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DON’T WORRY at Ventnor Botanic Garden

Ventnor Botanic Garden is delighted to announce it is proud exhibitors of a new art installation made in collaboration with Quay Arts, Young Quay & The New Carnival Company, 2014.

The installation, a series of yellow lanterns spelling out DON’T WORRY, prominently features on the roof of The Tropical House at Ventnor Botanic Garden.

The lanterns have previously been displayed at the IW Festival, Quay Arts’ Learning Curve Gallery and will be returned to Quay Arts following their display at the Garden.

Visitors are encouraged to take their photo with the DON’T WORRY Lanterns and hashtag #QuayArts and #VentnorBotanicGarden.

Chris Kidd, Curator of Ventnor Botanic Garden commented; ‘It’s exciting for us to feature art created by young, local talent in the Garden so prominently. Not only does enhance the exterior of our Tropical House, it helps to give young artists a platform to show off their talent.’

The lanterns were inspired Quay Arts’ current ARTIST ROOMS exhibition by Turner Prize winning artist and musician, Martin Creed. His Work No. 890: DON’T WORRY 2008 Yellow Neon (seen in The West Gallery, Quay Arts) is a sign which returns us to a child-like sensibility. Is this a sign of comfort? Or is it an instruction – warning us to make us feel there could be actually something to worry about; setting us on edge for what is about to come.

Martin Creed (born 1968) uses everyday objects and simple gestures to make his work, along with rules and repetition. For example, he sequentially numbers his work as part or all of the title. At first glance you might think there is not much to it all – but if you spend some time looking, you might find it to be funny, unexpected and playful; about ideas and life. A lot of his work explores how art is made; and maybe asks that difficult question of what art is.

The DON’T WORRY installation will be on display at Ventnor Botanic Garden until early September. Standard Garden admission fees apply to all visitors. For more information call 01983 855397.


For photographs, interviews and all other enquiries, please contact Kirsten Morris at Ventnor Botanic Garden via marketing@botanic.co.uk.

About Ventnor Botanic Garden

Ventnor Botanic Garden lies in the remarkable microclimate at the heart of the famous Ventnor ‘Undercliff.’ This unique garden is protected from the cold northerly winds by chalk downs. Indeed, it holds the warmth from its southerly aspect so well that, combined with the moderating influence of the sea, frost is rarely known.

With an average rainfall of 28 inches its climate is more akin to the Mediterranean. This enables a wide variety of plants considered too tender for much of mainland Britain to be grown outdoors unprotected from the elements.

No longer under the management of the Isle of Wight County Council, John Curtis is leading the Community Interest Company that is saving the garden and transforming it into a venue for local residents and visitors to the Isle of Wight to enjoy all year round.


Martin Creed: ARTIST ROOMS On Tour

Continues till Saturday 20th September | The West Gallery | Quay Arts

This exhibition shows eight signature pieces by Creed, who won the Turner Prize in 2001 for his controversial Work No.227 The lights going on and off. The works on display are taken from ARTIST ROOMS, an inspirational collection of modern and contemporary art acquired for the nation by Tate and The National Galleries of Scotland and established through The d’Offay Donation in 2008, with the assistance of the National Heritage Memorial Fund, the Art Fund, and the Scottish and British Governments. ARTIST ROOMS On Tour is supported by the National Lottery through Arts Council England and by the Art Fund, making available the ARTIST ROOMS collection to galleries throughout the UK. The ARTIST ROOMS tour programme, now in its sixth year, is showing at 16 museums and galleries across the UK in 2014.

To find out more information about ARTIST ROOMS On Tour please visit

www.tate.org.uk/artistrooms and www.nationalgalleries.org/artistrooms




The Isle of Wight Festival got the summer off to a Red Hot Chilli Pepper style start with fabulous music and great vibes. It was a fantastic opening to the Isle of Wight’s festival season as now a whole range of smaller music and arts events are gearing up to welcome you to ‘Festival Island’.

