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.

Isle of Wight Society of the Blind short story competition winners announced

Edana, Paul, Miriam

OnTheWight's very own long-time columnist, Jonathan Dodd, picked up the top prize in this latest short story competition.

Saturday, 23rd December, 2017 5:36pm

By Sally Perry

Miami show for Isle of Wight potter’s latest exquisite work

sue and sebastian

Highly acclaimed Isle of Wight potter, Sue Paraskeva, has recently collaborated with Sebastian Cox for a show in Miami. See her work and read the Crafts Council interview.

Thursday, 14th December, 2017 5:12pm

By Sally Perry

THEM 2 fill art_house_life with Xmas cheer and laughter for DementiaUK

Donna and Joan

The ‘furiously fabulous females aka THEM 2’ performed their quirky mix of poetry, prose and anecdotes in aid of Dementia UK last weekend in Ventnor.

Wednesday, 13th December, 2017 6:50pm

By Joanna Kori

Twitter boost for Isle of Wight CHAMPS


Boom! Isle of Wight band gets a Twitter boost from comedian, actor and writer, Robin Ince, over the weekend. Bringing with it a chance to check out some of their great tracks and videos.

Monday, 11th December, 2017 12:57pm

By Sally Perry

Isle of Wight Festival 2018: Van Morrison, The Killers, Kasabian and more


John Giddings said this is a special year as it celebrates 50 years since the festival’s first incarnation and they'll be celebrating with returning artists as well as some appearing for the first time.

Monday, 4th December, 2017 5:10pm

By Dulcie MacKechnie

Isle of Wight singer and dancer features in latest Chicane track

Hannah Robinson in chicane video

An Island singer and dancer features on lead vocals and headlines video for electronica producer's latest track.

Thursday, 30th November, 2017 5:08pm

By Sally Perry

Winter exhibition for Ventnor Artists Collective

ku gallery - streetview

The group’s first exhibition starts with a special opening night on 7th December – at The Ku Gallery and Ventnor Exchange and continues until the 20th December.

Wednesday, 29th November, 2017 4:32pm

By Sally Perry

IWSO Review: Rousing Russians

russian iow symphony orchestra - allan marsh

The first Isle of Wight Symphony Orchestra concert of the season took place last weekend and according to Jonathan Dodd it was a cracker! Read on to find out why.

Tuesday, 21st November, 2017 4:49pm

By Jonathan Dodd

Isle of Wight Pride announce exciting joint Pride arts initiative

iw pride deck chair

Another great coup for Isle of Wight Pride as new initiative to enhance the Island’s excellent reputation as an Arts destination.

Thursday, 16th November, 2017 7:38am

By Matthew Bundy

‘Which Yet Survive’ – The life of pioneer and art aficionado, John Mills

john stuart mills

This delightful memoir tells the story of Isle of Wight resident, John Mills. From the leafy Guildford suburbs of the 1930s to sunny Ventnor in the 2010s, John's passion for travel, culture, music and art shines through.

Friday, 27th October, 2017 5:11pm

By Sally Perry

Your photos of Storm Brian (updated)

Surf Roll, Freshwater Bay Jamie Russell 1

Some amazing shots from around the Isle of Wight during Storm Brian. Feel free to email us your Storm Brian photos and we'll add them to our gallery.

Saturday, 21st October, 2017 7:03pm

By Sally Perry

Don’t miss the Isle of Wight Harp Festival


There is a fantastic range of harp related events taking place today (Friday) and over the next three days on the Isle of Wight. See the events listings for full details and make sure you don't miss out.

Friday, 20th October, 2017 6:17pm

By Sally Perry