Wight Surf History has donated two framed photographs from it’s exhibitions which were on show at Dimbola, Sandpipers Hotel and The Waterfront Restaurant and Bar to the Big Art Auction. The Big Art Auction is the start of Wight Trash Skateboards and Ventnor Skate Park Association 12 month plan to raise £50,000 to finally make the park a permanent structure. This would be a concrete facility, free from continual need for repairs.


In association with the Undecided Art Collective, a launch evening on 3rd April will be held at the Ventnor Exchange in Church Street, Ventnor.

With Free Entry from 8pm, members of the public will have the chance to view the huge selection of artworks that have been donated by some of the UK’s most exciting contemporary Artists, as well as learn more about the work of the Skate Park committee, and volunteering opportunities.

All artwork will be available to bid on through a dedicated online auction site www.thebigartauction.com going live at 8pm on 3rd April and will run until 30th April.

Work has been donated by internationally renowned artists such as Carne Griffiths, Ged Wells – Insane, and My Dog Sighs, as well as jewellery from Thrashion, sculpture from Al’s Auto Art, and a photograph taken and donated by Radio1 DJ, Rob da Bank.

All money raised will go towards helping the future of the skate park.

Both prints donated by Wight Surf History are from Freshwater Bay. This one is from the great swell of January 2010.


This one is Doug Richards at the Bay

Doug-Freshwater Bay 2010

Originally built in 2001 with the help from local Mum’s and skateboarders, Ventnor Skate park is a much-needed asset for the local youth and the community of Ventnor.

Over the past fifteen years, hundreds of volunteer hours and thousands of pounds have been spent building and maintaining the skate park, located in a stunning spot right on the seafront.

Despite some serious damage caused by storms in 2006 and 2012 and 2014 (one of which caused a massive wave to break over the park snapping the ramp in two) fund raising and maintenance works have never ceased. With the ongoing closures of other youth facilities, and the increased interest in skateboarding as an activity, the park is in more demand now than it ever has been.

The efforts of the committed Volunteers have been tremendous over the years, but due to financial constraints there have only ever been enough funds at any one time to add to the park piece by piece.

It is one of the most beautiful parts of the UKs coastline, and to be able to skate, to the backdrop of incredible sunsets, whilst looking out to sea is something pretty special.

If you are interested in learning more about volunteering, fundraising or offering sponsorship or donations please send us a message or contact John Cattle on 07917891555