Artist Showcase Weekend

Showcase Weekend2

The artists at Jubilee Stores are delighted to invite you to our May Showcase Weekend, which will take place on Saturday the 28th and Sunday the 29th of May. We’ll be opening our doors to display recent works and to demonstrate and discuss what we are working on currently.

We will also have details of the Summer Schools taking place at Jubilee Stores and at Quay Arts and the mentoring and tuition services we offer to support people in their own artistic development.

Over the coming weeks, we’ll be highlighting some of the work we’re creating at the moment to give a glimpse of our making processes.

We look forward to welcoming you into the building!

Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th of May 10am-4pm.

Jubilee Stores Studios, Town Quay, Newport, Isle of Wight, PO30 2EF


Christmas Print Day

Quay Arts Autumn 2018. Join a fun one-day workshop with tutor Melanie Swan and get ready for Christmas! Playing with design and pattern, students will produce simple linocuts for printing a tote-bag, personalised cards and gift bags. Materials provided. Saturday 10th November, 10-4 at the Jubilee Stores.

Bookings through Quay Arts. Website: | Box Office: 01983 822490


Textile printing and dyeing workshop 29/30 July 2017

Melanie Swan will be leading a weekend workshop for printing and dyeing textiles. Students will be introduced to the exciting colours and textures which can be achieved using procion dyes. Screenprinting and pressure dyeing techniques will be used to create a colourful range of samples, ideal for embellishing with stitch, or for using in sewing projects such as patchwork, applique, etc

The workshop is on 29th and 30th July, 10am – 4pm, as part of Quay Arts Summer School 2017. For information and booking go to

New work with natural dyes, pigments, gesso and precious metals

Foraging for plant materials growing alongside the River Medina has led to some interesting experiments over the past 18 months.  Sketching, printing, dyeing with berries and leaves, have marked the seasons in happy and restorative work. It has grown alongside my return to working with gesso, natural pigments and metal leaf and, an exciting discovery, drawing with silverpoint (for which I’m most grateful to Evie Hatch, who introduced me to this delicate and intimate medium.)



Samples for working with natural dyes, gesso and silverpoint

Quarr Abbey Summer exhibition

Yew Tree twig
Yew Tree twig – turquoise. Screenprint

Melanie Swan will be showing a selection of screenprints and selected drawings in the Summer exhibition at Quarr Abbey.

The exhibition includes painting by Martin Swan RSMA and Sarah Talbot together with ceramic sculptures by  Sally Woodford. The exhibition is open from 10th to 16th August, 10am and 4pm daily.

Quarr Abbey, Ryde, Isle of Wight, PO33 4ES.


Sneak peak of Quay Arts Summer School

Summer school 2The Jubilee Stores will be open to the public on Saturday morning, 9:30-11am, for Melanie Swan’s demonstration of Natural Dyeing, and all day on Monday 18th July.  Howard Hardiman will also be demonstrating work for the Observational Drawing and Comic Book workshops during his Open Studio at the Jubilee Stores (15-18th July). Both events are in support of the artists’ workshops in Quay Arts Summer School programme.

Melanie Swan at Brading Roman Villa

Melanie Swan has a solo retrospective exhibition at Brading Roman Villa, which includes a range of her work from the past 15 years. The exhibition includes constructed and printed textiles in addition to new screenprints.  For this exhibition, Melanie made a series of bowls based upon ancient techniques which prefigure the use of kilns to fire pottery. After constructing the basic forms, she drew on her gilding experience, mixing gesso with a traditional glue to coat them.  Melanie painted the bowls with naturally coloured clays (bole) which she burnished to a silky sheen, then water gilded fine details, before waxing the surface.  The exhibition closed on Thursday 14th July.


Natural Dyeing workshop, 22nd & 23rd August


Melanie Swan’s Natural Dyeing workshop on 22nd and 23rd August is part of Quay Art’s Summer School. For further information, and to book a place on this workshop, go to contact the bookings office at 01983 8222490

Dyeing with plants is an exciting way to bring colour to textiles.  In this workshop, students will learn how to select and prepare plant materials. They will be guided through key processes, including preparation of the textile and yarn samples provided.  The workshop will explore the wonderful variations in colour which can be achieved from each dyebath and students will produce a range of finished pieces and samples to support future dyeing projects.