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Creative Sparks – 17 February – Performing Arts Night

Posted on: February 7th, 2023 by cyEditor

The Eden Ensemble

The Eden Ensemble will be performing extracts from their new devised play called fruit(ful). A bold and honest exploration of womanhood, sexuality and queerness, fruit(ful) tackles old ideas in order to bear new fruit. 

Instagram: @fruitful.corpusplayroom 

Content Warning: mentions of sexual assault and transphobia  

 

Sideline Theatre

Aoife Parr is currently studying for an MA Theatre Directing under the tutelage of Katie Mitchell. Whilst completing her undergraduate degree at Warwick in English Literature and Theatre, Aoife Assistant Directed two productions at the Edinburgh Fringe (2019 & 2022). Alongside directing, Aoife is also a playwright, with her most recent project, It won’t Let You Live, documenting her lived experience of chronic illness.  

Instagram: aoife_parr 

Eva Coffey is a Welsh student, currently completing her BA in Drama and Theatre Studies. With a personal connection to the story, she is excited to be part of the project It Won’t Let You Live and is looking forward to being able to perform! She has appeared in a variety of community and youth theatre projects back in Wales, and completed a year’s professional qualification in Acting with The Acting Company, Gower College Swansea. 

Josh Shea is currently studying Drama with Film at Royal Holloway. He is best known for playing the role of Young Newt in Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, and Devin in The Royals on Netflix. Josh is passionate about telling stories in both the medium of stage and film and is excited to be part of the cast of It Won’t Let You Live. 

Content warning: language, reference to sexual content  

 

ADDLED.AD0LESCENT 

Amber Lucia Gibbins (she/they), who goes by the pseudonym ADDLED.AD0LESCENT, is a 22-year-old, mixed-media artist who explores blending digital new age design and technology, with more traditional methods of art. 

In COLOUR CRAZED, they invite you to be introduced into an immersive world full of vibrant colours, featuring interpretative dance by Kai (they/them), Miranda (she/her) and themselves. Through the use of projection, and the human form, witness a look into the mind of Amber’s thoughts and emotions. 

The piece also features music made by MARTIAL AUTIST. 

“I was recently diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder, a condition that affects how you think, feel and interact with others. I wanted to express how intense and overwhelming my emotions can get, and to raise awareness about BPD, a diagnosis that is heavily stigmatised and demonised by society.” 

Instagram: @colour.crazed.maniac 

Content Warning: Mental Health, Flashing Imagery

Creative Sparks – 10 February – Music & Visual Art

Posted on: February 7th, 2023 by cyEditor

Yeliz

I am a 21-year-old freelance creative focusing on mainly analogue photography. I’ve always been interested in human connection and how those connections can be expressed through us; whether that’s a simple gaze, dance, or even comfortable silence. This series of images is a part of my new project titled ‘Hanim’ – exploring the feminine and maternal connections within the Turkish Cypriot community and highlighting the traditions that mark womanhood for growing Turkish Cypriot girls and women. The series also gives attention the beauty of North Cyprus’ land and history on 35mm.

Instagram – @boxed.up_

Sharifa

Sharifa is an 18-year-old musician, producer, artist and DJ working in between different genres, notably rap, pop, R&B and alternative. With a unique and interesting style, he shows an undeniable potential and a future full-of-promise. Being born in the East Midlands and raised in a close-minded town, Sharifa is now living in London where he continues to grow and collaborate in the creative industry. He takes influences from his daily life and emotional struggles, and portrays it through his work. 

Instagram – @shzrifa 

IzaBella & Mariia

IzaBella and Mariia are Ukrainian professional musicians who were forced to flee their country as a result of Russia’s aggressive attack on their homeland. They met in the UK and became friends in life and music, despite completely different personalities and musical tastes. They created a special performance-program about Ukraine which consists of video and photo content, introducing foreign people with Ukraine’s history and culture and, of course, sharing music – songs that have been written during the war times. Apart from this project they are also working on their solo careers as well, finding opportunities within the acting and dance industries whilst working on other projects both in the UK and internationally.

Instagram – @_realizabella and @mari.yaremak

 

Buy tickets for the event on Friday 10 February

Creative Youth’s Gala Dinner 2023

Posted on: February 6th, 2023 by cyEditor

What a remarkable 12 months it has been for Creative Youth; returning to a fully in-person festival last summer with a renewed energy and new brand – FUSE International – and with the launch of FUSEBOX, our exciting new flexible performance and events venue, we have gone from strength to strength!

For almost 15 years, Creative Youth has been inspiring, supporting and fostering young talent. We are immensely proud that over that time thousands of young people have been given a platform and a playground, and have been inspired, encouraged and given a helping hand in their chosen path. These achievements are impressive, but none of them would have been possible without your support and continued involvement. 

Join us at this year’s annual Creative Youth Gala Dinner, taking place on Thursday 13 April 2023 at Glenmore House, Surbiton, and celebrate the many successes of the last 12 months. 

