Drip Splatter Smear

A solo exhibition of paint, glass and paper works by Laura Hathaway

Photo credit: Julian Winslow

Sat 11 May Sun 7 July

Sat 11th May – Sun 7th July

A solo exhibition showcasing a series of abstract glass and paper artworks, developed through the support of an Arts Council England DYCP grant and created in Laura’s studio on the Isle of Wight. 

Exposing the artistic process and closely connecting with audiences, Laura will be creating new works in the gallery space throughout the duration of the exhibition. 

Laura’s tactile approach involves painting onto glass and paper surfaces, capturing emotions through physical gestures. Her pieces encompass layers of paint, light and shadow.

Accompanying workshops will explore mark making and abstraction as an expressive process, using art as a non-verbal tool for self expression.

Photo credit: Maria Bell


West Gallery
Monday – Sunday

9am to 5pm

Photo credit: Julian Winslow


An exhibition by Lucia Para

Fri 3 May Fri 31 May

Fri 3rd May – Sun 31st May

Lucia Para is an Italian Artist who studied at the Fine Arts Academy in Florence. Her love for nature and landscape brought her to the Island, where she has lived since 2012.

The curiosity towards shape and her endless fascination about colour are at the core of this exhibition, which marks a significant stage of her research about flowers and plants.

This dialogue with nature started from observational drawings, where multiple studies in her sketchbooks allowed different layers of learning, progressively leaving behind the surface of the visible in search for the felt essence of the floral world.

Lucia thinks that this journey might end one day, in the land of abstraction.

The work on display is created using mixed media on board (or paper).

Lucia will be leading a workshop at Quay Arts called “Discover your Floral Self”,  based around this exhibition, where she will also show her process and studies from original drawings and illustrations.


Cafe Wall
Monday – Sunday

9am to 5pm

111 Not Out

A group exhibition by The London Group

Sat 2 March Sat 27 April

Sat 2nd March – Sat 27th April

‘The history of The London Group is the history of British Modern Art.’ – Chris Stevens, Senior Curator, Tate Britain

A vital strand of artistic diversity and free-thinking in an art-world increasingly dominated by market forces and curatorial conformity. – Nicholas Usherwood, Features Editor, Galleries Magazine.

Quay Arts is pleased to present a new exhibition celebrating the 110th anniversary of The London Group’s inaugural exhibition at London’s Goupil Gallery (March 1914) by reaching back across time to connect with the original 32 founding members.

Participating members from the current London Group were invited to select a founding member to draw inspiration from and respond to. Each of the exhibited works is accompanied by an explanatory text, and images linked to the commended founder, accessed via QR codes.

111 Not Out is a creative discourse between present and past London Group members that provides insight into the life, practice and influence of the group founders upon the current collective. The past feeding the future, manifested through the presented works.

The London Group was set up in October 1913 by thirty-two artists including Harold Gilman, Robert Bevan, Henri GaudierBrzeska, Jacob Epstein, Duncan Grant, Sylvia Gosse, Wyndham Lewis, Lucien Pissarro, Ethel Sands and Walter Sickert, with the aim of creating a powerful artist-run group to act as a progressive counter-balance to institutions such as the Royal Academy. The founding group created a unique and sustainable organisation, that has gone on to successfully nurture the careers of many of Britain’s best-known artists.

The London Group is a thriving democratic artists’ collective practicing in all disciplines, from painting and sculpture to moving image, digital and performance, with a full annual events programme in London and beyond.

The Group’s written constitution requires it to advance public awareness of contemporary visual art by holding exhibitions annually. Operating in the interstices of existent art institutions, the Group’s focus today is on self-generated exhibitions. Curated and managed by its artist members, these events aim to offer a serious and alternative perspective to contemporary visual arts in Britain.

To find out more about the London Group, please visit their website by clicking here.

Please click here to access the exhibitions flyer


FREE ENTRY– please be aware that this exhibition features adult content

West Gallery
Monday – Sunday

9am to 5pm

ARTIST TALK: Apr 20th 2pm | £4 | Free entry for students | Find out more here

3D Tour Available Below


Sat 30 March Sat 27 April

Sat 30th March – Sat 27th April 2024

An exhibition of artwork on the theme of ‘Connect’ made by students from 19 Isle of Wight Schools.

Schools taking part are:
Arreton CE Primary School
Brading Primary School
Brighstone CE Primary School
Broadlea Primary School
Freshwater and Yarmouth CE Primary
Gatten and Lake Primary School
Newchurch Primary School
Newport CE
Nine Acres Community Primary School
Niton Primary School
Queensgate Foundation Primary School
Ryde Academy
Ryde School Junior
St George’s
St Helens Primary School
St. Francis Primary
The Bay CE School (Secondary)
The Bay CE School (Primary)
The Island Learning Centre

The below video contains all of the artworks on display for the Connect exhibition:

This exhibition has been brought together by the IW Council’s PEACH partnership working with Isle of Wight schools. PEACH supports schools in improving the health and well-being of their pupils, staff and families. 


Clayden Gallery
& Cafe Wall

Monday – Sunday
9am to 5pm

Open Exhibition 2023


The Art of Sculpture

Emerging and established artists are invited to submit works in any medium for Quay Arts’ biennial OPEN Exhibition 2023: ‘The Art of Sculpture’

Every two years, Quay Arts invites artists from across the UK to submit works in any medium to be considered for inclusion in a themed OPEN Exhibition. This is part of Quay Arts’ work to provide a platform for artists and discover new talent. 

