Biosphere Festival 2024

Quay Arts will be the Newport Hub for this years Biosphere Festival 2024

Sat 29 June Sun 30 June

Sat 29th June – Sun 30th June 2024

The Isle of Wight Biosphere Festival brings together local businesses, organisations and communities to help celebrate our UNESCO Biosphere Reserve status here on the island.


SATURDAY 29TH JUNE

All day 10:00-17:00 (Cafe).
Learn about the IW UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, what it is and what it can do for the island, share your ideas, find out about Festival events and pick up handouts about wildlife friendly gardening and Biosphere activities for kids.

Doughnut Economics Workshop: 10:00-11:00 (Rope Store)
Introducing Doughnut Economics as a means of creating a shared vision for the Isle of Wight. Come be part of this fun & inspirational process.

Creaturama Workshop: 10:00-12:00 (Seminar Room) 
Drop-In. Make your own Biosphere-inspired cardboard creations with Anthony James of CREATURAMA. Great for kids but all welcome. All children must be accompanied.

Bunting Upcycling Workshop: 11:30-14:30 (Rope Store)
Drop-In. Help IOW Open Studios create new and beautiful signage for this year’s event by recycling bunting, boards and other materials. If possible please bring along any boards, bunting, or other materials for upcycling! A range of art materials and stencils will be provided.

Energy Equality (Talk): 13:30-14:30 (Seminar Room) 
What changes could we be making to our homes and the way we create local energy to reach energy equality? Lisa Beaney of Green Wight CIC will talk us through practicalities and possibilities from retrofitting to community managed energy projects.

Doughnut Economics Workshop: 15:00-16:00 (Rope Store) 
Introducing Doughnut Economics as a means of creating a shared vision for the Isle of Wight. Come be part of this fun & inspirational process.

Isle of Wight Folk Songs with The Watch (Performance): 15:30-16:30 (Seminar Room) 
Listen to a collection of folk songs collected by local folk musicians that were written on or about the island and hear more about how they were made and collected, may include a selection remembered being sung at home and pubs in and around the Brighstone area.


SUNDAY 30TH JUNE

All day 10:00-17:00 (Cafe)
Learn about the IW UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, what it is and what it can do for the island, share your ideas, find out about Festival events and pick up handouts about wildlife friendly gardening and Biosphere activities for kids.

Printmaking Workshop: 10:30-12:30 (Seminar Room). 
Drop-In. Join artist Trudie Wilson for some mini intaglio printmaking inspired by the Isle of Wight Biosphere. This simplified version is a great introduction to printmaking and using a printing press. All ages.

Wildlife Friendly Gardening for Small Gardens (Talk): 13:30-14:30 (Seminar Room) 
Want to do more for birds and bugs and other animals in your garden, but only have a small space? Local gardener and garden landscaper Claire Draper (The Plant Shop and The New View (IW) Ltd) is passionate about sharing practical ideas to help you do this at any scale. Chance to ask questions and get ideas specific to your own garden.

Newport Nature Walk: 14:00-16:00 (Meet in Cafe) 
Join local naturalist and recent president of the Isle of Wight Natural History and Archaeological society Matthew Chatfield to explore some of the wildlife sites that can be reached on foot from Newport town centre. 4 miles approx, suitable for dogs on leads, there will be steps and some rough terrain, wear suitable footwear.

Our Prehistoric Island (Talk): 15:30-16:30 (Seminar Room)
Join Archaeologist Dr Ruth Waller to learn about our prehistoric Island ancestors and handle some of the flint tools they left behind. From the Palaeolithic (400,000 years ago) when primitive humans visited to the Bronze Age (2500 to 700 BC) when tribal leaders were buried in the mounds still visible on the downs, learn how glimpses of our prehistoric past still survive within the landscapes of the IW Biosphere.

Programme subject to change, check final details nearer the time on the Biosphere Website HERE.

Take a look at the full programme and map to see what’s happening across the Island!

Paint a Concertina Sketchbook 

Fri 9 August Fri 9 August

in this class, Lucia will demonstrate how to make a folding concertina sketchbook. Then, taking inspiration from nature, you will learn how to use expressive drawing and painting techniques to fill your own bespoke sketchbook. Participants will also make an extra sketchbook to take home for their next colourful adventure!  Suitable for all abilities   

Suitable for all, 18yrs +
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Meet your Tutor: Lucia Para is an Italian artist and illustrator, who studied at the Fine Arts Academy in Florence, now living on the Isle of Wight. Her work is inspired by a love of colour and the natural world. Lucia has recently exhibited at Quay Arts with her ‘Flora’ exhibition. She is also a qualified Early Years teacher and experienced arts educator.

www.luciapara.com

The Art of Box Making

Sat 10 August Sat 10 August Sun 11 August Sun 11 August

In this two-day workshop, you will be guided through the basics of box construction and covering techniques using a choice of beautiful papers. On the first day, you will create a lift-off lid style box which will be covered inside and out with paper. On the second day, you will create a traditional hinged lid box. This sturdy box is also covered inside and out with paper, but the hinge is made of bookcloth which creates a very strong, flexible and durable hinge.

