Brighstone Christmas Tree Festival (December 2017)

Brighstone Christmas Tree Festival 2017

Our Anxiety Café clients have been busy making baubles and decorations for Independent Arts' tree at Brighstone Christmas Tree Festival on the theme: "I want you to know…"

Go along to view our tree in Brighstone Parish Church – one of hundreds that make up this beautiful and inspiring festival. Free Admission. Dec 7th – 10th  from 10am to 5pm, and our tree will remain in the church until 31st December.


SingAbout Together

On Wednesday 20th December, 2–4pm at Newport Methodist Church, Quay Street, Newport, all our SingAbout groups will be joining together for a festive singalong. All welcome!


October 2017: Celebrating Age Festival workshops

Independent Arts held Time & Tide tasters where participants had the opportunity to try their hand at screen-printing, pastels, painting and felting. These drop-in sessions offered an informal approach to visual arts, and local artist Leigh Jackman was on hand to offer support and guidance.

Wednesday 4 October
at the Riverside Centre, Newport, 11am – 2pm

Thursday 5 October
at Sandown Library, 10.30am – 12.30pm


Celebrating Age Festival special events

Creative Café Extra!

2 October, 10am–2pm, Newport Methodist Church Hall PO30 5BA

Join us for an extended Creative Café as part of Celebrating Age Week. We will be running a quiz and mosaic making as well as our usual tea and company. We will be having a fellowship lunch, where particpants can enjoy getting to know each other over a shared meal. Free admission.

SingAbout Together – The Good Old Days

3 October, 2–4pm, Newport Methodist Church, Quay St PO30 5BA

As part of the island's Celebrating Age Festival, join our SingAbout groups from across the Island for a SingAbout Together, with a nod to the Music Hall. Interval refreshments baked by WOW Womens Centre baking group. Free admission.

NEW Ryde DanceMakers group!

Our free DanceMakers groups in Newport, Freshwater and Sandown are so popular, we've opened another in Ryde!
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Prize draw for pair of Isle of Wight Festival tickets

A big thank you to all who entered our prize draw on 2nd June for the chance to win a pair of weekend adult camping tickets for Isle of Wight Festival.
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News from DanceMakers

Due to popular demand, Sandown DanceMakers is adding a weekly Tuesday group at Sandown Library, 3.30–5.00pm from 7th February 2017.

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Share your Independent Arts memories with us


We are celebrating our thirtieth anniversary as a charity in 2017. To mark the date, we are looking for memories from people that the charity has worked with during the last thirty years.

Since becoming a charity in 1987, Independent Arts has delivered projects across the Island, working with various age groups and abilities. Running projects in local schools, community halls and the IOW prisons, the charity has touched thousands of lives and helped some of the most vulnerable and disadvantaged people on the Isle of Wight.

Independent Arts has been able to help local people though grants from numerous trusts and foundations as well as local donations in support of its work. Projects have been made possible by the generous contribution that its many volunteers have made during the past three decades.

Today, Independent Arts provides Workshops for Wellbeing in local care homes, as well as vital community projects such as SingAbout, DanceMakers, Creative Café and Creative Writers. Our sessions reach over seven hundred people a week across the Island.

Share your stories and artwork
Project Manager, Hannah Griffiths, says,

“We are looking for stories to add to our timeline.

“If you or a member of your family has had their lives enriched by joining one of the projects Independent Arts has run over the last thirty years, then we would love to hear from you.

“If you still have an artwork you produced, photographs of an event you attended or just a happy memory we’d love to hear about it.”

Can you help?

Please contact us

Anonthology Volume II

Our young writers group, The Anon Writers, launched their latest book at Strings Bar and Venue in Newport on Thursday 21st September 2017. A packed house enjoyed spoken word performances by the authors, and the books sold out!

Anonthology Volume II launch poster

Creative Writing Challenge

Children aged 7– 11 joined in our creative writing challenge at libraries around the island during June and July 2017.

They explored magical realms, mythical creatures and Minecraft adventures in our creative writing workshops.

Sessions were free to attend and materials were supplied.

Creative Writing Challenge

Ben Rouse is new High Sheriff (April 2017)

In April 2017 Ben was sworn in as High Sheriff of the Isle of Wight, a position he will hold for one year. Ben has been a trustee of Independent Arts since 2010 and is pictured here with Kate Ball, our Chief Executive and Wendy Varley, Chair of Independent Arts' board of trustees.

Calling young writers!

We're delighted that, thanks to a grant from WightAID, Independent Arts' Creative Writers project is continuing in 2017.
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Wight Aid

NEW: Singing for Recovery

SingAbout: Singing for Recovery

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