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.

Are community arts activities lacking or thriving? Share your views in new consultation

paint brushes and tea and biscuits

The consultation will take place over the next 12 weeks and you'll be able to share your views through a variety of means

Wednesday, 11th December, 2019 10:00am

By Hannah Griffiths

Fascinating history of women’s lives on the Isle of Wight revealed in new book

daisy plant book being held by a christmas tree

Learn about how life for women on the Isle of Wight used to be very different and also very much the same

Tuesday, 10th December, 2019 5:22pm

By Charlie Simpson

Isle of Wight artist wins Jeff Lowe Sculpture Prize

Lisa Traxler with her sculpture

The prize-giving took place in the packed Cello Factory in London. Pop in to see the works if you're near the area

Tuesday, 10th December, 2019 4:21pm

By Sally Perry with one comment

There were green garlands galore at Ryde Library as part of Ryde Arts

Green Garland wreath making at Ryde Library with Ryde Arts

Well done to the organisers and all those who helped make the event a success

Tuesday, 10th December, 2019 2:42pm

By Sally Perry

Vectis Radio’s soap opera, ‘Penny for your Thoughts’, reaches 100th episode

Vectis Radio soap stars

The soap is set in a community where everyone knows everyone else. Sound familiar? That's because it's set on the Isle of Wight

Monday, 9th December, 2019 8:20am

By Kevin Wilson with one comment

Burlesque, blue hair and the blues made for a belter of a night

Dan Smith with his guitar

Wondering what Nick Painless’ Black Cat and Top Hat events are like? Read Rachel Rocks' latest review

Friday, 6th December, 2019 5:40pm

By Rachel Rocks

Don’t miss the Yarmouth Vintage Xmas Market this weekend

vintage yarmouth

The Vintage Xmas Market in Yarmouth this weekend not only has 30 creatives selling their wares in a heated marquee, but there'll be mulled wine, Christmas carols, Alpacas, a steam truck and more

Thursday, 5th December, 2019 6:58pm

By Sally Perry

Quay Arts announce winner of their Open 2019 Competition

Ian Whitmore speaking at the launch of Quay Arts Open 2019

Over 100 people gathered at the launch of Quay Arts OPEN 2019 exhibition to hear who had been selected for West Gallery solo show in 2021

Thursday, 5th December, 2019 6:34pm

By Ian Whitmore

Want to perform at Ventnor Fringe Festival in 2020? Applications now open

artist performing on stage

If you'd like to perform at Ventnor Fringe next year, register as early as possible to be in with the best change of obtaining the slots you’d like

Thursday, 5th December, 2019 11:30am

By Jack Whitewood

Need a fix of Christmas music? Vernon Square welcomes all this Saturday

the Rug Band

Head to Vernon Square, Ryde this Saturday (5th December) for live music, refreshments and entertainment

Wednesday, 4th December, 2019 3:13pm

By Peter Gruner

Did you know The Balcony in Ryde has reopened?

person with papier mache head on in nightclub

It's been through many versions over the years, but The Balcony is back and now under new management with some cracking live music this weekend

Tuesday, 3rd December, 2019 6:35pm

By Rachel Rocks with one comment

Isle of Wight dance teacher to star on Channel 4’s Flirty Dancing this week (photos and video)

Lily and Jake dancing

Lily told OnTheWight that dancing with a complete stranger "was possibly the most surreal but amazing experience of my life!" Find out more within

Tuesday, 3rd December, 2019 4:02pm

By Sally Perry