People's Pop-Up Gallery

Independent Arts (IA) transformed an empty shop 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.

The People’s Pop-Up Gallery opened in April 2019 at 33 High Street, Newport, Isle of Wight. It showcased art created in Independent Arts' wellbeing workshops as well as featuring art by local schools and organisations.

This gallery was the pilot phase before the charity opened its current gallery and workshops space at 48/49 High Street, Newport in 2021.

PPUG Launch

PPUG: Art & Identity display


Past exhibitions

February 2020

Anxious & Awesome! Opening to coincide with Time to Talk day, Kerry Weston has curated Anxious & Awesome, an exhibition encouraging people to speak up about mental health. Pop in on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays during February between 10.30am and 3.30pm.


January 2020

Terrific textiles. This exhibition featured a range of textile-based artwork created by people attending Independent Arts' workshops across a range of projects, including School Ties, Creative Café, PortFolio, Workshops for Wellbeing and Time & Tide.


November 2019

Newport Daytime Anxiety Café celebrated a year of photography with their exhibition “Through Anxious Eyes”. This also marked the launch of our Anxiety Café Toolkit, for people looking to set up an Anxiety Café in their area.


October 2019

Celebrating Age showcased the remarkable artwork produced by residents of care homes at creative workshops run by Independent Arts on the Isle of Wight.

Celebrating Age exhibition at PPUG, October 2019

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August 2019

Our 'Mindful & Soulful' exhibition featured artwork from participants of our mental wellbeing pilot project. PortFolio.

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July 2019

Our July exhibition featured stunning artwork from Nine Acres Primary School.

PPUG Nine Acres Primary exhibition July 2019

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June 2019

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.


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May 2019

Our launch exhibition featured work from our Time & Tide project, and photographic workshops.