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.

Live music in Ryde just keeps on getting better

seb clark

If you're into the alternative live rock and metal scene you don't need to travel to the mainland to get your regular dose. You can check it out right here on the Isle of Wight.

Wednesday, 10th February, 2016 1:04pm

By Rachel Rocks

Aspiring young writer presents his latest play at Quay Arts this weekend

dev hell helen and steve

Seventeen year old William Perkins will be presenting his latest play, Development Hell, at Quay Arts later this week. Book now to secure your seats.

Tuesday, 2nd February, 2016 3:53pm

By Sally Perry with one comment

Budding writers invited to join new Young Writers project

Child writing:

The Young Writers Project will meet every Saturday in Newport and will have a different focus each week.

Tuesday, 2nd February, 2016 3:36pm

By Jessica Paine

Book now for An Audience with Shurl

sue bevan green dress

Ryde School's new artist in residence, Sue Bevan, will be performing her award-winning show this week as part of National Storytelling Week. Book now to avoid disappointment.

Monday, 1st February, 2016 2:14pm

By Sally Perry

IWSO Review: Sell out audience thrilled by concert

Conductor and cellist

Last week's audience for the Isle of Wight Symphony Orchestra concert were treated to two guest conductors and a guest cellist. Make sure you book now for the March concert which is sure to be another sell-out.

Sunday, 31st January, 2016 12:18pm

By Tim Isard

Wish Quay Arts a happy 40th at The Art of Food & live Art Auction

Art of Food

Quay Arts is now entirely self-financed. The Art of Food & live Art Auction charity event will help to raise much-needed funds to continue to support the amazing IW artistic talent.

Friday, 29th January, 2016 3:46pm

By Georgia Newman

Bestival 2016: First two headliners announced

the cure

A return to Bestival for both these headliners (one of which had to be dragged off stage after a three hour set), but we're sure that won't bother their fans.

Friday, 29th January, 2016 9:31am

By Aidan Byrne with one comment

Sebotage showcases new Isle of Wight musical talent

seb clark by A.S.M. Photography

The Learn - Jam - Perform night provided a great opportunity for aspiring musicians to perform live in a friendly and nurturing environment with the support of more recognised and accomplished artists.

Thursday, 28th January, 2016 9:56am

By Rachel Rocks

People’s Gallery: Space for new and established artists to open in Ryde

peoples gallery

This new gallery space will open next month on Union Street in Ryde. Set up by Isle of Wight artist, Izi Evans, the gallery aims provide a space for new and established artists.

Friday, 22nd January, 2016 1:02pm

By Suzanne and Alan Whitewood

Ventnor Film Society returns with jam-packed season of films

45 years

Ventnor Film Society offer a choice of two screenings every fortnight in the luxurious surroundings of Ventnor Arts Club. What more could you ask for?

Monday, 18th January, 2016 10:57am

By Linda Davis

Call for artists! Be part of Generation ART: Young Artists on Tour


Quay Arts seeks artist for exciting visual arts commission as part of Generation ART: Young Artists on Tour touring exhibition this spring.

Friday, 15th January, 2016 12:22pm

By Georgia Newman

Find out more about Chinese artist Ai Weiwei next week


The lecture by Frank Woodgate - “Everything is art, Everything is Politics” - examines the provocative and often beautiful work of the Chinese artist Ai Weiwei.

Friday, 15th January, 2016 11:39am

By Diane Pradhan with one comment

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