IOW Open Studios 2024 Showcase

A showcase exhibition of work by participating IOW Open Studios artists, celebrating the rich diversity of members practices.

Fri 12 July Sun 4 August

Fri 12th July – Sun 4th August 2024

Isle of Wight Open Studios is back for 2024! 

Artists Island-wide will be opening their studios from Friday 23rd August to Sunday 8th September.  Leading up to these dates, during July and August, work by participating artists will be brought together in the Cafe and Clayden Gallery at Quay Arts, showcasing the rich diversity of art and craft practices represented across the Island. 

Opening Event: Friday 12th July 6-8pm (Press welcome from 5:30pm)

Alongside the showcase exhibition, a launch event will introduce the new Isle of Wight Open Studios organisation, with a recently formed Community Interest Company and team of volunteers from Central, North, South, East and West Wight all working together to create a coordinated event, celebrating Island artists.

If you are a IOW Open Studios member, click here for the application form

To find out more about Isle of Wight Open Studio’s 2024, you can visit their website here.


Cafe & Clayden Gallery
Monday – Sunday

9am to 5pm


IOW College Creative Industries Department End of Year Showcase

Mon 24 June Fri 5 July

Mon 24th June – Fri 5th July 2024

In conjunction with Quay Arts, The Isle of Wight College’s Creative Industries Department is excited to welcome you to our multi-disciplinary 2023/2024 End of Year Showcase; ‘SOMEWHEN’.  

This year, our Cafe installation will be celebrating the work of emerging young artists across our Level 3 Courses in Photography & Graphic Design, alongside work from our Level 2 & 3 Art & Design courses. 

We’ll also be celebrating the work of students working within our Level 3 Media, and Level 2 & 3 Performing Arts courses, with two separate showcases in the Anthony Minghella Theatre. 


Cafe Exhibit
Monday – Sunday

9am to 5pm

Artists in Wood

Sat 15 June Sat 29 June

Sat 15th June – Sat 29th June 2024

Master turner Andy Fortune and green woodworker Jim Bradley present an exhibition of their new work made from local timber.

Andy will be showing his latest intricate coloured vases and Jim will be bringing an eclectic mix of driftwood scenes, furniture and treen. 

To find out more about their work, you can visit their websites below:

Whittler in Residence: Jim Bradley | 18th, 20th, 25th, & 27th June

Come along and find out more about Jim Bradley’s woodworking practice as he spoon carves in the Clayden Gallery.


Informal Opening & Meet the Artists | Sun 16th June | 2 – 5pm

Clayden Gallery
Monday – Sunday

9am to 5pm


Interactive Exhibition

Sat 13 July Sat 7 September

Sat 13th July – Sat 7th September

Participatory artists Leap Then Look bring their interactive exhibition Play Interact Explore to Quay Arts.  

Play Interact Explore asks, how can an exhibition be an active and exciting place where people of all ages can play, collaborate and experiment?   

Everything in the exhibition is designed to be interactive in some way and we encourage you to spend time in the space and explore all of the possibilities that are available to you: to look in different ways, create sculptures, take photographs, move things around, get in front of the projection, rock, roll, stack and play.   

Part of a national tour, Play Interact Explore changes and adapts to the places it travels. Working with local groups to explore new playful possibilities, Leap Then Look will create new interactive elements at each location.  

Leap Then Look is a collaboration between artists Lucy Cran and Bill Leslie creating participatory artworks, projects and events for a wide range of people. Their work explores the possibilities of experimentation, play and collaboration in order to prompt new ways of seeing, interacting and making contemporary art. 

Play Interact Explore is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England. 

Please Note: the gallery will be open 10am – 4pm each day.
*Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult at all times.*


West Gallery
Monday – Sunday

10am to 4pm

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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 Sun 16 June

Fri 3rd May – Sun 16th June (extended)

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 Exhibit
Monday – Sunday

9am to 5pm

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. 

There will be a photographer present to capture images throughout the event. These images will be given to the event provider as well as used by Quay Arts for promotion, social media etc. If you have any concerns about being photographed, please speak to us during the 1:30pm – 2pm registration period prior to the event.


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). 

University of Southampton ERGO ID: 79726

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:

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

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.