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.

Stars of Fleet Street exhibition features iconic images

The Beatles standing by a car in the 1960s

All the photographers concerned will be attending the opening to tell a few interesting and untold stories behind some of the images.

Monday, 14th October, 2019 4:19pm

By Elissa Blizzard

Head to the Cheverton Centre for art and live music

The Tea and Biscuit Boys performing in April 2019

There's a chance to see a new landscape and portrait exhibition, as well as live music from the Tea n Biscuit Boys

Monday, 14th October, 2019 12:56pm

By Matt White

‘Personae Vectenses: Isle of Wight Notables’ from Queen Osburga to Alan Titchmarsh (updated)

Front Cover - Personae Vectenses - Isle of Wight Notables

Published by Beachy Books, ‘Personae Vectenses: Isle of Wight Notables’ is written by Island-born, Phillip Armitage, and is a labour of love that took him twelve years of research

Friday, 11th October, 2019 12:24pm

By Philip Bell with 5 readers' comments

Banksy’s Seasons Greetings on the Isle of Wight? Art dealer’s vision revealed

John Brandler and partner

After spending nine months in talks with Port Talbot council, art dealer John Brandler says he's given up setting up a Museum of Street Art there and is looking to the Isle of Wight

Wednesday, 9th October, 2019 5:10pm

By Sally Perry with 2 readers' comments

Isle of Wight’s Doug Alldred and The Silver Lining release new single

Doug Alldred playing the guitar

If you're a fan of Tom Petty, The Waterboys, Elvis Costello, Pink Floyd or Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds you'll want to check out Doug Alldred and the Silver Lining's new track on Monday 14th October.

Wednesday, 9th October, 2019 10:27am

By Sally Perry

Ventnor Exchange launch new season of shows this week

Rob Auton holding a dead plant

Become a Friend of Ventnor Exchange and get 2for1 tickets to all events. With the new season out this week, you'll need to act fast to avoid missing out

Tuesday, 8th October, 2019 5:32pm

By Jack Whitewood

Isle of Wight’s Coach Party sign to Chess Club Record label

Coach Party celebrating at a bar

Signing to Chess Club Records will give this Isle of Wight band, Coach Party, a platform to go onto do huge things, says manager

Tuesday, 8th October, 2019 10:08am

By Sally Perry

Celebrating Age exhibition showcases remarkable artwork produced by Isle of Wight care home residents

For these workshops residents from Inglefield, Eden House, Ancona, Cherry Blossom Cornelia Manor and Downside looked at the work of Henri Matisse and in particular the theme of dance as it appears in his work. Residents talked about their own memories of dance and dancing, and these were then transcribed onto the large collective frieze you see displayed here. This is the first time Independent Arts have attempted to draw together all the care home residents that join our art workshops to create a single piece of work. Using a cut paper technique pioneered by the artist residents assembled forms to recreate their own memories of dance.

Celebrating Age, is a major Isle of Wight exhibition that shines a light on the wealth of creative expression to be found in our later years

Tuesday, 8th October, 2019 9:58am

By Tracy Mikich

Funding boost for creative consultation to explore shared community space

money and calculator

Independent Arts will use ‘Space to Connect’ funding to hold a series of creative and accessible community consultations with stakeholders to evidence the case for a shared community space.

Tuesday, 8th October, 2019 8:29am

By Tracy Mikich

Community arts radio station celebrates Isle of Wight’s creative heritage


Based in the grounds of Wolverton Manor and led by the AvantHardCollective, Wolverton FM has now launched.

Monday, 7th October, 2019 5:35pm

By Sally Perry with one comment

Harp On Wight International returns this month

Poster illustration for Harp on Wight

Learn how to play a harp, learn how to make a harp, listen to world-class harpists or enjoy a harp-themed candlelit dinner. There's much to choose from at this year's Harp On Wight Festival.

Thursday, 3rd October, 2019 4:33pm

By Sally Perry

Grace Petrie plays Quay Arts tonight, with support from Anna Oakes-Monger

Grace Petrie by

Grace Petrie exploded on to the national protest scene in 2010 with the emotive anthem Farewell to Welfare, which captured the spirit of the new wave of dissent in austerity Britain.

Thursday, 3rd October, 2019 10:09am

By Tayla Smith