Archive for July, 2023

FUSEBOX Officially Launches!

Posted on: July 31st, 2023 by cyEditor

A huge thank you to all of wonderful supporters for coming to celebrate to launch of FUSEBOX on the 7th July 2023.

Robin Hutchinson, chair of Creative Youth, said: “FUSEBOX is quite simply a game changer for Creative Youth ensuring we can offer young creatives a dynamic, flexible and inspiring place. A home for them to develop their ideas, projects and partnerships. Even the pilot programme has shown that great things will emerge from this space and now we will be open full time, the opportunities just multiply.”

Incoming Co-Directors of the Charity, Archie O’Neill and Daniel Cartlidge, chatted to Time and Leisure Magazine about their hopes for the space and how FUSEBOX plans to make a positive impact on the local community.

Said Archie: “Creative Youth works across any art form you can think of – visual, performance, dance, video games and film. It’s really important for us to have this space. We’ve been somewhat behind closed doors during the pilot season while the facade was reconstructed. But we’ve had young people inside and experimenting with the space. This launch event is important for us to show what we have done so far, our plans for the future and making sure everyone feels included.”

They have been thrilled with the response to the pilot season. Said Daniel: “These last six months of testing have helped us to establish key partners and contacts with community groups and we have a broad range of people who want to use the space for multiple different reasons. We want to fill it with all kinds of art from all kinds of young people in the local area and surrounding boroughs. It’s about being able to delve in to community work and see what is happening in the youth clubs, the arts centres and drama groups and give those who don’t have performance venues or exhibition spaces a platform to showcase their work. We are really excited for the future.”

Kingston has so much to offer in terms of creativity and culture, says Archie. “When I came here and joined Creative Youth two years ago I was amazed to see how many young people there are creating and making things. A lot of that comes out of the university but also from the likes of a really dynamic youth service such as Achieving for Children, who are engaging young people on a regular basis through youth clubs, and with initiatives such as Anstee Bridge. The aim of FUSEBOX is to give young people a space they can fully take over as well as having the expertise from a team like ours who can support them in the next step of their careers.”

Archie added: “It is also a beautiful space and it’s important to showcase FUSEBOX as a heritage site, which is now open on a continuous year-round basis for the local community to see.”

FUSEBOX will be open to the general public from w/c 4th September on the following days:

If you have any questions or would like to get in touch with us please feel free to contact us on

AMPlify – UPCYCLE: FUSEBOX (Episode 2)

Posted on: July 31st, 2023 by cyEditor

Presented by heritage researcher Jarek Zaba, this podcast series will feature a wide range of voices that AMP Kingston has heard from, whether it’s our interviewees reminiscing about Kingston’s music past, artists helping to deliver our exciting programme of public events, or our enthusiastic volunteers who are supporting us across the full range of our work.

Jarek sits down with AMP Project Manager Archie O’Neill to talk about the UPCYCLE event which took place at Creative Youth’s FUSEBOX space in June 2023. 

Curated by Archie and AMP Trainee Project Manager Chiyana Ankhrah, UPCYCLE featured artistic installations, creative workshops and musical performances. Artistic interpretations used AMP’s heritage research as its basis, ‘upcycling’ it into contemporary messages of sustainability.

Listen to the episode on Spotify via the link below or by clicking here to view on our YouTube Channel.

AMPLIFY is brought to you by Creative Youth with support from the National Lottery Heritage Fund. 

More info on FUSEBOX at 

Contact for more info on heritage research or for volunteering and community events.

Find out more about the Upcycle exhibition in our video below.

About Creative Youth Charity: Creative Youth aims to enable young people to realise their potential through the arts. We believe every young person has a right to access the arts and creativity and should be encouraged to take initiatives, risks and push boundaries in a safe, inclusive environment.

Best of FUSE International – 2023 Award Winners

Posted on: July 24th, 2023 by cyEditor

Each year, the FUSE International Awards recognise and celebrate the amazing companies and performances who have excelled and captivated their audiences with their work.

We would like to say a huge thank you to all the wonderful companies and performers who have brought Kingston to life this summer. From theatre, music, cabaret, dance to visual arts and comedy, there has been something for everyone across the town during the festival.

A wide variety of awards celebrate all facets of our multi-arts programme, with each individual show/performance being reviewed by one of our team members.

All companies who win an award win a free registration to take part in FUSE International 2024 the following year. 

2023 Award Winners

We’re thrilled to announce this year’s award winners:

Best Dance Performance


Best Children & Families Performance


Best Ensemble Performance

The Ordinariness of Her – CAPA College/ Momentum Theatre

Best Fringe Performance

Oubliette – Barking Hearts Theatre
Friction Burn – Precipice Theatre
Genderfluid Babe Manifesto – Lu Greco
My Dad Wears A Dress – Maria Telnikoff

Best Music Performance

Thames Youth Jazz Orchestra