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.

#WeaselPecker meme gets an Isle of Wight twist from Drivelsieve

Magpie and Hare - Drieval Sieve Justin Mason

Something as phenomenal as the weasel taking a ride on a woodpecker was bound to be followed by an influx of memes and Justin Mason made sure the Isle of Wight was represented.

Wednesday, 4th March, 2015 12:16pm

By Sally Perry

Teresa Grimaldi heads Undercover art project in Ryde

Teresa Grimaldi's puppet

A new family will be moving to Ryde this summer as part of an arts project organised by Ryde Library.

Tuesday, 3rd March, 2015 10:07am

By IW Council Press Office

OnTheWight proud to sponsor CHAMPS at Isle of Arts Festival


OnTheWight are super-chuffed to be headline sponsors for CHAMPS at the 2015 Isle of Arts Festival on 1st May. Tickets are expected to be snapped up pretty quickly so make sure you don't miss out.

Friday, 27th February, 2015 7:58pm

By Sally Perry

Go behind the scenes with this Plastic Mermaids video

plastic mermaids - shimmery

We love the level of detail that Plastic Mermaids go to in order to achieve creative perfection. This behind the scenes video gives you a flavour of their dedication to the cause!

Tuesday, 24th February, 2015 4:48pm

By Sally Perry with one comment

High praise for new CHAMPS album, VAMALA

Champs -

Four out of five stars is a pretty darn good rating for this Isle of Wight band's second album, which has been described as a 'melodic triumph'.

Friday, 20th February, 2015 10:08am

By Sally Perry

Isle of Arts Festival: Cast your vote for favourite classic screening

Centenary Cinema posters -

Don't miss your chance to vote on which three films you'd like to see during this year's Isle of Arts Festival in May.

Monday, 16th February, 2015 3:42pm

By Janneke Oxley

Viral hopes for film that highlights danger of carbon monoxide poisoning

pip from carbon monoxide video

A video created by Brighton University student, Madelaine Diamond from Ryde about two dogs on holiday on the Isle of Wight highlights the dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning and how it can be prevented.

Friday, 13th February, 2015 12:09pm

By Caroline Diamond

‘Chasing Shadows’ kicks off 200th anniversary year for Victorian photographer

Julia Margaret Cameron

In the year that sees the 200th anniversary of the birth of renowned Victorian photographer Julia Margaret Cameron, Dimbola Museum and Gallery at Freshwater (her home from 1860-1875) is mounting a year-long commemoration of her life and work.

Thursday, 12th February, 2015 12:53pm

By Suzanne and Alan Whitewood

Bestival announce first wave of acts for 2015 festival

Future Islands

The first wave of acts announced include a UK festival exclusive, as well as a return for the electronic duo who were a massive hit with Bestival-goers in 2008.

Thursday, 12th February, 2015 9:59am

By Aidan Byrne

Acoustic Isle: All set for ten days of quality live music

Rick Stanbridge -

It’s nearly here – the Island’s Acoustic Isle takes place 26th February to 8th March and all across the Island, pubs and other venues will throw open their doors to welcome visitors and locals alike.

Wednesday, 11th February, 2015 12:06pm

By Sue Emmerson

Join The Wight Strollers for their 35th annual charity pantomime

Black/white picture from Aladdin:

This weekend, The Wight Strollers return to Medina Theatre with their 35th annual pantomime. With all proceeds going to Island charities, this is one event you shouldn't miss.

Wednesday, 11th February, 2015 11:01am

By Feature Writer

Music and storytelling at ‘The Forest of Chance encounters’

Paul Armfield you will be loved again

An evening of storytelling with Sarah Rundle and live music from Paul Armfield setting you up for an eventful Valentine's weekend.

Tuesday, 10th February, 2015 12:29pm

By Feature Writer