 Starting with a reception at 6.45pm, the gala includes a sumptuous meal, an impressive variety of entertainment from some fantastic young performers and is topped off with an auction! 

 As a long-standing supporter of the charity, we wanted to invite you to secure your place as seats will be limited at this year’s event. 

 Mindful of people’s finances, we are keeping the ticket price the same as the 2019 event:
– at £100 for an individual ticket
– £950 for a table of 10

We really hope you can join us for what promises to be a wonderful experience. 

Book tickets here

Are you a young creative?

Posted on: January 23rd, 2023 by cyEditor

Creative Youth are seeking our next cohort of aspiring and motivational young creatives to be part of a panel of emerging professionals. No matter your background we want to hear from you, we are looking for people from theatre, music, dance, visual art or any artistic background to join us.

You will assist in driving forward our artistic mission and assist us with planning and projects during this exciting phase of our development, including the opening of our new creative space and FUSE International 2023.

In return you as a young creative will be facilitated and supported by professionals in the sector and there are substantial learning opportunities to be involved in other aspects of Creative Youth’s work.

If you’re interested, and aged 18 – 26, then we’d love to hear from you! Please visit our post on our ‘Live Opportunities’ page for all specific information regarding applications and more from what you can expect out of joining our team of young creatives.

Deadline: Friday 24th February 2023 at midday.

Young people in Kingston get new creative space as Creative Youth launch FUSEBOX

Posted on: January 23rd, 2023 by cyEditor

Kingston Upon Thames will soon have a new home for creativity as FUSEBOX opens next month. This newly converted 750m2 space on the Thames riverside features areas for performance, exhibitions, creative practice, socialising, co-creation and more.

Situated underneath the John Lewis department store in an extraordinary space which houses the footings of the original 12th century Kingston Bridge and the remains of a medieval cellar, FUSEBOX will provide a vibrant new cultural centre for the area, its young people and communities, support the regeneration of the area and drive employment and training opportunities.

After a 7-month renovation project led by charity Creative Youth and supported by Kingston Council, John Lewis and the Mayor of London, the space will now open to the public for a pilot season of activities and drop-in tours of the space. FUSEBOX was named by Creative Youth’s board of Young Creatives and wider team to capture its dynamic multifunctional purpose and echoes the name of FUSE International, Creative Youth’s annual festival of performance (formerly the International Youth Arts Festival).

The pilot season includes Creative Sparks scratch nights, held every Friday from 3 February from 7-9:30pm, offering a chance to see a selection of new performance in its early stages of creation. Full details and booking can be found at fuseboxkingston.org

There will also be two free exhibitions by past and current Creative Talent Programme artists, Chiyana Ankhrah and Tanvi Ranjan.

Former Creative Talent Programme artist Chiyana Ankhrah’s thought-provoking exhibition returns to Creative Youth following its debut at FUSE International 2023. LABELS: Black Mental Health and Me is a photographic documentary that focuses on anecdotal experiences of 4 Black British men and women who are currently dealing with or have dealt with mental illness. This project uses their stories to explore the impact of situational and intergenerational trauma as well as racial bias within mental health services and how these elements can negatively impact Black people’s mental health.

Current Creative Talent Programme artist, Tanvi Ranjan, exhibits four pieces from her studio. Ranjan’s work explores subjects of the human-machine relationship while elaborating on the techniques of textile making and the role of women in sculpting the future of digital and information age. By highlighting the intersections between textile and digital information, the artist makes visible the complexity of modern technology and internet that is often obscured by the high-speed electronic transmission of data in the form of bits.

Speaking on the opening, Creative Youth’s Chair, Robin Hutchinson MBE said:

“It has been a dream for Creative Youth to have a home to support young talent to explore and develop their cultural ideas and practices. FUSEBOX gives us that opportunity in a remarkable new space that will be a playground for the imagination. Through our valued partnerships with Kingston University, Kingston College, Kingston Council and other groups and organisations we can bring together our communities to explore and realise ideas. FUSEBOX will bring a positive energy to this part of Kingston’s riverside and throughout the town, and we are extremely grateful to the Mayor of London, John Lewis, Kingston Council and many other local partners for their support and help.”

Andreas Kirsch, leader of Kingston Council said:

“Kingston Council has been working with partners to regenerate this area under John Lewis as part of its heritage-led Transform Kingston programme, to bring new opportunities for the borough’s young people and entrepreneurs. I am thrilled to see FUSEBOX opening. This is an amazing project, which will bring people together, giving them a space to be creative, to explore, and to enjoy. It will be a wonderful addition to Kingston’s great cultural offer, filling the historic place it will be located with new life.”

Artist Tanvi Ranjin said:

“FUSEBOX is one-of-a-kind space in the heart of Kingston for young creatives from all disciplines. As this year’s Creative Talent Artist, I am excited to use FUSEBOX for my creative practice and to connect with other artists. Its heritage backing would elevate the experience of the art that is produced, performed, and exhibited here. It is not only a platform for artistic expression but also for collaboration and co-creation. I am confident that FUSEBOX will bring together many artists and build a community that can grow within various art forms.”

