WHATS ON . . .
WELCOME TO 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.
In the evening it transforms into a low light twinkling, intimate and airy Jazz and blues venue, showcasing the very best of local, mainland and international musicians. (see music events page for up-to-date shows).
Bring your own bottle and nibbles, see Events Page for our latest gigs
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 two resident artists, Sandy Kendall and Mandy Bangerter who 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. If you are interested in this please let us know so we can put you on the list.
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.
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.
BeCome 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.