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.

Profile: Abi Wheeler, Creative Director of Ryde Arts

Portrait of Abi Wheeler

Taking to the helm in late 2019, Isle of Wight artist Abi Wheeler sets out her vision for the future of Ryde Arts and the importance of collaboration during such a disorientating time

Sunday, 24th January, 2021 1:45pm

By Sally Perry with 2 readers' comments

Good mental health and wellbeing a priority for Platform One

illustration of people in windows playing instruments

Students at Platform One College of Music have been using a new bespoke virtual learning environment this lockdown, part of which is dedicated to wellbeing

Friday, 22nd January, 2021 3:34pm

By Dave Pontin

Isle of Wight Story Festival announces inspirational line-up for this half-term

Cerrie on the beach

It'll be online and it'll be free. Make sure you let your children and grandchildren know about this year's Isle of Wight Story Festival taking in February half term

Thursday, 21st January, 2021 8:07am

By Peta Rainford

Don’t miss Isle of Wight creative commission opportunity

side of quay arts building

Don't miss the deadline for this commission opportunity to create engaging digital resources for children and families to access online

Wednesday, 20th January, 2021 4:48pm

By Tayla Smith

Style of Wight’s Children’s Writing Competition is back for 2021

girl writing in book

Isle of Wight children (aged 7 to 16) have until the end of the summer hols to let their imaginations take them somewhere special for this writing competition

Tuesday, 19th January, 2021 5:38pm

By Christian Warren

Calling all musicians: Join Acoustic Originals and support the Quay

girl on floor playing guitar

Quay Arts are looking for musicians wanting to take part in 'Acoustic Originals' and 'Songs in the Quay of ...' both of which they intend to start again next month, albeit virtually

Friday, 15th January, 2021 5:39pm

By Sally Perry

iPad in care homes project connects loved ones across continents

People in care home using ipads

The project was developed by Independent Arts to help reduce isolation for those living in residential care homes on the Isle of Wight

Monday, 11th January, 2021 10:48am

By Nic Ward with 2 readers' comments

Ventnor Fringe announce dates for 2021: Now extended to a socially distanced ten days

Ventnor Fringe act on stage

After having to cancel the 2020 festival, for this year the Ventnor Fringe team have designed it with social distancing in mind. See the details within

Thursday, 7th January, 2021 5:01pm

By Jack Whitewood with one comment

Take part in Quay Arts AGM via Zoom this month

Quay Arts Centre in September 2011

You'll need to register your email address if you'd like to listen into the AGM on Zoom later this month. Link within

Wednesday, 6th January, 2021 1:44pm

By Tayla Smith

Short film showcases the beauty of life under the Isle of Wight coastline

fish from theo vickers marine wildlife short film

Take two and a half minutes out of your day to watch this short film shot under the waters surrounding the Isle of Wight coastline - you'll be amazed at the beauty beneath

Monday, 4th January, 2021 12:19pm

By Sally Perry with 4 readers' comments

Christmas writing competition winners announced at virtual event

Howard Thomas

£875 was raised for Isle of Wight charity, Sight for Wight, during the Short Story Writing Competition this year. Details within

Tuesday, 22nd December, 2020 4:49pm

By Chris Cane

School staff perform ‘Christmas Spectacular’ as a thank you to students

iwef xmas video - singer outside with inflatable snowman

We could all do with something uplifting to sing along to or put a smile on our faces, so why not check out this video by staff at Isle of Wight Education Federation staff?

Monday, 21st December, 2020 9:59am

By Sally Perry