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Creative Talent Programme Artists announced

After receiving a number of high quality applications, the panel chose three companies/artists who demonstrated talent, ambition and determination. The selected artists are:
Sculptress Theatre: A ground-breaking theatre company that explores and re-defines traditional narratives
“We are so excited to be part of the next batch of Creative Talent companies! We have seen the amazing journeys that other companies, like Dumbshow, have had, and we can’t wait to see what the future holds for us.” – Germma Orleans-Thompson and Alisha Artry (Co-Artistic Directors)

Sculptress Theatre was borne out of frustration and hope. We are part of the new wave of theatre-makers who break conventions and norms, who explore and redefine traditional narratives.

We have heard and used the term ‘black theatre’ to refer to any piece of theatre that discusses race. But we don’t want to make ‘black’ theatre. We just want to make theatre, and be unapologetically black whilst doing so.

Sculptress Theatre is a place for dreamers and exceptional individuals to share their truth. We create work that is political and nuanced by simply existing on a stage, and we can’t wait for you to join us on it.

What is Written Dance Company: An award winning dance company, based in Kingston, who bring different artists together and embody diversity by fusing contemporary principles with urban movement
“We are incredibly grateful for this opportunity and I am excited about working closely with an organisation that actually cares about the artist!” – Jean Pierre Nyamangunda (Co-Artistic Director)

What Is Written Dance Company was founded by artistic directors and choreographers Viviana Rocha and Jean Pierre Nyamangunda. Formed as a platform to bring different artists together, the company embodies diversity by fusing contemporary principles with an urban movement.  The choreography encompasses raw and commanding movement to create visually striking work.

What Is Written Dance Company delivers meaningful experiences during our performances. We believe that even though dance can change the world a little, it can change an individual’s world entirely.

Marika McKennell: A london-based scriptwriter, performer and poet, informed and inspired by her mixed heritage and the diverse cultural influences that make up her hometown.
“As an emerging artist, it means so much to feel supported and recognised. Life can get hectic. I’m excited to meet the other people on the programme and broaden my creative network”
Marika is a London based scriptwriter, performer and poet. Marika’s work is informed and inspired by her mixed heritage and the diverse cultural influences that make up her hometown. She was a Resident artist at the Roundhouse London 2017-2018, and performed her solo poetry/theatre show there July 2018. She has had her poetry and scripts performed at venues such as Sky Garden London, The Royal Court Theatre (Takeover), Shaftsbury Theatre West End, Edinburgh Fringe and Camden’s People’s Theatre. As well as performing, Marika works as a teacher and mentor in a Pupil Referral Unit in East London.
Molly Freeman, Creative Talent Programme Manager said:
“It is so exciting to be working with these incredible young people and I’m looking forward to getting to know them across the next year. I was staggered by the ambition of these artists and hope we can really help to propel them forward into the industry. Articulate, creative and hugely passionate; watch out world, the CTP artists are coming for you!”
about the Creative Talent Programme


The Creative Talent Programme identifies young and emerging artists and companies who have the potential to become excellent creative practitioners and gives them the artistic, business and strategic support to become flourishing, challenging, exciting organisations of the future. Over the course of a year, the selected companies/artists will receive funding to develop a piece of creative work, a bespoke, art form specific mentor, access to rehearsal space and office space and a series of professional development sessions.
The Creative Talent Programme 2018 – 2019 is generously supported using public funding by Arts Council England and will work in partnership with the Royal Borough of Kingston council, Kingston University, the Rose Theatre Kingston and Kingston College.

Mayor’s Charity Feast

We’re delighted to be one of the Mayor’s chosen charities for 2018-19.

On Friday 19th October, the Mayor is holding a Charity Feast where attendees can enjoy a wonderful evening of fun, entertainment and amazing food in aid of the Mayor’s Charities. Please see below for more information:

Friday 19th October 2018 7pm

The Guildhall

£70 per person

Tickets include a welcome drink, canapes, a three-course contemporary Pan Asian feast with wine and entertainment

Dress Code: Cocktail attire

There will also be a silent auction and grand prize draw

For information about ticket sales please contact


International Youth Arts Festival 2019 – Applications Open

IYAF applications

Creative Youth is excited to announce that applications for Kingston’s 11th International Youth Arts Festival (IYAF) are now open.

As one of the world’s largest multi-arts festivals for performers aged under 27, IYAF brings some of the greatest young talent from around the world to Kingston for 10 days of inventive, inspiring and groundbreaking theatre, music and dance. The 11th Festival will run from 5 – 14 July 2019 at venues across Kingston including performances held at Kingston’s Rose Theatre, Arthur Cotterell Theatre and a free outdoor stage with live music at the historic Market Place.

