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.

Isle of Wight Creatives: Learn how to tell the world about yourself at Creatives’ Club

creative club

Join other Isle of Wight creatives at this month's Ventnor Exchange Creatives' Club and find out how to better promote yourself and your events.

Thursday, 25th August, 2016 10:20am

By Jack Whitewood

New EP and video from Isle of Wight artist

Doug Alldred

Isle of Wight singer/songwriter, Doug Alldred launches new EP and music video ahead of autumn series of gigs.

Thursday, 25th August, 2016 9:50am

By Feature Writer

Some tickets still available for Summertime Jazz and Blues Picnic

Grab your tickets for this Sunday's event taking place at the picturesque East Dene in Bonchurch. World-class jazz singer, Aydenne Simone joins the Island's Unity Stompers for an afternoon of jazz and blues.

Wednesday, 24th August, 2016 3:36pm

By Sally Perry

Isle of Wight Festival exhibition heads across the Solent (updated)

1970 iwfest - Ferry_Arrival

Ray Foulk, one of the organisers of the original Isle of Wight Festival will be opening a new exhibition about the Festival at Portsmouth Guildhall on 18th September. It coincides with the release of special edition memoirs about the early Festivals.

Wednesday, 24th August, 2016 11:34am

By Sally Perry

Have you been inside The Defenceless Container yet?

defenceless container bunker

Did you know the Solent was until recent years the largest oyster fishery in Europe? This art installation in a former WWII bunker acts to remind people about the impending devastation of our oceans and how its future can be changed.

Wednesday, 24th August, 2016 8:01am

By Feature Writer with 2 readers' comments

Inside St Helens Fort: You’ve walked around it – Now explore inside (video)

inside st helens fort - urban explorers

As we know, the St Helens Fort Walk's popularity is growing. But have you seen inside? This spooky video takes you there.

Tuesday, 23rd August, 2016 6:58pm

By Sally Perry with 2 readers' comments

The Lion and the Wolf: Next album to be released with Xtra Mile Recordings

tom george = the lion and the wolf

Hailing from the Isle of Wight, Tom George, aka The Lion and the Wolf has been described as "one of the UK’s most promising singer-songwriters". He releases his second album in early October. You can pre-order your copy now.

Tuesday, 23rd August, 2016 2:58pm

By Sally Perry

Bestival 2016: The Future is very nearly here

Kid Canaveral

Now in its 13th year, Bestival - the festival that is not all about the headliners - returns to Robin Hill between 8-11th September. Find out the latest acts to be confirmed.

Tuesday, 23rd August, 2016 1:15pm

By Aidan Byrne

Open Mic Comedy returns to Quay Arts


We could all do with a good laugh and from October a new monthly open mic comedy night could mean you'll be in stitches at least once a month! Make plans now and keep the date free.

Monday, 22nd August, 2016 5:47pm

By Nigel Walsh

Art school friends reunite 30 years later for exhibition

water lines

Jeff Dyson and Steve Baxter have shown nationally and internationally, but this is the first time they've had the opportunity for a dual show. It takes place on the Isle of Wight next week.

Thursday, 18th August, 2016 5:45pm

By Sally Perry

Calling all artists: Be part of ‘postcard pop-up exhibition’ to celebrate Isle of Wight Day

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Take part in the postcard popup exhibition to celebrate Isle of Wight Day and your work will be exhibited at an art gallery in Ryde and then go on to be part of a fundraising exhibition for the Earl Mountbatten Hospice.

Wednesday, 17th August, 2016 6:13pm

By Sally Perry

Ocean Film Festival World Tour comes to Shanklin

Freediver Whales

If you love the ocean, this amazing collection of short films is a must-see. The programme is filled with incredible cinematography, touching interviews and insightful narrations. Book now to avoid disappointment as we expect this will be popular.

Wednesday, 17th August, 2016 1:48pm

By Feature Writer