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.

Rare UK show: Multi-instrumentalist Cosmo Sheldrake heads to Ventnor

Cosmo Sheldrake

Brighton based multi instrumentalist, Cosmo Sheldrake, will be playing a rare UK show on the Isle of Wight this Saturday, hosted by the Ventnor Exchange at a warehouse in the town.

Thursday, 23rd March, 2017 6:02pm

By Jack Whitewood

Turner Prize winning artist Richard Long brings solo show to Quay Arts

Richard long -

This is quite a coup for Quay Arts - Turner Prize winning artist Richard Long, Britain’s leading figure in Land Art will be bringing his solo shot to the arts centre next month. Meet the artist and check out the associated events too.

Thursday, 23rd March, 2017 5:36pm

By Georgia Newman

Ex-Carisbrooke High pupil directing current Coronation Street

Suri Krishnamma

Suri Krishnamma grew up on the Isle of Wight and has gone to directing BAFTA nominated films, TV programmes and short films. He's the latest director on popular TV soap, Coronation Street.

Tuesday, 21st March, 2017 4:33pm

By Sally Perry with one comment

New EP on the way from Isle of Wight singer songwriter Lauran Hibberd

Lauran Hibberd

The Isle of Wight singer-songwriter is said to effortlessly strike a poetic balance between pop and folk by combining her ethereal vocal with a simple, delicate guitar style.

Tuesday, 21st March, 2017 3:04pm

By Andy Fraser

Wolverton Folk & Blues Fair returns to Shorwell in May

Dave Kelly

Now in its seventh year, the popular annual event return to Shorwell with some great live acts and continues to raise money for Leukaemia research and Brighstone school.

Tuesday, 21st March, 2017 9:34am

By Tim Hollis

Join the Shalfleet Shanty Singers tonight in Yarmouth

shanty sign

All monies raised will be donated to four local charities, namely CHOYD, West Wight RNLI, West Wight Sports and Community Centre and the IOW Special Olympics Fund.

Friday, 17th March, 2017 4:46pm

By Martyn Waitt

Isle of Wight dance and performing arts students wow the judges in Disneyland

starlight boutique pupils on stage with certificates

Young Islanders - aged eight and 15 - wowed the judges at 2017 IFDPA (International Federation of Dance and Performing Arts) competition in Disneyland and came away with some great results. Well done!

Friday, 17th March, 2017 4:31pm

By Sally Perry with 2 readers' comments

Step through these atmospheric images of Blackgang in fog

Fog from pepperpot - road

These photographs shared with us by Tobias Penner of Blackgang and surrounds shrouded in fog earlier this week are outstanding. See his gallery here.

Friday, 17th March, 2017 1:03pm

By Sally Perry with 2 readers' comments

You’d be a ‘fool’ to miss The Unravelling Wilburys at the Winter Gardens

Unravelling Wilburys

The Unravelling Wilburys will be heading to the Ventnor Winter Gardens on Saturday 1st April to play songs of the late 80’s supergroup, The Traveling Wilburys. Should be a memorable night so book now to avoid disappointment.

Friday, 17th March, 2017 10:48am

By Feature Writer

Multi award-winning poet Luke Wright back for one night only (tonight)

luke wright

Drop whatever you're doing tonight and head to Ventnor Exchange. We saw Luke perform last year and his performance was outstanding. Don't miss this one-off show tonight (Thursday).

Thursday, 16th March, 2017 2:09pm

By Feature Writer

Isle of Wight artist Shaping the Bay with his fantastic fossil murals

Hybodus Shark and Octopus chris boynton

This excellent initiative has seen Sandown become transformed over the last few weeks - not only brightening up derelict buildings but also educating residents on the wonderful creatures that used to live in the Bay.

Tuesday, 14th March, 2017 9:12am

By Sally Perry with one comment

Ventnor Artists Collective hold first exhibition

painting of the beach by mark cosby

This is the first of many group exhibitions by the Ventnor Artists Collective. See the exhibition over two venues in the town from Thursday.

Monday, 13th March, 2017 9:49am

By Tony McCarthy