AMP Kingston is a National Lottery Heritage Fund (NLHF) supported project that is exploring and celebrating Kingston’s music heritage.
Focusing on themes of Art, Music & Pop Fashion, the ideas continue the legacy of Kingston RPM (Records, People & Music), another NLHF supported project delivered by Creative Youth in 2017.
Working closely with our community of local people, musicians, music venues, art colleges and fans, we have developed a Heritage Trail across Kingston, alongside a broad programme of exhibitions and events between January and March 2024 to showcase this rich legacy and inspire and support our next generation of artists.
Since launching in 2022, AMP Kingston has connected Kingston’s rich musical heritage to hundreds of people across the local community and beyond.
This activity includes Bowie and Beyond, one of the most popular exhibitions ever to be hosted at Kingston Museum. Running from March-September 2023, ‘Bowie and Beyond’ told the story of David Bowie launching his Ziggy Stardust persona at the Toby Jug borough in February 1972 and placed this story into the wider cultural context of music in the Kingston borough.
AMP also works with a range of young creatives to deliver artistic interpretations of the historical research, including as part of UPCYCLE. This all-day event took place in June 2023 at Creative Youth’s FUSEBOX space, and featured visual art, music, and make-up and craft workshops.
In summer 2023 AMP Kingston launched AMPlify, the project’s very own podcast series. AMPlify features a wide range of voices that AMP Kingston has engaged with, whether interviewees reminiscing about Kingston’s music past, artists delivering creative responses, or volunteers supporting the full range of AMP’s work.