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.

Double portions of SOOP at Isle of Arts Festival

Radio Soop

If you've seen the chaps from SOOP perform at the Isle of Arts Festival before, you'll be pleased to hear they're returning to the Festival held in Ventnor between 2-5th May. But not just once.

Saturday, 19th April, 2014 1:23pm

By Sally Perry

Riotous Rich Hall returns to Isle of Arts Festival

Rich Hall:

Rich Hall had the audience in the fits of laughter from the off when he opened the very first Isle of Arts Festival three years ago. Make sure you book now before tickets sell out.

Friday, 18th April, 2014 2:21pm

By Janneke Oxley

Discover the ‘Rat Pack of Opera’ with Tenors Un Limited at Isle of Arts

Tenors Unlimited

Join the UK’s original classical-crossover ‘man band’ for a fantastic musical journey that will move you and make you laugh in equal measure.

Thursday, 17th April, 2014 5:01pm

By Janneke Oxley

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 2 readers' comments

Are you a Downton Abbey fan? If so, the Isle of Arts Festival has a treat for you

luke kempner downton abbey:

This is a must-see event for Downton Abbey fans. This brilliant new parody has won critical acclaim and sell-out audiences at the Edinburgh Fringe. Book now to avoid disappointment.

Wednesday, 16th April, 2014 5:48pm

By Janneke Oxley

Don’t miss your chance to see Rudi Eastwood perform at Isle of Arts Festival

Rudi Eastwood

Rudi Eastwood is very keen to help spark an interest in music amongst young people and his Concert of Nordic music at the Isle of Arts Festival is free for 16s, so why not book now? It should be a fantastic event.

Tuesday, 15th April, 2014 7:26pm

By Janneke Oxley

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