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Festival Opportunity for Young Isle of Wight Film-makers

The Isle of Wight’s college of music, Platform One, and its newly established film agency, FilmWight, are thrilled to offer an opportunity for young IW film-makers aged 16 – 25.  

FilmWight are offering four bursaries for aspiring movie-makers.  This will involve shadowing the performers selected from Platform One’s ‘Wight Noize’ industry showcase during the build up to their performance on the Main Stage of the Isle of Wight Festival.

Under the mentorship of FilmWight’s Film Officer, Dave Russell, four lucky winners will document behind-the-scenes activity on the day of the Festival.   And the footage they produce will be showcased on both the Isle of Wight Festival and FilmWight websites; as well as being made available to the Wight Noize winners as publicity. 

Each selected film-maker will also win £250!  

Entrants must be aged between 16 – 25 and available on the day of the Festival performance: Sunday 19thSeptember 2021.  

Two cameramen, a sound recordist, and a film editor, are being sought.  

To enter, please send a link to short piece of film that you have produced to 

Full entrance details can be found on the FilmWight website:

Applications need to be received by Friday 20th August 2021.  All bursary winners will be notified by FilmWight / Platform One within two weeks of the application deadline.

Rules for Entrants

  1. Entrants must submit a link to a short piece of film (on any subject) that they have produced to by 5:00pm on Friday 20th August.
  • Entrants’ submissions must be accompanied by the entrant’s name, age, address and contact details (phone / email).
  • Entrants must denote which bursary they are interested in: camera, sound or digital editing.
  • Entrants must confirm that they are resident on the Isle of Wight and will be aged between 16 – 25  on Sunday 19th September 2021.
  • Entrants must confirm that they will be available on day of the shoot:  Sunday 19th September 2021 from 9:00am – 6:00pm.
  • Entrants must confirm that they will give permission for footage produced as part of the shoot to be used by Film Wight, Platform One, The Isle of Wight Festival and the winners of Platform One’s Wight Noize showcase for promotional purpose, 

FilmWight will confirm receipt of all entries by return e-mail.  

Bursary winners will be selected by representatives of FilmWight and Platform One and will notified of their competition success within two weeks of the application deadline. 

Following successful completion of the bursary activity, the successful entrants will each receive £250 to be paid into their nominated bank account on, or before, 19th October 2021.

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Are you a young creative aged 18 – 30 on the Isle of Wight?

StoneCrabs is commissioning a group of young creatives on the Isle of Wight to respond to the Playdoh: Young Directors Festival 2021. The themes for the festival are language, confinement, politics, roots and identity. You could be a director, actor, producer or designer, so long as you are in charge of your digital artistic response. 

They are offering a fee of £494 to cover all expenses related to the commission, along with weekly training and mentoring and a day’s artistic exchange with other young artists.

You must commit to: creating/producing a 5-10 minute long artistic response to the festival’s themes; attending the training/mentoring; producing and promoting the online festival; watching the live stream of the Festival, and making sure you are available for the artistic exchange. The work will be streamed live at a local venue and online. There will be an opportunity for further development after the project is completed.

For more information download the poster, contact Franko Figueiredo, Artistic Director of Stonecrabs Theatre or check out the website.

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New Creative Hub in Newport High Street for Independent Arts

Hannah Griffiths, Lisa Gagliani & Ralph Ridler

 18th November 2020

Isle of Wight charity and IWCEP member, Independent Arts has announced a major new project that will allow people from across the Island to get involved with creative programmes.

The new Independent Arts Creative Hub will be located at the former Monsoon building in Newport. The building, situated at the corner of the High Street and St James’ Square is being refurbished November 2020 and will be open to the public as soon as regulations allow. 

The Creative Hub will feature exhibitions from Independent Arts community programmes across the Island, as well as opportunities to engage with arts for well being activities. Independent Arts are delighted to be launching this major new project, which it hopes, can contribute to the regeneration of the High Street.  To ensure the Creative Hub can reach its potential and be financially sustainable, Independent Arts has welcomed three new team members this month. Amy Normanton and Kerry Weston will share the day to day running of the Creative Hub and Ralph Ridler has started his role as Community Fundraiser.

Charity Chief Executive, Lisa Gagliani MBE said,

This is a major step forward for Independent Arts, in our strategy to improve health and well-being on the Isle of Wight through the arts. For too long, most of our activities have been hidden from public view, taking place in village halls and care homes. We look forward to welcoming you to the Creative Hub, where you will meet familiar and new faces of the Independent Arts team.

Independent Arts is the Isle of Wight charity focussed on using the arts to improve wellbeing, quality of life and to reduce social isolation. Supported by volunteers, fantastic practitioners and a small staff team in Newport, the charity engages with up to 1,700 people every month across the Island. 

Like many organisations, the charity has been affected by the pandemic and subsequent lockdowns. In response, the charity’s much-loved community services, including SingAbout and DanceMakers, have moved online during the pandemic reaching thousands of people who might otherwise have been isolated. 

The response to these plans from Independent Arts stakeholders, supporters and the public has been phenomenal. The charity is grateful for the support in this endeavour of The Tudor Trust, The Julia & Hans Rausing Trust and Arts Council England, as well as the Island Community who have raised £600 through a crowdfunding appeal. Donations can be made up 26th November to through this link or afterwards via the Independent Arts website at

Lisa Gagliani MBE
Chief Executive

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LAS Theatre – The Lion Inside: outdoor performances!

LAStheatre presents a beautiful, outdoor performance in schools for children in Reception to Year 2 from September – November 2020. The performance is accompanied by an in-depth creative learning pack with a focus on dealing with change and facing fears. This pack covers the curriculum subjects of PSHE, Science, English, and Art.

LAStheatre have obtained the rights to create an outdoor theatre performance of Rachel Bright’s ‘The Lion Inside’ illustrated by Jim Field. This story is about confidence, self-esteem, and a shy little mouse who sets out on a journey to find his roar.

LAStheatre’s production creatively and playfully explores the following themes:

  • Facing fears
  • Building confidence
  • Feeling positive
  • Dealing with change
  • Celebrating our differences and similarities
  • Playfully help pupils transition back into school post-lockdown

All this is available on the Isle of Wight now!


The performance and education pack are designed to support Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 pupils as they digest what has happened during lockdown and transition back to school, whilst providing a vocabulary in the show and creative learning activity pack that encourages conversation about our thoughts and feelings. 

The creative learning activity pack is designed to be used in class after the performance to further interrogate the themes of the show, linking with the EYFS and KS1 curriculum in English, Science, Art and PSHE


This project is available to state primary schools in Kent, London and the Isle of Wight from 28 September 2020 to 1 November 2020.


Up to 4 performances in school in 1 day: £650 (up to 240 pupils)

2 performances in school (½ day) – subject to availability: £435 (up to 120 pupils)

1 performance in school (½ day) – subject to availability: £225 (up to 60 pupils)

The performance is subsidised to make it as affordable to schools as possible.

Bursaries are available: To apply for a bursary of up to 100% please complete our application form here:

COVID-19 precautions & performance location

Alongside government guidelines this performance will take place outside on a caravan set measuring 2.4m x 6.5m (closed), 4.1m x 7.5m (open). The show will need a space of at least 8m x 9m and the ability to drive into the space. Please see our ground plan in the information pack here or get in touch with Liz Bate for more information.

Contact details

For more information, to book a performance or to discuss bursaries please get in touch with Liz Bate: 


T: 07894 908740