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Thank you to all who attended the IYAF Teaser Announcement

Thank you to everyone who attended the IYAF Teaser Announcement at the Rose Theatre Cafe on Friday 2 February. It was good to see so many familiar faces, in addition to an exciting number of new supporters as we prepare for the 10th International Youth Arts Festival from 6 -15 July.

Molly Freeman, the new Programme Manager, announced some of our plans for this summer, and the winner of the New Designer competition – Belle Junput – who will be designing the artwork for the IYAF Programme. We would like to congratulate Belle for her creative designs and interpretation of the IYAF creative brief.

We aim to bring you an exciting and varied programme in the 2018 Festival which will celebrate young people’s talent and diversity at a local, national and international level.

Creative Youth welcomes new CEO, Louise Coles

Creative Youth is delighted to announce Louise Coles as the new CEO for the charity. Louise has great experience in the arts with a particular passion for encouraging and supporting young and emerging talent. “It is particularly pleasing to welcome Louise back to Kingston” said Creative Youth Chair Robin Hutchinson. “Louise was the first employee at the Rose Theatre and did much to ensure its growth and success. Since then her experience both in this country, in Europe and in Australia leaves her perfectly qualified to lead the charity and the International Youth Arts Festival.

Louise Coles said, “I am excited to have been given the opportunity to lead Creative Youth and the International Youth Arts Festival as CEO into its next period of growth. Over the last 9 years it has become a formidable force in supporting and showcasing the next generation of talented artists at a local, national and international level. As we enter our 10th year a key aim will be to continue to enhance and build upon the charity’s provision for young people and extend its profile and reach. I look forward to marking this milestone with a fantastic Festival during July 2018 which will look to the future and the next 10 years.”

Sound of the Times ’18 Live! and IYAF Announcement – 2 February, Rose Theatre

Come to the Rose Theatre Cafe at 6.30pm for a 10th anniversary teaser announcement from the International Youth Arts Festival team and find out about some of the exciting acts making their way to Kingston this summer.

After the announcement, the Sound of the Times gig will take over the Rose Main House from 7.30pm bringing you the best new acts from South West London. The event celebrates the release of Sound of the Times 18 album – and represents a variety of genres at this special gig. Performing their original compositions, all the acts hail from South West London and Surrey.  These are the top 10 acts from a competition in 2017,  judged by an panel of industry experts led by Ace (Skunk Anansie),  and then recorded and mentored by producer Tony Briscoe (Beverly Knight).

Featuring performances from:

Abbie Bull
Wil Tindall
Elisabete Barros
Jessica Spink
Craig Lewis
Daisy Phillips
Luca Mohamed
Matthew Briggs
Claudia Raddon

Creative Youth CEO Phil Hetherington Retires

Photo by: www.tanglephotography.co.uk

After almost eight years with Kingston-based arts charity Creative Youth, Chief Executive Officer Phil Hetherington is to retire at the end of December.

Phil initially joined Creative Youth on secondment from his role as a Senior Manager for British Telecom heading a team of Project and Programme Managers. But his enthusiasm for both the arts and the charity led to him taking a permanent position.

In addition to delivering the high-profile annual International Youth Arts Festival, Creative Youth enables young people in Kingston, and surrounding areas, to be involved in innovative, ambitious projects.

Chair of the charity, Robin Hutchinson, said:
“When Phil joined us from BT, it was great to have his marketing and management experience supporting a young and emerging charity. His decision to stay with Creative Youth to help manage its growth and sustainability has been of the key reasons behind our success.

“As we approach our 10th year we have a lot of reasons to be grateful to Phil for his energy, warmth and commitment. I know that everyone involved with the charity wish him the very best in his retirement.”

Phil Hetherington said:
“The last seven and a half years with the Creative Youth charity have been incredibly special and completely different after 41 years with BT in the corporate sector.

“I am very proud of all the achievements the charity has made in this time, in particular watching Kingston come alive each year during the International Youth Arts Festival (IYAF).

“I have enjoyed working with, and seeing such talented young people develop and grow in confidence and experience. I will be sad to leave but intend to keep in touch and watch its continued development in the coming years.”

Arts manager Louise Coles, who was involved in fundraising for the fledgling Rose Theatre project 15 years ago, will take up the post of Creative Youth CEO in January 2018.

Thank you to Dream Body Bootcamp

A huge thank you to Ali Hitch of Dream Body Bootcamp who ran 4 community bootcamp sessions to encourage the local community to improve their fitness, with all proceeds going to Creative Youth.

  

The sessions had a great community atmosphere and Ali and the participants raised £112.50 for Creative Youth, enabling us to support more young people at the charity.

 

Job Vacancy: Artistic & Festival Director, Creative Youth

We are seeking expressions of interest for an Artistic & Festival Director for Creative Youth. This is a hugely exciting and rewarding role for the right candidate. We are looking for someone who is hungry, a hard worker, who cares deeply for arts and culture, gets a buzz out of seeing an event they have organised run smoothly and believes that the nurturing of young artists is essential to the arts and cultural sector.

The role holder will be a creative producer, leading all event management and providing creative input for the charity in the contracted term. Their primary task will be providing artistic support for the Charity, creating projects, and activity that sit within the artistic and business direction agreed by the CEO and Board. They will have responsibility for directing The International Youth Arts Festival Kingston (IYAF). As Festival Director, the new Artistic Director will build on the past nine festivals visioning a bold, high profile, imaginative festival in 2018, to celebrate the 10th anniversary, in line with the cultural branding and ethos of the previous festivals and Creative Youth’s views and goals.

