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Artists, trainspotters and steam railway enthusiasts are being called upon to submit their work as part of Quay Arts’ Off the Rails exhibition, which starts in January 2021.

The exhibition will mark the 50th Anniversary of Isle of Wight Steam Railway moving from Newport to its current location in Havenstreet.

For Off the Rail, Quay Arts are teaming up with IW Steam Railway to show artefacts, signs and memorabilia from their collection as well as related objects and artworks from the IW Heritage Service Collection. The gallery are also looking for contemporary artwork from artists, responding to ideas around notions of preservation, displacement and memory, and some wider themes on travel, engineering and movement. Works can be in any medium such as film, audio, photography, painting, mixed media, print, sculptural 2d or 3d works, written or installation form.

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One artist will be selected from the exhibition to hold a future solo exhibition in Quay Arts’ Clayden Gallery within 12 months of the finish date of Off the Rails, gaining one-to-one support from the Quay Arts team in developing their exhibition. In addition, IW Steam Railway is also offering a year’s free membership.

As this is a tight turnaround, Quay Arts acknowledge that some works might be in progress and won’t be finished until January, therefore, to apply, send no more than one page of information along with images/film/audio clips on the work. Where possible, list medium, title, dimensions, price (if for sale – Quay Arts will add 40% +VAT on works for sale).

You can submit up to 3 pieces of work and the selection of the work will be made at the discretion of the curator.

Email your proposal (not actual work) to [email protected] by midnight 29th November. A one-off, flat-rate £15 submission fee will be required for all applications in order to support the exhibition overheads. Payments must be made within 48 hours of sending in your proposal. Payments can be made in cash or over the phone (01983 822490). All works must be available for the duration of the exhibition and installation periods: 4th January – 22nd March 2021.

For more information, visit or email [email protected].

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