Monkton Arts


Monkton Arts is a family run, community-based cafe and arts centre in Ryde on the Isle of Wight.

Dawn and Jenna (mother and daughter) offer a friendly welcome to all of our visitors and are keen to promote the vibrant creative community that the Monkton Village area of Ryde has to offer.

Please see the sections below for a brief overview of what we have to offer.


The Lounge @ Monkton Arts serves a range of delicious local delicacies, hot and cold drinks, cakes and seasonal food.

We try to keep our prices affordable without sacrificing quality 🙂



Our shop is attached to our cafe and sells art by local Isle Of Wight artists. The artwork covers a variety of prices and styles. Come and take a look!


Monkton Arts is home to three resident artists, Sandy Kendall, Mandy Bangerter and Karl Stedman who all have their studio spaces upstairs in the arts centre.


We curate two art galleries: The Acons Gallery, a professional gallery and The Sara-K Children's Gallery. Both exhibitions change every two weeks.


We have formed an art group called the MVAs (the Monkton Village artists) as there were so many artist in our surrounding area.


Life Drawing is on offer every week with a variety of models with a supportive and relaxed group of beginners and experienced artists.


A variety of arts and skills courses run on Saturdays. Booking is essential.


We also have a variety of other groups who meet at the cafe, including vocal coaching, photography, social creative groups and 'No Barriers' social group.


Monkton Arts grew out of the local Ryde and Isle of Wight community. Various groups utilise The Lounge @ Monkton Arts for a relaxed and friendly meeting place.

We also serve as a hub for initiating, curating and facilitating various local enterprises and initiatives in a range of fields including the arts, education, retail and regeneration. We believe grass-roots initiatives help to bind the community together and offer a platform for various skills and group projects.

Beome a Friend of Monkton Arts (FOMA)

Monkton Arts initiates and supports a wide variety of community projects to help people's ideas come to life. You can sign up to become a Friend of Monkton Arts (FOMA) here.