Arts club to open

By a County Press reporter

Sunday, February 10, 2013


Arts club to open

The former NatWest building in Ventnor, Isle of Wight, which is to become an arts club.

AFTER six months of refurbishment, a new Isle of Wight arts club is on track to open later this month.

The club, in the Ventnor's former NatWest building will have various uses, including film screenings, comedy nights, acoustic music sessions, poetry, art exhibitions, wine tastings and more.

There will also be a bar, food lounges and WiFi facilities, where people can relax, network and meet others who share a love of the arts.

Steven Izett, director and owner of the club, said: "We’re now in the final phases of installing the electrics, security and audio-visual systems, fitting the carpets and readying ourselves for the delivery of the sofas and armchairs before the members’ preview event in mid-February.

"It’s been a process of discovery and one which will continue. During the refurbishment we’ve discovered an amazing piece of 1924 architectural design, along with all of the snags that false ceilings and 70s cladding have been hiding.

"And when we’re up and running the club, our activities and even our wine list will be reviewed in response to members’ feedback as we discover their preferences."

Ventnor Arts Club is inviting applications for membership at


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by ian armstrong

11th February 2013, at 06:32:58

I too hope this venture is a success although I'm not sure that the membership fee will be popular. Just a thought for Mrs James- whilst I fully support your views that more needs to be done to improve accessibilty for all, whether it be to comply with DDA or just to improve pram & buggy suitability; you seem to be missing the fact that any modificatons to premises are subject to limitations of the buildings design and location. The point I'm trying to make is that if there is no possibility of incorporating level or ramped access due to the comfines of the building then it is exempt. An unfortunate obstacle I'm afraid!

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by Mark Hitchman

10th February 2013, at 22:20:41

I'd go along with that Terry, just think in today's world, £150 is a bit over the top to ask.

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by Terry Dalley

10th February 2013, at 21:18:22

We could do with something on these lines in Shanklin but the member ship is a no no ,a minimal charge on the door would be more appealing.
Still lets not knock it its a step in the right direction.

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by Mike Crowe

10th February 2013, at 18:29:42

Don't mind the £150.00, one of mine is that, but for an unknown? Nothing about "Introductory Subscription"? I am one of the founder subscribers of a magazine which has since been incorprated into another and as a 'founder subscriber' I am now a recipient for life which is free of subscription.

No perks in this club by the looks of things!

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by Mark Hitchman

10th February 2013, at 16:55:49

This was looking quite appealing until I saw the £150 annual membership fee.

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by Mike Crowe

10th February 2013, at 12:58:02

Mrs James a lot of peopple are already excluded by virtue of the registration and membership fees

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by Paul Wainwright

10th February 2013, at 08:52:29

Brilliant idea and I wish them the best of luck for the future.

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