Isle of Wight What's On Guide: 2023 Events OnTheWight

Olivia Free

13 Sep – 7 Oct


Quay Arts

Sea Street
Newport Harbour
Isle of Wight
PO30 5BD

01983 822490

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Olivia is an installation in the Quay Arts Clayden Gallery, with the work re-telling the extraordinary life of Miss Olivia Parkes. Who lived in Ventnor for almost 40 years in a dilapidated boathouse held up by stilts. Using animated micro ‘vignettes’ within a replica wooden model boathouse, it is accompanied by audio recordings of Ventnorians who remember her.

As well as projection viewings of their animation about Olivia available to watch 10am – 2pm.

Olivia’s life raises many questions about how unconventional people are treated within society. The scene captures the details of her daily existence, intriguingly opening a window on the spirit of a woman who dared to live differently.

Then photographer Samuel French has an exhibition on display in our Café, with these photographs being taken of the Olivia installation during its display for Ventnor Fringe Festival. As well as showcasing conjured imagined scenes by Samuel of Olivia’s life by the sea.

There will be a short film screening, artist talk and tour of the Olivia Exhibition with the exhibiting artists Teresa and Sarah, which will be held from 2pm at Quay Arts.

Spaces for this event are free but limited, for more details and to book please visit our website.


As part of the Olivia exhibition, exhibiting artists Teresa and Sarah are running workshops where participants can create props and characters relating to Olivia’s Story and start to explore animation and shadow theatre.

Starting with a guided tour of the Olivia exhibition in our Clayden Gallery, these creative workshops relive the story of Olivia Parkes, conjuring up images relating to her life on the edge of the sea. Suitable for ages 8+.

For more information and to book your free tickets, please visit the ‘Kids’ section of our website.