Ryde Arts Festival

The next big arts event on the horizon is Ryde Arts Festival and this year the eclectic collection of talented artists have taken the commemoration of the outbreak of WWI as their inspiration for art, music and poetry under the title ‘Ryde on the Brink of War’.  Events run from June 27th to July 6th with most being held in their converted church ‘The Depozitory’ and free entry for many exhibitions and activities. www.rydeartsfestival.org

Newport Jazz Weekend

Kicking off on Thursday July 17th with the Derek Nash Acoustic Quartet, Newport Jazz Festival runs from July 17th to 20th. Friday features an appearance from the Simon Allen Quintet with top UK trumpeter Martin Shaw, Tom Cawley on piano and David Newton. One of the highlights of the weekend will be a Tribute to Louis Armstrong featuring the Bateman Brothers and vocalist Maggie Reeday, followed by a Tribute to Oscar Peterson led by pianist Craig Milverton. For the full line-up see www.newportjazzweekend.co.uk


Rhythmtree is the Island’s world music festival and this year it will, as usual, feature a fantastic line up of world-class musicians playing everything from guitars and keyboards to full brass sections, hang drums and didgeridoos at this family-friendly festival from July 18th to 20th. Rhythmtree has a great reputation for bringing together an extraordinarily diverse rich mix of high quality music and will introduce visitors to some of the most exciting, dynamic and innovative bands that exist and thrive below the radar of today’s mainstream music scene. www.rhythmtree.info


For a small but perfectly formed festival make your way to Postfest over the weekend of July 25th to 27th at the Island’s only museum to all things postal – including a field full of post boxes.  The cream of local bands can be seen and heard at this boutique festival that runs from 10am till 9pm daily.  There’s free entertainment for kids and a plethora of local crafts and this year there’s even an indoor arena. http://postfest.co.uk

Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week

Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week, the biggest sailing festival in the UK, descends upon Cowes for the first week of August and on Sunday August 3rd there is a fantastic Family Day. UKSA at Cowes Yacht Haven has children’s flag-making, colouring and painting and on-the-water spot prizes are awarded for families racing together. Wight Stars produce Wind in the Willows at Northwood House at 14:30 and there’s an open-air cinema here in the evening. JackFM feature on Cowes Parade throughout the day and adventurous families can enjoy an exhilarating RIB ride with Solent RIB Charters or the spectator boat service with both providing a significantly discounted family ticket price for the day. www.aamcowesweek.co.uk

V Dub Island

V Dub Island Festival from August 10th to 14th celebrates the Volkswagen car and camper van, and the culture surrounding them – not just for owners, the festival is also for ‘like-minded people’. This year think ’Flower Power’ as the festival moves to the old 1970 pop festival site at Afton and Sunday night headliner is Bestival curator and Radio 1 DJ Rob Da Bank and the Cuban Brothers. www.v-dubisland.com

Ventnor Fringe

Transforming the Island’s southern-most town for a week in August (12th to 17th), the Ventnor Fringe is a unique gathering of artists from across the world who come together to showcase new work.  Inspired by the famous Edinburgh Festival Fringe, the event will be celebrating its fifth year in 2014 and will encompass midnight ‘lock ins’ at the local library, intimate church concerts, ‘pop up’ cinemas, gigs in locals’ houses, mystery tours, woodland sing-alongs and parties on the harbour with 360-degree views over the bay.  There is also an extensive programme of family entertainment and the Free Fringe, with busking and street theatre around the town. http://ventnorexchange.co.uk/vfringe

Carnival Island

Before any of the more recent festivals, the Isle of Wight had the festivities of carnival every summer and this year is no exception with parades in Newport, Cowes, Ryde, St Helen’s, Sandown, Shanklin, Ventnor and Yarmouth on ‘Carnival Island’.  This year Sandown Carnival is celebrating 125 years (main carnival Saturday July 26th and illuminated carnival and fireworks on Wednesday August 27th). www.sandowncarnival.com

