Wight Proms 2021 Prize Draw Winners

Tue 24 Aug 2021 @ 10:32

Thank you to everyone who entered Independent Arts' free Prize Draw during The Wight Proms. We had a great time and hope you did, too!

We are pleased to announce that the Prize Draw winners are:

1st prize

Wight Hamper, sponsored by The Garlic Farm and The Social Good Network – won by KP from Binstead

2nd prize

Wight Proms Tickets for 2022, kindly donated by Amick Productions – won by GB from Cowes

3rd prize

Smoking Lobster meal voucher £50, kindly donated by Smoking Lobster restaurant in Ventnor – won by SS from Ryde


Our thanks also go to Rouse Ltd for sponsoring Independent Arts' printed materials for the event.


Wight Proms 2021

Tue 17 Aug 2021 @ 13:36

The Wight Proms

Independent Arts are pleased to once again be supported by The Wight Proms in 2021 as the associated charity of the event.

The four-day festival celebrating comedy, opera, musical theatre, and of course the ‘Last Wight of the Proms’ on 19-22 August takes place at Northwood House, Cowes, and features acts such as Angelos Epithemiou, Britain's Got Talent's Lucy Kay and the Wight Proms Concert Orchestra.

When purchasing tickets, festival goers will be able to add an optional donation to Independent Arts.

Proms Prize Draw

In addition to this, the charitiy's staff and volunteers will be on site throughout the weekend giving customers the chance to win great prizes in a free prize draw and providing information about Independent Arts work changing lives through arts on the Isle of Wight.

The prize draw, available only to Wight Proms ticket holders, will offer the chance to win a ‘Wight Hamper’ containing £150 worth of Isle of Wight produce, including many Garlic Farm goods, Mermaid Gin, Tomato Stall and local cheeses. As well as this great prize, you can also win a voucher for local restaurant, Smoking Lobster, or, kindly donated by Wight Proms, two free tickets to Wight Proms 2022!

Independent Arts CEO, Lisa Gagliani MBE, said,

"Wight Proms is a wonderful outdoor celebration of the arts on the Island and we are thrilled to be chosen to be the associated charity again. Our participants have relished every contact we’ve made through the pandemic, whether it was a friendly telephone call, a Zoom SingAbout or a chat about their mental health. Now that we are resuming our work using the arts in care homes, in the community and in our creative hub, we look forward to making new friends of The Wight Proms festival-goers.”

Independent Arts is an arts for wellbeing charity working with Isle of Wight residents to reduce isolation and change lives through arts.

Ralph Ridler
Community Fundraiser

Independent Arts Wight Proms Prize draw 2021

To be drawn at The Wight Proms on 22 August 2021

Terms & Conditions:

1. Our prize draw and competitions are organised by Independent Arts, 48-49 High Street, Newport, IOW, PO30 1SE registered with the Charity Commission for England and Wales under number 297474.

How to enter

2. Entries received after the stated closing date 22/8/2021 will not be accepted.
3. Our prize draw and competitions are free to enter, and no purchase is necessary.
4. Independent Arts will not accept responsibility for entries that are lost, mislaid, damaged or delayed in transit, regardless of cause, including, for example, as a result of any postal failure, equipment failure, technical malfunction, systems, satellite, network, server, computer hardware or software failure of any kind.
5. By submitting an entry, you are agreeing to be bound by these Terms and Conditions. If you have any questions, please contact [email protected]
6. Independent Arts reserves the right to refuse entry or refuse to award the prize to anyone in breach of these terms and conditions.


7. Unless otherwise stated, our prize draws and competitions are open to all except employees of the Independent Arts and Wight Proms, their families, agents or any third party directly associated with administration of the prize draw.
8. Entrants must be over 18 years of age, because the prize includes alcohol.
9. Only one entry per person is permitted.
10. In entering, you confirm that you are eligible to do so and eligible to claim any prize you may win. Independent Arts may require you to provide proof that you are eligible to enter the prize draw or competition.
11. Independent Arts reserves all rights to disqualify you if your conduct is contrary to the spirit or intention of the prize draw or competition.

