Foible & Folly exhibition a celebration of men (and beasts) that were part of Sandown’s story

Foible & Folly window display

A spiteful donkey, rogue sailor and pinched pigeons, designer Lauren Fry delves into Isle of Wight newspaper archives to unearth fantastic tales of bygone Sandown

Thursday, 8th April, 2021 10:37am

By Tracy Mikich with 2 readers' comments

Things Thoughtful: Wild and often whacky snippets of wisdom printed in the Isle of Wight Times

Things Thoughtful - snippets from Isle of Wight Times

Boojum and Snark's latest art commission is coming along well with Lauren Fry at the helm. See an update within

Monday, 8th February, 2021 6:21pm

By Tracy Mikich with 8 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

Boojum&Snark successful in funding bid for three new art projects in Sandown


The arts residency opportunities at Boojum and Snark will also provide support and growth for local self-employed art practitioners who have been adversely hit by the pandemic

Friday, 20th November, 2020 8:49am

By Tracy Mikich with one comment

Watch: Online preview of Dimbola’s Julia Margaret Cameron: Close Up exhibition

tennyson and his friends book - julian winslow 2

The latest exhibition at Dimbola Museum and Galleries features close up portraits of great men by Julia Margaret Cameron curated by her son, Henry Herschel Hay Cameron. Details within of the online preview, filmed by Julian Winslow and presented by Gail Middleton

Saturday, 13th June, 2020 3:17pm

By Tracy Mikich with 4 readers' comments

Chef who transformed food offering back at Isle of Wight hotel

Chef Bruce Theobald

He said the time was right to look for a position back on the Isle of Wight to spend more time with his family and to the hotel that has meant so much to him

Tuesday, 3rd December, 2019 2:03pm

By Tracy Mikich

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

Seaview Hotel Restaurant retains Michelin Bib Gourmand for five years running

tom bull head chef at seaview hotel

The Restaurant at the Seaview Hotel was the first and so far the only venue on the Isle of Wight to be awarded a Michelin Bib Gourmand.

Wednesday, 9th October, 2019 8:02am

By Tracy Mikich with one comment

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

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