The Quay Arts Centre is the Isle of Wight’s leading art gallery and venue for live arts events. It is situated in a converted 19th Century brewery warehouse complex located at the head of the River Medina in the centre of Newport.
The complex was refurbished in 1997 by award winning architect Tony Fretton and is supported by The Arts Council of England and the Isle of Wight Council.
Facilities at the complex include 3 galleries, a 134 capacity theatre, a Crafts Council-listed shop and a popular café/bar with a reputation for serving some of the best home-cooked food on the Island. First class conferencing facilities are also available.
The Quay Arts Craft Shop is a changing showcase for Island and regional craft makers. At any one time more than sixty artist's work is on sale with prices from as little as £5. A large variety of craft is available including ceramics, glass, textiles, metalwork, wood and jewellery. In addition to craft, the shop stocks a wide range of greeting cards, many of which are unique to the Island with a good selection of handmade cards by Island artists. The shop also sells affordable and well-made children's gifts and pocket-money items, most having an art/craft or educational theme.
The award-winning riverside Café Bar is the perfect place to enjoy a meal, with a wide selection of daily specials, freshly prepared using the finest locally sourced produce. Vegetarian, vegan, gluten & dairy-free options are available.
The Centre’s three gallery spaces and café walls are home to an acclaimed regularly changing programme of Visual Arts. The extremely high quality work on show is sourced not only from the Island but also from mainland and international artists.
Quay Arts’ theatre is named after Anthony Minghella, the Island-born Oscar-winning director and is one of the best venues on the Island to see live performances. The programme offers theatre, comedy, music, dance, kids and literature with a cinema that shows the best in world and classic film.
Weddings - Quay Arts is a Grade II listed Victorian building with plenty of historic charm mixed with contemporary feel to provide you with a practical and alternative celebration venue. As an arts venue in the heart of Newport, we pride ourselves on providing an outlet for creativity and we welcome you to have ‘your day, your way’. We are fully licensed for weddings and civil partnership ceremonies and in the past we have hosted a range of innovative wedding receptions and private parties with various themes.
The Quay also operates an artist workshop complex, Jubilee Stores, which is home to the Classes & Workshops programme. Included in this facility are two large workspaces, a print studio and seven artist studios that are home to some of the most talented artists in the region.
Open times Mon - Sat 9:30am - 4:00pm & Sun 10:00am - 4:00pm.
Free entry to all galleries.
AWARD - Best Place to get crafty in 2012 in the My Isle of Wight Awards.
- Accessible Lift
- All Areas Accessible to Disabled Visitors
- Disabled persons toilet
- Induction Loop System
- Ramp/Level Access
- Catering for groups
- Catering Provided
- Full liquor licence
- Outdoor eating area
- Refreshments Available
- Vegetarians catered for
Children & Infants
- Baby changing
- Children's Meals
- Family Friendly, Children Welcome
- Highchair(s) available
- All weather attraction
- Conference facilities
- Event Venue
- Gift shop
- Groups by arrangement
- Groups welcome
- Licensed for alcohol
- Live Music
- Meeting rooms
- No Pets
- Open all year round
- Public Telephone
- Special Opening for Groups by Arrangement
- Team / Corporate Activities
Parking & Transport
- Off-road parking
- Parking (charge)
- Secure cycle parking
- In town/city centre
- Indoor Attraction
- No smoking
Room / Unit Features
- Large Screen TV
- Cyclists welcome
- Educational Groups
- Family Fun
- Marketed Towards Families
- Marketed Towards Senior Citizens
- Marketed towards student/youth
Tours and Demonstrations
- Educational Visits Accepted
Travel & Trade
- Wi-fi available
Map & Directions
Road DirectionsFrom East Cowes ferry, second exit at roundabout onto Well Road, A3021, A3054 to Newport.
From Fishbourne ferry, B3339 (Fishbourne lane), A3054 to Newport.
From Yarmouth ferry, A3054 to Newport.
Public Transport DirectionsFrom West Cowes Red Jet Hi-speed ferry: No. 1 bus route to Newport.
From Ryde Catamaran/Hovertravel: No. 9 bus route to Newport.
From Yarmouth ferry: No. 7 bus route to Newport.
For further bus information please contact Southern Vectis at www.islandbuses.info/ or +44 0871 200 2233 (bus times) / +44 01983 827000 (head office).
- Green Island Awards - Green Island Award - Gold 2008
|NEW Opening times for 2020 is 9am-5pm Mon-Sat (1 Jan 2020 - 31 Dec 2020)|
|NEW FOR 2020 - OPEN ON SUNDAYS 10am-4pm (11 Jan 2020 - 31 Dec 2020)|
* Closed on Easter Sunday, Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day