Producing Art on the Isle of Wight works for me. My artwork is often inspired by being in nature. By the feedback I get from my body and the sense of place. From walking, swimming and my five senses in this area of outstanding natural beauty. I am not alone in finding inspiration here; artists both past and present have tapped into the spirit of the place. Here’s a favourite of mine; On the Sea, written in 1817 by John Keats while staying in Shanklin on the Isle of Wight.
On the sea
Of Hecate leaves them their old shadowy sound.John Keats
Often’ tis in such gentle temper found,
That scarcely will the very smallest shell
Be moved for days from where it sometime fell,
When last the winds of heaven were unbound.
O ye! who have your eyeballs vexed and tired,
Feast them upon the wideness of the Sea;
O ye! whose ears are dinn’d with uproar rude,
Or fed too much with cloying melody, –
Sit ye near some old cavern’s mouth, and brood
Until ye start, as if the sea-nymphs quired!
Art on the Isle of Wight events
If you are touring the Island in 2020 and want to hook up with more art on the Isle of Wight, then a good time to come is during July for the Isle of Wight Arts Summer Open Studios event. One hundred and forty artists took part in 2019. It runs from Monday 17th through Monday 27th July, each studio has different opening times over that period so it’s best to get yourself a guide, the 2020 yearbook will be available for download from June 2020, or you can pick up a catalogue at local galleries and newsagents. I’ll be exhibiting my work at that time.
Or if you’re planning a trip for August, don’t miss the Ventnor Fringe which is the Isle of Wight’s unique multi-award-winning arts festival. It began back in 2010 and has become a real highlight in the Islands cultural and entertainment calendar. It hosts hundreds of performances in music, film screenings, theatre, cabaret, comedy and visual art.
Isle of Wight Artist
There are a lot of artists on the Island you’ll get hold of quite a few through the Isle of Wight Arts directory, but there are still many who don’t list in there. Here’s an insiders tip to three Isle of Wight artists you will want to check out but are off the beaten track. Freya Perdue is a contemporary painter who has her studio on the Island; she paints enormous (and other sizes) abstract oil paintings. So does Marius Von Brasch in his studio in Rookley, painting and printing are at Edna Coatsworth’s studio in Wellow. They all regularly exhibit, if you get the chance go and see their work in the flesh.
I can’t talk about art and artists on the Isle of Wight without mentioning Quay Arts, which is the Islands leading art gallery and venue for live arts events. It’s worth checking out their busy programme plus stopping off for lunch and great cakes in the quay cafe.