The West Collection – A Quay Vision

The West Collection exhibition is amazing

Last weekend saw the private (Friday) and then public (Saturday) opening of the a major summer exhibition at Quay Arts Centre in Newport.

The West Collection - A Quay VisionThe West Collection – A Quay Vision
The art works in this private collection include work by leading modern artists including L.S Lowry, Bridget Riley, Roy Lichtenstein and Peter Blake.

They were collected mainly by Christine West over a period of forty years and later the collection was bequeathed to Carinthia West.

The exhibition also showcases Quay Arts’ history and rich cultural heritage paying tribute to those who were involved in helping to create what is today, a thriving hub of creative activity.

Renaming of the gallery
As part of the this opening ceremony the Michael West Gallery was renamed The West Gallery in recognition of both Christine and Mike’s joint contribution.

The couple helped to spearhead a campaign in the 1970s that led to the transformation of a 19th century disused brewer’s warehouse into today’s flourishing art centre.

Limited edition catalogues
Visitors to the opening were among the first to buy copies of a limited edition catalogue especially produced for Quay Arts to ensure the legacy of this magnificent exhibition marking its history and exhibit internationally acclaimed artists’ works.

Each catalogue is filled with the stories and memories of Quay Arts’ history, plus a series of beautifully photographed and reproduced plates of some of the works being exhibited in this exhibition. This catalogue provides a lasting memoir for all art lovers and friends of Quay Arts.

This exhibition has been made possible by a Heritage Lottery Fund award.

For full details of the exhibition see Events on the Wight

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Thursday, 8th July, 2010 4:13pm



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I’ve visited this exhibition and recommend it to everyone. This is an eclectic collection of very high quality of the like not normally seen outside of a large city.

Sally Perry

Ditto – it is amazing to have such a prestigious collection on display here on the Island. If you haven’t been yet, make a date to do so! Highly recommended.


Agree with you Malcolm, much modern art on show and of a high calibre, maybe perplexing for the few more traditional pieces hidden away in the little ‘cubby hole’ at the end of the gallery. I particularly enjoyed seeing the beautiful work by Cavendish Morton, an Island artist and the small sculptures.

Carinthia West
I am so thrilled to read all the lovely comments about the show posted on your excellent website. One of the best things about ‘bringing the art back home’ – (ie: to the Isle of Wight, where my parents lived for many years and where my mother was brought up) is to see how islanders have reacted in such a positive way to the West Collection, and… Read more »
Hiroshi Kato FRSA

Would/Could anyone please pass my e-mail address and/or my telephone number (020) 7328 6100 forward to MS Carinthia West?


Hiroshi KAto