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.

IWSO Review: A Champagne Flute at the IWSO

Siobhan Cosgrove

The Isle of Wight Symphony Orchestra concert held their third concert of the season last weekend, and it was fantastic. Don’t miss out on the penultimate concert of the season in May.

Friday, 27th March, 2015 10:17am

By Jonathan Dodd

Don’t miss the FREE Kashmir Fringe this weekend at the Quay

Puzzle Muteson playing guitar

There's free music all weekend at Quay Arts, as well as the opening of two new brilliant exhibitions. Why not gather some friends and hang out at the Quay this weekend.

Thursday, 26th March, 2015 10:36am

By Sally Perry

Don’t miss the string spectacular at the 2015 Isle of Arts Festival

Massive Violins

If you're a fan of strings, particularly the Cello, you're in for a treat in May as two very special events take place as part of the Isle of Arts Festival.

Wednesday, 25th March, 2015 4:34pm

By Janneke Oxley

The Big Art Auction launches campaign to raise £50k for skate park

Ventnor skate park

Some outstanding pieces of artwork have been donated by local and internationally-renowned artists for the Big Art Auction that kicks off the launch of a 12 month campaign to raise £50,000.

Tuesday, 24th March, 2015 10:08am

By Zoe Thompson with one comment

Over million plays on Spotify for new CHAMPS album: See them at Winter Gardens

Champs -

Find out what everyone is talking about and book your tickets now to see CHAMPS play the Ventnor Winter Gardens on Friday 1st May.

Friday, 20th March, 2015 4:25pm

By Sally Perry

Ryde house, frozen in time, earns national attention for Isle of Wight photographer’s award-winning work

Zoe Barkers house of two sisters book:

Zoe Barker's award-winning 'House of Two Sisters' project is a vintage fan's dream. It's gained nation-wide attention, but also lots of chatter within the Island's Heritage Facebook Group.

Wednesday, 18th March, 2015 2:56pm

By Sally Perry with 2 readers' comments

Don’t miss the best in music and spoken word at Wight Words

Julian Winslow

John Armstrong has managed to pull together a fantastic line-up for Friday's Wight Words being held at Quay Arts.

Thursday, 12th March, 2015 9:46am

By Sally Perry

Be part of this Isle of Wight public art crowd funding project

Mirror Birds

We love this crowd-funding idea from Isle of Wight artist Karen Grainger. From as little as £5 you can help make it happen.

Thursday, 12th March, 2015 8:31am

By Sally Perry

Calling Island artists. Still time to sign up for the Arts Trail

Artists ease

There's still time to sign up to take part in the Isle of Arts Festival's 2015 Arts Trail. You can be part of this brilliant element of the Festival that attracts thousands of people to Ventnor each year.

Wednesday, 11th March, 2015 7:03pm

By Katy-Rose Thorogood

Unwanted computers needed for animation class

Luke Bridgeman animation course

Do you have any spare PCs cluttering up your office or spare room that could be donated to this brilliant youth project? You never know, Luke's course could produce a future award-winning animator.

Wednesday, 11th March, 2015 2:07pm

By Sally Perry

Crime series by Island authors to be developed as TV series

Carol and Bob Bridgestock

Exciting times for the crime writing team from the Isle of Wight as their D.I. Dylan series is optioned for TV.

Tuesday, 10th March, 2015 2:17pm

By Sally Perry with 3 readers' comments

Plastic Mermaids: Tickets for Quay Arts gig sold out

plastic mermaids - shimmery

It's a bumper day for Plastic Mermaids fans. Not only can you purchase their latest EP, but you can also book tickets to see them perform at Quay Arts next month.

Monday, 9th March, 2015 10:29am

By Sally Perry