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.

Indie folk duo, Worry Dolls, to perform live on the Isle of Wight

worry dolls

Described by Bob Harris as “a warm and infectious sound”, Worry Dolls’ music is packed full of sublime harmonies, atop a plethora of varied instruments. You can see them play live on 4th March on the Isle of Wight.

Saturday, 4th February, 2017 12:20pm

By Feature Writer

Multiple Isle of Wight hairdressers receive mystery poem from ‘Banksy of Poetry’ (Updated)

the robin poem at hairshack

Hairdressers in Ventnor and Freshwater are among those across the country who have received mystery poems from writer, 'Mark Jones'. He's been dubbed the 'Banksy of Poetry' for randomly sharing his poetry with others.

Friday, 3rd February, 2017 11:26am

By Sally Perry with 7 readers' comments

Kingz of Vocals’ latest track: So catchy you’ll struggle to get it out of your head (video)

kingz of vocals video

The latest track from Isle of Wight hip hop collaborative, Kingz of Vocals, featuring Jamaican singer Terro Melody, has been released this month and features a music video shot on the Island by the talented film maker, Mike Gripz.

Saturday, 28th January, 2017 7:09pm

By Sally Perry

John Hurt discussing capitalism and the loss of an age of naivety (podcast)

Sir John Hurt

Back in 2010 OnTheWight (then VentnorBlog) were fortunate enough to meet and spend time talking with the late great John Hurt. It was an incredibly special moment for us. Listen to the podcast to hear what John had to say, it was a fascinating conversation.

Saturday, 28th January, 2017 11:21am

By Sally Perry with 2 readers' comments

Ainsley Bennett: Meet the man behind the award-winning photo (film)

ainsley bennett

This short film about Isle of Wight photographer, Ainsley Bennett, provides the perfect intro to the man behind some of the most outstanding shots we've been lucky enough to share.

Friday, 27th January, 2017 9:54am

By Sally Perry

We love this beautifully majestic Isle of Wight film shot from skies

The Needles from the Sky

This video shows the Isle of Wight off beautifully even on a winter's day. There's a great style to the shooting and editing of this video, combined with memorable haunting music. Quite amazing to capture it all in an overnight stay.

Wednesday, 25th January, 2017 6:45pm

By Sally Perry with 5 readers' comments

IWSO Review: A concert can also be an event

The orchestra

By the time you reach the end of Jonathan's review of last Saturday's Isle of Wight Symphony Orchestra concert, you'll be reaching for the phone to book tickets for the next one.

Wednesday, 25th January, 2017 3:57pm

By Sally Perry

Isle of Wight fogtastic photo gallery


We've picked some of our favourite fog shots that have been shared with us by Isle of Wight photographers in the last couple of days and created a gallery for you to view in one place.

Tuesday, 24th January, 2017 8:10pm

By Sally Perry with one comment

Joanna Kori’s Future reCollections: Don’t miss installation

Jo Kori's exhibition

Isle of Wight artist, Joanna Kori, will be presenting her latest exhibition at Quay Arts tomorrow (Saturday 21st January ) between 1-3pm. It looks amazing, do pop along.

Friday, 20th January, 2017 7:20pm

By Sally Perry

Ventnor Film Society presents their spring season of screenings

Ventnor Film Society Spring Season

The spring season of films from the Ventnor Film Society features an interesting and fairly light-hearted programme of recent award winning films from the UK, France, Spain, Greece, New Zealand and Italy.

Monday, 16th January, 2017 3:06pm

By Linda Davis

Joanna Kori’s latest exhibition opens next week

Jo Kori;s artwork

Isle of Wight artist, Joanna Kori, is currently hanging work for her latest exhibition, due to open at Quay Arts on Saturday 21st January (1-3pm - all welcome). Over 1,000 pieces have been created for this fascinating exhibition which responds to current and previous uses of Quay Arts.

Friday, 13th January, 2017 6:41pm

By Sally Perry

Dimbola to host ‘Two Stories’ exhibition by Judy Rodrigues

Dimbola lodge

This exhibition of paintings and research material focuses primarily on the Freshwater landscape and Dimbola as a catalyst and meeting place for an exploration into the work several writers.

Thursday, 12th January, 2017 12:16pm

By Rachel Tait