Using the arts to improve people's wellbeing, quality of life and to reduce social isolation on the Isle of Wight, since 1987.

The Earl of Wessex visits Independent Arts

The Earl of Wessex visits Independent Arts (photo by Julian Winslow)

We were delighted to welcome The Earl of Wessex to our Creative Hub in Newport on 24th May.

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"The High Street is changing"

Thanks to our friends Isle of Wight Heritage Action Zone for this fantastic video about Independent Arts Creative Hub and our work!


Covid-19 safety: 28 February 2022 update

To continue to help protect the health of our participants, staff and volunteers, Independent Arts is maintaining a policy of mask-wearing while visiting our Creative Hub and at our sessions in the community.

  • We continue to maintain social distance in our sessions and gallery space.
  • Hand gel is available at all our sessions and in the Hub.
  • Our volunteer and staff team continue to take Lateral Flow Tests (LFTs) every few days.
  • Volunteers and staff who test positive are asked to not attend until they have two negative tests 24 hours part. We have supplies of LFTs available free of charge for staff and volunteers, so ask if you need them.
  • To protect everyone who is vulnerable, we ask participants to not attend if they have any cold, flu or Covid-like symptoms, or if they have had recent contact with someone who has tested positive.
  • We ask people to pre-book our busier sessions to keep numbers to a safe level.
  • Despite the relaxing of measures by the UK Government, to protect our participants, artists and volunteers, our staff now mainly work from home. The Creative Hub will be managed by three staff on a rota basis, plus volunteers and arts practitioners, as needed.
  • We'll still deliver 20+ programmes each week in Newport and all over the Island.

To get in touch or book or to find out a little more, please call 01983 822437 or email [email protected]

We are open Monday to Saturday 9am – 4.30pm and the Creative Hub in Newport is open 10am – 4.30pm six days a week.


Thank you

We recognise that our services are needed now more than ever and we are extremely grateful to our principle funders for their continued support and their encouragement. We are a small local charity working exclusively for the vulnerable residents of the Isle of Wight. You can help us keep going by making a donation – and if you are a UK tax payer, gift aid can be added, which tops up your donation by a further 25%.





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