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.

Undercliff Drive: A novella by John Goodwin: Part one: The angry sea

angry sea

Isle of Wight author, John Goodwin, shares this six-part serialisation of his latest piece of fictional work, a novella inspired by events on the Island

Saturday, 20th June, 2020 5:17pm

By John Goodwin with 3 readers' comments

Cancer charity secures long list of stars for Facebook Live gig

Bang Bang Romeo

A long list of stars and community groups have recorded a song for the fundraising event which will premiere live on the Wessex Cancer Trust Facebook page this weekend

Tuesday, 16th June, 2020 3:56pm

By Lorraine White

Isle of Wight artists and organisations awarded a share of £161,000 emergency Covid-19 funding

Jack barnes, Jack Whitewood and Mhairi Macaulay

The funding is designed to alleviate the immediate pressures faced by Isle of Wight artists, creative practitioners, arts organisations, museums over the summer. Details within

Tuesday, 16th June, 2020 1:44pm

By Sally Perry

Artswork launches fundraiser for children and young people during Covid-19 crisis

Youssif from Eastbourne's rainbow

A donation of just £10 will help a child or young person not just survive, but thrive.

Monday, 15th June, 2020 11:34am

By Harry Holder

Watch: Online preview of Dimbola’s Julia Margaret Cameron: Close Up exhibition

tennyson and his friends book - julian winslow 2

The latest exhibition at Dimbola Museum and Galleries features close up portraits of great men by Julia Margaret Cameron curated by her son, Henry Herschel Hay Cameron. Details within of the online preview, filmed by Julian Winslow and presented by Gail Middleton

Saturday, 13th June, 2020 3:17pm

By Tracy Mikich with 4 readers' comments

Calling Isle of Wight artists: Pitch now for paid project starting this month in Ryde

artists brushes

Applications must be submitted by this Friday (12th June) with the project starting on 23rd June

Tuesday, 9th June, 2020 3:44pm

By Stella Davis

‘My Millennium’ exhibition revived by Quay Arts. Time to share your 2020 self portraits

portrait of a woman

You could be part of another Guinness World Record but sharing your 2020 portrait with Quay Arts and by donating £1 at the same time help them reach their £20,000 target

Monday, 8th June, 2020 9:57am

By Tayla Smith

Watch this mesmerising video of Thorne Bailey on his Cyr Wheel

Thorne Bailey on his Cyr Wheel

Shot for a Grounded Circus Pandemic Party in April, this video of Thorne on his Cyr Wheel is mesmerising

Tuesday, 2nd June, 2020 9:08pm

By Sally Perry with 3 readers' comments

Track by Isle of Wight band – signed by producer with reported mafia connection – is re-released by New York record label

reminder records mastering of change my image

The re-release of this 1980s track by Isle of Wight band, Cassie, was sparked after the owner of a New York record label heard it and spent the following years trying to track it down

Tuesday, 2nd June, 2020 1:47pm

By Sally Perry

Short films bring beauty of the Isle of Wight’s natural environment to your home

Day by Day film title

These 23 short films featuring sculptor, Eric Geddes and poet, Robin Ford, bring to life a kaleidoscope of natural landscapes and seascapes as they change from dawn to dusk and season to season

Friday, 29th May, 2020 4:25pm

By Isle of Wight NHS Trust

Isle of Wight primary school teacher and children take part in successful online kids book festival

Finn and Richard enjoying a celebratory drink

Isle of Wight primary school teacher and kids interview renowned children's authors during seven hour online book festival

Thursday, 28th May, 2020 6:04pm

By Sally Perry

Don’t miss Isolation Row online Folk Festival this weekend and help raise money for Quay Arts


Isolation Row Folk Festival features some of the finest local performers, as well as mainland guests. Don't miss it this weekend

Thursday, 28th May, 2020 10:57am

By Sally Perry