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Quay Arts attractions for island visitors

Fri 28 Jun 2013

Quay Arts attractions for island visitors

Quay Arts is one of the biggest attractions for visitors to the Isle of Wight who have a taste for culture and the centre is putting on an array of exhibitions and showcases over the coming months.

Situated in a converted 19th Century brewery warehouse complex in the docks area of Newport, the centre was fully refurbished by the Arts Council in 1997 and is one of the best places on the island to enjoy a cultural retreat.

Championing artistic endeavour in all its form, Quay Arts features three galleries, a Crafts Council-listed shop, a 134-capacity theatre for lectures and seminars, as well as a popular cafe/bar that has developed an excellent reputation for fine food and outstanding entertainment.

Indeed, the bar will be hosting monthly renditions of its Acoustic Originals programme - with the next to take place on July 3rd at 20:00 BST.

These shows enable local talented performers to take to the stage and showcase their skills, with the next upcoming sets to be from singer/songwriters Damien Paul and James Tindle, pianist, guitar player and vocalist Keri Highland and also first-time performer Christine Hughes.

In addition, the Floella Grace Band will be taking to the stage that evening, with the group fresh from a triumphant performance at Kashmir and aiming to set the stage alight with some scintillating imagery involving toothpaste, devotion and some little red shoes - it is not to be missed.

Blogger Three for a Girl noted: "Floella doesn't rhyme for the sake of rhyming, she tells a story and does it with such conviction that you could visualise certain imagery to the lyrics."

Doors to the Acoustics Original set will open from 19:00 BST with performances to get underway from 20:00. It is free to all-comers, although visitors must be over the age of 18 if they wish to drink.

Other attractions of Quay Arts over the coming weeks and months include Stompin' Dave's Blues 3 - a trio of some of the finest jazz and blues musicians performing in the UK today.

Taking place on July 5th and getting underway from 19:30 BST, the show will see Stompin' Dave Allen, Earl Jackson and Sam Kelly all providing entertainment for the eager audience.

Their show will draw on elements of traditional blues and roots, while also providing plenty of opportunities for the three maestros to head off on flights of fancy on their respective instruments.

It promises to be a great night out for music lovers of all ages, especially those who have an appreciation for more laidback musical styling.

Entry will cost £12 and the doors will open at 19:00.

Meanwhile, visitors to the centre who wish to enjoy a quieter and more reflective experience might like to check out the range of exhibitions taking place in the many galleries over the coming months.

The Art of Invention is a free exhibition showcasing the works and genius of inventor John Milne - an Isle of Wight resident from more than 20 years.

His innovations included the horizontal seismograph - a device designed to accurately measure the immense power of earthquakes.

Furthermore, individuals interested in the wonders of the universe might like to check out Space Beyond - a presentation from the Isle of Wight College Learning Department, which is currently being held in the Learning Curve Gallery and cost £3 for admission.

A range of interactive film evenings are also being put on at Quay Arts' cinema until July 4th, with Phantasmagoria open to visitors of all ages and costing just £3.50 for entry.

It includes a screening of George Melies' A Trip to the Moon (1902), as well as James Whales' Frankenstein (1931) and Joe Johnston's Honey I Shrunk the Kids (1989).ADNFCR-3083-ID-801606041-ADNFCR

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