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.

Hear Tuuligan talk about her work and perform live online tonight


This Isle of Wight based musician and composer will be talking about her work and performing live tonight from 7pm on The Island Radio.

Wednesday, 29th July, 2015 4:38pm

By Sally Perry

Chorderize slots available for new writing talent

John Armstrong:

Are you a writer keen to share your work with other like-minded individuals on a public platform? Why not book yourself a ten minute slot at one of the upcoming Chorderize events?

Tuesday, 28th July, 2015 1:49pm

By Sally Perry

The Art of Democracy comes to Quay Arts

Democracy image

Make sure 2pm Saturday 1st August at Quay Arts is in your diary because all are welcome to the opening event of this fascinating new exhibition, The Art Of Democracy.

Saturday, 25th July, 2015 10:31am

By Georgia Newman

Take a peek inside the Foal Arts Salon

Chris Jenkins - painted colours

Head along to The Depozitory in Ryde tonight for the opening drinks reception for the latest Foal Arts Salon and launch of the Depozitory Open Studios.

Thursday, 23rd July, 2015 7:57am

By Sally Perry with 2 readers' comments

Island-based Shademakers help bring Carnivale to Bestival

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It's great to see that Isle of Wight-based carnival group, Shademakers, will be collaborating at this year's Bestival to help bring the 'Carnivale' to Robin Hill in September.

Wednesday, 22nd July, 2015 8:12pm

By Aidan Byrne

Cowes author imagines an occupied Isle of Wight during World War II

Anne Dearle and Operation Medina Cover

Operation Medina imagines what it would have been like had the Isle of Wight been invaded and occupied by German forces during World War II.

Friday, 17th July, 2015 12:45pm

By Sally Perry

Don’t miss visiting Ohio Professor in Music with a passion for Bach

Christine Rutledge

Christine will be performing Bach solos in an intimate and informal setting, ahead of her appearances at the 2015 Edinburgh Festival.

Thursday, 16th July, 2015 5:32pm

By Sally Perry

Swans by the river: Open Studios at the Jubilee Stores

Martin Swan @ Jubilee Stores

Catch Martin Swan working on oil paintings that will be shown in the Annual exhibition of the Royal Society of Marine Artists during Open Studios this coming weekend and next.

Wednesday, 15th July, 2015 9:27am

By Melanie Swan

Call or text the Dreamline and your dreams could become part of art show

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Powered by OnTheWight, the Dreamline is a dedicated answerphone service where you can share your dreams, however far-out, bizarre or boring, any time of the day or night for an upcoming art show.

Tuesday, 14th July, 2015 7:21pm

By Sally Perry

‘Portrait of an Island’ showcases contemporary cultural talent on the Isle of Wight

Lincoln Miles by Julian Winslow and Steve Blamire

All are welcome to the Exhibition Preview on Friday 17th July to meet Julian and Steve as well as some of the subject of the exhibition (including yours truly). If you can't make it along, the exhibition runs until 4th October 2015.

Friday, 10th July, 2015 10:13am

By Rachel Flynn with one comment

Shakespeare Revue: Fast-paced, witty variety revue: Apollo Theatre

Shakespeare Revue - Apollo - July 2015 - Paul Jennings

If you're looking for entertainment, Maureen says this "fast-paced, witty variety revue" could well be for you. Hurry, as you've only got until Saturday.

Friday, 10th July, 2015 9:25am

By Maureen Sullivan

Book now for The Bane Trilogy: In Ventnor next week

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Get yourselves down to the Ventnor Exchange next week for Joe Bone's BANE Trilogy. He's fresh back from an international tour of the series and ready to wow Isle of Wight audiences. Highly recommended.

Wednesday, 8th July, 2015 3:54pm

By Feature Writer