The workshop is suitable for both beginners and those with some prior experience of bookbinding.

All materials and tools will be provided and you’ll also have a handout out to take away so that you can make more boxes at home. Additional packs of pre-cut materials will also be available to purchase on the day. Light refreshments are provided, but please bring a packed lunch or take a walk to the Quay Arts Café.

Suitable for all, 18yrs +
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Meet your Tutor: Kae Carlstedt-Duke
Kae runs a commercial bindery and letterpress studio under the name of The Lazy Dog Press where she carries out book repairs and new binding commissions. Her skills have been developed over 25 years and she has trained in UK, America, and Italy. As well as bookbinding, Kae is committed to keeping the art of letterpress printing alive and creates contemporary prints using traditional techniques on historical printing presses and this work has been exhibited at home and abroad. Kae is an enthusiastic and encouraging teacher and loves passing on her skills, she teaches letterpress and bookbinding courses on the Island.

Composite Landscape

Sat 17 August Sat 17 August Sun 18 August Sun 18 August

The focus here is in what interests you personally in the landscape. You select and record those elements of the landscape – particular forms, shapes, objects and colours that attract your attention, that ‘wink’ at you, and ignore the rest. Then you arrange those elements into a composition that satisfies you personally – that expresses your inner aesthetic – that thing inside you, whatever it is, that determines what looks or sounds right to you –  without necessarily conforming to the visual reality of the landscape. The composition is an abstraction, but one made up of natural elements.

Day 1. Outside collecting shapes and colours. Location – River Medina, Seaclose Park and Fairlee Cemetery.
Day 2. Inside at the Jubilee Stores, designing and painting your composite landscape.

Any colour medium is acceptable. Martin will supply paper for the colour card and Students will bring everything else:

Materials list.
1. Drawing.
Pencil or pen and a sketchpad.
2. Painting.
Collecting colours. Something portable and easily managed out of doors. A small box of watercolours is ideal, with small plastic container for water, and a small brush. Or pastels.

Painting the landscape. This will be studio based, so any colour medium is acceptable, together with a suitable support, palettes, brushes, thinners etc.

If you are unsure of anything and want more information, you can email the tutor, Martin Swan, at swanmartin@hotmail.co.uk

Suitable for all, 18yrs +
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Meet your Tutor: Martin Swan has a BA in Philosophy and has worked as an artist since leaving university in 1981. He was elected to the Royal Society of Marine Artists in 2005 and became Vice President in 2015. His current practice is painting marine subjects, landscapes, and abstracts, mainly using oils, but also acrylics and gold and silver leaf. He has exhibited at the Mall Galleries in London, the National Maritime Museum, Portsmouth Cathedral, the Houses of Parliament, the US Embassy, Quay Arts and in galleries in New Zealand and France.
www.martinswan.com

For the Love of Colour

Fri 2 August Fri 2 August

Starting from colour theory, colour mixing techniques and the teaching of Bauhaus Masters, you will learn how to create and assemble beautiful colour palettes which can be applied to fine arts, interior design, dressmaking, and other arts. This class is suitable for all levels and will deepen your knowledge and perception of colour in your everyday life.

Suitable for all, 18yrs +
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Meet your Tutor: Lucia Para is an Italian artist and illustrator, who studied at the Fine Arts Academy in Florence, now living on the Isle of Wight. Her work is inspired by a love of colour and the natural world. Lucia has recently exhibited at Quay Arts with her ‘Flora’ exhibition. She is also a qualified Early Years teacher and experienced arts educator.

www.luciapara.com

Intro to Screen-Printing with Eco-Friendly Mediums

Tue 20 August Tue 20 August Wed 21 August Wed 21 August

In this introductory 2 day Sustainable Screen-Printing workshop, students will experiment with using a plant-based medium with water-based paint powders. Techniques such as ‘Breakdown Printing’, Monoprinting and printing with hand cut stencils will be used to create a range of prints. The process lends itself to combining with other mediums, such as collage and other printmaking techniques, to create unique mixed media work.

Suitable for all, 18yrs +
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Meet your Tutor: Melanie Swan has a broad practice, working in traditional and contemporary mediums. She originally trained as a painter, working with egg tempera and natural pigments. Her creative practice includes making her own water-based Gum and Egg Tempera paints, Natural Dyes and Inks. She also works with sustainable mediums for printing on textiles and paper. Melanie has featured in a televised Arts documentary and exhibits regularly. She works from her studio in the Jubilee Stores.