The Draw

12. A winner will be chosen by random draw performed by the Chair of Trustees within one month of the prize draw or competition ending.
13. The winner will receive details of the prize.
14. The winner will be notified by email or telephone (using details provided at entry) within 7 days of being chosen and must provide a postal address to claim their prize. If a winner does not respond to the Independent Arts within 14 days of being notified, then the winner’s prize will be forfeited, and the Independent Arts will be entitled to select another winner in accordance with the process described above.
15. The prize will be sent to the winner within 14 days of responding to Independent Arts.
16. The prize is non-exchangeable, non-transferable and no cash alternative is offered. Independent Arts reserves the right to replace the prize with an alternative prize of equal or higher value if circumstances beyond the Independent Art’s control makes it necessary to do so.
17. The decision of the Independent Arts regarding any aspect of the prize draw or competition is final and binding and no correspondence will be entered into about it.
18. The winner’s name and county can be obtained by sending a stamped addressed envelope to Independent Arts, 48-49 High Street, Newport, Isle of Wight PO30 1SE or an email to [email protected] within 60 of days after the date of the closing date of the prize draw or competition.
19. Independent Arts reserves the right to hold void, cancel, suspend, or amend the promotion where it becomes necessary to do so.

Limitation of liability

20. Insofar as is permitted by law, Independent Arts, its agents or distributors will not in any circumstances be responsible or liable to compensate the winner or accept any liability for any loss, damage, personal injury or death occurring as a result of taking up the prize except where it is caused by the negligence of the Independent Arts, its agents or distributors or that of their employees. Your statutory rights are not affected.
Data protection and publicity
21. Independent Arts is committed to protecting and respecting your privacy and will only use your personal information in accordance with these Terms and Conditions and Independent Arts Privacy Policy which is available on our website: www.independentarts.org.uk (see below)
22. By entering, you agree that any personal information provided by you with your entry may be held and used by the Independent Arts or its agents and suppliers to administer the competition.
Governing law
23. All our prize draws and competitions will be governed by English law and entrants to the prize draw submit to the jurisdiction of the English courts.
24. Independent Arts reserves the right to update these Terms and Conditions from time to time and any updated version will be effective as soon as it is published on the website.

Visit the Wight Proms website


8 Miles

Wed 28 Jul 2021 @ 13:38

All Aboard – Announcing new creative drama and arts project on Island Line

Press release July 2021

8 Miles

Independent Arts, the Island’s art for wellbeing charity has an exciting new project to announce. 8 Miles is a community engagement project that celebrates the re-opening of the Island Line and Southwest Railway’s commitment to the station communities that they serve.

The project will kick off this month with a programme that will reflect the social history of the railway and the relevance and importance that the railway and rail travel will play in supporting sustainable transport and reducing the Island’s carbon footprint.

Two bold public art events will take place later in the year. Look out for the first of these - a living history event where visitors from the past will literally step onto the trains and may even be seated beside you!

8 Miles Project Manager Hannah Griffiths explained how it’s going to work:

“We’re inviting anyone with an interesting tale about the Island line or who’s interested in creating characters to join some open workshops running weekly in Ryde and Sandown. We’re expecting these workshops to be filled with some great conversations and anecdotes, a little light research and plenty of creative invention! The idea being that a set of characters will subsequently emerge. We also plan to put a call out to all aspiring actors, amateur performers and general Island flamboyants to bring these characters to life in a piece of living history to be staged on the Island Line. We hope the public and passengers will join in and ad lib with the characters and bring the drama to life!”

Not content with filling the trains with drama, Independent Arts have a second public art event in the pipeline too. For this project they have teamed up with Island photographer Julian Winslow and Artecology to stage an ambitious event which will map the typography of the 8 miles of track. Julian has been commissioned to create a drawing machine which will use the locomotive motion of the train to create a mapped image of the journey travelled.

Programme Manager Kerry Tindall explained:

“We wanted to explore the connection between the trains, the built environment, the communities they serve, and the incredible natural corridor the trains pass through most of which forms part of the Island’s unique biosphere. We have some great field workshops planned for the end of July (Friday 30th and Saturday 31st) with Artecology that are free for families to sign up for and anyone that comes along will be invited to join us on board to map their own journeys.”

As part of this project Julian will also create a visual photographic interpretation and all the work produced will form part of a closing exhibition.

If you’d like to take part in either or both events and workshops, please call Independent Arts 01983 822437 or email [email protected] to reserve your place. Places are limited and workshops will be running from the end of July.

Save My Seat Island Line workshops

Trace The Track ecology workshop


Looking Out From Lockdown: The Tour

Wed 23 Jun 2021 @ 17:03

Community Creativity Through Covid

Press Release 24 June 2021

Local arts for wellbeing charity, Independent Arts, are pleased to announce their forthcoming Looking Out From Lockdown tour, taking place at various venues across the Isle of Wight this summer.

Looking Out From Lockdown is an Island-wide project celebrating the creativity of Island people during lockdown, both in 2020, and again in 2021. In collaboration with Lord-Lieutenant of the Isle of Wight, Susie Sheldon, Independent Arts offered people the chance to exhibit their lockdown creations online, be it painting, photographs, poetry, music, speech, pottery, writing, crafts, projects, inventions, baking, gardening or anything else creative completed to keep spirits up during lockdown.