IYAF has a reputation for its welcoming atmosphere and supportive audiences. It provides a platform for professional companies or artists who are touring, or testing something new, and an exciting experience for festival first-timers looking for an opportunity to show what they can do.

The full Festival programme will be announced in May.

For more information on the application process, visit: www.iyafestival.org.uk/artists. Applications can feature work of any genre: theatre, music, dance, film, comedy, circus, cabaret, visual arts and more.

Interested in participating in IYAF 2019?

Explore and share new ideas with audiences and artists from around the world. We can provide a platform for you to showcase your work, whatever your artform. If you’re interested in bringing an event to the International Youth Arts Festival, please take a look at our Artists area of the website, or speak to one of our team on 0208 549 2120 or email programming@iyafestival.org.uk.

The Reptiles Not Christmas Charity Gig

1 December 2018
Arthur Cotterell Theatre
Doors open at 19:00

Join us on 1st December for The Reptiles Not Christmas Charity Gig – a night of live music, dancing, singing and laughter.

Get some friends together and celebrate the fact that Christmas is still a long way off.

Tickets are available here.

We look forward to seeing you there!

International Youth Arts Festival 2018

Illustration by Lucie Arnoux

2018 marks the 10th anniversary of the International Youth Arts Festival. The festival ran from Friday the 6 – 15 of July.

One of the largest and most diverse youth arts events in the world, IYAF is platform for the best emerging international artists under 27 years old. More than 100 companies have been involved this year from all over the world.

Visit the IYAF website for more information about the performers who came to IYAF 2018 http://iyafestival.org.uk/

Photos from this year’s festival can be found here.

Thank you to supporters, volunteers and participants for making this year a great success!

Are you bready?

The British Bread Golf Open 2018
Sunday 8 April, 1pm – 3pm

The annual event to find The British Bread Golf Champion. Three dough balls for a £5 charity donation to try to get a hole in one on the floating green – could you be the proud wear of the coveted ‘Green Jacket’?

Where: Eagle Brewery Wharf, Kingston, KT1 1HH


Design Competition Winner Announced for 10th International Youth Arts Festival

A first year Kingston College student has won a competition to design the official artwork for this year’s International Youth Arts Festival (IYAF) in Kingston.

Sixteen year-old Belle Junput (pictured) submitted a bold and lively design that topped a competitive field and will feature on the cover of 10,000 Festival brochures, as well as posters, flyers and other promotional material.

IYAF brings some of the greatest young talent from around the world to Kingston for a week of inventive, inspiring and groundbreaking theatre, music, dance, comedy and visual art.

The 10th anniversary Festival will run from 6 – 15 July 2018 at venues across Kingston.

Belle said of her win: “I am very happy that my design was chosen, I never thought that I would win.

“The idea behind my design is to show how the festival is such an important event in Kingston by featuring famous Kingston landmarks such as the River Thames and the phone box sculpture.

“I drew objects and characters using an illustration style and chose colours that suggest happiness and fun. I really enjoyed creating my designs and I’m very excited to see them used.”

Louise Coles, CEO of Creative Youth, which administers the Festival, said: “IYAF is all about showcasing new creative talent, and it’s great to start with the work of a talented young artist like Belle. Her design perfectly encapsulates the colour, vibrancy and setting of IYAF.

“We have a very strong partnership with Kingston College so it feels very fitting that one of their students has won the competition in our 10th year.”

Young Creatives Opportunity

Are you aged 18-26 and wanting to make your mark in the creative industries? Do you consider yourself a cultural innovator or an inspiring leader? Is your head bursting with artistic ideas? Do you want to make a difference? If so read on…

Creative Youth is seeking pioneering, aspiring and motivational YOUNG CREATIVES to be part of a new young people’s panel. You will assist in driving forward a new artistic vision and artistic planning for the organisation along with spearheading the development of new artistic projects.

Creative Youth, which manages Kingston’s International Youth Arts Festival, celebrates its 10th Anniversary in July 2018. It is an exciting time for the Charity to mark this occasion and ensure it is more responsive to the needs of young emerging talent in the cultural sector than ever before. We need your help!

YOUNG CREATIVES will be facilitated and supported by professionals in the sector and there are substantial learning opportunities to be involved in other aspects of Creative Youth’s work.

For more information, click here.

Deadline to apply: Friday 2 March

Sound of the Times ’18 LIVE

Thank you to the fantastic musicians who performed at Sound of the Times ’18 LIVE at the Rose Theatre on Friday 2 February. They covered all genres and put on an amazing show, celebrating the best new sounds of South West London.  These are acts who impressed judges from a competition celebrating young fresh talent in the music industry. There will be a Sound of the Times album available to download soon.

This event was made possible by a partnership between Time & Leisure, the Academy of Contemporary Music and Creative Youth.

Thank you to Tangle Photography for capturing the event. High resolution images are available here.