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.

Clean Bandit’s ‘Skating Minister’ reveals Island connection

Nick Martin in Clean Bandit video

If you're a fan of electro–classical group Clean Bandit, you'll know exactly who we're talking about when we mention the Skating Minister.

Wednesday, 23rd July, 2014 4:44pm

By Sally Perry with 2 readers' comments

New studio space for Isle of Wight artist Malcolm Winter AGAvA

Malcolm Winter :

Isle of Wight artist, Malcolm Winter has extended his work space just in time for Open Studios. Why not head to St Helens this weekend to meet the artist and view his work.

Tuesday, 22nd July, 2014 2:03pm

By Suzanne and Alan Whitewood

Review: Isle of Wight Symphony Orchestra: Fizzing Finzi


The season finale was spectacular. If you missed it, you missed out, but at least you have Jonathan's review to enjoy. The Isle of Wight Symphony Orchestra return to Medina Theatre in November.

Wednesday, 9th July, 2014 3:21pm

By Jonathan Dodd with one comment

Help Last Chance City get to Butserfest

Last Chance City - at IW festival -

This five piece alternative/indie band from the Isle of Wight is hoping that OnTheWight readers can help them gain a slot at Butserfest in September.

Thursday, 3rd July, 2014 7:39am

By Sally Perry

Global Rock glory for Ryde Academy students

Good job sign:

Well done to the 92 students, as well as teachers and parents who all helped make this happen. Once again Ryde Academy score highly at the championships.

Thursday, 26th June, 2014 9:02am

By Nat Nelson

Fancy giving a few hours of your time to Quay Arts?

Quay Arts Volunteers

Quay Arts are desperate for gallery volunteers over the summer. Can you spare a few hours to help keep the Gallery open?

Wednesday, 25th June, 2014 9:54am

By Sally Perry

Don’t miss your chance to exhib at Dimbola’s Tea Room Gallery

You'll need to act quickly if you want a chance to exhibit in the Dimbola tearoom. Applications need to be in by 5pm on Friday 27th June 2014.

Monday, 23rd June, 2014 8:42am

By Rachel Flynn

Young Island artists go on tour in Portsmouth this weekend

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Ferry company Wightlink have stepped in and offered free travel for the young artists and their unusual mode of transport.

Wednesday, 18th June, 2014 12:15pm

By Chris Cowley

Six singers, a pianist and a laptop bring Pop-up Opera to the Isle of Wight

Pop up opera at Garlic Farm

If you thought Cosi Fan Tutti was something to do with ice cream, Jonathan's review of the recent pop-up Opera at the Garlic Farm is well worth a read.

Friday, 13th June, 2014 10:46am

By Jonathan Dodd

Local bands and local beer in the Kashmir Cafe at Isle of Wight Festival

Plastic Mermaids :

Once again, the Kashmir Cafe tent has an excellent lineup and (we understand) it's still the only place on the Festival site you can get real ale on tap.

Wednesday, 11th June, 2014 5:18pm

By Sally Perry with 4 readers' comments

Why not try your hand in new First World War writing competition?

writing in journal

There are three age groups and three genres you can enter, so why not have a go? What have you got to lose?

Tuesday, 10th June, 2014 3:34pm

By Jonathan Dodd

Find out how you can help Howard make ‘Badger’s Day Out’ a reality

Badgers Day Out

Getting involved in Kickstarter projects can be a fabulously rewarding experience. The latest we've heard about on the Isle of Wight is artist, Howard Hardiman's.

Monday, 9th June, 2014 3:28pm

By Sally Perry with one comment