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.

Award-winning photographer Giles Clarke’s exhibition, screening, talk and Q&A takes place

Honduras dump boy with spiderman mask on

Tickets are just £5 each or £3 if you're a student. Giles' work is outstanding and his anecdotes really fascinating. Highly recommended.

Thursday, 1st August, 2019 5:52pm

By Sally Perry

Ventnor Fringe Festival smashes box office records on tenth anniversary: Dates for 2020 announced

Barney Artist performing at Ventnor Fringe

The Box Office records were smashed with almost 6,500 tickets for Ventnor Fringe Festival being sold. It's no wonder those performing fall in love with this town and want to return.

Wednesday, 31st July, 2019 7:13pm

By Sally Perry

Head to Ventnor this weekend and join in celebrations for the tenth Ventnor Fringe Festival

ventnor fringe in harbourside tent

There truly is something for everyone this weekend at the tenth Ventnor Fringe Festival. Head to Ventnor this weekend and we're sure you'll find plenty to entertain and enrich your soul.

Saturday, 27th July, 2019 11:03am

By Sally Perry

Post Animal head to Ventnor Fringe all the way from Chicago

the band post animal

Think Tame Impala meets King Gizzard in a gig you don’t want to miss! Book now to secure your tickets.

Friday, 26th July, 2019 12:07pm

By Sally Perry

World class ballet returns to the Isle of Wight this week


BalletWorks promise a treat and a half this week when they return to Medina Theatre with dancers from Stuttgart Ballet. All in aid of Mountbatten so book now to support this fantastic event.

Thursday, 25th July, 2019 4:06pm

By Feature Writer

Incredible lightning storm over the Isle of Wight captured in HD photos

jamie russell lightning

Wow, what a light show we were treated to last night! If you missed it, check out these fantastic shots by Isle of Wight photographers.

Wednesday, 24th July, 2019 4:45pm

By Sally Perry with 2 readers' comments

Artworks by primary school children showcased at People’s Pop Up Gallery

bob seely and children from nine acres at ppug

The exhibition of work by children from Nine Acres Primary attracted over 400 visitors in just three weeks.

Wednesday, 24th July, 2019 11:50am

By The Office of Bob Seely

Ventnor Fringe Festival shows starting to sell out. Don’t miss out, book now

Gerard Harris on stage

There are 150 performances of over 90 shows to choose from at this year’s Ventnor Fringe Festival, many are selling out, so snap yours up quickly to avoid disappointment.

Wednesday, 24th July, 2019 8:56am

By Sally Perry

Isle of Wight Scooter Rally promises world-class live music lineup


Another bunch of top quality Mod, Soul and R&B acts have been booked to play live at the world-famous Isle of Wight Scooter Rally over the August bank holiday weekend in Ryde.

Tuesday, 23rd July, 2019 6:50pm

By Feature Writer

Hallam honoured with first Ryde Arts Award for original music composition

hallam saunders

Well done to 14-year-old Hallam, who was approached to compose an original piece of music for a marching band to perform at Ryde’s two Carnivals this year.

Monday, 22nd July, 2019 3:12pm

By Liz Allen

Last chance to see inside Wendy Welsford’s Open Studio

Montage of work by Wendy Welsford

Passionate about protecting the environment, much of Wendy's work is created using items she's collected from the coastline.

Monday, 22nd July, 2019 12:21pm

By Sally Perry

Podcast: Giles Clarke, award-winning photojournalist returns home to show his stunning work on the Isle of Wight

Giles clarke at the pier view, cowes

Ahead of his exhibition, talk and short film screening at Quay Arts in Newport, we sat down for an hour or so with award-winning reportage photographer, Giles Clarke. It was a fascinating conversation. Listen within.

Sunday, 21st July, 2019 2:10pm

By Sally Perry with one comment