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.

Review: Isle of Wight Cantata Choir perform The Armed Man by Karl Jenkins

armed man concert - allan marsh 1

It’s a challenge for any choir to sustain the emotional range and intensity demanded by this work by Karl Jenkins, however, Cantata Choir rose to the challenge well, with barely a hesitation, accompanied by the excellent Symphony Orchestra.

Saturday, 15th December, 2018 11:50am

By Toby Wallis

Gollum Brexit video ‘We wants it’ breaks 1 million views under two days

we wants it video

A video written and directed by Dominic Minghella, originally released on his Island Pictures Website, has become an online sensation. Watch here.

Tuesday, 11th December, 2018 9:19pm

By Simon Perry with one comment

Don’t miss the Isle of Wight PUNK exhibition at Quay Arts Centre

Don't miss this exhibition that explores the traditional visual art of punk culture from the mid 1970s to date, and its impact on the Isle of Wight through memorabilia such as posters, badges, ticket stubs, vinyl records, as well as show artworks by contemporary artists that retain a bit of punk ethos in their work today.

Tuesday, 11th December, 2018 5:38pm

By Georgia Newman

Isle of Wight’s Alegria Samba School project comes to a close in Brazil

1 Alegria representatives from the IW with their Brazilian carnival friends

The project was all about finding a way to include everyone in Carnival Arts, despite the many barriers there can be, especially for disabled people. It was showcased in Brazil last month.

Tuesday, 11th December, 2018 2:13pm

By Tracy Curtis

Jane Siberry tonight at Quay Arts

Jane Siberry

Music lovers are in for a treat tonight as Canadian singer-songwriter, Jane Siberry, heads to Quay Arts. Guaranteed to be a very special evening with Jane performing some of her most beautiful music.

Tuesday, 11th December, 2018 1:49pm

By Tayla Smith

Get the ‘art foundation experience’ with this Portfolio Preparation course, plus don’t miss exhibition and talks

Portfolio Preparation course

This one-day-a-week course that runs from Jan to Nov 2019 will give you all you need to create an exciting and impressive portfolio, whilst gaining art foundation experience, all on the Isle of Wight.

Thursday, 6th December, 2018 5:47pm

By Feature Writer

Fundraiser for return of Norman Gaches ‘Stigwood art’ to the Isle of Wight launched

norman gache carving dionysis

A campaign has been launched to fund the return of a large-scale wood carving that left the Island when music and film producer, Robert Stigwood, moved to Ascot. It's hoped the sculpture can be returned to East Cowes for all to enjoy.

Tuesday, 4th December, 2018 9:19am

By Sally Perry with 5 readers' comments

Beautiful porcelain by Sue Paraskeva and work by guest artists for sale on late night Thursday

P Clay inside

This Saturday (1st December) and late night Thursday (6th) Sue Paraskeva's porcelain workshop will be open to the public as she, and four guest artists showcase a wonderful selection of porcelain, contemporary artwork, glass brooches, abstract prints and handmade organic skincare.

Thursday, 29th November, 2018 6:59pm

By Feature Writer

Isle of Wight’s CHAMPS star in new short film alongside Ana De Armas

We're massive fans of Isle of Wight band, CHAMPS, so it's great to hear the brothers from Niton will be appearing in a short film, starring alongside the wonderful Ana De Armas. OnTheWight has the detail.

Thursday, 29th November, 2018 6:49pm

By Sally Perry

Fantastic range of artwork on sale this week at Quarr Abbey Winter Exhibition


The exhibition begins on Thursday and runs for five days, featuring work by four Isle of Wight artists, Melanie Swan, Sarah Talbot, Sally Woodford and Martin Swan.

Monday, 26th November, 2018 5:19pm

By Feature Writer

Electric Disco returns for yet another spectacular New Year’s Eve Party: Book now before the sell out

electric disco

Join over 1,000 party-goers to see in the New Year at the famous Electric 80s New Year’s Eve party. Buy your tickets now to avoid disappointment.

Saturday, 24th November, 2018 5:16pm

By Feature Writer

Catrin Finch and Seckou Keita create spellbinding and mesmerising experience – in Freshwater: Book Now

catrin and seckou - from facebook

Beyond beautiful in concert, Catrin and Seckou create a uniquely spellbinding and mesmerising experience that has been filling concert halls across the UK, Europe and beyond. Don't miss your chance to see them in Freshwater on 2nd December.

Friday, 23rd November, 2018 6:53pm

By Feature Writer