Lord-Lieutenant of the Isle of Wight Susie Sheldon and Lisa Gagliani, CEO of Independent Arts

Lord-Lieutenant of the Isle of Wight Susie Sheldon (left) and Lisa Gagliani, CEO of Independent Arts, with some of the art to be featured in the upcoming Looking Out From Lockdown exhibitions.

Pieces from this online gallery have now been selected to feature in a series of summer exhibitions which will take place in Ryde, Ventnor, Cowes, Freshwater and Newport from July through to September, giving as many people as possible the chance to visit and see the work created by a cross section of Islanders during the pandemic. Work was submitted from all corners of the Isle of Wight, from those aged 7 – 77, and includes landscape paintings, sketches, sculptures, photography, as well as flower arrangements and baking!

Independent Arts CEO, Lisa Gagliani MBE, said:

“As a charity committed to supporting people who are isolated across the Island, we felt during Lockdown that was time to get everyone on side with arts for wellbeing. The online gallery proved really popular and now that we can all venture out, we are delighted to pull the Tour together and bring much needed footfall to some of our cherished cafés and other venues.”

As well as free-to-view weeklong exhibitions, there is also a ticketed event taking place at Medina Bookshop, Cowes, where attendees will be able to see a selection of pieces, as well as live performances of poetry and spoken word from the online collection. The free-to-view shows will be taking place at:

  • 13th – 22nd July – Monkton Arts, Ryde
  • 23rd July – 1st August – Ventnor Fringe, Ventnor
  • 17th August – 1800-2030 – Evening reception at Medina Publishing, Cowes (ticketed event)
  • 23rd – 27th August – Freshwater Coffee House, Freshwater
  • 13th – 19th September – Independent Arts Creative Hub, 48 Newport High St

The exhibitions have been funded by WightAid, and are presented in collaboration with Lord Lieutenant Susie Sheldon, who said:

“The response to ‘Looking out from Lockdown’ has been a delight with so many varied contributions from so many Islanders. This exhibition gives a taste of the quality and variety of these contributions and celebrates not only the wonderful work done by Independent Arts but the amazing resilience and creativity of Islanders over the last 16 months.”

For more information on Looking Out From Lockdown, or Independent Arts, please contact us.


Thank you to WightAid for funding the summer 2021 Looking Out From Lockdown exhibitions around the island and to Daisie Rich Trust for funding the online gallery. Looking Out From Lockdown is an extension of Independent Arts' online Festival of Islesolation, developed during the first lockdown in 2020 with funding from ACE (Arts Council England).


Thank you card competition winners

Tue 25 May 2021 @ 11:07

Independent Arts, local arts for wellbeing charity, are pleased to be able to announce the two winning designs of their recent Thank You Card Competition.

In March 2021 Independent Arts asked Isle of Wight residents to get creative in designing a new Thank You card for the charity to use to thank supporters for the coming year, to which they had a great response and some fantastic entries!

A panel made up of staff and trustees was tasked with choosing the winning Under 18 (Children’s) and Over 18 (Adults) entries and after some deliberation the winners were chosen as Jackie Homes (below) and Lily Kingsland, aged 4 years (above), for their entries.

Winner of the Over 18 category, Jackie said:

"Thank you so much, I was over the moon to have won your card competition. As a follower of Independent Arts, I support everything that they do in using creativity in all forms to bring people of the Island together especially the elderly, vulnerable and isolated. I love doing art myself and as I have a sight problem, I appreciate this opportunity to share my achievement. I wanted to represent the many things that Independent arts can offer the people of the Island and how the love of creativeness brings people together and is also important for all our wellbeing."

Both cards have now been professionally printed and produced by local printers All Things Printed Ltd and will be used by Independent Arts to write thank you notes to their supporters, donors, fundraisers, and volunteers.

Lisa Gagliani MBE, Independent Arts CEO, said:

"As far as I know, this is the first time we have created a bespoke card to thank our supporters and volunteers. It seemed entirely the right thing to do after such a difficult year and knowing that many people have found comfort in creativity, to ask the public to design a card for us. We have lots of people to thank – so these lovely cards will be put to immediate use and will be sure to bring a smile to anyone who receives one."

Independent Arts have recently opened their new Creative Hub at 48 High Street, Newport. The Creative Hub is a place to attend creative workshops for wellbeing and is a gallery to showcase participants' creativity. The charity works with vulnerable groups of all ages, many with complex needs. The ethos of the charity is to use creative pursuits and conversation to tackle social and emotional isolation.

The Thank You cards are not for sale. The charity plans to create a range of merchandise inspired by participants' artwork in time for Christmas.

Winning thank you card competition entry by Jackie Homes


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