Connect with the Deep

Part of the Meet the Deep series of events exploring our relationship to the deep-ocean 

Film still from film triptych Sirens, 2023, Emma Critchley

Sat 16 March All day

Sat 16th March

Connect with the Deep is a free event and open to all; whether you are a swimmer, a diver, you work within the creative arts, with water & the ocean, policy or development or just interested in exploring your relationship with the deep ocean.

Following on from the Meet the Deep discussion series which took place at Quay Arts and John Hansard Gallery last summer 2023, Connect with the Deep is a half-day workshop which explores our relationship with the deep ocean. Emma Critchley (artist) and Fiona Middleton (marine researcher) invite you to explore ways we might connect to the seemingly remote space of the deep sea. Using a range of approaches they will take you on a journey through different ways of thinking about and relating to the space of the deep ocean, incorporating discussion, drawing and storytelling.

This event forms part of Soundings, artist Emma Critchley’s ongoing research project, which seeks to explore how film, sound and dance might be used to connect us with the deep ocean. Deep sea mining is a critical but little-known issue that artist Emma has been engaged with since 2016. Home to complex and diverse forms of life that are continually being discovered, the deep seabed is the legally shared responsibility of humankind. As a regulator of earth’s climate, a source of food and materials of cultural heritage and identity, how we choose to imagine, portray and talk about the deep sea is fundamental to how we govern it. Today concentrations of minerals formed across the deep seabed are holding the attention of both researchers and the mining industry as a potential resource for smart and ‘green’ technologies. A roadmap is currently being drawn for deep sea mining to begin in the near future, but there is a growing awareness of what devastating effects this will have on the oceans and its inhabitants, and the importance of protecting this precious habitat. 


Seminar Room
2 – 5pm

This event is free but spaces are limited, so please book on Eventbrite to secure your place by following the link below.

This event will be used for a PhD study by Fiona Middleton into public perceptions and connections to the deep sea (contributing participants will be anonymised). 

The event is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England, and realised in partnership with Quay Arts.


Emma Critchley’s work has been shown extensively nationally and internationally. Recent works include ‘Common Heritage’ (2019), a film about the imminent threat of deep sea mining for rare earth minerals and ‘The Space Below’, a large-scale public sound installation about underwater acoustic pollution, made in collaboration with artist Lee Berwick and installed in the Greenwich Foot Tunnel for the launch of the UK National Maritime Museum’s ‘Our Ocean, Our Planet’ season in 2020. In 2021, her film installation ‘Witness’, created during the Earth Water Sky residency programme with Science Gallery Venice launched in the Italian Pavilion of the Venice Architecture Biennale.

Fiona Middleton is a doctoral scholar on the University of Southampton’s Leverhulme-funded Intelligent Oceans programme, researching notions of deep ocean literacy rooted in the artistic and the personal. At the ocean-focussed research branch of art foundation TBA21–Academy she manages the digital ocean comm/uni/ty network, and contributes to the research and production of educational programming.

For more information about Emma Critchley and the Soundings project, visit:

Sewing Memories

An interactive installation by artist Jan Frith

Mon 26 February Sun 24 March

Mon 26th February – Sun 24th March

Sewing Memories

Sewing Memories by island-based artist Jan Frith features an interactive artwork comprising an old Singer sewing machine embedded with digital technology – turn the handle to read memories and stories about sewing. The artwork reflects a broad range of people who have sewn both for pleasure and in times of urgent need.  Consider how sewing has touched your life and leave your own memory.  

To find out more about Jan’s arts practice, you can visit her website:


Cafe Wall
Monday – Sunday

9am to 5pm

Between the Sea and the Sky

An exhibition by artist Trudie Wilson

Sat 24 February Sat 23 March

Sat 24th February – Sat 23rd March

Between the Sea and the Sky

A solo exhibition by Island-based artist Trudie Wilson, containing works inspired by the Isle of Wight landscape. It incorporates drawing, sculpture, painting, alongside handmade materials and other works. The exhibit shares an exploration of local geology and place, as well as the Islands potential as both material and inspiration.

Trudie’s work is inspired by the landscapes she passes through, as a local artist she is deeply invested in the Island and her understanding of it. Her work reflects an ongoing connection with landscape and geology beneath our feet. The pigments were foraged along the coastline of the Island and carefully recorded using geological guides, these are processed into artists’ pigments ready to be transformed into materials. Throughout this project, there is an ongoing investigation into the making of artists’ materials and a focus on incorporating them into her practice.

