Reflections on the quayside at The Quay, Newport (Karen Long)


Isle of Wight arts charity Independent Arts is working with Islanders to create a new work of art featuring the silhouettes of local characters who have changed the face of Newport or helped to change the world.

The project is being carried out in conjunction with Shaping Newport, who aim to reconnect people with their Historic County Town in order to create a sense of identity and belonging for residents of the Island.

Newport has a wealth of fascinating heritage that is often hidden in plain sight. Shaping Newport has commissioned Independent Arts to create this artwork which aims to bring the story of Newport into the public awareness and to highlight some of Newport’s wonderful heritage assets.

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The work will be exhibited in Cockram’s Yard.

Hannah Griffiths, Operations Manager for Independent Arts, says:

“Islanders are being given the chance to learn more about these interesting people and submit ideas of their own at workshops around Newport over the next month. We’re also inviting people to come along and make the artworks in PPUG our Newport based gallery throughout March.

“We are thrilled to be working with Shaping Newport to bring new artwork to all passing through Cockram’s Yard.”

‘Notable Newport’ talks will be held in PPUG (33 High Street, Newport) on Saturday 15th February at 11:00 and Thursday 27th February at 14:00.

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Julie Jones Evans, Chair of the Newport and Community  Parish Council, says:

“We are really excited about working again with Independent arts, bringing more public art to Newport and it links in with celebrating our historic mediaeval routes and the story of Newport.”

To find out more and get involved contact Independent Arts on 01983 822437 or visit

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John Miller
John Miller
1 year ago

Is there any one who remembers the man with no legs who used to sell matches and bootlaces outside Newport Post Office,or Kinsella who would wander around Newport drunk,he was quite a character?

Reply to  John Miller
1 year ago

I do

Az-zahra Aziz
Az-zahra Aziz
1 year ago

Second attempt.

I suggest a silhouette image of a chav.

For these low life’s have changed the face of Newport more than any other group of persons

A baseball cap, or hoody, baggy grey sports trousers, puffa jacket, joint in one hand, Mc Donalds burger in the other.

If a group silhouettes is allowed, then the same character as above, but headbutting some victim in the face, whilst a chav friend films such on a mobile, and the chav’s teen ‘girl’ with buggy, shouts encouragement.

THAT is the face of life today in Newport.

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