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.

Isle of Wight charity shows MPs how The Arts can help wellbeing of older people

Portraiture workshop image

There has been a lot of talk in the media about loneliness recently and last week an Isle of Wight charity spoke to MPs about how access to The Arts can improve wellbeing and reduce loneliness.

Wednesday, 17th October, 2018 9:14am

By Hannah Griffiths

The ‘Artists of Montmarte’ open the new season of art lectures

PRO Alexandre Duret-Lutz Sacré coeur

This Thursday, The Arts Society Isle of Wight At Quay Arts begin their 2018-19 season of art lectures with “The artists of Montmarte – The Pilgrims of Babylon” by Douglas Skeggs.

Sunday, 14th October, 2018 12:42pm

By Feature Writer

Aspiring filmmakers invited to take part in Picture The Music competition

smartphone filming - pixabay

This competition is inviting people of all ages to produce a promo video for a music track, with an opportunity to have it adopted as an official video for a band. OnTheWight has the details.

Wednesday, 10th October, 2018 2:05pm

By Linda Davis

WATCH: Your Isle of Wight photos and film could be part of this ‘Day by Day’ art installation

day by day film

Your Isle of Wight photos and video clips could become part of not only an installation artwork, but also promotion for the Isle of Wight, and captured as a moment in history.

Tuesday, 9th October, 2018 12:48pm

By Sally Perry

Documentary examines Isle of Wight education system and what it’s like to grow up here

Peter Shreeve - Anastasia Wlaschin-Wiest - Martina Amoretti - Louise Deschamps - Allegra Stodolsky

A former Isle of Wight student - who went through the three to two tiers school reorganisation - has created a film focusing on the Island education system and what it's like to grow up here as students and to work here as teachers.

Friday, 5th October, 2018 9:31am

By Peter Shreeve

MyCharleston go Pier to Pier along the South coast

Pier to Pier dancers

MyCharleston dancers are toe tapping their way around some of the south coast’s most iconic landmarks, including Sandown Pier on the Isle of Wight.

Thursday, 4th October, 2018 3:56pm

By Elena Collins

Musical tribute to Mike Plumbley, ‘an inspirational man’

mike plumbley concert - chris drums 2

Last night's commemorative concert for Mike Plumbley saw personal anecdotes and music contributions from Brian Sharpe, Martin White, Mike Jolliffe, Duncan Jones, Paul Armfield and JC with the Dance Preachers (with the last minute addition Pete and Becky).

Monday, 1st October, 2018 6:56pm

By Sally Perry

Four new exhibitions open at Quay Arts this week

Quay Arts QuayHolders Scheme

With no less than four new exhibitions opening at Quay Arts in Newport this week, and with a host of gallery previews, talks and events, there’s plenty to get stuck into this season.

Monday, 1st October, 2018 9:07am

By Georgia Newman

Invisible Music: Unique performance of music, words and visuals inspired by those with hearing loss

invisible music still

Next month a unique performance of music, words and visuals at Quay Arts attempts to address the process of hearing loss this with an immersive and very moving piece inspired by people whose hearing has deteriorated.

Wednesday, 26th September, 2018 11:38am

By Paul Armfield

WATCH: Isle of Wight in all its beauty from the summer skies

pete heather - kayakers from the sky

We love this aerial drone video shared with us by Pete Heather. Sit back and let him take you back on a journey through the summer skies above the Isle of Wight.

Monday, 24th September, 2018 5:34pm

By Sally Perry

Isle of Wight Society for the Blind ‘Short Story writing competition’ returns

Writing notes:

Budding writers have until 9th November to create and enter their short story for the Isle of Wight Society of the Blind winter writing competition.

Tuesday, 18th September, 2018 9:54am

By Sally Perry

Last chance to grab your tickets for Nate Najar Trio gig this Friday


Don’t miss this outstanding American guitar virtuoso at Quay Arts this Friday night. The Nate Najar Trio will be performing their unique take on an eclectic variety of pop, jazz and classical songs.

Thursday, 13th September, 2018 2:49pm

By Feature Writer