Welcome to the website for the Project known as ‘Lift the Lid’ on Island Culture, which took place 2018 – 2020.

All art commissioned and created for the project can be seen at Lift the Lid Artists Notebooks with thanks to Studio On the Wight’s Simon and Sally Perry.

View an evaluation film of the Project, by Sassy Productions.

Lift the Lid (LTL) aimed to reignite a sense of pride and passion in cultural heritage on the Isle of Wight.

This was achieved through a commissioning programme resulting in offsite artworks in four areas across the Isle of Wight (Pan/Newport, East Cowes, Totland and Ventnor) and a schools response exhibition at Quay Arts. It emphasised the diversity of cultural experiences on the Island and showcased music, visual arts and dance by encouraging wide participation as well as encouraging new audiences to experience site-specific commissioned work by established contemporary artists and performers.

Coinciding with the European Year of Cultural Heritage in 2018 and the Year of the Biosphere in 2019, LTL enticed new and existing audiences through related workshops, talks, expos and events and provided new opportunities for and by young people across the Island.

The project gave direction of travel for the Island’s cultural sector – the Cultural Education Partnership members, who are working together purposefully to ensure future collaboration and joined up thinking across the Isle of Wight and build a strong case for support for the arts and heritage to future funders.

Supporters included Arts Council England, Artswork, IW Council,  IW Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the Mike Howley Trust.