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REDUNDANCIES AND STAFF CHANGES AT QUAY ARTS

quayarts400A number of changes to staffing at Quay Arts in Newport has been announced, with at least one member of staff made redundant.

Cut backs are being made in light of reduced funding and other financial challenges with staff moving on through choice – including the Centre’s manager – whilst others have been made redundant and some staff face reduction in working hours.

The Quay Arts Centre is located at Sea Street in Newport and is the Island’s leading art gallery and venue for live events. Facilities include three galleries, a 134-capacity theatre, a Crafts Council-listed gift shop and popular Café Bar.

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Glen Hepburn, Acting Chair of Trustees at Quay Arts, has told Island Echo:

“The Quay like many businesses is repositioning itself to reflect the market and accordingly the previous successful momentum has to be adjusted. This involves looking at our Core Values and how these match our charitable status and in turn respond accordingly.

“We are setting up three key teams concentrating on the shop/box office/live events, the
café and the Arts. These are not self-contained but team members will be flexible to meet the varied work placed upon them. The inevitable cut backs to these core functions means that some staff have moved on through choice and redundancy and some face reduced hours.

“It is the firm view of all staff and Board Members that this consolidation has to work and the team is
committed to it working”.

Mr Hepburn continued:

“The Quay is still a great asset for Newport and the Island and any continued support is gratefully
welcomed.

“There will be some new art studios formed and anyone interested in this or using other
rooms should contact us”.

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