Ryde Arts

Ryde Arts Festival grew from the SEEDA funded Ryde Development Trust in 2001.

One of the Trusts aims was to stimulate the regeneration of the town through the arts. The Festival returned each year, bringing more live music, theatre, art and more to the town for Islanders’ enjoyment.

It is now a year-round programme supported by Arts Council, Historic England and Heritage Lottery Fund.

Below are some of the articles by OnTheWight featuring Ryde Arts.

Profile: Abi Wheeler, Creative Director of Ryde Arts

Portrait of Abi Wheeler

Taking to the helm in late 2019, Isle of Wight artist Abi Wheeler sets out her vision for the future of Ryde Arts and the importance of collaboration during such a disorientating time

Sunday, 24th January, 2021 1:45pm

By Sally Perry with 2 readers' comments

‘Covid Commissions’ supported collaboration of artists faced with living and working in isolation

Threepenny bit in clouds by Julian Winslow

The Ryde Arts Covid Commissions explored the possibilities of collaboration between artists at a time when people felt personally and professionally isolated from each other

Monday, 30th November, 2020 6:08pm

By Tracy Mikich with one comment

Ryde Arts Friday showcases work for sale by Isle of Wight artists

Holly Jolliffe Sue Paraskeva Lisa Traxler and Laura Hathaway

It might be Black Friday, but instead of giving your money to large multinational companies why not keep it on the Isle of Wight and support local artists

Friday, 27th November, 2020 12:58pm

By Sally Perry with 2 readers' comments

Make your own Green Garlands with this Ryde Arts video from Tanya Goodwin and Holly Jolliffe

tools for making a green garland

Learn how to make your very own Green Garlands during Covid-times with this great instructive video from Tanya Goodwin and Holly Jolliffe

Tuesday, 24th November, 2020 12:49pm

By Sally Perry with one comment

Spirit of the Place: From this weekend pop on your headphones, submerge yourself in this snackable audio play as you walk down Union Street, Ryde

Spirit of the Place - Scene 1 Vicky and Will in S. Fowler & Co by Rachel Shore

Listen at home, or while you’re in Ryde, as the short play unfolds along the length of Union Street. It’s full of great visuals, theatre, memories from Ryde residents and a soundtrack by Plastic Mermaids

Friday, 28th August, 2020 4:33pm

By Feature Writer

There were green garlands galore at Ryde Library as part of Ryde Arts

Green Garland wreath making at Ryde Library with Ryde Arts

Well done to the organisers and all those who helped make the event a success

Tuesday, 10th December, 2019 2:42pm

By Sally Perry

Make your own stunning Green Garland at free Ryde Arts event

A crop of the Green garlands wreath

How lovely would it be to have a green garland like this on your door at Christmas time. You can make one this Sunday with the help of Ryde Arts

Friday, 6th December, 2019 10:07am

By Carol Jaye with one comment

Ryde Arts secures funding for Spirit of Place 2020 project

ryde arts festival printmaking by julian winslow

This exciting new project will involve residents of all ages. Find out how you can get involved in Ryde Arts' Spirit of Place project in 2020

Tuesday, 12th November, 2019 11:06am

By Sally Perry with one comment

Hallam honoured with first Ryde Arts Award for original music composition

hallam saunders

Well done to 14-year-old Hallam, who was approached to compose an original piece of music for a marching band to perform at Ryde’s two Carnivals this year.

Monday, 22nd July, 2019 3:12pm

By Liz Allen

Ryde Arts returns with an annual programme showcasing creative activities and events

ryde arts festival launch

Over the summer and into the autumn, as part of Ryde Arts, you’ll be able to enjoy unique music events, art installations, theatre and poetry, as well as workshops, carnivals, films and more.

Tuesday, 16th July, 2019 4:37pm

By Feature Writer

Seedy Sunday: Save your seeds and save the date


Save your seeds and take them along to swap with others on Seedy Sunday. There'll be talks from experts as well as home-made refreshments and a variety of activities.

Monday, 19th November, 2018 2:32pm

By Carol Jaye with 2 readers' comments

Jonathan Dodd: Sewing the Town Together

ryde sewn by jonathan dodd

Jonathan Dodd returns with his Sunday column and this week shares the detail about something very special that he and many other volunteers have been involved with in Ryde. It's spectacular and something everyone should see.

Sunday, 23rd September, 2018 11:52am

By Jonathan Dodd