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 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

Two weeks left to see showcase of contemporary cultural talent

chris jenkins

If you haven't seen Portrait of an Island at Dimbola Museum and Galleries yet, make sure you pop over in the next two weeks. It's an outstanding exhibition, showcasing contemporary cultural talent on the Isle of Wight.

Friday, 18th September, 2015 6:19pm

By Sally Perry

Isle of Wight author writes about the mean streets of the 1600s

mark francis books

Mark Francis has released several novels in the Edmund Godfrey series, including one that's set on the Isle of Wight.

Friday, 18th September, 2015 5:44pm

By Sally Perry

ProCam4k: Turning a passion into a business. Watch the aerial videos

Procam4k tilt shift aerial shot

Two Isle of Wight lads have turned their passion into a business and are grabbing some great aerial footage of the Isle of Wight in the process.

Thursday, 17th September, 2015 8:04pm

By Sally Perry with 3 readers' comments

Arthur Smith will be ‘At Your Service’ (next month in Ventnor)

Arthur Smith

The organisers of the Isle of Arts Festival are putting on a treat for Islanders who love great comedy next month. The legendary Arthur Smith will be coming to the Winter Gardens.

Wednesday, 16th September, 2015 9:28pm

By Feature Writer

Dismaland: What you’ll see and why you should visit (20+ HD photos)

Dismaland - Lorry dancing - 640px

Now's your last chance to get tickets to Dismaland. It's worth the trip - there's a lot more to it than the photos that you've seen. Here's what we found ...

Tuesday, 15th September, 2015 8:23pm

By Simon Perry with one comment