The Quay Arts Centre in Newport on the Isle of Wight is the Island’s leading Art Gallery, located in a beautiful converted 19th Century Brewery warehouse on the edge of the river Medina.
It has three gallery spaces for it’s Visual Art exhibitions; The Learning Curve Gallery, The Rope Store Gallery and The West Gallery. The extremely high quality of work is sourced from Island Artists, National Artists and even Internationally. We’ve had the great pleasure of framing for many of the artists who have exhibited and even more pleasure in enjoying a glass of wine to celebrate the opening of the exhibitions!
The Centre hosts a buzzing live arts line-up with events including music, spoken word, dance, comedy, cinema and theatre.
Over the years we’ve seen various comedians at the Quay Arts Centre who at the time were virtually un-heard of; only known on ‘the circuit’. These days you may recognise the names; Alan Carr, Lucy Porter, Nina Conti to name but a few. A memory we have of seeing Alan Carr is that the entire audience were howling before the man had even opened his mouth to speak, somehow just his very presence was amusing!
The Centre shop showcases some of the Island’s best art and craft, including jewellery, prints, ceramics, glass, woodwork, cards, textiles and metal work and offers some great courses and workshops.
The Centre has a very popular terrace café, which offers excellent service and some fantastic home-cooked dishes, according to Matt and Cat’s Eating out Guide, it ‘literally nourishes with its delicious and wholesome café fare’!
The Anthony Minghella (the Oscar-winning Director was born on the Isle of Wight) Theatre is a fantastic and intimate venue for live performances. The Centre is also available for Conference and Hire and makes an awesome venue for weddings.
The Quay also runs the near-by Jubillee Stores, a block of workshop spaces which includes a print studio and seven artist studios. There’s so much talent in one building that we’ll have to talk about it another day . . .
To find out more go go; http://www.quayarts.org