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Creative Talent Programme 20-21


Creative Youth are delighted to announce that applications are open for our Creative Talent Programme for 2020-2021. We are searching for three new and exciting emerging or early career companies/artists to support.

We are particularly keen to support emerging artists/companies from outside of London/ M25 and/or, artists/companies who identify as D/deaf or disabled and/or work focused on this. We are also aiming to focus on underrepresented art forms, so the piece the artist/company wants to develop, needs to include an element of either dancecircus or music.

The Creative Talent Programme 2020 – 2021 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.

Find out more

Year of Muybridge

Year of Muybridge

Join us for a series of special celebrations to mark 190 years since the pioneering photographer’s birth

On the 9 April several local partners were due to be celebrating the life and achievements of one of the borough’s most famous residents – pioneering photographer and inventor Eadweard Muybridge – by putting on a special launch day in Kingston to mark his birthday.

Whilst we have postponed these physical birthday plans until time allows, we don’t want the day to be missed so are instead staging some online activity, which we would love you to join us for. We also wanted to inform you of exciting project plans once current COVID-19 (Coronavirus) restrictions have been lifted.

To mark 190 years since the inventor’s birth, Kingston Council’s Heritage Service has programmed special activity hailing the achievements of Muybridge – widely regarded as a significant influencer of modern cinema due to his trailblazing work on motion picture movement.

The official Year of Muybridge launch day is Thursday 9 April – Muybridge’s birthday – and this will start an ongoing year of celebrations, with the theme of the year being ‘movement’.

Find the full programme of events for the launch event here.

Take part

Muy-Art, 5-25 year old creative competition
Kingston Heritage Service’s Young Collective are working with Creative Youth & International Youth Arts Festival to host a creative competition in response to Muybridge’s work.

Winners will be displayed as part of Kingston Museum’s Muybridge Co-Curate exhibition later in the year and as part of IYAF 2021.

Further details can be found here.


IYAF 2020: Cancelled due to Covid-19

Following recent national and international developments in regard to the spread of the Covid-19 Pandemic we are sad to inform you that we are having to cancel the International Youth Arts Festival 2020. This is not a decision that we have taken lightly but, as I’m sure you realise, we have to act in the best interests of the companies and individuals taking part, our audiences, our volunteers and our staff. We also wanted to make this decision as early as we could in an ever-developing situation. We now feel, as more and more countries take decisions to isolate, that there is little likelihood of the Pandemic receding at such a scale and rate for the Festival to go ahead in its current form.

These are unprecedented times and we have made what we regard as the best judgement for health and wellbeing. We know you will share in our disappointment but hope you appreciate the unique circumstances that have led to this decision.

This naturally has implications for the charity and we are working now to develop plans that allow us to continue our work and begin planning for IYAF 2021.

We know that you appreciate the importance of creative and cultural activity in fostering positive relationships and opportunities for all. We will be working towards being ready to emerge with activity as soon as the environment allows.

We appreciate your support, patience and understanding in these unprecedented circumstances.

Thank you

Creative Youth and the International Youth Arts Festival

The Undercroft Scratch

A new pop-up space for emerging artists to perform short segments of their work. Raw talent in raw spaces.

The Undercroft Scratch Update: Postponed due to Covid-19

Following recent national and international developments we are sad to inform you that we are having to postpone The Undercroft Scratch. 

We appreciate your support, patience and understanding in these unprecedented circumstances. We will be working towards being ready to emerge with activity as soon as the environment allows.

Come and experience a new pop-up arts space on the riverside amongst the ruins of the first bridge outside London. The Undercroft Scratch showcases the work of 6 new artists featuring dance, music, theatre and comedy.

This is a brand new initiative by Creative Youth and supported by Arts Council England. This is where we turn derelict venues into pop-up arts spaces.

The companies/ individuals involved are:

  • Pound of Flesh
  • Freya Jackson
  • Greg Arundell
  • Bona Dance Company
  • Christina Dionysopoulou
  • Jack Hart


Venue: The Undercroft, under John Lewis Kingston

The Undercroft is a disused space and as a result it DOES NOT appear on any maps so this address listed here 1 Riverside Walk, Kingston upon Thames KT1 1QN is the closest address to the venue.

Directions: The Undercroft is underneath John Lewis, once you arrive at Chakra Indian Restaurant you need to walk along the river, go through the underpass to the other side of the bridge and on your right hand side you will see The Undercroft. There will be sign posts and volunteers to point you in the right direction.

Access requirements: Please telephone the office on 020 8549 2120 if you have any physical access requirements as there are some limitations at the venue due to it being a disused space.

The Undercroft Scratch is generously supported by Arts Council England


Opportunities for emerging artists

We are excited to announce two new opportunities for emerging artists as part of our Creative Talent Programme.

The Creative Talent Programme identifies young and emerging artists and organisations 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.



Creative Talent Scratch Night 
This popup event will take place in March 2020 and will feature the work of 6 emerging artists. Apply before midnight on Friday 28 February here

Creative Talent Programme
Applications are now open for 3 emerging companies to join the next intake of the Creative Talent Programme for 2020-21.  More information can be found here. Deadline to apply is Monday 30 March.

The Creative Talent Programme is generously supported using public funding by Arts Council England.