Independent Arts


Independent Arts is an Isle of Wight charity, established in 1987, using the arts to improve wellbeing, quality of life and to reduce social isolation. We believe that art is for all stages of life and we deliver vital services across all ages, across the Island, mindful of the range of needs:

  • Often older people on the Isle of Wight are amongst the most vulnerable, including those in care homes and those on the fringes of social care

  • A higher than average number of children on the Island live in poverty (34%)

  • Mental health services are stretched, which can affect people of any age

  • Arts and wellbeing are interlinked and we focus on bringing arts to those who might not otherwise be able to benefit from them

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Big Give Ageing Artfully

Independent Arts have been chosen to take part in the well known Big Give Christmas Challenge again this year.

The online campaign which lasts just one week, starts at 12 noon on Giving Tuesday, 28th November and enables donations to the Island
based small charity to be matched double – making twice the impact.

This year, with funding for all charities very much squeezed, Independent Arts is asking supporters to consider giving to their Ageing Artfully campaign because it will mean that donations are doubled. Lisa Gagliani, chief executive says, “We understand that everyone has cut back on spending this year, everything has gone up. This is a way for supporters to say thank you, without it costing a lot, and it will mean that weekly services for older people here in our community who have come to rely on their weekly hit of SingAbout, Dance Makers or Creative Café, can continue.”

The charity has secured £4,500 worth of funding already, from WightFibre and The Reed Foundation, but it will only be able to access these funds if the public unlocks them through giving during the campaign. The campaign runs for exactly seven days to 12 noon on 5th December, but the charity hopes that most supporters will give early from 12 noon on 28th November as once the money is matched, the donations won’t be doubled. Donate now


28th November 2023|

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