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.

Big day for Operation Geranium with Community Award and live music event

People holding their geraniums

The live music event features acclaimed artist, Steve Young, and takes place in the Waverley's new marquee

Friday, 18th December, 2020 10:55am

By Sally Perry

Discover the ultimate rags to riches story of ‘The Infamous Sophie Dawes’: Isle of Wight author’s latest book

Adrian Searle and the book cover

Adrian Searle's latest book explores the story of the daughter of an Isle of Wight smuggler, and how she went on to become the mistress of the fabulously wealthy French aristocrat, Louis Henri de Bourbon, destined to be the last Prince of Condé

Wednesday, 16th December, 2020 5:25pm

By Charlie Simpson with 5 readers' comments

Watch midwinter sunrise and planets form bright star with live music from the Isle of Wight

frosty sunrise

Andy says this year is special because of the conjunction of planets Jupiter and Saturn, which converge to form one bright star around the same time

Tuesday, 15th December, 2020 12:36pm

By Andy Roberts

Isle of Wight country music singer-songwriter features in Mel Gibson’s Christmas film

Luke Guy Reed

Mel Gibson's Fatman has been reviewed as being the best Christmas film in years and it features a track from an Isle of Wight country singer-songwriter

Tuesday, 15th December, 2020 8:15am

By John Waterman

Isle of Wight artist captures moment in time with portraits of NHS colleagues

Martin Swan's Urgent Treatment Centre portraits

Martin has completed 40 portraits of his colleagues, with around another 20 to go. You can see them until the end of the year at Quay Arts Centre in Newport

Monday, 14th December, 2020 10:20am

By Isle of Wight NHS Trust

Isle of Wight ‘party girl’ publishes book on how to use your partying skills to create amazing change in your life

Portrait of Lauren Ellingham in blue top

This Isle of Wight 'party girl' has just published her very first e-book, and it could be one of the most unique personal development books on the market. Details within

Friday, 11th December, 2020 6:24pm

By Lauren Ellingham with 16 readers' comments

Watch how things changed on the Isle of Wight from 1945 to 2005, as you travel from Ventnor to Ryde, floating in the sky (updated)

Watch this clever video as it shows you how the Island has changed from 1945 to 2005 - not just the expansion of housing, but also tree growth

Thursday, 10th December, 2020 6:52pm

By Sally Perry with 4 readers' comments

Hopes for community to come together for Christmas Carols

sparkly fairy lights with dark background

All are invited to this special, socially distanced event in Ventnor Park later this month. Bring along your flasks of coffee or mulled wine, some lights and join in the Christmas cheer by singing your heart out with others

Wednesday, 9th December, 2020 6:41am

By Adrian Pinnock with one comment

‘Sewing Memories: Care Homes and Covid’ Exhibition combines old and new tech

Jan Frith's covid sewing memories exhibition - sewing machine with LED display showing someone's memories

Sewing memories of care-home residents reminiscing about their ‘make do and mend’ era of sewing have been combined with recent memories of people across the Isle of Wight who sewed as a ‘call to arms’ to make PPE urgently during the Covid crisis. Catch it this week between Wed-Fri in Ryde

Tuesday, 8th December, 2020 2:44pm

By Jan Frith

Creator of Isle of Wight mirrored ‘monolith’ shatters the mystery

Isle of Wight Monolith by Barrie Robinson

Well done to the designer for creating such a buzz with his mirrored 'monolith'. We kind of wish he'd held out a bit longer though, it's been fun trying to guess who was responsible

Tuesday, 8th December, 2020 11:29am

By Sally Perry with 3 readers' comments

Forest Fables at Mottistone Manor on the Isle of Wight this Christmas: One bubble at a time

Forest fables

You will chance upon captivating, clever, and curious creatures ready to impart their tales in this promenade performance. Performed one bubble of six at a time. Details within

Monday, 7th December, 2020 5:55pm

By Feature Writer

Mysterious Isle of Wight ‘monolith’ on Compton Beach makes international news

Glass monolith on Compton Beach by Catherine Tregear

The perfect mirrored structure, with a foundation and no sign of weathering, was first spotted on Compton Beach on Sunday morning

Monday, 7th December, 2020 8:34am

By Sally Perry with 6 readers' comments