Community projects


SingAbout: our free singing-for-wellbeing groups take place weekly in East Cowes, Lake, Newport, Freshwater, Ryde and Ventnor. Find out more. Plus, SingAbout is back on the road in October 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

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.

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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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.

SingAbout Pop Ups in October

Pop Up SingAbout Brading

Next up: Brading. Find details of all our roving pop up sessions here. These are in addition to our weekly SingAbout groups.

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.

Happy 5th Birthday to Ryde SingAbout!

Congratulations to Ryde SingAbout which celebrated its fifth birthday in September. See pic here.

Independent Arts in action

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

Henry Bear's intergenerational picnic

Read about our creative writing collaboration between Dover Park Primary pupils and Cornelia Heights residential home here.




Movement practioner required: Freelance practitioners required to deliver movement sessions at care homes across the Isle of Wight. Details 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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