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.

Stunning collection of new works at Dimbola Museum and Galleries

Sunara Retracing

This wonderful new exhibition by Sunara Begum runs at Dimbola Museum and Galleries from 10th October to 3rd January.

Friday, 9th October, 2015 8:01pm

By Rachel Flynn

Share your favourite poet or poem on National Poetry Day

Poetry reading

It's National Poetry Day, so why not celebrate by letting us know who your favourite poet is or what your favourite poem is. We share ours below.

Thursday, 8th October, 2015 4:22pm

By Sally Perry with 4 readers' comments

Need a good laugh? Join Arthur Smith in Ventnor this weekend

Arthur Smith

Will Andrew Turner MP or Simi the Tiger make it into Arthur Smith's act this Saturday at the Ventnor Winter Gardens? Last few seats available so book now to avoid disappointment.

Wednesday, 7th October, 2015 12:10pm

By Sally Perry

Isle of Wight Symphony Orchestra introduce new season of concerts

Sasha - IWSO

If you've never been to one of the IWSO concerts before this would be a good one to try – it is full of good tunes and plenty going on within the very large orchestra. Book early to avoid disappointment.

Tuesday, 6th October, 2015 6:00pm

By Tim Isard

Camerata Choir to perform Mozart’s Requiem with guest soloists

Camerata choir

This spectacular mass will be pulling out all the stops and Camerata Choir promises it will be a wonderful evening of great music, with drama and colour you won't forget.

Monday, 5th October, 2015 11:21am

By Sally Perry

Isle of Wight film maker Bruce Webb premieres Social Suicide at Raindance Festival

Bruce Webb - at iow ff

Bruce Webb will be premiering his latest feature film, Social Suicide, at the Raindance festival in London tonight (Thursday).

Thursday, 1st October, 2015 8:35am

By Sally Perry

Outstanding collection of drawings, prints and paintings head to Quay Arts

Drawing Process

The collection comes from Southampton City Art Gallery and includes work by Frank Auerbach, David Hockney, Elisa­beth Frink, Henry Moore, Graham Sutherland, Basil Beattie and Gillian Ayres. Opening event on 10th October.

Wednesday, 30th September, 2015 4:03pm

By Georgia Newman

Alice Armfield’s Isle of Wight portrait shortlisted in national competition

Alice Armfield Self portrait

The Chief Executive of the Association of Colleges said that Alice Armfield’s shortlisted image is a worthy contender for this national award and we agree! Best of luck at the final in November.

Tuesday, 29th September, 2015 7:31pm

By Mary Silk with one comment

Can you spot yourself in these Bestival 2015 HD photos?

Victor Frankowski - The Commune -

Looking through the dozens of photos and watching the Channel 4 footage clearly illustrates that Bestival has still got it! Over four days, they manage to transform a small part of the Isle of Wight into an artistically creative, hedonistic paradise.

Friday, 25th September, 2015 9:28am

By Sally Perry

Five star reviews for Isle of Wight author’s debut novel

Two eggs

Lucinda Blanchard's debut novel takes into account many points of view and emotions in the taboo world of gender selection. Out now in paperback and ebook through Amazon.

Thursday, 24th September, 2015 11:39am

By Sally Perry

Beyond the Rope: Don’t miss this fascinating exhibition by Quay Crafts

Chris Lines memory dresses

This exhibition by Quay Crafts is not hidden away in a room of its own. The 15 different pieces of work, by ten artists, mingle, dance, stand boldly or sit comfortably amongst the treasures of Queen Victoria.

Saturday, 19th September, 2015 11:50am

By Sally Perry with one comment

Paul Armfield’s Friendly Society: Have you signed up yet?

Paul Armfield

If you haven't signed up to Paul Armfield's Friendly Society yet, you're missing out on access to exclusive songs not available anywhere else.

Saturday, 19th September, 2015 8:56am

By Sally Perry