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.

Four Isle of Wight schools benefit from generous Waterstones book donation

Box of books being donated

The books were all left from the World Book Day event that took place just before lockdown and were shared with four schools

Monday, 13th July, 2020 8:35am

By Sally Perry

Change in planning laws will save theatres, concert halls and live music venues for future generations

red theatre seats

The law comes into effect in the next week and aims to protect theatres, concert halls or live music venues that have been impacted from Coronavirus

Monday, 13th July, 2020 8:03am

By Sally Perry with 2 readers' comments

Come on Islanders – Share your self-portrait and help Quay Arts break another Guinness World Record

breakout exhibition self portraits

Islanders have until the end of July to share their self-portrait to help create the largest exhibition of self-portraits ever and raise £20,000 for the much-loved Quay Arts Centre in Newport

Friday, 10th July, 2020 11:01am

By Tayla Smith

Live music, theatre, dance and more now permitted if outdoors and with socially distanced audiences

microphone

The Government have announced a five-stage roadmap on the return of the Performing Arts, with outdoor performances permitted from Saturday

Friday, 10th July, 2020 9:08am

By Sally Perry

Event celebrating the 1970 Isle of Wight Festival postponed until 2021 due to Coronavirus

Typewriter with the words Postpone typed on paper

Organisers of the event have reluctantly accepted that Covid-19 restrictions made this September’s Festival impossible to stage

Wednesday, 8th July, 2020 12:39pm

By Sally Perry

Visit or take part in the Monkton Village Gallery during the month of July

art in windows project - monkton gallery

A simple idea that brings a community together. Those living in Monkton Village are invited to take part, the rest of us are invited to visit

Tuesday, 7th July, 2020 3:34pm

By Sally Perry with one comment

East Cowes Crafters hit up the town with a seaside theme

East Cowes Crafters decorate the town with a seaside theme

Brightening up the town for residents and visitors, the East Cowes Crafters really have made the arch in East Cowes a focal point, bringing it to life in so many different ways

Tuesday, 7th July, 2020 8:46am

By Karl Love

Art exhibition at St Mary’s Hospital is the latest addition to Operation Geranium

Geranium Art Project and Steve Double

The exhibition at St Mary's hospital is the latest element of Operation Geranium and features artworks by the likes of My Dog Sighs, Tony Trowbridge and Rhys Ifans

Monday, 6th July, 2020 5:41pm

By Steve Double

Government announce £1.57bn rescue package for The Arts (updated)

audience of ventnor exchange theatre 2018

Isle of Wight museums, theatres, live music venues, and those who work in those sectors, will be breathing a sigh of relief as a £1.57bn rescue package is announced

Monday, 6th July, 2020 6:57am

By Sally Perry with 3 readers' comments

Undercliff Drive: A novella by John Goodwin: Part six: A blackbird sings

A blackbird sitting on a branch

Isle of Wight author, John Goodwin, shares this six-part serialisation of his latest piece of fictional work, a novella inspired by events on the Island

Sunday, 5th July, 2020 10:16am

By John Goodwin with 2 readers' comments

Undercliff Drive: A novella by John Goodwin: Part five: Homeless

Streetlamp lighting rain in night sky

Isle of Wight author, John Goodwin, shares this six-part serialisation of his latest piece of fictional work, a novella inspired by events on the Island

Saturday, 4th July, 2020 11:44am

By John Goodwin with one comment

Isle of Wight music students release charity song to thank key workers

David Pontin Platform One

The Wightlink in the Community project is a collaboration between Platform One students, Isle of Wight Symphony Orchestra, Fusion Arts Academy and others. All proceeds will benefit the Island's NHS charity

Friday, 3rd July, 2020 10:36am

By Karen Woods with one comment