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Carisbrooke artist Caroline Underwood has filled The West Gallery at Quay Arts with her solo exhibition ‘Bearings’, which includes work depicting Island scenes such as Tennyson Down, Ryde and the Island’s Coastal Path.

Inspired by her experience of taking part in the Island’s Mountbatten Hospice fundraising event ‘Walk the Wight’ and the 2017 exhibition by British land artist Richard Long at Quay Arts, Caroline set out to explore the Island on foot. Travelling in all directions from her Carisbrooke studio she began a new body of work responding to the Isle of Wight landscape.

2 paintings were entered in Quay Arts’ biennial Open Exhibition in 2017 entitled ‘I must down to the seas again’ and she was awarded the first prize of a solo exhibition in the West Gallery.

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Caroline’s exhibition is live until 29th June 2019.

Now there is the chance to follow in Caroline’s footsteps with an entry in the Open Exhibition 2019. Emerging and established artists are invited to submit works in any medium for Quay Arts’ biennial Open Exhibition 2019 themed and titled: ‘A Life in Nature’. They are looking for works relating to wildlife and geology, reflecting our curiosity and connection (or dis-connection) to flora, fauna and landscape.

The prize will once again be a solo exhibition in the West Gallery in 2021. There is a £20 submission fee and all entrants must be over 18.

To download an application form and for further information visit Quay Arts’ website at

Submission Deadline: Sunday 29th September 2019 (midnight)
Preview and Prize Giving: Saturday 30th November 2019.
Exhibition Dates: Saturday 30th November 2019 – Saturday 1st February 2020

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To support and enhance the exhibition, specially curated objects and artefacts from the Isle of Wight Natural History and Archaeological Society (celebrating 100 years) and Artecology will be showcased, creating narratives which explore nature past, present and beyond.

Report and photo by Alan & Suzanne Whitewood


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