Quay Arts

The Quay Arts Centre is the Isle of Wight’s leading art gallery and venue for live arts events and participatory arts. It is situated in a converted 19th Century brewery warehouse complex located at the head of the River Medina in the centre of Newport.

Facilities at the complex include two galleries, a 134 capacity theatre, a craft shop and a popular café/bar with a reputation for serving some of the best home-cooked food on the Island. Quay Arts is a magnet for all those who are interested in the arts – artists, musicians, performers, participants and audience. It is more than a cultural hub - conferencing and wedding facilities are also available!

The Centre’s 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 theatre, comedy, music, dance, literature and free cinema showings.

Quay Arts operates an artist workshop complex, Jubilee Stores, which is home to the Classes & Workshops programme. Included in this facility is a Jewellery Studio, a Pottery, a large General Workshop space with print facilities and six private artist studios that are home to some of the most talented artists in the region. There is a also a full programme of workshops for children and young people.

Quay Arts is the lead organisation of the Cultural Education Partnership, whose aim is to galvanise the Island’s diverse arts and cultural organisations to collectively shape and deliver a richer, more inclusive and far-reaching cultural future for the Island’s youth.


Jacqui Cusack

Quay Arts Trust representative

Jacqui Cusack Quay Arts

Jacqui Cusack is the Education Officer at Quay Arts, responsible for programming participatory activity at the Centre for individuals, schools and community groups.

Jacqui has considerable experience of working in the arts, having spent many years in London Theatres (The Young Vic, Cockpit, Institution of Contemporary Arts and the Royal Shakespeare Company), often in an educational capacity. She has also worked in commercial design companies in Personnel, Administration and Project Management, and lectured in Design Management at London Guildhall University.

She has lived on the Island for twelve years and her children are educated here (one daughter is currently in Year 9 at Medina).

I believe passionately in the transformational power of education and the responsibility of schools to help our children to think independently and creatively in order to meet the challenges that future employment – and life in general – will undoubtedly offer them".

Email: peter.prismall@iif.org.uk