CREATIVE minds united at Ventnor Fringe Forum, a new event for this year's Ventnor Fringe Festival yesterday (Thursday).
Designed to be a discussion on the Island's arts scene, the forum took place in Ventnor Library and was headed by fringe organiser Jack Whitewood, who spoke about the festival and its purpose:
"It was created to help creative talent on the Island, but also to try to encourage audiences to come to the Island to see creative work," he said.
VFringe has become part of the Isle of Wight's cultural hub in the four years since it was founded, and the diversity of the artists has, according to Jack, played a key part in making that happen.
"For me, creating a hub is all about having a community of people that can bounce off each other," he said.
Plenty of questions came from the floor, and a debate was sparked over whether or not the Solent was a barrier for broadening the Island's creative horizons.
Sam Hodges, of Southampton's Nuffield Theatre, said: "Don't see the sea as a barrier, reach out to theatres on the mainland, we see it as part of our responsibility to listen."
Working with Jack and Sam to direct the discussion were the Isle of Wight Council's Arts Development Officer, Nina Cullinane, and Bruce Webb of the Isle of Wight Film Festival.
Jack added that the Fringe will remain in August for the foreseeable future, and that the team behind it are hoping to secure their Box Office on Church Street as a permanent base.
Ventnor Fringe Festival is running until tomorrow (Saturday) and the full programme of events can be found online at www.vfringe.co.uk