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A Post-Brexit Arts World

Monday 18 January 2021, 19:00 GMT

Join our free webinar next Monday 18 January to explore the impacts of Brexit on the arts, co-chaired by Robin Hutchinson & Brett Alderton.

Britain has now left the EU, resulting in a range of potential repercussions for the arts industry and its international network.

Creative Youth’s panel will explore what has changed for the arts, which sectors of the industry may be most affected by the changes and resulting uncertainty, and how we can overcome the challenges to create positive outcomes from Brexit.

Panellists include Creative Youth’s Young Creatives Willow Pitt and Andy Hudeková from Slovakia, along with one of our European partners Gabriela Dumitru, Artistic Director of Theatre Arts Group, Bucharest, Romania.

Part of our free monthly programme, So You Wanna Work in the Arts, discussing key arts industry topics. Supported by Arts Council England.

Young Creatives Announcement

We’re excited to announce the latest recruits for our Young Creatives panel, a platform for emerging young creatives to help take the charity forward in an exciting and crucial time in its development and growth.

The Young Creatives panel forms one of three strands in the Creative Talent Programme which identifies young and emerging artists and companies who have the potential to become excellent creative practitioners and exciting entrepreneurs in the arts sector through providing them with considerable artistic, business and strategic support.

Louise Coles, Chief Executive said:
‘Following a wide national call out, we have finally selected 11 incredible young emerging creatives from different backgrounds who have impressed and inspired us and have the potential to be leading artists in the creative industries. Creative Youth will not only support them in their own careers, but they will help us going forward with their fresh ideas and ensure that young people’s voices are at the heart of our organisation.’

Tom Stocks, Creative Talent Programme Manager said:
“I am looking forward to working with our new Young Creatives over the next few years and as someone who started my journey as a Young Creative for Creative Youth, I can vouch for how incredible this programme is and how it has helped my journey into the sector.  As an actor and artist, along with my role as Programme Manager, I was also commissioned recently by Creative Youth to create a poem focused on the value of the arts in our society. It has been a pleasure to have already engaged and worked with this amazing group of emerging artists in this capacity.”

The poem can be seen here:


The 2020-2021 Young Creatives are:

Andy Hudekova
Andy Hudeková is 23 and a South West based actor, voice actor and illustrator, originally from Slovakia.  Andy has a background in animation and art history and has just graduated from a BA (Hons) Acting course at Falmouth University. Andy is passionate about inclusivity, diversity and body positivity.

Boudicca is a Sussex-based activist, rapper and singer-songwriter who found her voice, following a childhood marked by crisis through the vibrant Hip Hop scene in her hometown Brighton. Known for her incendiary megaphone raps at demonstrations Boudicca released her debut EP The Princess & The P in 2018. Her powerful live performances (vocal and megaphone based) secured her international attention and shows with Kate Tempest, at the Edinburgh Fringe (with Poets & M.C.’s), Democracy Alive (The Netherlands), Youth Strike 4 Climate and Extinction Rebellion.

Emily Susanne Lloyd
Emily is your Yorkshire lass so if ever want a good brew you know who to ask! Emily has been trained by LIPA Sixth Form and Both Feet Actor Training. Currently studying a BA Hons in Acting at Drama Studio London. Emily has created her own Theatre Company  Ey Up Duck focusing on telling unheard stories. Currently working on a verbatim show called Three Little Words. Emily is super excited to be joining the Young Creatives team!

Hannah Raymond-Cox
Hannah Raymond-Cox is a queer Hong-Kong born Jewish poet, actor, and theatre-maker. Highlights of her careers include a Southbank Centre poetry commission, Barbican Young Poets 2019/20, developing interactive immersive theatre games with Parabolic Theatre, and she stars in the Dungeons and Dragons liveplay show Adventurers Wanted: Undergods. Her 5-star solo spoken word theatre show POLARIShas toured the UK and enjoyed a full Edinburgh Fringe run at the Scottish Poetry Library. Her debut poetry book, Amuse Girl, was published last year by Burning Eye Books. Hannah’s work focuses on food, mental health, queerness, and memory.

Kayla Cadence
A singer/songwriter, actor, dancer and model based in London. She has been in love with the arts since childhood and continues to create art through many forms. A young creative ready to take this world by storm and create positive change while doing so.