This is a compilation of artworks, thoughts, ideas and experiments using local pigments along with other materials and our landscape as the source. This shares some of the work from a DYCP (developing your creative practice) project funded by the Arts Council.


Trudie will be holding an Artist Talk & Viewing alongside her Clayden Gallery exhibition on March 9th 2 – 4pm. This event is free and all are welcome, our Cafe will be open if you wish to purchase refreshments.

To find out more about Trudie’s arts practice, you can visit her website or Instagram below:



Clayden Gallery
Monday – Sunday

9am to 5pm

Start Your Own Theatre Company

4 day-long Workshops delivered by the award winning Deadman Film & Theatre Company

Sat 10 February Sun 25 February

10th, 11th, 24th & 25th February
10am – 5pm

Join Award-winning DEADMAN at Quay Arts for a series of insightful workshops designed to amplify your theatrical talent

We are excited to offer a programme of 4 subsidised, day-long participatory workshops, which explore Acting, Directing, Writing and Production across four dates in February. Devised by DEADMAN*, these workshops will be delivered by active, industry professionals, providing practical and insightful insider knowledge.


The workshops are aimed at 18-30 year olds who are passionately interested in and/or actively taking part in the performing arts and who want to connect with other new, emerging, and established creatives. This is a great opportunity to learn, network and kickstart your career in the industry.

We would highly recommend booking onto all four workshops, to make use of your time with the leading practitioners and your fellow creatives. This is about laying out a path for you to begin creating work. Having a broad understanding of the industry as a whole can be beneficial to your development / practice within the performing arts and creating your own work. Participants can however also choose to undertake individual sessions and may book on and attend any number of workshops from the programme.

This short programme is part of a wider partnership between Deadman, Quay Arts and MAST Mayflower Studios, with the aim of developing and linking mainland and Island talent and exploring pathways for further development in the future.

Who are DEADMAN?*
DEADMAN is an Isle of Wight company who produce award-winning work in film and theatre, specialising in supporting new work and talent from underrepresented areas. Artistic Director Samuel Bossman has led masterclass workshops for National Youth Theatre in creating your own work and for The Children’s Society, working with their vulnerable young people. Their most recent production of The Freshwater Five will tour again in Spring 2024. With a new production supported by MAST Mayflower Studios beginning this year.

If you have any questions regarding these workshops, please do not hesitate to contact the Arts Team

Find out more about DEADMAN on their website:

£10 per workshop

Book now by calling our Box Office:
01983 822490

Anthony Minghella Theatre and Green Room

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.



West Gallery
Monday – Sunday

9am to 5pm

Launch Event
March 2nd 2 – 4pm

West Gallery


Sat 30 March Sat 27 April

Sat 30th March – Sat 27th April 2024

An exhibition of Isle of Wight school children’s art on the theme of ‘Connect’.

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

Portfolio Preparation Course Info Days

Information day for Portfolio Preparation Course launch for 2024

Sat 16 December, 2023 All day

Sat 16 December | Quay Arts, Seminar Room | 10am -12 noon 

Portfolio Preparation Course Information Days

Join artist / lead tutor Nick Martin, and Quay Arts Visual Arts and Education manager Ian Whitmore, for an informal information session to find out more about QA flagship Portfolio Preparation art course; launching in 2024.

This three-term course gives participants an opportunity to explore new avenues in art. Students have the chance to cover and develop core skills in a variety of mediums in workshops including drawing, painting, printing, traditional crafts, textiles, and sculpture.

The aim of the course is to prepare a portfolio of art and hone presentation skills to further your art practice. It is a non-accredited course, aimed at people who would like the ‘foundation course’ experience. This course will give you everything you need to create an exciting and impressive portfolio.

When it comes to our tutors, both artists from the island and guests from the mainland will hold a range of classes which will take place every Tuesday at Quay Arts and Jubilee Stores (our artist studio and workshop building, which is located close by down the river).

This information day is a great opportunity to talk about your creative experiences and aspirations, share examples of your work, ask questions and, if it’s a good fit for you, to sign up. This will be Quay Arts 5th year of running the Portfolio Preparation Course which has a maximum of 10 students, suitable for 18+.

For more details about applying, please contact and a member of the Arts Team will get back to you!

15 Sea Street
Newport, Isle of Wight PO30 5BD United Kingdom
View Venue Website


Solo exhibition by artist Sandy Kendall

Sat 21 October, 2023 Sun 26 November, 2023

Sat 21st October – Sun 26th November 2023

Manifestations: solo exhibition by artist Sandy Kendall

A solo exhibition by Sandy Kendall featuring drawings and paintings inspired by classical art and a life-long interest in the human body.

