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The galleries at East Quay are run by Contains Art CIO, a charity which is founded on the belief that who you are, where you live and what you have, should not constrain access to creativity and culture.

The purpose of our exhibitions is to raise ideas, open minds, invite discussion and encourage a social, economic, and environmental conversation through art. To bring joy, beauty, wonder, and fun into people’s lives. East Quay is a place of imagination where reality can be suspended and visits rewarded through meaningful interaction and ambitious artforms.

We want to bring an inventive way of exploring art and empowering artists that unites audiences locally and universally. We want to become known for immersive, experiential, participatory, activist, community inclusive and socially-conscious exhibitions, and experiences that challenge expectations of what visiting an art gallery is like.

Three guiding themes underpin our exhibition programming at East Quay. These themes raise questions of interest and engagement that we believe are both locally and universally relevant.

Identity & Belonging

What makes us who we are as humans and within a rural isolated context; what informs our senses of self, identity, otherness and culture?

Community & Place

What does it mean to be people in a place? What are our local commitments and what are the universal connections that bind us? How do civic and community conceptions interplay with culture and ethnicity?

Climate & Change

How do people and the planet come to a new settlement? How can communities and humankind interpret and navigate the tumultuous times ahead as climate crisis and adaptation take hold?

In September 2021, our opening exhibition, ‘More Together Than Alone’, explores the communal bonds that tie us to each other and to place.

Curated by Neville Gabie and Tessa Jackson OBE, the exhibition brings together works created by the community of Watchet, with artwork from Neville Gabie, Suzanne Lacy and Deanna Payne.