Independent Arts (IA) have transformed an empty space on Newport High Street, creating a vibrant art gallery and a wellbeing hub for art-based projects that can benefit your mental and physical health.
OPEN: 10.30am – 3.30pm Thursday, Friday and Saturdays
The People’s Pop-Up Gallery, known as PPUG, opened in April 2019 at 33 High Street, Newport, Isle of Wight. There will be a series of engaging exhibitions and the hub will act as a social prescribing referral service for anyone who feels they may benefit either mentally or physically from one of several projects facilitated by IA.
Changing lives through art is very much the impetus behind IA. Established in 1987, the charity now leads the way on the Island for arts-based social prescribing. Social prescribing is simply where people receive non-medical help to improve their health and well-being through activities delivered in a social setting. These activities have measurable outcomes and vary from participating in a singing workshop to improve respiratory health, enjoying a dance class to assist with neurological conditions, to joining an anxiety café to reduce feelings of anxiety and isolation. At PPUG you will be able to find out about workshops, classes and groups designed to help improve mental and physical wellbeing.
Most of the artwork due to be exhibited at PPUG has been produced either at therapeutic workshops run by Independent Arts, or in environments designed to give artistic opportunities to people and children of all backgrounds.
“Independent Arts will always be a charity delivering arts programmes for the benefit of the most vulnerable people on the Isle of Wight; people of all ages experiencing disadvantage or social isolation, those with long term health problems and elderly people in care homes,” says Wendy Varley, Chair of Trustees, Independent Arts.
The result is a rich body of work ranging from poignant black and white photographic portraiture to ceramic sculptures to intricate textile panels that feature the heritage of Newport. The opening exhibition, Time & Tide, features extraordinary artistic responses to local history created primarily by residents of Southern Housing Group schemes and care homes across the Island and at other workshop events held at libraries.
“We are delighted that The Gravesend and District Real Estate Company have given us the opportunity to use this space and would especially like to thank Tony Scotcher from Scotcher & Co for making this possible,” says Kate Ball, Chief Executive of IA.
PPUG will be open Thurs–Sat 10.30am–3.30pm though times may vary. If you are interested in volunteer opportunities or would like to find out more, please contact us.
We are looking for volunteers to help us open this space to the public, curate and hang exhibitions and talk about the work displayed. If this sounds like you, then please
PPUG is located at 33 High Street, Newport, Isle of Wight PO30 1SR
Come along to PPUG to see our latest exhibition 'Mindful & Soulful', featuring artwork from participants of our mental wellbeing pilot project 'PortFolio'.
PPUG's July exhibition featured stunning artwork from Nine Acres Primary School.
Be creARTive is artwork produced by the children from Nine Acres Primary School over the course of one year. Exploring themes from early cave paintings, tribal art, propaganda posters, modern art, self-portraits, even the school’s chickens, they have produced a body of work that is outstanding and demonstrates the potential art has to unlock creative expression…
Reconnections highlighted the power art has reconnecting people to their environment and sense of self. A powerful mixed media show, the result of 15 weeks of workshops, featuring photography, sculpture and painting by residents of Newport Residential Care.
Our launch exhibition featured work from our Time & Tide project, and photographic workshops.
The core principles of social prescribing are that it:
There is a growing body of evidence that social prescribing reduces pressure on the NHS by directing people to more appropriate services and groups. An evidence summary published by the University of Westminster suggests that where an individual has support through social prescribing, their GP consultations reduce by an average of 28% and A&E attendances by 24%.