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS: End of day Monday 10th April

OPEN 2023 Brief:

The theme for this year’s exhibition is ‘The Art of Sculpture’

The theme of sculpture has a wide-ranging application within this brief and includes artworks that have a special focus on form, mass and space as well as materials, concepts and techniques. Artworks may be free-standing, mounted, or installations, including site specific arrangements. Any size artwork may be submitted within the limitations of size and access to the gallery which is on the first floor (please see guidelines and floor plan below). 

The resulting exhibition will showcase a strong and varied selection of contemporary and traditional works and explore the interplay of forms within the gallery setting.

One artist will be selected (by a judging panel) from the 2023 OPEN for a solo exhibition at Quay Arts in the West Gallery in 2024 / 25. A second artist will be selected for a solo exhibition at Quay Arts Clayden Gallery in 2024.

Selection Panel:
Paul Woods, Open 2021 Winner; Eugene Dugan-Brause, Ian Whitmore and Hannah George, Quay Arts Arts team; Guest judge – TBA

To apply: Please read the guidelines below. Entrants must be 18 years or over.
Two stage application process –
1 Fill out and return the application form below to i.whitmore@quayarts.org
2 Click on the payment button and submit your payment. (£30 fee for up to 3 artworks)


West Gallery Floorplan

For alternative methods of application or for specific access needs please refer to the guidelines or email artsteam@quayarts.org

Application form & Payment

Thank you for taking the time to apply! Your application fee supports costs incurred by Quay Arts associated with the selection, curation, installation and marketing of our OPEN exhibitions. Our galleries are open 7 days a week and always free to enter.

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February Fun

Quay Arts hosted the marvellous two day IW Story Festival in February which enjoyed sell out shows and a host of fabulous authors and activities. One of the big names at the event was Axel Scheffler who illustrated the iconic Gruffalo story books. Families queued right through the café and out the door to meet him and get their books signed.

To cap off a fantastically busy few days we welcomed The Bubble Show on Sunday afternoon. The theatre was at full capacity and Mr Bubbles kept all the audience entertained particularly the lucky few who got to stand in a giant size bubble! Mr Bubbles will be back at Quay Arts in the Autumn.

We have also had wonderful evenings of music with ‘Night and Spiers’ and ‘Remi Harris & Tom Moore’ and ‘Voodoo Room’ thoroughly delighting our appreciative music loving audiences.

The second Monday evening Collage Club was also held (check out the particularly fabulous collaged Crossword Cat that was made). Next Collage Club is on Monday 28th March 7-9pm. The youngsters who came to this Sunday’s Kids Art Club also enjoyed the art of cutting and pasting as you can see from this lovely ‘Spring’ artwork that they made. Next Kids Art Club is Sunday 27th March 10 – 12pm.

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All Rivers Run North: Spoken Word

All Rivers Run North  | Spoken Word Commission | Adam Gaterell 

As part of the ‘All Rivers Run North’ exhibition an original spoken word response by Island Poet Adam Gaterell was commissioned. Filmed by Chester George and supported by funding from Arts Council England, you can watch the performance on our Quay Arts YouTube channel below.

Adam will also be running a workshop session as part of the IW Story Festival in February. Adam will take young people on an artistic exploration of ways to create monsters for their own stories, comics or art.

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SIX / :::

New Group Show exhibition opening at Quay Arts on Sat 8th Jan

January sees an exciting new group exhibition open in the main West Gallery at Quay Arts. Titled ‘SIX / :::’ the show features work by six artists selected from the Quay Arts 2021 OPEN and then awarded a supported exhibition. SIX’ runs from Sat 8th January 2022 – Sat 5th March 2022 in the West Gallery – FREE entry 

SIX blends newly created pieces, works in perpetual progress and items from the makers pasts that have worked themselves into the present. Mediums include assemblage, ceramics, print, painting, installation, and film incorporating local clay, found objects, oils, paper, Lego and silver.  

SIX includes Jill Wilkinson’s powerful painting ‘Lost in a Lost World’; Shaun Martins’ “Initiating Objects”; the anxious and fragmented paintings of Charles Inge; Lisa Heath’s dramatic “Collision” sculpture; dynamic multi-medium assemblages from David Hamilton; and Fran Farrar’s ‘Catching the Light’ series of abstract etchings. 

Unifying the seemingly disparate artists is a sustained, thoughtful, and often experimental exploration of identity, space and sequentiality. Each of the SIX artists invites viewers to examine the expression of their diverse practices and methodologies and to arrive at their own unique interpretations. 

Exhibiting Artists are:  

Jill Wilkinson | Shaun Martin | Charles Inge | Lisa Heath | David Hamilton | Fran Farrar 

Ian Whitmore: 

“The selected artists responded magnificently to the opportunity despite not knowing each other and working within a limited time frame. I took pleasure being part of the development and presentation of existing, recently finished and newly created works going so far as to collaborate with artist Shaun Martin, translocating and reconfiguring a section of his studio whilst he is out of the Country. The artists and Quay Arts took risks which have really paid off producing a strong, high quality and thought-provoking exhibition.” 

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Even a little money can make a big difference at Quay Arts

Did you realise that when you buy a cup of freshly ground barista coffee in our Café Bar, you are helping to support the cultural life of the Isle of Wight?

However, the generosity of our supporters goes beyond sales of food, drink and theatre tickets. Gifts of money, time, and even specific items make a huge difference to the amount of work we can do. Together, we can continue to enrich the lives of islanders and visitors with our fantastic programme of events.