Archive for March, 2024

Meet our new Creative Talent Programme Artists!

Posted on: March 27th, 2024 by cyEditor

Jozoway is an Earth-based writer, book artist and Daoist design specialist. His work explores the idea of the book. Binding his practice through the movement of Parkour and the wisdom of ancient Daoists.

His reductive method and meditative approach push against the constraints of both the physical and poetic aspects of his materials, eliminating the concept of limitations within his work and granting him the freedom to analyse it boundlessly.

Using printed matter as a physical way of expression. Much of his success comes from his ability to express deep truths pulled from within, through writing and publication.

IG: @jozoway


Oscar Rodriguez (he/they) is a Salvadoran American poet and performance artist based in Kingston. Avid writer since childhood, his migration to London to study Creative Writing at Kingston University was a manifestation of resilience. Escaping from a doomsday group, their poetry reflects on trauma, religion, identity, and queerness.

With their debut Sampson Low pamphlet, MOLD, it follows the downward spiral of sexual addiction and its consequent ruin on the self. Fueling the descent through abstraction, constraint poetry and visual stimulation; there is no denial of degeneracy. Laid between confessional and fictive, Mold is telling of a new wave of the sexual revolution.

His work is multimodal: from the written word to hypnotic visuals and distorted soundscapes. They use technology and software to abstract language to construct reality under a detailed eye. His art is reflective of their life experience, a unique voice telling of a life in the shadows to push conversations on class, philosophy, and the taboo. Pain is used as fuel to begin relatable discussions in poetic form.

IG: @bleedingautograph

To find out more about what these two are up to, feel free to follow the links to their social media channels and make sure to sign up to our mailing list to be the first to hear about all the exciting things coming up in the next few months.

Our Creative Talent Programme is generously funded by Arts Council England.


Embark on an Adventure: The Kingston Bear Trail is Here!

Posted on: March 26th, 2024 by cyEditor

🎨🌈 The Bear Trail promises a colorful adventure for everyone, whether you’re a family in search of holiday fun, friends seeking outdoor excitement, or simply someone who loves exploring art in unexpected places. Best of all, it’s free to attend and open to all ages!

🌸🐾 With the trail spanning ten weeks, there’s ample opportunity to join in the excitement. Whether it’s Easter holidays or the May half term, the Bear Trail offers the perfect escape for keeping the little ones entertained and creating unforgettable memories together.

But that’s not all! As you journey through Kingston upon Thames, keep your eyes peeled for one of the bear sculptures stationed outside FUSEBOX. This special addition to the trail offers a unique opportunity to experience art in a vibrant setting, adding an extra layer of excitement to your Bear Trail adventure.

Ready to join the fun? Head over to Kingston and let the Bear Trail lead you on a journey filled with whimsy, creativity, and endless discoveries! Make sure to pop in during our opening hours to pick up a guide leaflet from our Box Office team. Once you’ve ticked off all 10 bears across the town centre you will receive a ‘Kingston Bear Expert’ badge of honour!

For more information and to plan your adventure:

Don’t miss out on this paw-some experience! 🐾✨

Update from Kingston First (15/04/2024): “We’re really upset to share that Spectrum, one of the bears that is part of our Bear Trail has been targeted by vandals and thrown into the River Thames. Fortunately, there is CCTV coverage and we are liaising with the Police on this. We’d like to thank all the people who have offered help and support to retrieve the bear, which is testament to the wonderful Kingston Community Spirit. It’s heart-warming to read all your concerned messages, we know how loved the beautiful bears are. We’re currently working on retrieving the bear from the waters and will keep you updated on when and if the bear will return to be part of the trail”.

FUSEBOX wins Time & Leisure Award 2024

Posted on: March 20th, 2024 by cyEditor

After the announcement that Creative Youth had won Best Charity/Social Enterprise Award at the Kingston Borough Business Awards in February 2024, we’re thrilled that our work developing FUSEBOX as a new multi-arts venue on Kingston’s riverside was recognised by the community.

FUSEBOX has now been officially open since July 2023, after a short pilot programme which ran from January – June 2023. The space has been home to exhibitions, comedy gigs, live music, conferences and more in that time and we look forward to continuing to welcome the community and letting young artists make the space their own to play and test new ideas.

Thank you to Time & Leisure and everyone who voted, and to SDS for sponsoring the award.

If you haven’t had a chance to visit FUSEBOX, check our our What’s On page or head down during our regular opening hours, Wednesday – Saturday, 11am – 6pm.


[Stage image credit: Joshua Tucker Photography]

Upcoming events at FUSEBOX this Spring 2024

Posted on: March 15th, 2024 by cyEditor

Facing Futures Visual Art Exhibition
Friday 29 March – Wednesday 6 April 2024
Opening hours: Wednesday – Saturday, 11:00 – 18:00 (last entry 17:30)

‘Facing Futures’ is an exploration into the future of the ever-changing world around us, what it might look like and how these changes may impact the human experience. The curated works cover a diverse range of visual art mediums such as painting, video & photography.

The Facing Futures Launch Night will take place on Thursday 28 March 2024 (18:30 – 21:00). This event will allow for exhibiting artists to network and discuss their works with those in attendance.

Create Community – Creatives for Culture
Sunday 14 April 2024, 14:00 – 20:00

Creatives for Culture collective was founded in 2021 with the purpose of building a strong network of filmakers and and film industry professionals. Since then, they have expanded to include those working in a wide range of creative fields.

We are please to be hosting Creatives for Culture this April for their annual creative network event. This event will include guest speakers, small businesses pop ups, a DJ set, film screenings and musical acts, with food sold on the day.
Instagram: @creatives4culture

Professional Acting Course
The Kingston Players

COURSE DATES: (Tuesdays) 23 April, 30 April & 7 May, 17:30 – 20:30
Price: £25 per session or £75 for full course

Currently at uni or college and preparing to apply to drama school? Or looking to get into acting and lacking the schooling experience? Or are you interested in acting and want to learn more?

Creative Youth are delighted to be bringing you a series of professionally focused workshops, designed to give emerging actors key advice, feedback and skills to prepare them on their journey into the acting industry.

Suitable for anyone aged 16+. Just 10 places per session are available!

Sat 18 & Sun 19 – Sat 25 & Sun 26 May 2024, 11:00 – 18:00

KAOS is a group of professional, semi-professional and experienced artists living and working in the Kingston area.

We are also pleased to announce that KAOS has partnered with FUSEBOX to launch KINGSTON YOUNG ARTISTS competition.

Artists will be exhibiting their work at FUSEBOX during Kingston Open Studios over two weekends: 18-26th May 2024.

Community in Residence Programme
DATE: Monthly Weekend Events

WOM Collective are a grassroots organisation of London based female artists, passionate about inspiring and empowering each other and our communities.

We are thrilled to be able to offer a creative and affordable space for them to organise workshops, experiment and develop future projects.

Known for their murals, paint jams and creative workshops, expect to see a wide variety of projects coming up in and around FUSEBOX over the coming months.

International Women’s Day – WOM Collective

Posted on: March 7th, 2024 by cyEditor

Our Community in Residence collaboration with WOM Collective is supported by Kingston Borough Council’s Community Resilience Fund.

You can support both Creative Youth and WOM in celebration of International Women’s Day by attending our upcoming events!

WOM X FUSEBOX inspired.

Saturday 16 March @ FUSEBOX (18:00 – 21:00)

Queen’s of the Wall