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.

Arts grants for 18-30 year olds up for grabs

Lauran Hibberd

Any young person (age 18‐30 years) interested in working in the arts – performance, music, writing, dance – is encouraged to apply for one of this year’s Mike Howley Trust grants to help realise their creative ambitions.

Friday, 28th April, 2017 1:25pm

By Tayla Smith

Open 2017 call for submission: Your chance to win a Solo Exhibition

Quay Arts Open 2017 image

Calling all artists! The Quay Arts Open 2017 competition is now open for submissions. Don't miss the May deadline to enter.

Thursday, 27th April, 2017 4:05pm

By Sally Perry

Let food be the love of music: Non-perishables gain you entry to Foodbank fundraiser

Band members

There are two opportunities to see No Exit play live this month, both gig are fundraisers for Isle of Wight Foodbank and entry is via donations of non-perishable goods for the Foodbank supplies.

Wednesday, 26th April, 2017 3:47pm

By Feature Writer

Time-lapse Isle of Wight (night and day)

time lapse video stilll jamie russell - bluebells

Sit back and enjoy two stunning time-lapse videos of our beautiful Isle of Wight landscapes. Shared with us by Jamie Russell and Margaret Smith.

Monday, 17th April, 2017 10:49am

By Sally Perry

Turner Prize winning artist’s show opens to a fantastic reception

The Isle of Wight as Six Walks

There was a great turnout for the launch of the Richard Long show at Quay Arts last weekend. There is still plenty of time to visit the exhibition and take part in the many associated activities over the coming weeks and months.

Thursday, 13th April, 2017 3:25pm

By Sally Perry

Ventnor International Festival: The Parrots, Moses Boyd and Cosmo Pyke join the lineup

Cosmo Pyke

Ventnor International Festival will be living up to its name this August when garage punk band, The Parrots head across Europe to perform on the Isle of Wight. Book now.

Thursday, 13th April, 2017 9:33am

By Jack Whitewood

CHAMPS release long-awaited first track from third album

champs

We love the new CHAMPS track, we love the artwork and we can't wait to see the music video which was shot in Berlin.

Wednesday, 12th April, 2017 5:50pm

By Sally Perry with 2 readers' comments

Romance, Pageantry, and mud: Find out more about Victorian Medievalism at lecture

George & the Dragon

The 1839 Eglinton Tournament was an attempt to recreate a full scale medieval tournament. It provided a legacy of an artistic and cultural movement that defined the age. Find out more at Vectis Decorative and Fine Arts Society lecture.

Tuesday, 11th April, 2017 4:05pm

By Carolyn Power

Isle of Wight Symphony Orchestra host a recorder fest next month

Miriam Nerval

Tickets for the May concert by the Isle of Wight Symphony Orchestra are selling fast. The wonderful recorder player, Miriam Nerval will be joining the orchestra as soloist and performing concerti by Vivaldi and David Bedford.

Monday, 10th April, 2017 12:35pm

By Tim Isard

Lawrence Holofcener: A truly inspirational man

lawrence holofcene

Lawrence Holofcener had achieved so much in his lifetime; singing; writing; acting; directing and creating fantastic pieces of artwork, he really was an true inspiration. Our sincerest thoughts go out to all of his family and friends.

Saturday, 8th April, 2017 9:30am

By Sally Perry with one comment

Quay Arts invites you to the opening of not one, but two exhibitions this weekend

Richard long

Two exciting new exhibitions will be opening on Saturday at Quay Arts in Newport and all are welcome to attend. Find out more.

Friday, 7th April, 2017 5:13pm

By Georgia Newman

Polar Maps release music video for latest single, White Lines

polar maps

This latest single from Polar Maps is the first of five tracks which will be on the band’s new EP coming later this spring.

Friday, 7th April, 2017 2:03pm

By Sally Perry