Anna Keen

Sat 17 December, 2022 @ Sat 17 December Sat 14 January, 2023 @ Sat 14 January, 2023

Saturday 17th Dec – 14th Jan 2022

Artist Anna Keen was born on the Isle of Wight, raised on Arran, and professionally trained in Paris. In this exhibition she presents a collection of oil and ink landscapes along with recently created work for the Newport Heritage Action Zones project focussing on the historical architecture of Newport.  

Isle of Wight Heritage Action Zone


Clayden Gallery
Monday – Sunday, 9am – 5pm

In Passing

Sat 12 November @ Sat 12 November Sun 27 November @ Sun 27 November

Saturday 12th Nov – 27th Nov 2022

A consideration of memory and what we leave behind. Working with traditional mediums, artist Melanie Swan explores the passage of time and what we leave behind.   

‘In Passing’ is the beginning of a new body of work supported by the ACE ( through a DYCP grant). 

Melanie Swan Instagram


Clayden Gallery
Monday – Sunday, 9am – 5pm

People of the Solent

Sat 15 October @ Sat 15 October Sat 5 November @ Sat 5 November

Saturday 15th Oct – 5th Nov 2022

With its rich cultural history and inspiring natural beauty, it’s no surprise that the Solent has inspired many to achieve wonderful feats in their respective fields. But hidden behind the names of well-known names of cultural icons and talented sportspeople are the unsung heroes of our of our local waterways – rescue crew, ferry workers and conservationists to name but a few.

In celebration of these extraordinary people, The Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust have teamed up with photographer Tom Harrison to tell their stories. Through portraits, we’ll explore how our incredible marine environment has influenced their lives.


Clayden Gallery & Cafe Wall
Monday – Sunday, 9am – 5pm

Braille Trilogy

Sat 8 October @ Sat 8 October Sat 26 November @ Sat 26 November

Saturday 8th Oct – Sat 26th Nov 2022

Blind artist Clarke Reynolds explores sight loss and narrative through braille. For ‘Trilogy’ at Quay Arts, Clarke re-configures recent works from two solo exhibitions in combination with a new series titled ‘I miss colours but’ specially created for the West Gallery space. 

“What do they say all good things come in 3’s….

And so let the trilogy happen at Quay Arts.

In just one year Clarke Reynolds the blind Braille artist has accomplished three different solo shows at 3 prestigious gallery’s with complete new work in each exploring his sight loss with learning Braille making it an art form and telling a story in words…and as each chapter explores this theme in ‘decoding Braille decoding me‘ at the Base Newbury, ‘Journey by dots‘ at Aspex Portsmouth and to complete the trilogy his new work ‘I miss colours but’ will all be exhibited in the West Gallery so you can follow Clarke’s journey of showing the art world that a blind artist can coexist in mainstream art.

Oh and you can touch everything!

Clarke Reynolds

Instagram: blind.braille.artist

Art In Sight Podcast featuring Quay Arts Paradoxes exhibition: Clarke Reynolds, the Braille Artist and Steve Baker, Good Company making art more inclusive.


West Gallery
Monday – Sunday, 9am – 5pm

Fri 14 Oct | Exhibition launch evening
6pm-8pm | FREE

Sat 29 Oct | Family Drop-in art workshop ‘Exploring Brialle with Clarke Reynolds’
11am – 1pm  | FREE

Sat 29 Oct | Artist gallery tour | talk ‘In conversation with Clarke Reynolds’ 
2pm – 3pm | FREE

Sat 29 Oct | Press interview | photo opportunity
3pm – 4pm | FREE

Minibeasts, Mark-making and Me

Sat 17 September @ Sat 17 September Sat 8 October @ Sat 8 October

Saturday 17th Sept – 8th Oct 2022

Minibeasts, Mark-making and Me:
Contemporary Embodied Drawing Approaches to Multispecies Worlds

Against the current backdrop of the biodiversity crisis, and amongst the emergence of research accepting invertebrates as sentient creatures with agency, Kay McCrann is exploring how drawing and mark-making could help us better connect with and understand the small and wonderfully varied ‘minibeasts’ that live in our houses and gardens.

‘Minibeasts’ as a term first emerged within environmental education in the UK during the 1970s. As an incredibly diverse group of small invertebrate animals, minibeasts include bees, butterflies, ants, woodlice, snails, grasshoppers and worms as well as some of the more ‘unloved’ creatures we live alongside at home such as spiders, flies and slugs.

Living here on the Isle of Wight, a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve, Kay McCrann is currently completing a practice-based PhD with the School of Art, Design and Performance at Portsmouth University. As part of her research she is developing a new model of ‘non-containment’ minibeast drawing practice, investigating how embodied, ‘in-situ’ mark-making could help us develop a more empathetic and empowered understanding of our relationships with Minibeasts within our shared everyday worlds. Twitter: @mccrann_k


Artist Talk / Saturday 17th Sept / 10 am / FREE

Join Kay McCrann at the launch of ‘Minibeasts, mark making and Me’ to find out more about Kay’s ongoing creative research practice and PhD project and have the chance to contribute to the research.

Family Drop-in workshop / Saturday 17th Sept 11.30 – 12.30 / FREE

Come and have some family fun trying out some of the drawing techniques used in the exhibition and exploring your feelings about certain minibeasts.

Suitable for all ages. Children must be accompanied by a responsible participating adult. Materials provided.

This workshop is kindly supported by the Daisie Rich Trust.

Childrens Art workshop / Saturday 17th Sept / 1.30-2.30pm / FREE (Booking required)

Experiment with different drawing techniques and materials and contribute to a group drawing about Minibeasts and their movement in a workshop delivered by Kay McCrann.

Suitable for 8-12 years. Materials provided.

Please note: This is a free workshop but please book your places below.


Clayden Gallery
Monday – Sunday, 9am – 5pm

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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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