Creative Island

The Isle of Wight has a rich history of incredible creative talent. Home to famous poets, writers and photographers in the Victorian age, the talent is still strong today.

From artists and photographers to poets, theatre groups, live music and more, there is always something cultural to report on or feature. If we’ve written about it, this is where you’ll find it.

Have you picked up your Isle of Arts Festival souvenir brochure yet?

Isle of Arts 2015 brochure with champs album

Make sure you pick up an Isle of Arts Festival souvenir brochure, which you can find in many locations around the Island in the lead up to the launch of the Festival on 1st May.

Friday, 17th April, 2015 5:58pm

By Sally Perry with one comment

Ventnor Exchange brings Record Store Day celebrations to the Isle of Wight

Record Store Day logo 2015

If you haven't checked out Ventnor Exchange yet, why not pop down on Saturday. There'll be hosting free live music, talks & film screenings throughout the day from 10am on into the evening.

Friday, 17th April, 2015 9:27am

By Jack Whitewood

Have you placed your bid in the Big Art Auction yet?

Carne griffiths print:

There are still three weeks to place your bids in the Big Art Auction to help raise much needed cash for the Ventnor Skatepark.

Thursday, 9th April, 2015 5:40pm

By Sally Perry

IW band, Waves, launch their second EP in Ryde this week

Waves - IW Band -

This coming Friday sees the launch of Isle of Wight alternative rock band's second EP. Join them at the free event at The Blacksheep Bar in Ryde, with support from Polar Maps and Lewis Shepperd.

Tuesday, 7th April, 2015 9:13am

By Sally Perry

Experience a change from the expected: Explore tactile art exhibition (photos and podcast)

Lyndy Moles - Newport close up

Lyndy Moles' art is probably unlike anything you've seen, or touched before. Listen to the podcast and see the photos to understand why you should visit Brading Roman Villa before 15 April.

Sunday, 5th April, 2015 11:52am

By Simon Perry

IWSO Review: A Champagne Flute at the IWSO

Siobhan Cosgrove

The Isle of Wight Symphony Orchestra concert held their third concert of the season last weekend, and it was fantastic. Don’t miss out on the penultimate concert of the season in May.

Friday, 27th March, 2015 10:17am

By Jonathan Dodd with 2 readers' comments

Don’t miss the FREE Kashmir Fringe this weekend at the Quay

Puzzle Muteson playing guitar

There's free music all weekend at Quay Arts, as well as the opening of two new brilliant exhibitions. Why not gather some friends and hang out at the Quay this weekend.

Thursday, 26th March, 2015 10:36am

By Sally Perry

Don’t miss the string spectacular at the 2015 Isle of Arts Festival

Massive Violins

If you're a fan of strings, particularly the Cello, you're in for a treat in May as two very special events take place as part of the Isle of Arts Festival.

Wednesday, 25th March, 2015 4:34pm

By Janneke Oxley

The Big Art Auction launches campaign to raise £50k for skate park

Ventnor skate park

Some outstanding pieces of artwork have been donated by local and internationally-renowned artists for the Big Art Auction that kicks off the launch of a 12 month campaign to raise £50,000.

Tuesday, 24th March, 2015 10:08am

By Zoe Thompson with one comment

Over million plays on Spotify for new CHAMPS album: See them at Winter Gardens

Champs -

Find out what everyone is talking about and book your tickets now to see CHAMPS play the Ventnor Winter Gardens on Friday 1st May.

Friday, 20th March, 2015 4:25pm

By Sally Perry

Ryde house, frozen in time, earns national attention for Isle of Wight photographer’s award-winning work

Zoe Barkers house of two sisters book:

Zoe Barker's award-winning 'House of Two Sisters' project is a vintage fan's dream. It's gained nation-wide attention, but also lots of chatter within the Island's Heritage Facebook Group.

Wednesday, 18th March, 2015 2:56pm

By Sally Perry with 2 readers' comments

Don’t miss the best in music and spoken word at Wight Words

Julian Winslow

John Armstrong has managed to pull together a fantastic line-up for Friday's Wight Words being held at Quay Arts.

Thursday, 12th March, 2015 9:46am

By Sally Perry