The ideal applicant for this role will have exceptional project management, event management and organisational skills, impeccable people management, exciting creative flair, a passion for the arts and a genuine and well-rounded knowledge of the cultural scene – not only in the UK, but across the world.

A full job description is available here: Artistic & Festival Director, Creative Youth

Full details of the charities work is available at http://creativeyouthcharity.org and details of the International Youth Arts Festival, Kingston are available here http://iyafestival.org.uk

To apply:

To apply for this position please send a copy of your current C.V. and a covering letter outlining why you believe you are suitable for this position to hello@creativeyouthcharity.org.

Please email this address for any additional information you may require. This position is a freelance position and the role holder will be required to work flexible hours in order to deliver the contract. The engagement would be for a fixed contract until September 2018, of approximately 158 days (depending on start date an average 4 days a week) on an agreed daily rate (circa £150). Contract to be reviewed in September 2018. Probationary period – three months.

The closing date for this expression of interest is 5.00pm on the 5th November 2017. We will be interviewing potential candidates in November 2017.

Deadline:
The closing date for this expression of interest is 5.00pm on the 5th November 2017. We will be interviewing potential candidates in November 2017.

 

Job Vacancy: Chief Executive Officer, Creative Youth

We are seeking expressions of interest for a Chief Executive Officer for Creative Youth.This role requires an individual with vision and experience in management and leadership, preferably in the arts and charitable sector. The successful candidate will be a skilled negotiator, able to communicate well in a range of situations, and positively influence a variety of audiences and stakeholders. Well-developed people skills are a must, as you will need to engender trust and share in the sense of direction and purpose for the organisation. The team will look to you for their focus, their motivation, and to provide a clear vision for the future.

You will be an individual with excellent organisational skills, particularly when it comes to planning and implementing events and fundraising initiatives, and delivering powerful presentations to interested donors and foundations. In particular you will have overall responsibility for fundraising, financial planning, marketing and operations. You will therefore need to be comfortable working to and being held accountable for tight deadlines and tangible results, while also being able to identify risks and ensure strategies are in place to mitigate them.

You will need to gain an appreciation of our funders, donors and supporters, and their political, philanthropic and commercial motivations, in order to apply your business and political acumen and clear understanding of the cultural landscape to achieve our fundraising goals. Your success will be measured by the achievement of our business-oriented goals in the areas of developing Creative Youth and creating a sustainable financial base for the future.

The position is suited to a team player and someone with the gravitas, credibility and ability to exercise influence and the sense of purpose to get the job done. You should have the natural ability to bring hearts and minds along with you while creating a positive organisation culture through a spirit of generosity and a sense of humour. You will have a genuine interest in serving the needs of the Young People in order to help them develop through the Arts. In short, you will be a leader and ambassador for the organisation and believe that the work we do improves young peoples opportunities.

This is an exciting role for someone wishing to lead a Charity with a growing profile and reputation. Working closely with the Chair, you will be instrumental in growing the Charity and fulfilling its potential to increase its footprint and provide its services and unique methodology to many more young people across the UK and beyond.

A full job description is available here: Chief Executive Officer, Creative Youth.

Full details of the charity’s work is available at http://creativeyouthcharity.org and details of the International Youth Arts Festival, Kingston are available here http://iyafestival.org.uk

To apply:

To apply for this position please send a copy of your current C.V. and a covering letter outlining why you believe you are suitable for this position to hello@creativeyouthcharity.org.

Please email this address for any additional information you may require. This position is a freelance position and the role holder will be required to work flexible hours in order to deliver the contract. The engagement would be for a fixed contract until September 2018, of approximately 136 days (average 4 days a week) on an agreed daily rate (circa £170). Contract to be reviewed in September 2018. Probationary period – three months.

Deadline:

The closing date for this expression of interest is 5.00pm on the 5th November 2017. We will be interviewing potential candidates in November 2017.

 

Kingston RPM Album Cover Competition WINNER ANNOUNCED

We are delighted to announce the winner and runners up of our Album Cover Competition for Schools. These beautiful designs are now up at the Rose Theatre Kingston as part of the #KingstonRPM To Make A Record exhibition. The artwork will be on display until 9th September.

The first place winner will see their artwork used for the record sleeve of the Kingston RPM project album which is being produced in September! Each student below have also won a £500 bursary, for each of their classes to put towards a heritage activity.

1st Place: Maxwell Hansen (Year 7) – Coombe Boys’ School

2nd Place: Ashla Khan (Year 12) – Tiffin Girls’ School

3rd Place: Adam (Year 8) – Coombe Boys’ School

Heritage Lottery FundArts Council EnglandKingston CouncilKingston Music ServiceKingston University

Kingston RPM: To Make a Record Exhibition

Our exhibition all about Kingston’s music history, To Make A Record, will be up in the Rose Theatre Kingston until the beginning of September! You can see a sneak peek at what’s in the show here.

Running until Sep 9, To Make a Record is a unique free entry exhibition showcasing stories, objects, records, photos and music memorabilia from the 1940s – 1970s in Kingston. Come and explore this interactive exhibition that will illuminate Kingston’s musical past covering everything from Bowie’s first performance as Ziggy Stardust, the Decca Record Factory in New Malden and the arrival of Jazz music with the American Army in Bushy Park.

Kingston RPM has been funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, Arts Council England and the Royal Borough of Kingston. The project delivery partners also include, Kingston Music Service, Kingston History Centre, Kingston University and the Rose Theatre.

Make sure you stay in touch for more news and events that are part of #KingstonRPM