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.

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

Are community arts activities lacking or thriving? Share your views in new consultation

paint brushes and tea and biscuits

The consultation will take place over the next 12 weeks and you'll be able to share your views through a variety of means

Wednesday, 11th December, 2019 10:00am

By Hannah Griffiths

Isle of Wight Neurodiversity conference featuring speakers such as Chris Packham hailed a success

chris packham at neurodiversity conference

150 people attended the conference which was the brainchild of a group of friends with caring responsibilities, some of them neurodivergent, lamenting the problems they faced accessing conferences on the mainland

Tuesday, 19th November, 2019 8:07am

By Sally Perry with 9 readers' comments

Isle of Wight charity announce their new Chief Executive

Lisa Gagliani - CEO of Independent Arts cropped

The former CEO of the Childhood Trust brings a wealth of experience to Independent Arts, including her time at the Bright Ideas Trust and from leading London’s largest independent Chamber of Commerce

Monday, 11th November, 2019 10:32am

By Hannah Griffiths

New service from Independent Arts reaches out to the vulnerable, lonely and marginalised

Singalong with Independent Arts

Building on 30 years of work, this new service will provide a local service to reach out to vulnerable individuals and help them feel less isolated, alone and marginalised

Wednesday, 30th October, 2019 11:26am

By Tracy Mikich

Celebrating Age exhibition showcases remarkable artwork produced by Isle of Wight care home residents

For these workshops residents from Inglefield, Eden House, Ancona, Cherry Blossom Cornelia Manor and Downside looked at the work of Henri Matisse and in particular the theme of dance as it appears in his work. Residents talked about their own memories of dance and dancing, and these were then transcribed onto the large collective frieze you see displayed here. This is the first time Independent Arts have attempted to draw together all the care home residents that join our art workshops to create a single piece of work. Using a cut paper technique pioneered by the artist residents assembled forms to recreate their own memories of dance.

Celebrating Age, is a major Isle of Wight exhibition that shines a light on the wealth of creative expression to be found in our later years

Tuesday, 8th October, 2019 9:58am

By Tracy Mikich

Funding boost for creative consultation to explore shared community space

money and calculator

Independent Arts will use ‘Space to Connect’ funding to hold a series of creative and accessible community consultations with stakeholders to evidence the case for a shared community space.

Tuesday, 8th October, 2019 8:29am

By Tracy Mikich

Isle of Wight art project designed to improve mental health

portfolio arts - abstract painting

Leading Isle of Wight social prescribing charity has received a grant from the Bupa UK Foundation to improve health and wellbeing for people in their middle years.

Wednesday, 25th September, 2019 8:51am

By Tracy Mikich with 2 readers' comments

Artworks by primary school children showcased at People’s Pop Up Gallery

bob seely and children from nine acres at ppug

The exhibition of work by children from Nine Acres Primary attracted over 400 visitors in just three weeks.

Wednesday, 24th July, 2019 11:50am

By The Office of Bob Seely

Isle of Wight portraits created by older residents off to Fox Talbot Museum

art and identity portrait

Curator of the Museum called this a wonderful and laudable project, with thought-provoking images that clearly demonstrate that the creative journey is a life-long one.

Wednesday, 17th July, 2019 12:25pm

By Tracy Mikich with one comment

Exhibition that puts feelings in the frame

indie arts - graphic design

The latest exhibition at the People’s Pop-Up Gallery PPUG will show artwork created by ten residents of Newport Residential Care. Reconnections draws on themes of reconnecting with oneself, the community and to the environment.

Thursday, 30th May, 2019 4:18pm

By Tracy Mikich with one comment