Making Paint Taster Day – Watercolour (Gum tempera)

Tue 20 August Tue 20 August Wed 21 August Wed 21 August

The word tempera refers to the substance added to ground pigments to make paints. Students will be introduced to a technique of making watercolour paints known as Gum Tempera. Participants will learn how to prepare a Gum Tempera solution, handle and prepare pigments safely for mixing with the Gum medium then work on gesso-coated practice boards and a small clayboard panel. This method of making watercolour paints is cost-effective, allowing the artist to create vibrant colours with pure pigments, and ideal for artists seeking to work with sustainable mediums. Suitable for beginners and more experienced artists.

Suitable for all, 18yrs +
Please read courses and workshops Terms & Conditions

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BOOK TICKETS

Meet your Tutor: Melanie Swan has a broad practice, working in traditional and contemporary mediums. She originally trained as a painter, working with egg tempera and natural pigments. Her creative practice includes making her own water-based Gum and Egg Tempera paints, Natural Dyes and Inks. She also works with sustainable mediums for printing on textiles and paper. Melanie has featured in a televised Arts documentary and exhibits regularly. She works from her studio in the Jubilee Stores.

Thursday Evening Pottery

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Thu 6 June @ Thu 6 June Thu 25 July @ Thu 25 July

Thursdays 6th June – 25th July  (*not including 20th June) | 7pm – 9pm
£140 for 7 week term or £20 a session (includes materials and firing)

An evening class aimed at those who have attended Tue evening or Fri morning classes and wish to further develop their skills, but all skill levels are welcome. Experienced potters can come along and work at their own pace, with tutor input as needed. Tutor Chris Gale

All our pottery sessions take place at Jubilee Stores Studio Complex which houses a fully equipped pottery studio. Jubilee Stores is located on Newport Quay, Newport. PO30 2EF. MAP


Wednesday Afternoon Pottery

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Wed 5 June @ Wed 5 June Wed 24 July @ Wed 24 July

Wednesdays 5th June – 24th July (*not including 19th June)
£175 for 7 week term or £25 a session (includes materials and firing)

A relaxed mixed ability pottery class for all levels. There is no formal structure to the sessions but beginners will be taken through basic pottery techniques to allow them to gain skills needed to pursue their own ideas. This class would also suit those with some experience that wish to pursue their own work with guidance where needed by your tutor Juliet Collins. Wheels are available for those wishing to throw. 

All our pottery sessions take place at Jubilee Stores Studio Complex which houses a fully equipped pottery studio. Jubilee Stores is located on Newport Quay, Newport. PO30 2EF. MAP


Wednesday Morning Pottery

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Wed 5 June @ Wed 5 June Wed 24 July @ Wed 24 July

Wednesdays 5th June – 24th July (*not including 19th June) | 10am – 12.30pm
£175 for 7 week term or £25 a session (includes materials and firing)

A relaxed mixed ability pottery class for all levels. There is no formal structure to the sessions but beginners will be taken through basic pottery techniques to allow them to gain skills needed to pursue their own ideas. This class would also suit those with some experience that wish to pursue their own work with guidance where needed by your tutor Juliet Collins. Wheels are available for those wishing to throw. 

All our pottery sessions take place at Jubilee Stores Studio Complex which houses a fully equipped pottery studio. Jubilee Stores is located on Newport Quay, Newport. PO30 2EF. MAP


Tuesday Evening Pottery

Tue 4 June @ Tue 4 June Tue 23 July @ Tue 23 July

Tuesdays 4th June – 23rd July (*not including 18th June) | 7pm – 9pm
£140 for 7 week term or £20 a session (includes materials and firing)

The Tuesday evening class is aimed at the complete beginner. Come along and experience the wonders of clay in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere with tutor Chris Gale.

Regulars are welcome too!

All our pottery sessions take place at Jubilee Stores Studio Complex which houses a fully equipped pottery studio. Jubilee Stores is located on Newport Quay, Newport. PO30 2EF. MAP


Life Drawing PM: June-July

Mon 3 June @ Mon 3 June Mon 15 July @ Mon 15 July

Every Monday, from 3rd June – 15th July 2024 |
1pm – 3pm | £15 per session, or £105 for 7 wk term
Please bring your own materials listed below, as we have limited emergency supplies.

Improve your core observation and drawing skills by working from live models in this engaging and stimulating class. With tips on anatomy, balance, form and proportion delivered by artist and experienced tutor Nick Martin.

(*3rd June Session will be drawing and painting lead by artist Jeremy Gully*
If you have them bring big paint brushes, decorators brushes, acrylic paint, A white plate or pallet, jam jar. )

Suitable for all abilities from beginners to professional artists.

Materials List: We also sell art supplies in our Quay Arts Shop

  • A2 minimum size sheets of paper recommended (sugar paper, lining paper, brown paper etc)
  • Charcoal or graphite stick
  • Any other materials you would like to use, for example paints, oil pastels etc.

All our life drawing sessions take place in the Anthony Minghella Theatre which is located upstairs in our Quay Arts building.

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