Meet the Island's Artists

Although only 13 miles wide by 23 miles long, the Isle of Wight is home to an amazing number of talented artist, working across many mediums. Every July they open their studios and galleries to visitors to showcase their work inspired by the Island they live on. Welcome to Open Studios.

In 2018 the Isle of Wight’s Open Studios runs from July 13th until July 23rd and covers the whole Island with over 150 artists taking part. So you’ll need to make a cunning plan to make sure you see all of those that appeal to you.

Organised by Isle of Wight Arts, see their yearbook for details on all of the participating studios, many of which are in artist’s homes. Studios are open from 10am to 5pm and each has chosen their preferred days – see the icon on each listing for details.

There’s a launch party at Quay Arts on Saturday July 7th at 6pm where they have a showcase exhibition.




In some areas a group of artists get together and hire a hall or larger studio to exhibit their work and this is a good way to see a cross section of work in just one place. Quay Arts, Newport’s artistic hub is one such venue, where four artists (Jan Elliott, Loulouballou Glass, Periwinkle Studio, Pink Jen Jewellery) and the collective of five artists that make up Yarnsmith Studio are exhibiting. Just down the wharf at Jubilee Stores Studios another six artists, who are based here (Ian Whitmore, Karen Mead, Nina Bulley, Melanie Swan, The Lazydog Press and Pure White Silver) have their studios open on different days throughout the ten day period.

Gurnard Village Hall is another larger venue, with Carly Grove, Chris Gillies, Jill Roe, Sally Pengelly, Stephen Pragnell, Susie Pragnell and Tony Westmore, Anya Stickland, Ian Wright, Sally Whibley, Valerie Cranwell, Gillian Nye and Waddington Creative all exhibiting in the same building. In the Community Hall in Yarmouth there are  artists Marion Large, Liz Toft, Pauline Evans and Pat Clarke, Maria Ward, Barry Ecuyer, Marion Large, Lis Toft, Pauline Evans and Pat Clarke and at nearby Fort Victoria Alison Mascerenhas, Becca Cameron and Dale Durfee exhibiting their different styles of work.

Freshwater Parish Hall has Caroline Giles, Karen Taggart, Chris Hicks and Rob Hawker and at Seely Hall in Brook Murray William Cole Ince is exhibiting along with the 5 Bells Art Group who he teaches. 

The People’s Gallery in Ryde have Isobel Evans, Peter Allen and Taniawright Art; the Green Studio in Seaview has Sue Paraskeva, Laura Hathaway, Lauren Griffiths and Abi Wheeler; and the Meeting Room at Quarr Abbey hosts Sarah Talbot and Martin and Melanie Swan. 

Holliers Park on the Arreton Valley road,specialises in Island-produced arts, crafts, and foods and has  huge gallery called Island Originals where Molten Magic, Chad Powell Photography and Sylvi Bears are part of Open Studios. And the St Lawrence Art Club are exhibiting at the St Lawrence Village Hall.



Home Studios

Of course part of the fun of an Open Studios event is finding artists in their own home studios and there are loads of these in the programme. Lisa Traxler’s sculptures and 3D work can be viewed in a WWII bunker that abuts their stunning modern home that husband Lincoln Miles designed to complement the brutal architecture of this wartime relic.

Bridget Boudewijn exhibits her shoreline-inspired photography, feltwork and ceramics in a former coaching stable through an archway from Ventnor’s Church Street. Patsy Carter has a stunning Beach House right on the front at Gurnard’s Prince’s Parade and Ro & Co is exhibiting at her farmhouse home at Pallance Farm.

These are just a few of the artists and venues taking part, so pick up a programme from outlets across the Island or download it from here and pick the ones that interest you the most.  And don’t forget that all of the artists have work that you can buy, so be prepared to fall in love with something beautiful that you can take home with you.

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8 July 2018

By Jo Macaulay in Articles