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Creative Biosphere

Full project book now available to view!

The Creative Biosphere project, a partnership of Brading Roman Villa, Independent Arts, New Carnival Company, Quay Arts and Ventnor Exchange, alongside five schools and five Island artists, aimed to inspire creativity within young people through the Island’s UNESCO Biosphere Status. The yearlong project fostered an appreciation of the young people’s local environment and heritage, strengthened partnerships, increased awareness of the Island’s Biosphere designation and led to a takeover of the cultural organisations in Autumn 2022, through meaningful creative activity.

Each of the creative organisations, named above, was to work with a named artist who would be resident in a school for one academic year developing work associated with the Biosphere. The collaborative partnerships were: –

  • New Carnival Company working with artist Jenna Sabine at Ryde Academy.
  • Independent Arts working with artist Trudie Wilson at the Isle of Wight Education Federation(Carisbrooke and Medina Colleges).
  • Ventnor Exchange working with artist Teresa Grimaldi at the Island Free School.
  • Brading Roman Villa working with artist Bruce Webb at the Bay School.
  • Quay Arts working with artist Liz Cooke at Cowes Enterprise College.
  • In addition, documentary photography artist Maria Bell was to work with BTEC Level 3 Photography students from the Isle of Wight College to capture outcomes from the project.

Isle of Wight Museums and Schools commissioned the Creative Biosphere artists to produce a number of fun and creative activities for children which are available for schools and families to use for free.

The project was supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England and The Isle of Wight Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (IWAONB), by the two High Street Heritage Action Zones (Newport and Ryde) and Ventnor Exchange’s #IWILL project.

Please visit the new Isle of Wight Biosphere website to keep updated on all things Biosphere.