Quay Arts

Quay Arts
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Quay Arts is the Isle of Wight’s leading art gallery and venue for live arts events.

It is situated in a converted 19th Century riverside warehouse and is home to 3 galleries with a regularly changing showcase of acclaimed Visual Arts, a bijou theatre, Craft shop and a popular café/bar with a reputation for serving outstanding, home-cooked food. A wide range of workshops are available, as are excellent conferencing facilities.

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Opening hours

Open Mon - Sat 9:30am - 4pm. Closed Some Bank Holidays - call for details 01982 422490. FREE ADMISSION, wheelchair access, Free WI-FI.

Closed: Some Bank Holidays

Admission charges

Free Admission.

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.

The Drawing Process

  • 10 October 2015 — 9 January 2016 *on now

An outstanding collection of drawings, prints and paintings from Southampton City Art Gallery comes to Quay Arts for The Drawing Process this autumn.

The collection, donated by the late Philip Schlee (1924-2011) comprises over 40 works by artists working in Britain between 1920 and 2004, including Frank Auerbach, David Hockney, Elisa­beth Frink, Henry Moore, Graham Sutherland, Basil Beattie and Gillian Ayres.

The collection was conceived with a very practical question, ‘what role does drawing play in the work of artists?’ and intended as a resource for practitioners, students and artists, to help develop their thinking about, and uses of drawing.

Current works from artists living on the Isle of Wight are displayed amongst the collection, complementing the different drawing methodologies, whilst examining the role of drawing within contemporary visual arts practice.

The Drawing Process coincides with the world’s largest draw­ing festival in October
The Big Draw. This year’s Big Draw theme ‘Every Drawing Tells a Story’ will be used to explore the artworks in the gallery through a series of creative workshops, creating alternative narratives using the artworks as a catalyst. They include charcoal, bookmaking and assemblage, as well as creative writing, music and physical performance, culminating into a collaborative live event in the gallery to celebrate the art of drawing.

Suitable for

  • Any age



Quay Arts
Sea Street
Newport, Isle of Wight
Isle of Wight
PO30 5BD






01983 822490

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