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Things to do at Quay Arts

Whether you are just visiting the Isle of Wight or live here, there are plenty of things to do, see and hear at the Quay Arts. Great fun for kids and adults alike. Check out our fantastic programme of music, visual arts, film, comedy, family events, workshops and courses. Come along to the free concerts, free art exhibitions, and enjoy world-class entertainment in some of the best live venues on the Island.

Courses & Workshops

You can learn new skills and make new friends on our wide range of courses and workshops. It’s never too late (or too early) to start creating and making. Our resident artists at Jubilee Stores run courses on printmaking, pottery, jewellery, marbling, natural dying, collage, sculpture, life drawing and a whole lot more. 

Gallery Exhibitions

Two galleries give you the chance to discover the diversity of Island talent and established international artists.

Major exhibitions are held in the West Gallery. This spectacular space never fails to delight, challenge and surprise. Recent shows include Turner Prize winner Martin Creed and artists in residence at Jubilee Stores. Visit often, to recharge your batteries, raise flagging spirits and fire your imagination. See our current and upcoming exhibitions.

The smaller Clayden Gallery is an excellent space to see and buy work from local artists as well as work by schools, colleges and collectives, exploring a limitless range of themes and ideas. (The Clayden Gallery is also available for hire to schools, groups and solo artists.)

Theatre, Music, Comedy Film & More

Quay Arts is one of the most exciting and widely supported arts centres in the south of England. Our programme of events includes local emerging artists and some of the biggest names in the arts world. Our audience includes people of all ages who are drawn by the shared love of music, theatre, comedy, film and the visual arts. Come along, and discover what’s so special about this amazing place. Here’s our current music, theatre, comedy and film programme.

Café Bar

Our Café Bar is a warm, welcoming space with free Wifi and art on the walls.  It is also one of the best places to eat on the island. Come and explore our wide selection of daily specials, freshly prepared in our kitchen, using locally sourced seasonal produce. Our menu includes vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free dishes that will excite your tastebuds and give you ideas to try at home. We are also proud of our freshly ground barista coffee and our range of delicious cakes. See our Café Bar page for more info and opening times.

Craft Shop

Our Craft Shop is a gem. Here you will find locally made and regional gifts including jewellery, ceramics, textiles, one-off pieces of art and that quirky little something you will never find on the High Street. There’s also a beautiful range of unusual greeting cards, novelties and children’s craft. Everything from stocking fillers to the perfect gift for someone who has almost everything. Pop in and discover your new favourite shop on the island. See our Craft Shop page for more info and opening times.


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.