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.

Julian Winslow wins Young Quay’s Open Exhibition, Self

Julian Winslow with Triptych

Julian explored the subject of self in a fascinating way. We're not sure how his father and son felt about the work, but the results are superb. They really make you look hard at the work.

Thursday, 17th April, 2014 12:47pm

By Sally Perry with one comment

Laura Hathaway and Howard Hardiman present ‘Line & Shade’

Line and shade flyer:

Quay Arts are delighted to announce the next exhibition in The West Gallery, Laura Hathaway and Howard Hardiman Line & Shade.

Tuesday, 15th April, 2014 6:08pm

By Ceri Mason

Discover some of the best Isle of Wight contemporary crafts at MAKE or BREAK

Make or Break artists' work:

There's going to be a fantastic range of contemporary crafts for sale at the MAKE or BREAK Fair this Friday and Saturday in Ryde.

Monday, 14th April, 2014 2:54pm

By Sally Perry

Remember 80s Isle of Wight band, Bobby I Can Fly?

Bobby I can fly

Tonight's 30th anniversary gig is sold out, but you can taste a piece of 80s Island band, Bobby I Can Fly, once again if you buy their charity CD.

Saturday, 12th April, 2014 10:55am

By Paul Armfield

What instrument will you pick up on National Learn to Play Day?


Venues in Portsmouth and Southampton are offering free taster sessions on musical instruments. Why not pick up a Ukulele or a pair of drumsticks and see what you can create.

Friday, 11th April, 2014 11:43am

By Sally Perry

Find out how to become a Friend of the Isle of Arts Festival

Thumbs up happy man:

As well as having a warm glow knowing that your support is helping to make another fantastic festival possible, there are several benefits for you too in becoming a Friend.

Thursday, 10th April, 2014 12:29pm

By Sally Perry

Want to know what’s inside comedian Sean Hughes’ head?

Last Friday we sent Dom Kureen down to Quay Arts to see what he thought of comedian Sean Hughes' Penguins tour.

Tuesday, 8th April, 2014 6:11pm

By Dom Kureen

CHAMPS get rave reviews for headline gig

Champs by kendall Noctor:

The lads from Niton have been picking up some great reviews as they tour around the country. We were lucky enough to catch their headline gig in London last week.

Monday, 7th April, 2014 3:31pm

By Sally Perry

‘Shostakovich and Awe’ at the Isle of Wight Symphony Orchestra

Dimitri Shostakovich :

The Isle of Wight Symphony Orchestra have done it again. Another outstanding performance from the very talented musicians.

Friday, 4th April, 2014 2:38pm

By Jonathan Dodd with 2 readers' comments

Want to know how your poetry can come to life?

Poetry shack:

The winning poem in this new poetry competition will be brought to life by Splot Design's illustrations.

Thursday, 3rd April, 2014 2:18pm

By Charlotte Begg

Don’t miss the MAKE or BREAK Contemporary Craft Fair this Easter

Make or Break artists' work:

Quality ceramics, jewellery, print, textiles, glassware all being showcased in Ryde, along with free family workshops and a chance to meet the artists. Don't miss it!

Thursday, 3rd April, 2014 12:43pm

By Sally Perry

Isle of Arts Festival: Local choirs join the bill

Medina Community Choir

Local choirs will be taking part in the four day festival which hits Ventnor on 2nd May this year. Make sure you book your tickets before they sell out.

Wednesday, 2nd April, 2014 3:29pm

By Sally Perry