Mariel Kennedy
Self-published Young Adult writer and book nerd, helping to popularise reading among young people by podcasting interviews with established authors. SLA Pupil Library Assistant of the Year 2020 Award finalist. Currently writing and directing screenplays and scripts aiming for a career in TV, film and theatre, production and development. Youth Engagement volunteer at the Florence Nightingale Museum.

Max Percy
Max is founder of award-winning theatre company Contingency Theatre. He trained at East15 Acting School and received a scholarship to the London School of Classical Russian Ballet. He is a graduate of East London Dance’s creative producers programme, Future Innovators (FI.ELD).

His theatre and film credits include Boy On Canvas (Yellow Earth), Dumbledore is So Gay (Vaults Festival), The Disruptors (Feature Film), My Mind is Free (National Tour/Film), Tainted (Short Film), GEORGE (National Tour), My Dad’s Gap Year (Park Theatre), Safari (Northwall Theatre), Peter Pan (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre).

Noah Silver
A graphic designer, who has recently graduated from Kingston University, and activist, Noah tries to make good work for good people. Originally from London and currently in Berlin, Noah’s work spans the range full range of 3D, 2D, motion design, typography, digital, print and everything in between.

Ruth Odewale
Ruth Odewale is 16 years old. Since the age of three, Ruth has been acting and dancing and even won the British Arts Awards for best acting duet. From the age of ten, Ruth had the privilege to work with performers such as Linda Gray, Verne Troyer, Matthew Kelly, Arlene Philips, Wayne Sleep, Jo Brand, Tim vine and the dance group Flawless during four years of pantomime at The New Wimbledon Theatre. Which included; Aladdin (2014), Cinderella (2015), Peter Pan (2016) and Dick Whittington (2017).

Unique Clarke
Unique is an English with Film Graduate from Kings College London. She’s worked as an assistant script-writer, runner, editor, producer, and curator for film, theatre and anthologies. Previously she has participated in ‘emerging’ arts schemes with the National Theatre and Young Vic. Recently, she has curated a Black History Month exhibition for John Lewis & Partners, the first of its kind in the company’s 150-year history. Her interest lays particularly in producing for theatre, film and TV.

Willow Pitt
Willow is a musician and performer from Reading, now studying music in Brighton. Growing up Willow always loved performing and has been in theatres her whole life. Willow plays the violin among other various instruments and is a singer songwriter in the throes of recording her first album. The arts are so important to young people and Willow can think of nothing better than to be working to make the arts more accessible to anyone and everyone.

Creative Youth’s Gala Dinner and Auction

We can’t get together this year for our annual Creative Youth Gala Dinner so we’re bringing the evening to your living room.

Hosted by our Chairman, Robin Hutchinson MBE, the evening will bring you entertainment, messages from our patrons, a conversation with our President HRH the Earl of Wessex and, of course, our online auction.

We hope you can join us and help support in a year when it is needed more than ever.

Tickets available:

Online Auction

Our Creative Youth Gala Auction is now live!

This is a key part of our biggest fundraiser of the year, therefore it is more important than ever that we raise as much money as we can through the auction. Please share widely, and bid with the open-hearted kindness shown in supporting Creative Youth in what has been a tough year for charities.
Link for auction and bid:
As we can’t meet together this year, the auction is only online and bidding concludes just after the end of this year’s online Gala Dinner event.
You can bid up until 9:30pm on Tuesday 1st December.

Some top tips and information on bidding …

  • You will need to register your name, email address and phone number in order to bid. This information is protected under GDPR regulations and will only be used to contact you in relation to your bidding, i.e. if you are outbid before the auction closes, or if you are the winning bidder.
  • You can bid anonymously if you choose to. There’s an option to untick ’Show my name’ in the bidding process.
  • You can place a ‘proxy bid’ which is the maximum amount you would be prepared to pay for the item/experience. The system will then continue to bid on your behalf against other bidders – by the set increment – up to your maximum. You will then be informed when your maximum bid has been reached.
  • If you are unable to bid on an item in the auction but wish to offer some support, there is a ‘donate’ button at the top of the page – we’ll be grateful for every penny.
Your support is crucial to keeping the work of the charity going and everyone involved appreciates it so very much. Thank you.
Please share the news, get your ticket and get bidding … and good luck!


The Diversity Shift in the Arts – New webinar

We’re excited to celebrate a partnership with Vrystaat Kunstefees in South Africa. The Free State Arts Festival is an Afrikaans language festival that brings together creative forces between English and Sotho cultures. They contribute to the exchange of ideas around arts, culture and society through connections with other national and international creative communities.

