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.

Independent Arts launch online sessions to continue support for Isle of Wight communities

Hanna taking the music group session

Independent Arts will be running virtual Anxiety Cafe sessions via Zoom, and are planning to start virtual SingAbout next week and virtual DanceMakers sessions very soon

Wednesday, 1st April, 2020 11:42am

By Hannah Griffiths

‘Kezi’s Kindness Isolation Has Talent’ closes midday tomorrow

little girl playing guitar on the street

Don't miss the chance for your children to take part in this virtual talent contest, with £65 worth of Amazon vouchers up for grabs

Tuesday, 31st March, 2020 12:11pm

By Sally Perry

Isle of Wight Festival announces 2021 date

The audience at Isle of Wight Festival 2019

Last week organisers announced the Festival would not take place in 2020 due to the Coronavirus outbreak

Monday, 30th March, 2020 4:52pm

By Sally Perry with 4 readers' comments

Can your kids create the winning design for Wyatt and Jack Junior’s latest competition?

Wyatt and Jack junior

Get your kids to flex their creative skills before midnight on Saturday and their design could be turned into a Wyatt and Jack Junior bag

Thursday, 26th March, 2020 6:03pm

By Sally Perry

Artist in residence sought for The Ellen MacArthur Foundation


Creative practitioners from all backgrounds and disciplines are invited to apply for the first Artist in Residence post

Monday, 23rd March, 2020 2:42pm

By Sally Perry

Jonathan Dodd’s Isle of Wight Symphony Orchestra Review: From Russia With Love

March IWSO Concert by Allan Marsh

The next Symphony Orchestra concert is cancelled due to the Coronavirus outbreak, but you can read how last weekend's enthralled the audience

Sunday, 22nd March, 2020 10:57am

By Jonathan Dodd

East Cowes Crafters create Mothering Sunday display (but keep their distance)

East Cowes Crafters - Mothering Sunday Display

When viewing this amazing display of crafts and art please remember to keep your distance from one another

Saturday, 21st March, 2020 2:04pm

By Karl Love with 3 readers' comments

Show Your Love for Quay Arts by making a donation or buying a gift voucher for future use

love in lights

Quay Arts relies heavily on tickets sales, its cafe, shop and courses. With all those closed they need your support more than ever

Friday, 20th March, 2020 3:21pm

By Del Seymour

Get creative and share your story: Competition devised with the novice in mind

laptop notebook phone and coffee

The competition aptly named ‘Jot’ aims to encourage anyone from the Isle of Wight, with a story in their head, to express it and enter.

Thursday, 19th March, 2020 4:19pm

By Wendy Varley

Donna Jones is In Your Face – An exhibition of works at Monkton Arts

Donna Jones MBE In Your Face Exhibition at Monkton Arts Ryde Saturday 14th March

Donna Jones' work joins together beauty, disfigurement, disease, ageing. See it at Monkton Arts Acon Gallery

Thursday, 19th March, 2020 11:11am

By Graham Reading

Cancelled: Award-winning bluesman heading to Wolverton for the annual Folk and Blues Fair

Wolverton Folk and Blues Fair 2020

Wolverton Folk and Blues Fair offers top live music and great festival food, set against the backdrop of beautiful West Wight scenery

Thursday, 12th March, 2020 5:32pm

By Tim Hollis

Watch: Isle of Wight musician and artist, Paul Armfield, launches Crowdfunder for seventh album

paul armfield album

There are a number of great incentives as part of the Crowdfunder appeal for Paul Armfield's seventh album

Tuesday, 10th March, 2020 4:03pm

By Sally Perry