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Creative Talent Programme 2021-22: New artists announced

We’re excited to announce the three young artists we will support this year as part of our Creative Talent Programme, which offers artform-specific industry mentoring, business and strategic support and £2000 to develop a piece of creative work. This year, the programme’s focus is artists making work in the fields of film and visual arts.

The Creative Talent Programme was launched in 2009 to identify young and emerging artists and companies who have the potential to become excellent creative practitioners and give them the artistic, business and strategic support to become flourishing, challenging, exciting organisations of the future. Although Creative Youth is based in Kingston-upon-Thames, applicants for the programme can be based anywhere in the UK and there has been a particular focus in recent years to encourage participants from outside London to apply.

Previous Creative Talent Programme companies/artists have included award-winning puppetry company Smoking Apples, theatre company Dumbshow, What is Written Dance, and Circus Suburbia.

This year, the Creative Talent scheme will support the following artists:

  • Writer, filmmaker and actor Scar Ward, who specialises in writing for young people and explores disability, dysfunctional families, and queer themes in their work.
  • Jordy Deelight who creates performance-based work for theatre and television, looking at identity and persona in the art of drag and exploring themes of disability, gender and mental health in autobiographical theatre.
  • Photographer Chiyana Ankhrah whose work is focused on challenging and destabilising Eurocentric beauty standards by uplifting and empowering Black women who have been historically left out of the fashion and beauty industries while addressing and challenging stereotypes around Black mental health.

Speaking about the Creative Talent Programme, CEO of Creative Youth Louise Coles said “As we know young people and young artists have been particularly hit hard by the pandemic, through unemployment, mental health issues and subsequently many feeling a loss of a sense of purpose, so it has been important for us at Creative Youth to ensure we have remained “open for business” providing the much needed stability and support during this time – our Creative Talent programme has been and continues to be a key part of this mission.”

whatshisface theatre company, who were a Creative Talent Programme Company in 2020-21 said “The Creative Talent Programme has helped us navigate through a very difficult period and their support couldn’t have come at a better time. I really admire what Creative Youth do, which is put their artists first. Really recommend this for any artist looking to broaden their networks and strengthen their body of work, all with a bespoke mentorship.”

International Youth Arts Festival returns to Kingston for 2021!

International Youth Arts Festival (IYAF) is back this July and we can’t wait to celebrate the return of live performance with you!


Join us for a summer filled with theatre, circus, puppetry, music and more by talented emerging artists from across the country.  IYAF will bring the Rose Theatre and outdoor locations across the town centre alive with brilliant stories and performances for all ages 

Don’t know where to begin? This year’s festival highlight, HOTEL PARADISO, is a critically acclaimed hilarious and fun circus spectacular for all the family – BOOK NOW

Tickets are now on sale for the 13th festival taking place around Kingston.  After an unprecedented year, we are delighted to be returning with live performance for all the family.

Tickets are available from Rose Theatre Box Office, and there is information about all of our free events taking place during the festival here on the website.

Creative Talent Programme 2021-22 Applications are NOW OPEN!

Creative Youth are pleased to announce that applications for the 2021-22 Creative Talent Programme are now OPEN! 

We are searching for three new and exciting artists/companies to support and mentor. 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.  

Details of how to apply and all eligibility criteria can be found HERE 


Creative Youth’s Creative Talent Programme is generously supported using public funding by Arts Council England and will work in partnership with the Royal Borough of Kingston Council, Kingston University, Kingston First, the Rose Theatre Kingston and Kingston College.  

Opportunities to join Creative Youth

We’re excited to be expanding our team and are on the hunt for a new Projects Assistant via Government’s Kickstart scheme. You’ll providing administrative, logistical and general support to two major projects in the next 6 months, the International Youth Arts Festival 2021 and the Undercroft Community Engagement and Pilot Programme.  

See the full job pack and how to apply here

The Kickstart scheme is designed for those between 16-24 who are currently claiming Universal Credit and are at risk of unemployment. To be eligible your local job centre must refer you to us.

Applications close on Sunday 23 May 2021

New webinar: Asian Representation in TV, Film and Theatre

Join our industry panel for an in-depth discussion about Asian representation within the arts. With the Black Lives Matters movement gathering amazing pace in the arts, the lack of Asian representation in the arts is still not being discussed enough. Our panel will explore what more can be done to support and celebrate Asian creatives.

Register for free to join the conversation via Zoom
When: Monday 19 April, 7pm

This webinar is part of a free monthly series by Creative Youth, called So You Wanna Work in the Arts, discussing key arts industry topics and supported by Arts Council England.