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.

Don’t miss the Isle of Wight and UKPRIDE Arts Festival

iwpride winter pride

Quay Arts is bursting to full with fabulous artwork as part of Isle of Wight and UK Pride. Downstairs and up have some great pieces of artwork on display until 24th July, including the Winter Pride national competition winners.

Wednesday, 20th June, 2018 7:36am

By Matthew Bundy

Call for young Islanders to take part in #IOWnmydestiny art competition

rainbow threads

Isle of Wight school children of all ages, including those who are home schooled are invited to take part in an art comp as part of Isle of Wight Pride.

Monday, 18th June, 2018 4:45pm

By Natalie Pettifer with 2 readers' comments

Ryde Arts – Stitching the town together in 2018

RAF 18 Table indigo Tanya Goodwin 640

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.

Friday, 15th June, 2018 5:30pm

By Feature Writer

Wight Proms hosts open-air picnic concerts featuring Musicals, Classical and Comedy

Wight Proms 2018

A brand-new annual festival of open-air picnic concerts celebrating the Isle of Wight's music, food, people and red squirrels comes to Northwood House this August. Book your tickets now to avoid disappointment.

Thursday, 14th June, 2018 6:03pm

By Feature Writer

Isle of Wight Hidden Heroes artwork now installed at IBM UK HQ

Ferry Lights by Deborah Davies at IBM South Bank

An artwork commissioned for the Isle of Wight Hidden Heroes exhibition has now been installed at IBM's headquarters on London's Southbank. They too, can watch the IW ferries crossing the Solent.

Thursday, 14th June, 2018 1:19pm

By Simon Perry with one comment

Isle of Wight visit by CEO of Arts Council England during Mardi Gras

Darren Henley cropped colour photo 2017

The top man at Arts Council England will be heading to the Isle of Wight at the end of the month for the New Carnival Company’s annual Mardi Gras in Ryde.

Tuesday, 12th June, 2018 5:48pm

By Chris Slann with one comment

Time and Tide exhibition showcases work produced by older people

An exhibition of work produced by older people at creative workshops run across the Isle of Wight, goes on display at Isle of Wight College until 9th August 2018.

Tuesday, 12th June, 2018 1:37pm

By Hannah Griffiths with one comment

Triumphant final concert of 25th year for Orpheus Singers

Leading Isle of Wight chamber choir, Orpheus Singers, were joined by renowned composer and conductor Jonathan Willcocks as conductor for their final concert of their 25th Anniversary Year.

Tuesday, 12th June, 2018 8:04am

By Lesley Ann Bryant

Isle of Wight photographer wins national competition

Daddy's Girl

Well done to Steve who fought off competition from the hundreds of entries, all capturing aspects of life in the Army. He explains how it feels to win

Friday, 8th June, 2018 8:37am

By Sally Perry

Dimbola to host evening of live music, film, theatre and photography

Tunde-Sunara flyers

This evening promises a treat for the soul, both musically and visually. There'll be performances by visual artist Sunara Begum and world-renowned composer Tunde Jegede, as well as exhibition of the images by Dunstan Perera.

Wednesday, 6th June, 2018 12:55pm

By Elissa Blizzard

Work of aspiring Isle of Wight photographer featured on Source Photographic Review Website

Father and Son by Alice Armfield

A series of beautifully tender photographs, examining the complexities of relationships that exist between a teenage son and his father, have been featured on Source.

Friday, 1st June, 2018 2:42pm

By Sally Perry

Silver screen classics for final Isle of Wight Symphony Orchestra concert


The final concert of the season is already proving very popular with only 31 tickets left, so book now to avoid being disappointed.

Thursday, 31st May, 2018 1:17pm

By Tim Isard