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An exhibition highlighting the work of ‘Wild About Wight’, a Vectis Housing community project exploring the natural and built heritage of East Wight, is now on display at Quay Arts in Newport.

Throughout 2018 artists Hannah George, Babs Gowan, Carol Jaye, Caroline Underwood and Ian Whitmore introduced people to our landscapes, streetscapes, wildlife and architecture through art. They brought an array of art techniques to outdoor and indoor public workshops ranging from woodlands and beaches to bird hides, barns and heritage buildings.

Coming together in an exhibition now being staged at Quay Arts in Newport, the results are a season by season celebration of this Island by a selection of people, through art, words and sound.

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This exhibition is supported by Down to the Coast, IW Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Heritage Lottery Fund, Vectis Housing and the Daisie Rich Trust and will be on at Quay Arts until 20th April.

Overall, Wild about Wight was a suite of inter-connected projects that performed a unique and consolidating role within the Down to the Coast Programme on the Island, whilst Down to the Coast is a landscape partnership scheme that is all about conserving and celebrating what makes the East Wight a fantastic place to work, live and play.

Following this exhibition at Quay Arts there will an exhibition by one of the Wild About Wight artists – Caroline Underwood.

Caroline was the winner of the Quay Open Art Competition 2017 and is looking forward to staging her work at Quay Arts in April. At present Caroline is looking for sponsorship to help stage her exhibition or indeed a main sponsor if any organisation or business would like to get involved with a major arts project. With the help of Quay Arts there would be benefits for any individual or business who form a sponsorship partnership. For more details contact Caroline on [email protected].

Report and photos by Alan & Suzanne Whitewood

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