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.

Last chance to see exhibition from trio of relief printmakers

Katie's relief print of Madame Moth

There's only a week left to see this great exhibition by three Isle of Wight artists, Caroline Knox, Katie Stone and Jill Roe

Friday, 4th September, 2020 12:34pm

By Tayla Smith

Masters success for students at the Isle of Wight’s Platform One College of Music

platform one guitar close up

This is the only Masters programme to run on the Isle of Wight and has once again seen success for Platform One music students

Thursday, 3rd September, 2020 2:59pm

By Dave Pontin

Don’t miss Binnel Studios and The Bunker Gallery 2020 Summer Exhibition: Unlocked

binnel studios

This weekend brings with it a chance to meet nine of the most talented and highly-accomplished artists on the Isle of Wight, in this joint exhibition between Binnel Studios and their nearby neighbour, The Bunker Gallery

Sunday, 30th August, 2020 6:58am

By Sally Perry

Spirit of the Place: From this weekend pop on your headphones, submerge yourself in this snackable audio play as you walk down Union Street, Ryde

Spirit of the Place - Scene 1 Vicky and Will in S. Fowler & Co by Rachel Shore

Listen at home, or while you’re in Ryde, as the short play unfolds along the length of Union Street. It’s full of great visuals, theatre, memories from Ryde residents and a soundtrack by Plastic Mermaids

Friday, 28th August, 2020 4:33pm

By Feature Writer

Isle of Wight music college Platform One’s degree students continue to excel

PLATFORM ONE students playing instruments

Despite lockdown, third year students excelled and produced extremely impressive results. In total seven students achieved a First-Class Honors degree.

Friday, 28th August, 2020 8:58am

By Dave Pontin

Watch: Paul Armfield’s latest single ‘A long overdue love song to my wife’

paul armfield times three and a bee and a butterfly

'You' is a beauty of a song, the latest single from Paul Armfield's seventh album. The music video, filmed during lockdown with the help of his daughter Alice, was created by Berlin photographer, Laura Braun

Thursday, 27th August, 2020 12:37pm

By Sally Perry with one comment

New local history book takes you on a journey from 1860 to 1950 in pictures

House in whitwell in 1930

Take a step back in time to 1860 to see how Ventnor and the Undercliff looked through 180 black and white pictures

Wednesday, 26th August, 2020 8:24am

By Sally Perry

Isle of Wight artist wins Southampton City Art Gallery Open

Lisa Traxler's sculpture, Time Traveller Voyager

Lisa's work fought off stiff competition and impressed the judges with its "strong and commanding presence"

Monday, 24th August, 2020 9:52am

By Sally Perry with 3 readers' comments

Folk royalty at Quay Arts Folk Club this Sunday

eliza carthy

Don't miss this online folk concert in aid of the Quay Arts Centre taking place this coming Sunday (23rd). Details within

Friday, 21st August, 2020 4:37pm

By John Bentley

Wightlink step up to support travel costs for bright young Isle of Wight star in the making

Ebb Phillips - by Chris Jones from Chemical Gardens

Ebb fought off stiff competition for a place at Guildford College of Acting's Junior Conservatoire Saturday School, but faced the hurdle of the cost of ferry travel every Saturday for two years. News OnTheWight put out the call for businesses for support, now Wightlink have stepped up

Thursday, 20th August, 2020 8:47am

By Sally Perry

Watch: Gorgeous drone footage of paddle-boarders meandering along Isle of Wight coast

Two women resting on paddle-boards -shot from above

Escape for three minutes and enjoy this drone footage of two paddleboarders meandering along the Bouldnor coast - fly above the gorgeous green canopy and explore the coastline

Tuesday, 18th August, 2020 12:42pm

By Sally Perry with 4 readers' comments

Isle of Wight band chosen for BBCR1’s ‘Track of the Week’

coach party band members with skateboards

Great news for the four piece from the Isle of Wight, as their latest track is played all week on BBC R1

Monday, 17th August, 2020 2:07pm

By Sally Perry