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.

Gin, Jive and Slide for Wessex Cancer Trust

people dancing in Strings night club at gin, jive and slide event

Get ready for a night of vintage music from the 1940s to the 1960s, featuring the Bunker Girls and four vinyl DJs.

Tuesday, 1st October, 2019 10:50am

By Sally Perry

Isle of Wight’s CHAMPS release their long-awaited third album today

brothers champion in front of bunglow

The long-awaited third album is out today and it's a cracker. The 12 tracks take you on a beautiful journey with the brothers from Niton, who are most certainly going places now they have the right support behind them.

Friday, 27th September, 2019 9:34am

By Sally Perry

Last call for Quay Arts Open exhibition entries

Quay Arts Open 2019 image

Emerging and established artists are invited to submit works in any medium for Quay Arts’ biennial OPEN Exhibition 2019 themed and titled: ‘A Life in Nature’.

Wednesday, 25th September, 2019 4:18pm

By Tayla Smith

Isle of Wight punk band’s latest single and music video highlights legal system ‘injustice’

think on it - 12 thousand men

The band say the track was written to "bring attention to the injustice in our legal system, using the Soldier F protest in Parliament Square as an example"

Wednesday, 25th September, 2019 9:04am

By Sally Perry with 2 readers' comments

Isle of Wight art project designed to improve mental health

portfolio arts - abstract painting

Leading Isle of Wight social prescribing charity has received a grant from the Bupa UK Foundation to improve health and wellbeing for people in their middle years.

Wednesday, 25th September, 2019 8:51am

By Tracy Mikich with 2 readers' comments

Four fascinating art commissions showcased at Lift the Lid: A look inside

Guests were presented with four new art commissions. You can still see two of them on the Island.

Monday, 23rd September, 2019 9:30am

By Sally Perry

Top Isle of Wight photography spots

Sunset by the needles

Isle of Wight photographer Oliver Howells shares some of the top photography spots he reckons you should consider visiting all year round.

Friday, 20th September, 2019 8:45am

By Oliver Howells

Isle of Wight Society for the Blind ‘Short Story writing competition’

Writing notes:

Budding writers have until 9th November to create and enter their short story for the Isle of Wight Society of the Blind winter writing competition.

Thursday, 19th September, 2019 10:06am

By Chris Cane with one comment

Debut music video for Isle of Wight artist, Emellia

Emellia in a field with hay bales and sunshne

Watch out for Emellia's debut music video on Friday this week.

Thursday, 19th September, 2019 8:50am

By Sally Perry

Over 30 Isle of Wight artists take part in Nonsense Exhibition

nonsense exhibition poster

A week-long exhibition, plus film, music and poetry evening are in store for you in Ventnor from Saturday. Meet the artists at opening event.

Wednesday, 18th September, 2019 10:13am

By Sally Perry

Jazzy Heath launches new pop single, I Found Love in Tokyo

I Found Love In Tokyo cover artwork cropped

This sparkly pop tune was the result of Jazzy’s first trip to Japan, which ultimately led to her moving to the dazzling city of Tokyo at the start of the year!

Wednesday, 18th September, 2019 9:01am

By Sally Perry

Isle of Wight’s Quay Arts to host ARTIST ROOMS: Vija Celmins

Artwork by Vija Celmins

This exhibition focuses on a large body of meticulously crafted prints exploring the surface of the ocean, the vastness of the night sky, the darkness of deep space and the intricacies of a spider's web.

Friday, 13th September, 2019 5:06pm

By Feature Writer