‘Manifestations’ presents works on canvas, board and large-scale pieces on cloth, depicting a morphic mass of denuded bodies that strive to breach the frame. 

As quoted from the artist:

“It began with a single sheet of raw canvas stapled to a wall three years ago, with the strong influence of classical painting in mind, and some self-imposed limitations in terms of colour and media, I expanded the concept to encompass the textures and patterns of simple curtaining fabrics (with a subconscious nod to tapestries of the same era).

Alongside these “hangings” I also began work on a series of largescale paintings in colour and mixed media, perhaps as an antidote to the restrained monochromatic hangings. The paintings all contain a narrative of sorts, some with roots in Greek mythology, and explore filling the surface with the human figure.

Completion of the collection (MAINFESTATIONS) came with a flourish of small Michelangelo inspired canvases, still crowded with figures but balanced with flat areas of simple colour.

Outside of the gallery you will notice some energetic figures on wood panels attempting to leave the scene of the crime, I do hope you won’t follow their example but linger a while and please do leave your comments in the visitor book as they are highly valued.”

Sandy Kendall, 2023

*PREVIEW* Oct 21st 6pm – 7:30pm

Our Cafe will be open and available for food and drinks during the preview, however please make table bookings in advance if you wish to place dinner orders with our Cafe.


West Gallery
Monday – Sunday

9am to 5pm

Oct 21st 6pm – 7:30pm

Summer School ’23

Quay Arts is delighted to bring back its popular Summer School programme.

Summer School is an opportunity to take part in specialist creative courses under expert tuition. There are a range of courses to choose from including exciting new offers.

Summer School courses are run late July and throughout August and are held at Quay Arts and Jubilee Stores.

Jubilee Stores

Jubilee Stores is Quay Arts artist studios and participatory arts complex. Located just along the river it houses 7 artist studios and hosts a range of courses and workshops.

Jubilee Stores Studios is an artist studios and participatory arts complex owned and run by Quay Arts. It is located just along the river from the Quay Arts Centre and houses 7 artist studios and hosts a range of courses and workshops.

Built in 1924, the building was used to store grain by James Thomas and Co. Ltd, a local miller company. The lease for the building was sold in the mid 1930’s and it was taken over by the British Road Services to store various goods. By the mid 1970’s, the building had fallen into a state of disrepair before being taken over by Quay Arts to be used as a participatory arts complex.

The conversion and establishment of Jubilee Stores Studios took place following Quay Arts capital grant of over £1 million from the Arts Council England’s National Lottery Board in 1996.

Jubilee Stores Studios provides emerging artists and makers with a base from which they can develop and grow their artistic practice, whilst also providing the Island with a unique cultural dynamic through developing the creative industries. Resident artists create work in a wide range of media, from printmaking to digital media, jewellery to visual arts and crafts.

Resident artists also offer courses and workshops through the Quay Arts seasonal programme. Please click here to view Quay Arts current courses and workshops.

Photograph courtesy of Joanna Kori


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.

See below some of the ways you can help us offer unique opportunities for education and development – today and long into the future.


As a charity, the majority of our revenue is generated through our café, shop, events and creative courses. Every penny we raise is reinvested in our programmes, exhibitions, events and facilities. However, this still leaves us with a shortfall and we are constantly seeking support from individuals to help us sustain and develop our vibrant programme of activities. Whether you make a single donation or join our QuayHolders regular giving scheme, you will know that you are helping us develop greater arts opportunities and activity on the Isle of Wight.

In return we offer you the chance to develop a closer relationship with the Quay, help shape our activity and influence the future development of Quay Arts. We offer three levels of QuayHolder, with a range of benefits as a thank you for your support:

£36 annually / £3 monthly ‘QuayHolder Supporter’

Will receive:

  • Annual QuayHolders newsletter.
  • Invitation to our annual QuayHolder event.
  • Invitations to exhibition previews & special events.

£120 annually / £10 monthly ‘QuayHolder Member’

Will receive the same as a Supporter as well as:

  • Acknowledgement of your support on our website.
  • Invitation to AGM with inclusive voting rights.

£500 annually / £42 monthly ‘QuayHolder Patron’

Will receive the same as a Supporter & Member as well as:

  • Invitation to annual round-table discussion with key staff.
  • Name listed on the QuayHolders Wall within the building.

Regular Donations

Click the ‘donate’ button below to set up a regular donation to become a Quayholder Supporter, Member or Patron processed through the Charities Aid Foundation. If you experience any difficulties with signing up to become a QuayHolder, please email


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.