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


70 Mile May

Thu 15 Apr 2021 @ 12:38

70 Mile May

Put your best foot forward and join us for 70 Mile May

May 2021 is national walking month, so please join us in our 70 Miles in May fundraising challenge, the equivalent of walking the Isle of Wight's costal paths over the month, around 2.25 miles per day!

The challenge

Walk the equivalent of the island’s costal paths, a total of 70 miles, outdoors, over the month of May.

How to sign up

Join the fundraising campaign and set up your own fundraising page on JustGiving. To sign up simply follow the link and hit "Start fundraising".

How to track your miles

You could use your smartphone, watch or Strava or a good old map to track your miles. If you are using Strava, you can link this directly to your fundraising page (we can help set this up!) so all your walking activities will automatically post to your page, meaning your supporters can follow how you’re getting on! If you’re using your phone, watch or map, you can upload pictures and posts to your fundraising page to keep people up to date, if you wish!


We’ve set a fundraising target of £70, equal to £1 a mile, but this is a target not an obligation! Raise what you can, set your own personal target higher if you hit your target during the challenge, and spread the word by getting other people involved. If you want to fundraise as a team or household, you can set a group target, and complete the challenge collectively!

Once you've signed up

Once you set up your page, you’ll be invited to join a private ‘Independent Arts Fundraisers’ facebook group. Within this group you can share updates, ask for advice, and see how everyone else is getting on. The challenge will officially begin from Saturday May 1st and end Monday May 31st. All you need to do once your fundraising page is up and running is share your fundraising page with friends and family, and start walking! You can approach the challenge in the way that best suits you; you could aim to walk 2.25 miles every day of the month, or do some bigger more challenging walks every weekend to make up the milage, it’s entirely up to you.

The challenge will officially begin from Saturday May 1st and end Monday May 31st. All you need to do once your fundraising page is up and running is share your fundraising page with friends and family, and start walking!

For further information please call 01983 822437 or email [email protected]


Creative Chronicle

Fri 9 Apr 2021 @ 9:06

The Creative Chronicle is our new Arts Council funded three-edition magazine designed for people over 55 and packed full of local history, arts and creativity.

Available in digital, paper or listenable form, please get in touch if you would like a printed copy or know somebody that would.

You can email [email protected] or call us on 01983 822437.

You can find the downloadable and listenable versions below.

Happy reading!

Creative Chronicle edition 1

Download Creative Chronicle Edition 1


Scan & Listen to Creative Chronicle Edition 1

Creative Chronicle 1 listenable edition QR code

Thanks to Sight for Wight for assisting with the listenable edition.



Thank You Card Competition

Sun 28 Feb 2021 @ 18:11

Thank you card competition

Calling all artists, designers, lockdown creatives and doodlers on the Isle of Wight! Could you design Independent Arts new thank you card?

We’re looking for two new thank you card designs which will be used to write thank you notes to our supporters, donors, fundraisers and volunteers. The two winning designs will be professionally produced and printed by Independent Arts and each winning artist credited on the reverse of the card.

Your design needs to be a great way of saying thank you to a wide audience, perhaps incorporating elements of the difference Independent Arts makes to people's lives across the Isle of Wight and will need to fit on a standard 8” x 5” rectangular card.

Entries will be split into two categories of Under- and Over-18, with a winner picked from each. Alongside your entry, you will need to read and sign the Terms and Conditions of the competition, as well as including your full name, date of birth and address when submitting.

The winning entries will be selected by a panel of Independent Arts trustees and staff.

Entry forms and Terms and Conditions can be downloaded via the links below.

The competition deadline is 16:00 on Wednesday 31st March 2021.

Send your entry, plus a signed copy of the Terms and Conditions to:
[email protected]
with the email subject line: Thank You Card Competition.

We look forward to seeing your designs!


Download the entry form

Download the Terms and Conditions



Looking out from Lockdown

Fri 22 Jan 2021 @ 17:54

Looking Out From Lockdown

Looking Out From Lockdown is an Island-wide project celebrating the creativity of Island people during lockdown, both in 2020, and again now in 2021. In collaboration with Lord-Lieutenant of the Isle of Wight, Susie Sheldon, local arts for wellbeing charity Independent Arts is offering people the chance to exhibit their lockdown creations, 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.

Whether it is something that captures the moment of lockdown one, or whether it is right now in lockdown three, everyone is urged to get creative and submit their projects to fill the gallery with their thoughts, visions and reflections in any art form, plus the story behind them. The website will become a “time capsule” for our Island Community to admire and share in years to come when reflecting on our experiences during the pandemic.

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