While the Isle of Wight is a wonderful place to embark on a blustery hike thanks to its rugged and varied landscape, or to while away an afternoon or two in its eccentric range of museums, there’s also a thriving local arts scene which is evident in its superb collection of art galleries. Many are small and family-run, proudly displaying the mixed-media work of passionate local artists.
The independent glass blowing studio and gallery produces exquisite hand-blown pieces of art which take inspiration from their stunning island surroundings. This is a family-run business that’s been going for more than 20 years, making entirely unique objects from pots and vases to bowls, light fittings, and much more. Pop along to this friendly space to check out some of the colourful creations and even buy a one-off souvenir from your island visit.
Slap bang on Ventnor’s gorgeous Victorian seafront is the Neil Williams Gallery. It showcases a wonderful selection of photographs, including panoramas and scenes of land, sea, and cityscapes too. Its namesake, photographer Neil Williams, is clearly passionate about his art and has lived on the Isle of Wight with his partner and their two daughters since 2012.
This popular gallery can be found on the windswept seafront of Cowes. Specialising in marine art, they also have a large variety of other pieces on display, including paintings both traditional and modern, sculptures and fascinating antiques too. Pop in to find out about their exhibitions (hosted throughout the year) and maybe even pick up a piece for your own collection.
This smart gallery in the dreamy seaside village of Bembridge is filled with gems. Divided into four rooms, the space displays the work of modern British painters from the 20th century onwards. With works by a huge range of artists, this is a lovely little place to stop by and gaze at the glorious still-lifes, enchanting portraits and swirling seascapes among the collection.