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.

Art exhibition at St Mary’s Hospital is the latest addition to Operation Geranium

Geranium Art Project and Steve Double

The exhibition at St Mary's hospital is the latest element of Operation Geranium and features artworks by the likes of My Dog Sighs, Tony Trowbridge and Rhys Ifans

Monday, 6th July, 2020 5:41pm

By Steve Double

Government announce £1.57bn rescue package for The Arts (updated)

audience of ventnor exchange theatre 2018

Isle of Wight museums, theatres, live music venues, and those who work in those sectors, will be breathing a sigh of relief as a £1.57bn rescue package is announced

Monday, 6th July, 2020 6:57am

By Sally Perry with 3 readers' comments

Undercliff Drive: A novella by John Goodwin: Part six: A blackbird sings

A blackbird sitting on a branch

Isle of Wight author, John Goodwin, shares this six-part serialisation of his latest piece of fictional work, a novella inspired by events on the Island

Sunday, 5th July, 2020 10:16am

By John Goodwin with 3 readers' comments

Undercliff Drive: A novella by John Goodwin: Part five: Homeless

Streetlamp lighting rain in night sky

Isle of Wight author, John Goodwin, shares this six-part serialisation of his latest piece of fictional work, a novella inspired by events on the Island

Saturday, 4th July, 2020 11:44am

By John Goodwin with one comment

Isle of Wight music students release charity song to thank key workers

David Pontin Platform One

The Wightlink in the Community project is a collaboration between Platform One students, Isle of Wight Symphony Orchestra, Fusion Arts Academy and others. All proceeds will benefit the Island's NHS charity

Friday, 3rd July, 2020 10:36am

By Karen Woods with one comment

Latest video for Abbey Records’ artist is an eight-minute piece of beauty

Scene from Patrick Filetis short film inferno

The track was recorded at Isle of Wight's Abbey Records and features several Isle of Wight musicians

Thursday, 2nd July, 2020 4:15pm

By Sally Perry

Quay Arts Centre to reopen to the public this weekend

Poster for Quay Arts reopening

A number of steps have been taken to ensure Quay Arts is safe to reopen to the public again. Details within

Wednesday, 1st July, 2020 4:50pm

By Tayla Smith

Selfless homeless artist carves for Covid hardship initiatives on the Isle of Wight

David Wallace - with carved horn

If you've spent any time at Fort Victoria, you'll know David from his fantastic carvings. This homeless artist is now auctioning off his latest work with the proceeds benefiting others

Tuesday, 30th June, 2020 5:17pm

By Clive Smith with one comment

King Kuna release new album, composed and recorded during lockdown

king kuna band members

90 per cent of the tracks on this new album by Isle of Wight alternative rock band, King Kuna, were composed and recorded during lockdown

Tuesday, 30th June, 2020 3:29pm

By Sally Perry

Isle of Wight cinemas soon to reopen again to film lovers: The detail

woman sitting alone in cinema by Karen Zhao

Independent cinema, Ryde Commodore, and national chain, Cineworld, are both looking forward to re-opening their doors to film lovers. Details within

Tuesday, 30th June, 2020 1:31pm

By Sally Perry

Isle of Wight council say Great Wonderfest does not meet Government Covid-19 guidelines for mass gatherings

sticker on wall showing man with hand out signalling stop by Markus Spiske

Great Wonderfest organisers come under fire on social media as they announce their plans to go ahead this summer. Isle of Wight council say proposals do not meet the Government safety guidelines for Covid-19

Monday, 29th June, 2020 12:16pm

By Sally Perry with 5 readers' comments

Undercliff Drive: A novella by John Goodwin: Part four: Landslip

Woods in the undercliff

Isle of Wight author, John Goodwin, shares this six-part serialisation of his latest piece of fictional work, a novella inspired by events on the Island

Sunday, 28th June, 2020 4:54pm

By John Goodwin