Independent Arts

Independent Arts is an Isle of Wight charity founded in 1987, using the arts to improve wellbeing, quality of life and to reduce social isolation.

Supported by volunteers, fantastic practitioners and a small staff team in Newport, the charity engages with 1,700 people every month across the Island.

Below are articles in which Independent Arts is mentioned.

Two new Isle of Wight trustees for Independent Arts charity

David Lindsay and Brian Marriott Independent Arts Trustees

David and Brian's combined skills and experience, as well as their knowledge of the Isle of Wight community, will be a real asset to Independent Arts

Friday, 11th September, 2020 12:47pm

By Wendy Varley

Winners of Independent Arts Creative Writing Competition revealed

Jot Prizes - books and reusable coffee cup

The judges said it was difficult to choose just one winner within each category, so don’t feel discouraged if it wasn't you.

Friday, 11th September, 2020 9:00am

By Hannah Griffiths with one comment

Isle of Wight artists and organisations awarded a share of £161,000 emergency Covid-19 funding

Jack barnes, Jack Whitewood and Mhairi Macaulay

The funding is designed to alleviate the immediate pressures faced by Isle of Wight artists, creative practitioners, arts organisations, museums over the summer. Details within

Tuesday, 16th June, 2020 1:44pm

By Sally Perry

Independent Arts launch online sessions to continue support for Isle of Wight communities

Hanna taking the music group session

Independent Arts will be running virtual Anxiety Cafe sessions via Zoom, and are planning to start virtual SingAbout next week and virtual DanceMakers sessions very soon

Wednesday, 1st April, 2020 11:42am

By Hannah Griffiths with one comment

Get creative and share your story: Competition devised with the novice in mind

laptop notebook phone and coffee

The competition aptly named ‘Jot’ aims to encourage anyone from the Isle of Wight, with a story in their head, to express it and enter.

Thursday, 19th March, 2020 4:19pm

By Wendy Varley

Farewell Isle of Wight artist, ‘Pink Jen’, you’ll be greatly missed

jeni saunders

Quay Arts paid tribute to their dear friend, Jeni Saunders, who passed away last weekend

Friday, 6th March, 2020 3:51pm

By Sally Perry

Celebrate the Great Leap Day with free workshops, performances and fun for all ages

Pupil from Island Free School working on artwork

This Saturday there’ll be loads to see and do at the Great Leap Day event at Quay Arts to mark the end of the Lift the Lid project - so why not take the family for a great day out

Tuesday, 25th February, 2020 12:53pm

By Tayla Smith with 3 readers' comments

Show your love for planet at Friday’s Isle of Wight Youth Strike say young campaigners

planet in the shape of a loveheart

Youth Strike 4 Climate members are encouraging Islanders of all ages to join them tomorrow (Valentine’s Day) to show their love for the Isle of Wight (and planet)

Thursday, 13th February, 2020 3:44pm

By Sally Perry with 8 readers' comments

Call to express your love for the Island (and planet) this Valentine’s Day with Isle of Wight Youth Strike 4 Climate

youth strike in nyc

Youth Strike 4 Climate members are encouraging Islanders of all ages to join them on Valentine's Day to show their love for the Isle of Wight (and planet)

Wednesday, 29th January, 2020 10:01am

By Sally Perry

Isle of Wight Volunteer Centre hosts yet another hugely successful Volunteer Fair

The Volunteer Fair 2020

The most recent Volunteer Fair saw welcomed almost 300 members of the public, looking to find something that can help them make a difference to their community

Thursday, 23rd January, 2020 11:49am

By Amanda Coyle

Who do you think is the most notable character in Newport? Here’s your chance to say

Shaping Newport Library Session

The new artwork from Independent Arts will feature the silhouettes of local characters who have changed the face of Newport or change the world

Wednesday, 22nd January, 2020 2:24pm

By Hannah Griffiths

Isle of Wight Volunteering: It can bring so much to your life

Visitor Elaine Harris, left, talking to Independent Arts project manager Hannah Griffiths.

There's so much to be gained from volunteering a little of your time. The Volunteer Centre can help you learn about the benefits and range of roles from over 30 IW organisations.

Friday, 20th December, 2019 6:45pm

By Feature Writer