling positive and assured. All we can rely on now is support and love from all you wonderful people. Please keep safe, be sensible and keep smiling.

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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


Illustrated Recipes: HomeArt with Lucia Para

“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!”

This HomeArt workshop is supported and funded by The Daisie Rich Trust.

The video is all about fun, imagination, and healthy taste, and here you can download the recipes to go with the activity!

And if you fancy, you can print your own front cover and the characters cutouts!

Find out more about Island Artist Lucia Para at

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Paper Hearts: HomeArt with Hannah George

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!

You can also download the Paper Hearts worksheet to follow.

Share with us your creations! #QuayatHome #QuayCreates

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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

Download PATTERN Owl Template

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