ISLE of Wight charity 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 this month 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 wellbeing activities.

Three new team members have joined 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: “We look forward to welcoming you to the Creative Hub, where you will meet familiar and new faces of the Independent Arts team.”

Donations can be made up November 26 through the Community Fund page or afterwards via the Independent Arts website.

The Independent Arts Creative Hub plans to open from Friday December 4, subject government guidelines.

Enquiries can be made by calling 822437 or emailing