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Royal Isle of Wight County Show - 'Paradise Isle is getting arty!

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Paradise Isle is getting arty!

Over the years the Island Arts area at the Royal Isle of Wight County Show has become a popular venue for established Island artists and emerging talent to exhibit their work. Art covering a range of disciplines will be on display at this year’s Show (25th - 26th June), including Island illustrations by the iconic Maria Ward, sea inspired ceramics made by Lis Toft and the countryside brought to life through the lino prints of Caroline Knox. There will be fine art, contemporary art and sculpture from Chris Dobson.

Maddy Dobson, Island-born artist and organiser of the Arts area, said: “We’ve got so much planned for this part of the County Show; it’s really exciting! The Island Arts area is a great place to get to know the people behind the amazing artwork we see in galleries and shops across the Island. I’m very passionate about giving local artists a platform to show and sell their work, and this is a fantastic opportunity to leave their studios for a couple of days and be in front of literally thousands of people.” 

Each year the Island Arts area takes on a theme, and this year’s theme is Paradise Isle. The area will be decorated in purple and silver in a nod to the Queen’s Jubilee. It will also feature a frieze created by Island children during the Royal Isle of Wight Agricultural Society’s Education Day. 

Throughout the weekend there are have-a-go sessions where you can try your hand at some art and speak to the artists about their techniques and inspirations. There are also opportunities to sign up for classes, life drawing sessions and painting holidays. 

The County Show has loads of other hand-on activities to try, from herding pigs, leading calves and driving a 4x4 to making charcoal and spoon whittling.

Artist interested in booking a space at the Island Arts area should contact


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