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.

Quay Arts seek new Trustees to join their Board – especially one with financial experience

quay arts

If you have extensive financial experience the Board are keen to hear from you, as well as from those with a more traditional business background or Arts-biased background

Monday, 10th August, 2020 10:22am

By Sally Perry

Dimbola Museum unable to open as planned, but Tea Rooms open daily

dimbola tea room garden with people sitting at tables

The Museum and Galleries were due to reopen this week, but there are still some obstacles to overcome. However, the delightful tea rooms are open daily so you can still support Dimbola whilst the museum is closed

Thursday, 6th August, 2020 3:12pm

By Sally Perry with one comment

Share your self-portrait to be included in Breakout! Exhibition: Deadline extended

breakout portraits

There's still time to draw, paint, create your self portrait to include in the Breakout Exhibition and perhaps help break a Guinness World Record

Wednesday, 5th August, 2020 9:51am

By Sally Perry

Call for Isle of Wight venues and event companies to ‘Light It In Red’ next week

light it in red illustration of buildings lit up in red

Companies and event locations are urged to join #WeMakeEvents in lighting their building or structure in red in order to draw attention to the dramatic situation facing the events industry

Wednesday, 5th August, 2020 8:20am

By Jerome Attrill with 2 readers' comments

Brave Island: ‘I May Destroy You’ actor launches new opportunity platform for young Islanders

stephen wight and brave island and I May destroy You logo

Brave Island is a new dedicated platform for 14 to 25-year-olds on the Isle of Wight who are interested in the arts and creative industries. And for those who didn't even know they might be

Tuesday, 4th August, 2020 6:34pm

By Sally Perry

Isle of Wight songwriting initiative reveals outstanding level of musicianship

odda portrait with arm over face

Dave Pontin said the response to the songwriting competition was incredible, with a diverse range of music from folk to metal

Monday, 3rd August, 2020 1:50pm

By Dave Pontin

Binnel Studios and The Bunker Gallery invite you to their 2020 Summer Exhibition: Unlocked

Binnel Studios - Unlocked - samples of artists' work

The August bank holiday weekend brings with it a chance to meet nine of the most talented and highly-accomplished artists on the Isle of Wight, in this joint exhibition between Binnel Studios and their nearby neighbour, The Bunker Gallery

Friday, 31st July, 2020 6:06pm

By Feature Writer

Wedgewood Rooms raises £22,000 with Solent LEP Pay it Forward Scheme

Audience shot at the Wedgewood Rooms

Over the years many Islanders have travelled across the water to enjoy live bands performing at The Wedgewood Rooms - and some may have even helped with this Crowdfunder that has secured the future of The Wedge for a bit longer

Friday, 24th July, 2020 10:11am

By Bex Pearce

Wight Spirit exhibition marks 50th anniversary of Isle of Wight Festival

The Isle of Wight Music Festival 1970. Photograph by Charles Everest

This new exhibition in West London celebrates the fiftieth anniversary of the iconic Isle of Wight Festival. It runs until September so there's plenty of time to head up to see it

Thursday, 23rd July, 2020 3:41pm

By Juliet Martin

Horse Box Theatre Company’s summer of Isle of Wight shows

Bourgeois & Maurice By Guto

Great news for theatre and music lovers. A pop-up stage will be appearing at Northwood House and Chale Showground to host a series of concerts, plays and family friendly shows this summer

Wednesday, 22nd July, 2020 8:24pm

By Joel Bateman

Ormiston Academies Trust marks ten years with launch of National Summer Arts Competition

Poster for summer arts challenges

The two-month competition invites students to respond to the core Ormiston Academies Trust values of “anyone can excel; enjoy the challenge; share what is best and be inclusive”

Wednesday, 22nd July, 2020 9:05am

By Sally Perry

Angel Radio back on air after ‘absolute nightmare’


After the 'absolute nightmare' of problems with FM transmission equipment, Angel Radio is now back on the air. Details within

Tuesday, 21st July, 2020 9:47am

By Bev Webster