Ryde Carnival – reputedly the oldest carnival in the UK at 126 years has its main procession on Saturday July 2nd and a glorious illuminated carnival bringing the season to a close on Saturday August 30th. www.rydecarnival.com

Apps for all – plan your holiday

The Isle of Wight Official Tourism app is a great way for visitors to start planning their holiday prior to arriving on the Island.  Developed by Visit Isle of Wight, the app contains all the essential information to make the most of a trip to the Isle of Wight; it’s like having a mini-guidebook in your phone.  Select a period of history on the Island such as Dinosaurs, Ancient Britain and Romans, Medieval Worlds, Tudors and Stuarts, Victorians and Modern times and Dinobot Hunt and see attractions, monuments and heritage sites.

Now in its second great year, the Dinosaur Island app meanwhile, brings the incredible story of these creatures from the cretaceous period to life, giving visitors to the Isle of Wight the chance to see the dinosaurs roaming the sites where they were discovered and to take photographs of family and friends actually walking on the Isle of Wight with dinosaurs.  For full details, visit www.visitisleofwight.co.uk/dinosaur-island.

For all tourist information, go to www.visitisleofwight.co.uk.


For further information, please contact:   Sue Emmerson, Press Officer, Tel: 01983 201048, 07766 705672, E-mail: sue@visitwight.org

Notes to Editors:

Photo attached:   Ventnor Fringe Festival image entitled VENTNORVILLE! Created by Hannah George and Matt Hit at ‘The Yurt In The Woods’.  Please credit Lucy Boynton.



A new arts guide designed to encourage creative types to visit the Island and promote repeat holiday bookings has been produced by Visit Isle of Wight, the Island’s tourist board.

Showcasing the very best of Island arts and culture, the Wight Guide to Island Arts celebrates the Island’s rich artistic heritage and cultural attractions, from historic houses and visual arts to music festivals and major exhibitions.

The guide also uncovers locally-produced arts and crafts at galleries and studios and offers a range of inspirational holidays and workshops including vintage yoga weekends and wildlife photography classes.

Some of the year’s highlights in the 8-page, newspaper-style publication include the new World War 1 exhibition at Carisbrooke Castle Museum  (from 12th May), Quay Arts outdoor production of The Globe Theatre’s “Much Ado About Nothing” (18 to 21 June), V-Dub Festival (14 to 18 August), Ventnor Fringe (12-17 August) and the IW Literary Festival (16-19 October).

New this year, Robin Hill’s Festival of Light (from 4th October) inspired by the Hindu Festival of Diwali is also featured in the publication along with Celia Imrie’s time-travelling Literatours where literary and music giants are brought to life on a top flight coach tour around some of the most stunning parts of the Island.

Visit Isle of Wight hopes the new guide will inspire those passionate about the arts to book a holiday and visit the locations that once attracted poets, painters, writers and photographers – and catch fantastic performances at one of the Island’s superb venues.

David Thornton, CEO, Visit Isle of Wight said: “Cultural attractions and events are particularly strong magnets for tourism and a thriving arts scene can be a big selling point for people looking for a holiday.  Tourists not only purchase local art as souvenirs and tickets to events, but they also spend money on hotels and restaurants and make use of local attractions.

“We believe our new Wight Guide to Island Arts promotes repeat holiday bookings leaving  people wanting to see more”.

The new Wight Guide to Island Arts will be available at Island arts venues, attractions and tourist information points and from the Visit Isle of Wight website www.visitisleofwight.co.uk

The new publication will also be stocked at selected arts venues in Portsmouth, Southampton, Bournemouth, Chichester, Brighton, Winchester and Salisbury.


For further information, please contact:   Sue Emmerson, Press Officer, Tel: 01983 201048, 07766 705672, E-mail: sue@visitwight.org