Community projects


SingAbout: our free singing-for-wellbeing groups take place weekly in East Cowes, Lake, Newport, Freshwater, Ryde and Ventnor and fortnightly in Sandown. Find out more. Plus, we visit even more towns with our roving pop up sessions


DanceMakers: our free community dance sessions weekly in Newport, Freshwater, Sandown and now Ryde. Find out more.

Creative Café

Creative Café: Get creative over a cuppa every Monday in Newport! Find out more.

Creative Futures

Creative Futures: Training volunteers to deliver creative sessions to isolated individuals in care homes. Find out more.

Singing for Breathing

Singing for Breathing: our weekly sessions in Newport every Thursday to aid respiratory health. Find out more.

Young Writers

The Anon Writers: our writing group for budding young writers aged 16–24. Find out more.


Stamp Appeal 2016!

Stamp Appeal

Find out how you can support Independent Arts simply by collecting used stamps from envelopes! Details here.



Lloyds Regional Award Winner

Older Voices link

Workshops for Wellbeing

Our workshops

Our practitioners deliver a range of creative workshops to clients in residential homes and in the community …

Getting creative with iPads

… Sessions include music, chair-based exercise, art & crafts, getting creative with iPads

Creative writing: Henry Bear

creative writing and reminiscence. Plus one-to-one tailor made sessions. Find out more.



Freelance practitioner required to deliver art and craft sessions at care homes across the Isle of Wight. Details here.


Volunteer with us!

Volunteer with us!

We are looking for a volunteer to help support older people using iPads at Creative Cafe in Newport, Mondays 10am-noon. Can you help? Please drop us a line.

Can you spare a little time to join the strong team of volunteers who regularly support our work? Training is given and DBS check provided. Find out more.



Getting Creative in Care: A Toolkit for Activities Co-ordinators, based on our vast experience of delivering creative sessions in care homes, is now available as a pdf download. Details here.




iCreate is our creative support service to charities and not for profit organisations. Find out more.



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SingAbout Christmas song!

SingAbout Christmas Song

Our SingAbout groups have recorded a Christmas single, Nobody Should Be Alone at Christmas Time, OUT NOW! Read all about it here.

Brighstone Christmas Tree Festival

Brighstone Christmas Tree Festival

Check out our tree at Brighstone Christmas Tree Festival. Soak up the magic and help good causes.

NEW: Singing for Recovery

SingAbout: Singing for Recovery

A new weekly SingAbout session on The Stroke Unit at St Mary's for those recovering from stroke or with long term conditions. Find out more.

Young Writers book out now!

Anonthology: where to buy

Independent Arts' young writers group, The Anon Writers, have launched their first book, titled Anonthology and it's on sale now! Find out more.

Are you a Young Writer?

Join our Young Writers' workshop in Newport on Saturday 10th December. Find out more.

Thank you WightAid!

We're delighted that WightAid has chosen to fund a further phase of the Young Writers project, this time with an intergenerational twist. More on this soon.

NEW Ryde DanceMakers group!

DanceMakers Ryde

Our free DanceMakers groups in Newport, Freshwater and Sandown are so popular, we've opened another in Ryde! Find out more.

Independent Arts in action

How do we bring creativity to the Isle of Wight community? Our new short film is here.





Donate with JustGiving

Please help us to improve more people's lives through our community arts projects on the Isle of Wight. To donate securely online simply click on the icon above and follow the instructions.

For other ways to donate to Independent Arts, see this page.

Independent Arts in Action

Our short (two and a half minute) film shows some of our creativity in the community. Click the arrow below to view.

Intergenerational projects

Independent Arts brought the generations together through creative writing, reminiscence, art and a picnic! This delightful work by Dover Park Primary School pupils and residents of Cornelia Heights care home in Ryde is now on display in the conservatory at the care home for residents and their families to enjoy. Find out more.

Henry Bear display at Cornelia Heights

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