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.

Big Art Auction: Last chance to get your bids in

lego pasta by jason grant

The Big Art Auction closes at midnight tonight (Saturday). Make sure you place your bids before then in order to grab a fantastic piece of artwork at the same time as helping raise money for an innovative new concrete skatepark for Ventnor.

Saturday, 28th November, 2015 7:59am

By Sally Perry

New exhibition explores Ventnor’s former Royal National Hospital for Diseases of the Chest

chest hospital staff party

Pharmacist Gordon Chubb has decoded the homeopathic treatments patients received and the local historian Robin McInnes displays his collection of 19th and early 20th century photographs taken of patients and hospital life.

Friday, 27th November, 2015 7:47am

By Andy Hollebon

V&A Museum hosts exhibition of work by Julia Margaret Cameron

Julia Margaret Cameron

As part of the bi-centenary, the V&A bring out their Julia Margaret Cameron collection. Pop across to the Science Museum if you do visit, as they also have her handwritten autobiography and other items on display.

Thursday, 26th November, 2015 3:34pm

By Sally Perry

Plastic Mermaids premiere their latest single, Painted Lady

plastic mermaids in the solent

More musical beautifulness from Isle of Wight five piece, Plastic Mermaids. Their latest track is premiered on music site, GoldFakePaint.

Thursday, 26th November, 2015 1:23pm

By Sally Perry with one comment

VP role for Isle of Wight artist at the Royal Society of Marine Artists

Martin Swan

A long-time active member, Isle of Wight artist, Martin Swan, has been elected to the role of Vice President at the Royal Society of Marine Artists. Well done Martin.

Wednesday, 25th November, 2015 2:43pm

By Sally Perry with one comment

Book now to take part in these fantastic £5 creative workshops

joe bone performance workshops quay arts

Fancy learning about song-writing from an expert? Or perhaps you'd like to try your hand at physical performance. Well these two workshops on at the end of the month at Quay Arts will only cost you £5. Bargain!

Friday, 20th November, 2015 12:10pm

By Sally Perry

IWSO Review: Beautiful Bruch and Magnificent Mahler

IWSO - November

"The Isle of Wight Symphony Orchestra’s new season burst upon us with a concert of bravado and energy and sublime playing," so says Jonathan Dodd in his latest review.

Wednesday, 18th November, 2015 4:14pm

By Jonathan Dodd with one comment

Find out more about the golden age of British Photography

photos from the sixties

The second Vectis Decorative & Fine Arts Society lecture of the season tomorrow (Thursday) explores the golden age of British photography with engaging and amusing speaker, Brian Stater.

Wednesday, 18th November, 2015 2:36pm

By Diane Pradhan

Inspirational Island photographer shortlisted for album cover award: Your vote can help

Very talented Isle of Wight photographer, Julian Winslow, has had his work recognised by Art Vinyl. With your help he could be bagging a national award.

Tuesday, 17th November, 2015 5:47pm

By Sally Perry with 3 readers' comments

Isle of Wight artist shortlisted for the Shoosmiths Art Prize: Your vote could help

joanne hummell newell

Isle of Wight artist, Joanne Hummel-Newell, needs your vote to help her win the Shoosmiths People's Choice Prize.

Tuesday, 10th November, 2015 12:23pm

By Sally Perry

See the latest madcap animated postcards from the Isle of Wight

carisbrooke bouncy castle

It's been a week of bad news with the closure of two visitor attractions, redundancies and more, so forget about all that for a couple of minutes and find yourself laughing out loud to Justin Mason's latest animated postcards from the Isle of Wight.

Thursday, 5th November, 2015 7:33pm

By Sally Perry with 4 readers' comments

Incredible quality of donations for Ventnor Skatepark’s second Big Art Auction

t.wat artwork for skatepark

See the work in person for one night only at the launch of the month-long Big Art Auction. There's some stunning pieces that have been donated from as far away as the United States.

Thursday, 5th November, 2015 5:12pm

By Sally Perry