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 seen the latest Plastic Mermaids music video?

Plastic Mermaids rowing boat

Isle of Wight band Plastic Mermaids push to boat out for their latest music video ... quite literally.

Tuesday, 30th June, 2015 8:46am

By Sally Perry

See Patrick Eden’s ‘Black and White’ exhibition at Jolliffes

Patrick Eden

Patrick's exhibition features photographs mostly from the 1980s, shot on the Isle of Wight and all black and white.

Monday, 29th June, 2015 12:45pm

By Feature Writer

Isle of Wight Oxfam stocking exclusive 12″ release by Editors

The Editors

Indie rock band, Editors, have released their Exclusive Limited Edition 12” Vinyl through Oxfam Isle of Wight Books & Music shop.

Thursday, 25th June, 2015 10:53am

By Sally Perry with one comment

Meet Miss Crocus: One of ten wonderful Mennyms created in Ryde

Miss Crocus at the library

Jonathan was lucky enough to be involved in creating one of ten wonderful Mennyms which you can see during Ryde Arts Festival from Saturday. Here he shares the process of how Miss Crocus came into being.

Wednesday, 24th June, 2015 3:55pm

By Jonathan Dodd

Don’t miss vibrant new exhibition at Quay Arts Centre

Fragments installation - detail

A new exhibition opens in the Rope Store Gallery at Quay Arts this Saturday - it's a joyous celebration of work by the Drawing Ahead community art group.

Wednesday, 24th June, 2015 8:40am

By Melanie Swan

Here’s how a pop-up music shop can help fight world poverty

Oxfam at festival Boxes

What a great idea! This pop-up music shop at the Festival, run by the Newport Oxfam Books and Music shop, was successful in raising awareness of world poverty whilst feeding music junkies.

Tuesday, 23rd June, 2015 12:08pm

By Sally Perry

Fleetwood Mac make statement on IW Festival after second gig cancelled

Fleetwood Mac Rumours on Compact Cassette Tape by petersell

After the latest two big nights of their 'On with the show' are cancelled due to illness, the band make a statement about Isle of Wight Festival.

Friday, 12th June, 2015 6:41pm

By Simon Perry with 10 readers' comments

Jonathan Dodd watched … The Italian Girl in Algiers with Popup Opera at the Garlic Farm

If you've ever wondered what Popup Opera is like, read on. Jonathan popped along to the Garlic Farm on Friday night to find out for himself.

Wednesday, 10th June, 2015 7:40pm

By Jonathan Dodd

Ryde Arts Festival has something for everyone, don’t miss out

ryde arts festival twitter porofile

There is lots to see and do at the 2015 Ryde Arts Festival, from original live music, theatre, art, guided walks and workshops, not to mention the hunt for the Mennyms.

Wednesday, 10th June, 2015 4:40pm

By Sally Perry

Island band Hentai Babies confirmed for Japanese tour

hentai babies june 2015

Fans in Japan have been going crazy for these guys, so it's great to hear that a three-city Japanese tour is confirmed for later in the year.

Monday, 8th June, 2015 8:34pm

By Sally Perry with 3 readers' comments

Becoming a Quayholder will help the arts scene thrive on the Isle of Wight

Quay Arts QuayHolders Scheme

Live music, art exhibitions, theatre, food, workshops, comedy, high quality shop. Quay Arts offers so much to Islanders. Now is our chance to show our support and help the arts thrive on the Island.

Thursday, 4th June, 2015 9:43am

By Georgia Newman

Let’s help Julia Margaret Cameron make the score for the next £20 note

Julia Margaret Cameron for twenty pound note -700

See what we did there? Score ... £20 note ... yes, don't worry we won't give up the day jobs, but we will encourage you to vote for Victorian photographer Julia Margaret Cameron as the next face for the £20 note.

Thursday, 28th May, 2015 6:28pm

By Sally Perry with 33 readers' comments