A FILM installation, community theatre production and lecture series will be held to celebrate the cultural heritage of three Isle of Wight towns.

Three artists, chosen to showcase their work as part of the 'Lift the Lid on Island Culture' project, have joined forces with Isle of Wight organisations to produce new and exciting works.

Eastleigh's BearFace Theatre, representing Newport, will work with Mountbatten to produce a piece of theatre exploring the history of Pan. Taking in its past, present and future, We That Breathe will feature puppetry, live music and even a dragon.

London artist Dmitri Galitzine will team up with the Classic Boat Museum to produce a film installation, 'Back and Forth, and Back and Forth Again.' Based around the Red Funnel terminal, documenting the daily sailings, it will be screened at an old shipyard in the town.

He said: "The ferry has been the Island’s gatekeeper for over a century. And it is part of the fabric of East Cowes, its history and heritage. The identity of any islander depends upon the body of water which engulfs them. For some, every day back and forth. And back and forth again."

Julie Myers, also from London, will work with Totland Parish Council to deliver a 'live from the parish hall' lecture series, inspired by the popular science lectures of the Victorian era. Hosted by local residents, the series will include a walk with an astronomer, a child's fossil collection, forgotten songs and a cup of tea at the old lifeboat house.

Funded by the Arts Council England, Artswork and the Isle of Wight Council, the three projects are aimed at community art works that can be accessed by a wide range of people.

Project manager of Lift the Lid — a two year project led by the Island's Cultural Education Partnership and Quay Arts — Sarah Girling said: "The hope is that all of these new art works will excite and inspire the people of the Isle of Wight to find out more about their cultural heritage.

"There is opportunity for lots of local people to get involved through schools and community groups, let alone being audience members. 2019 is going to be a fantastic year for arts and culture on the Island."