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.

Book now for pre-Christmas knees-up at the ‘Christmas Tap N Ale’

band members of goodbye stereo

Goodbye Stereo will be reforming for a very rare appearance. They're a fantastic live band, who will be ably supported by Galactic Ents DJs, Jakey Chan and Oz White. Book now to avoid disappointment.

Wednesday, 7th December, 2016 7:20pm

By Feature Writer

Isle of Wight novelist branches out to the D&D gaming world

Samuel Z Jones

This Isle of Wight novelist, has written 18 novels (and counting) and is now branching out his setting to the gaming world. A must for all D&D fans.

Wednesday, 7th December, 2016 10:29am

By Sally Perry

Isle of Wight bands to raise cash for Bus Shelter at pre-Christmas gig

The band

Get in the party spirit with your friends at this brilliant fundraiser for the Bus Shelter project.

Tuesday, 6th December, 2016 3:15pm

By Sally Perry

Learn more about The Art of Enamelling with Dr Sally Hoban


Research Fellow, lecturer and broadcaster, Dr Sally Hoban, will be talking about the art of enamelling at next week's Vectis Decorative and Fine Arts Society Lecture at Quay Arts.

Monday, 5th December, 2016 4:11pm

By Carolyn Power

Last chance to bid in the Big Art Auction

rachael berry's doggy

Quick! The auction ends at 10pm tonight (Friday) so make sure you get your bids in pronto otherwise you will miss out. Plenty of great Christmas presents at your fingertips and all proceeds go to the Skatepark Fund.

Friday, 2nd December, 2016 4:53pm

By Sally Perry with 3 readers' comments

Electric 80s returns to Cowes for another spectacular New Year’s Eve Party: Book Now

Electric 80s disco

Just been paid? Book your tickets now for the last chance to party in 2016. Tickets for the New Year's Eve bash make great Christmas presents.

Friday, 2nd December, 2016 1:07pm

By Feature Writer

Isle of Wight musician to compete in national Open Mic finals

lewis shepperd playing guitar

This 22 year old musician from the Isle of Wight proves that hard work and determination can get you somewhere in the music industry. Wish him luck at the grand finals of the Open Mic UK competition in January.

Friday, 2nd December, 2016 12:05pm

By Sally Perry

Joanna Kori’s ‘Future reCollections’ installations head to Quay Arts

Jo Kori;s artwork

Six fascinating installations at Quay Arts next month will encourage the viewer to reflect on what might be preserved by future generations, as well as consider what could be lost along the way.

Thursday, 1st December, 2016 6:39pm

By Georgia Newman with one comment

The perfect recipe for a Christmas song to SingAbout


The SingAbout Christmas Single will be available to buy from Friday 2nd December. Proceeds go towards supporting the Independent Arts charity.

Thursday, 1st December, 2016 11:32am

By Hannah Griffiths with one comment

Isle of Wight photographer’s work at derelict Atherfield gets national attention


A set of photos of derelict Atherfield Bay holiday camp by Isle of Wight photographer, Damian Haworth, have been featured on the Websites of at least two national newspapers this week.

Tuesday, 29th November, 2016 8:30am

By Sally Perry

Big Art Auction: Just a few days left to get your bids in

Picture of a toy pig

There are just four days left to bid for your favourite items in the Ventnor Skatepark Big Art Auction. There are loads of items still at £5, so get bidding and make sure you bag your chosen pieces.

Monday, 28th November, 2016 3:35pm

By Sally Perry

IWSO Review: Enigmatic Elgar


By the time you reach the end of Jonathan's review of last Saturday's Isle of Wight Symphony Orchestra concert, you'll be reaching for the phone to book tickets for the next one. If you do, you'll find out why he raves so much about them.

Wednesday, 23rd November, 2016 3:35pm

By Jonathan Dodd