AN ISLE of Wight arts collective is set to launch a new community radio station.

Wolverton FM, based at Wolverton Manor, Shorwell, will celebrate the Island's creative heritage and provide a platform for experiment and expression through DJ and talk radio shows, documentaries, radio plays, sound installations and live sessions.

The project has been launched by the Avanthardcollective, comprising Islander, Edinburgh Festival prizewinner and curator of London avant-garde arts event, Depresstival Presents, Lottie Bowater, and artist, radio playwright, and composer Dominic Robertson, AKA Ergo Phizmiz.

They said: "The Isle of Wight is — in spite of, or possibly as a result of, its location — a place bustling with artists, writers, and musicians, in a community with many unique and often surprising facets informed by its geography and sense of displacement from the rest of the UK.

"Wolverton Manor has long been a centre of cultural activity on the Island, accommodating artists and musicians, from its concerts of world-class classical music to the annual folk and blues festival, fostering an atmosphere of creativity that has also seen the births of locally legendary Isle of Wight punk, avant-garde and hip-hop projects."

The duo have appealed for artists, writers, musicians, bands, arts organisations, or anyone interested in presenting radio or behind-the-scenes in-studio work, to get in touch.

Live broadcasting is due to start in September.

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