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.

25th Richard Hutchings Memorial Lecture opens ‘new’ Freshwater Circle


Local historian, writer and publisher, Elizabeth Hutchings, delivered possibly her last Richard Hutchings Memorial Lecture - the 25th since her late husband's passing. A fascinating event for all those who attended.

Friday, 30th September, 2016 6:58am

By Suzanne and Alan Whitewood

Prestigious award for Isle of Wight artist


Isle of Wight-based artists, Charles Inge, has been presented with the Winsor & Newton Oil Prize for his painting inspired by a Ventnor beach hut.

Thursday, 29th September, 2016 11:24am

By Sally Perry

Join Quay Arts this Sunday to celebrate 40th anniversary this Sunday

Quay Arts invite

Quay Arts centre in Newport is a wonderful resource for all things cultural. Join them on Sunday for eleven hours of free live entertainment to celebrate their 40th anniversary.

Wednesday, 28th September, 2016 5:50pm

By Sally Perry

Unseen film footage reveals how the 1987 Great Storm hit Ventnor


This fascinating footage of the 1987 Great Storm in Ventnor has been set to music by Isle of Wight musician, Paul Armfield. Free entry with donations welcome.

Friday, 23rd September, 2016 7:00am

By Sally Perry

Nate Najar Jazz Trio: Catch them at Quay Arts before they head to Ronnie Scott’s


This Sunday brings a rare opportunity to see World-class jazz at Quay Arts in Newport before the Nate Najar Trio head to jazz-mecca, Ronnie Scott's.

Thursday, 22nd September, 2016 8:20am

By Feature Writer

Overwhelming response to Hospice Postcard Project

Hospice Postcard Exhibition 2016

There are over 70 postcard-sized pieces of original artwork going on display to celebrate Isle of Wight Day, in an exhibition at the Blue Fox Gallery in Ryde to support Earl Mountbatten Hospice.

Tuesday, 20th September, 2016 2:12pm

By Emma Topping

Isle of Wight photographer picks up prestigious award


This excellent shot by an Isle of Wight photographer will be featured in a book and exhibited at the Royal Observatory for the next year.

Friday, 16th September, 2016 6:44pm

By Sally Perry

Young writers to launch new book on Isle of Wight Day

All are welcome to the official book launch of the Anonthology at Waterstones on Isle of Wight Day (Saturday 24th September) to celebrate the talent of local young writers and hear spoken word performances.

Friday, 16th September, 2016 6:17pm

By Jessica Paine with one comment

New orchestral season opens with a popular favourite


Tickets sell fast for the Isle of Wight Symphony Orchestra, so make sure that you grab yours for the opening concert in November before they sell out.

Friday, 16th September, 2016 5:59pm

By Tim Isard

Mystery of Ventnor’s musical notation bench carving explained (video)


John Nash not only explains the mystery of musical notation carved into a bench in Ventnor, but treats us to a beautiful piece of classical guitar written by an Isle of Wight composer.

Friday, 16th September, 2016 1:51pm

By Sally Perry with one comment

Head to the Waverley Park Beer, Music and Poetry Festival this weekend

Line of beer

The fun starts on Friday and continues over the weekend. Family friendly before the 9pm watershed, with music, poetry and comedy throughout the weekend, raising money for British Heart Foundation.

Thursday, 15th September, 2016 5:07pm

By Sally Perry

From Wild Beasts to Pickled Sharks: Don’t miss free art lecture

Duchamp urianal

All welcome to this free art lecture next week titled, From Wild Beasts to Pickled Sharks – 100 years of Modern Art with scepticism and a lot of humour.

Thursday, 15th September, 2016 2:10pm

By Carolyn Power