You’re invited to join our next So You Wanna Work in the Arts webinar: ‘The Diversity Shift in the Arts’, bringing together panellists from South Africa and the UK for a discussion on international diversity in the arts. The session will explore the contrasts between the UK and South Africa and what more can be done with equality and diversity across the arts sector.

When | Thursday 5 November
Time | 18:30 SAST / 16:30 BST
How to join | Click here for the Zoom Meeting link

Featuring panellists:

Arti Prashar
Arti stepped down as Spare Tyre’s Artistic Director/CEO in August 2019 after inspirational and acclaimed leadership for 19 years. 

She developed inclusive creative practice championing diverse voices. She is at the forefront of immersive sensory theatre practice for people living with dementia and learning disabled people. She has a strong commitment to collaborative theatre with values based on fundamental human rights. 

She received a Tonic Award 2020 (inclusion and diversity)
She is a Winston Churchill Fellow 2013 (spirituality, dementia and ageing)
Research Fellow at the Centre of Contemporary Theatre at Birkbeck University. 

Angelo Mockie
Angelo Mockie owns his own productions company and has featured in various professional productions as actor, director, musical director, musician or choreographer. Some highlights include, travelling to Rwanda, Egypt and the USA.

He directed locally produced musicals such as FAME, Dreamgirls, Athol Fugard’s My Children My Africa, John Kani and Barney Simon’s Lion and the Lamb, music director for various local artists.He also currently studying towards a PhD in the arts and holds the position, head of student arts, culture and dialogue at the University of the Free State.
Natalie Chan
Natalie is a producer and has worked internationally from the UK to Hong Kong for theatre and cultural events. Some highlights include working with Birmingham City Council and the Chinese Embassy to deliver “Cultures of China, Festivals of Spring” and producing Dumbledore Is So Gay which won the VAULT Festival’s Origins Award 2020.

She trained as Resident Assistant Producer at Theatre503, worked as Box Office Deputy Manager for Pleasance Theatre and now works in the Fundraising and Operations team at Creative Youth Charity alongside freelance producing.

Unique Clarke
Unique is an English with Film Graduate from Kings College London. She’s worked as an assistant script-writer, runner, editor, producer, and curator for film, theatre and anthologies. Previously she has participated in ‘emerging‘ arts schemes with the National Theatre and Young Vic. Recently, she has curated a Black History Month exhibition for John Lewis & Partners, the first of its kind in the companies 150 year history. Her interest lays particularly in producing for theatre, film and TV.

This webinar is part of Creative Youth’s So You Wanna Work In The Arts? programme, a series of free sessions aimed at helping young people gain an insight into the professional creative industries. The workshops will bring together experienced arts practitioners and inspiring young creatives to explore the future of the arts. 

International Youth Arts Festival Announcement

A group of dancers on stage bathed in dramatic purple light
Photo: Tangle Photography

We’re thrilled to announce that applications for the 13th International Youth Arts Festival (IYAF) will open from Monday 9th November.  

It has been a challenging year for the arts, and we hope you are all well. Thank you everyone for joining our International Youth Arts Festival: Digifest in July. Digifest was a wonderful opportunity to continue presenting and supporting young artists, and we will take this digital experience forward to enrich all future festivals.  

For International Youth Arts Festival 2021 we are committed to continue our work and adapt our vision for the festival to the various situations which could face us in terms of the Covid–19 pandemic. We encourage all potential applicants to think creatively with us, and we welcome all your ideas and questions.  

Our new look festival will be split into 3 categories: Indoor, Outdoor and Digital:

For International Youth Arts Festival 2021 we can’t wait to hear your ideas for indoor performances. Do you also have a vision for your piece that could potentially accommodate a socially distanced audience? Have you also thought about a more experimental / immersive style?  

We are also interested in work that can be performed in various outside spaces and we aim to expand our Outdoor Programme across the stunning town of Kingston Upon Thames. It may be theatre, music, comedy, visual arts, dance, circus and morecould your performance be adapted to an outdoor performance?  

Have you developed some new digital ideas? Alongside the live festival we intend to present an International Youth Arts Festival: Digifest 2021. How could your performance also fit a digital platform? 

So please, think boldly and out of the box, and use your brilliant creative minds to come up with as many exciting and surprising projects as possible for the application process opening on 9th November 2020. If you have any questions or want to run any idea by us before then, we’d love to hear from you at 

We can’t wait to all come together in Summer 2021! 

International Youth Arts Festival Programming Team