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.

Let’s help Julia Margaret Cameron make the score for the next £20 note

Julia Margaret Cameron for twenty pound note -700

See what we did there? Score ... £20 note ... yes, don't worry we won't give up the day jobs, but we will encourage you to vote for Victorian photographer Julia Margaret Cameron as the next face for the £20 note.

Thursday, 28th May, 2015 6:28pm

By Sally Perry with 13 readers' comments

Ventnor artist wins Quay Arts’ Open Exhibition

Joanna Kori - portrait

On Saturday last week, over a hundred visitors made their way to the Quay Arts’ OPEN 2015 Exhibition preview and prize giving to find out who'd won the prize of their own exhibition space in 2017.

Thursday, 28th May, 2015 10:42am

By Georgia Newman

Winter Gardens seek to defend themselves over UB40 mess

Ventnor Winter Gardens by Nnitebot

Following Tuesday's Winter Gardens UB40 gig, there's been a number of statements, Today's is from the venue, seeking to detail where things went wrong.

Thursday, 21st May, 2015 5:51pm

By Simon Perry with 15 readers' comments

IW Symphony Orchestra Review: Tuneful Teutons

Megan Quick -

Find out what Jonathan thought of the penultimate concert of the season by the IW Symphony Orchestra

Thursday, 21st May, 2015 3:12pm

By Jonathan Dodd with one comment

Hear about the Nomadic Tribes of Iran and Afghanistan

Afghanistan rugs

This is the penultimate lecture of the season and takes place at Quay Arts on Thursday evening.

Wednesday, 20th May, 2015 10:33am

By Sally Perry

Hear Claydon Connor’s latest single ‘Don’t Give Up On Us’

Claydon Connor

Isle of Wight country musician, Claydon Connor, releases his latest single, which you can hear him perform live on 21st May at a Nepal fundraiser being held at The Blacksheep Bar in Ryde.

Monday, 18th May, 2015 1:24pm

By Donna Thompson

Isle of Wight Potter featured in Wall Street Journal

Sue paraskeva

It's great to see Isle of Wight potter, Sue Paraskeva, featured in the Wall Street Journal today. Keep up the great work.

Saturday, 16th May, 2015 12:13pm

By Sally Perry

Pioneering new subscription service launched by Paul Armfield

Paul Armfield Friendly Society poster

Rudimental has described Paul Armfield's music as ’Distinctively amazing’, whilst Lauren Laverne says, ‘Gorgeous..beautiful, positive and amazing. Ace!’.

Tuesday, 12th May, 2015 9:43am

By Sally Perry

Explore Nick Martin’s latest exhibition with our video preview

Nick Martin -

It's always great to have commentary from the artist when taking a first look at an exhibition. Get the inside on Nick Martin's latest work, exhibiting at the Rope Store Gallery until 23rd May, from this OnTheWight video.

Sunday, 10th May, 2015 3:36pm

By Sally Perry

Jo Hummel-Newell’s latest work takes her on an agri-cultural journey

The farmers clock joanne hummel newell

Forget about the election results, grab your diaries and make an entry for 6th June and get ready to fill your heart with cultural heritage.

Friday, 8th May, 2015 11:28am

By Georgia Newman

Don’t miss Battle of the Bands at the Island’s newest music venue

club image

This is your chance to not only support a new venue, but also to support your favourite Isle of Wight bands.

Thursday, 7th May, 2015 4:33pm

By Adam Radestock

A bit of rain will not defeat Isle of Arts Festival: ‘The show will go on’

Arts Trail map

There's an amazing range of things taking place in Ventnor today for the Isle of Arts Festival from workshops and masterclasses to quality live music and theatre. Don't let a little bit of rain put you off coming to Ventnor for the day.

Sunday, 3rd May, 2015 9:57am

By Sally Perry with one comment