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.

Be the first to see Doug from Plastic Mermaids’ new video

douglas richards and james halsey at St Catherines

Sit back and enjoy eight minutes of musical beauty, composed and performed by Isle of Wight musician, Doug Richards from Plastic Mermaids.

Monday, 31st August, 2015 8:16pm

By Sally Perry

Guido Oakley’s crystal horse heads raise £45,000 for children’s charity

Guido Oakley's crystal horses

These incredible pieces of artwork, created by an Isle of Wight artist with some of the most sensitive and powerful crystals on Earth raised £45,000 for a children's charity. Guido explains the background.

Friday, 28th August, 2015 6:26pm

By Sally Perry with one comment

Bestival 2015: Seek out the underbelly of the beast

Bestival 2013 Frank Tope by Victor Frankowski

With just two weeks to go until Bestival 2015 hits the Isle of Wight, it's time to start planning your outfits and making a note of which acts you mustn't miss.

Friday, 28th August, 2015 1:48pm

By Sally Perry

Love Southsea Street Markets launch ‘Makers Row’ for local creatives

love southsea - makers row

This should be of interest to Isle of Wight artists and makers. Why not share your passion for creativity with others and expand across the Solent with Love Southsea.

Thursday, 27th August, 2015 9:45am

By Lulu Whitmore

Binnel Studios Summer Exhibition: Your chance to meet a wonderful collection of unique artists

Binnel Studios artwork

The bank holiday weekend brings with it a chance to meet some of the most talented and recognised artists on the Isle of Wight, in the wonderful depths of St Lawrence.

Saturday, 22nd August, 2015 7:20am

By Sally Perry

Ventnor Film Society launches its Autumn Season of films

shot from wild tales

The Ventnor Film Society starts its Autumn season on 1st September and will be screening some fantastically selected foreign films over the coming four months. Mark them in your diary to avoid missing.

Friday, 21st August, 2015 11:53am

By Linda Davis

Undecided Art Collective: Stunning winning entries in kid’s comp

Congratulations to all the young people who took part in the dream art competition last week and special praise to the winners.

Thursday, 20th August, 2015 11:00am

By Sally Perry

Isle of Wight Film Festival: Find out which films triumphed

Keeping Rosy - grab from the film

Congratulations to all the film-makers who made it into the competition, but especially those who were selected as winners at the Isle of Wight Film Festival awards ceremony.

Tuesday, 18th August, 2015 11:55am

By Sally Perry

Radu Malfatti experienced in the flesh: A Review

Radu Malfatti - by Maya

John Armstrong, the brainchild behind Choderize, shares his thoughts on Radu Malfatti's performance last weekend.

Thursday, 13th August, 2015 5:33pm

By John Armstrong

Marlowe’s Edward II by Scena Mundi at Ventnor Fringe: Review

Edward II

There are several chances to see Scena Mundi's adaptation of Marlowe's Edward II at Holy Trinity Church as part of the Ventnor Fringe. Check the Box Office for tickets.

Wednesday, 12th August, 2015 5:20pm

By Jonathan Dodd with one comment

Don’t miss The Art of Democracy exhibition at Quay Arts this summer

The Art of Democracy

The Art of Democracy exhibition explores ideas of democracy through material culture, popular culture and participatory arts. The quality and variety of works is fantastic.

Wednesday, 12th August, 2015 1:37pm

By Sally Perry

Richard ll by Scena Mundi at Ventnor Fringe: Review

Richard II by scena mundi

There are several chances to see Scena Mundi's adaptation of William Shakespeare's Richard II at Holy Trinity Church as part of the Ventnor Fringe. Check the Box Office for tickets.

Tuesday, 11th August, 2015 4:27pm

By Jonathan Dodd