About Creative Youth

Creative Youth is a charity based in Kingston-upon-Thames that exists to enable young people to realise their potential through the arts, involving them in innovative, original and ambitious projects. Projects include FUSE International festival and heritage project AMP Kingston; Art, Music and Pop Fashion.

Twitter: @fuseboxkingston | @creativeyouthuk
Insta: @fuseboxkingston | @creativeyouthuk

creativeyouthcharity.org | fuseboxkingston.org

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Creative Sparks Nights – February 2023

Posted on: January 18th, 2023 by cyEditor

Our new Creative Sparks nights are aimed at giving emerging artists and companies the opportunities to showcase short pieces of work that are in development. This work can be from a range of genres whether it be theatre, comedy, physical theatre, poetry, etc and has to be between 10-15 minutes long.

The ‘scratch nights’ are paid opportunities for artists and take place in our new multi-arts space in Kingston: FUSEBOX.

The Creative Sparks nights provide opportunities to share ideas and request feedback from audiences.

Upcoming dates:

The Sparks nights will run from 19:00 – 21:30.

Book tickets here

 

Multi-buy offer
Buy a ticket to more than 2 of our Creative Sparks nights and receive 25% off each ticket

Welcome to FUSEBOX

Posted on: January 11th, 2023 by cyEditor

Creative Youth is entering an exciting time in our 14-year history as we further evolve our year-round offer through a new creative space, FUSEBOX, in our beloved Kingston. The space will operate in addition to FUSE International, and our other programmes of work. 

This extraordinary space houses the footings of the original Kingston Bridge and medieval undercroft and is situated under John Lewis by the riverside. FUSEBOX will provide a new vibrant cultural offer to the town, its young people and (arts) communities, support the regeneration of the area, and drive employment and training opportunities.  

FUSEBOX has been named by Creative Youth’s board of Young Creatives and wider team to capture its dynamic multifunctional purpose – one which will see innovation, diversity, and inclusion at its heart. The space features areas for performance, exhibitions, creative practice, socialising, co-creation and much more.  

Our doors are now open so you can see for yourselves, and chat to our team about all our plans during the first phase of opening.  

From 6 February, we will be offering Open House drop-in visits twice a week on Thursday from 5–7pm and Saturday from 11am –1pm, so just pop along at a time that suits.  

In the meantime, if you are keen to find out more, and about the potential for using FUSEBOX then please:
email Archie or visit our website for more information

We look forward to welcoming you. 

A few words from our Chair, Robin Hutchinson MBE:

“FUSEBOX is an exciting new creative space right beside the Thames in the heart of Kingston Town. It has been a dream for Creative Youth to have a home to support young talent to explore and develop their cultural ideas and practices. FUSEBOX gives us that opportunity in a remarkable new space that will be a playground for the imagination.

Through our valued partnerships with Kingston University, Kingston College, Kingston Council and other groups and organisations we can bring together our communities to explore and realise ideas. FUSEBOX will bring a positive energy to this part of Kingston’s riverside and throughout the town, and we are extremely grateful to the Mayor of London, John Lewis, Kingston Council and many other local partners for their support and help.”

Tanvi Ranjan, Creative Talent Programme 22-23 Artist, said:

“FUSEBOX is one-of-a-kind space in the heart of Kingston for young creatives from all disciplines. As this year’s Creative Talent Artist, I am excited to use FUSEBOX for my creative practice and to connect with other artists. Its heritage backing would elevate the experience of the art that is produced, performed, and exhibited here. It is not only a platform for artistic expression but also for collaboration and co-creation. I am confident that FUSEBOX will bring together many artists and build a community that can grow within various art forms.”

Open House Drop-in Sessions

The Open House drop-in sessions will take place on: 

Thursdays
9 February, 5–7pm
16 February, 5–7pm
23 February, 5–7pm

2 March, 5–7pm
9 March, 5–7pm
30 March, 5–7pm

Saturdays
11 February, 11am–1pm
18 February, 11am–1pm
25 February, 11am–1pm

4 March, 11am–1pm
11 March, 11am–1pm
18 March, 11am–1pm
25 March, 11am–1pm

*Please note there will be no drop-in session on Thursday 23 March due to another event taking place.

Free exhibitions

There will also be two free exhibitions by past and current Creative Talent Programme artists, Chiyana Ankhrah and Tanvi Ranjan. 

Former Creative Talent Programme artist Chiyana Ankhrah’s thought-provoking exhibition returns to Creative Youth following its debut at FUSE International 2023. LABELS: Black Mental Health and Me is a photographic documentary that focuses on anecdotal experiences of 4 Black British men and women who are currently dealing with or have dealt with mental illness. This project uses their stories to explore the impact of situational and intergenerational trauma as well as racial bias within mental health services and how these elements can negatively impact Black people’s mental health.   

Current Creative Talent Programme artist, Tanvi Ranjan, exhibits four pieces from her studio. Ranjan’s work explores subjects of the human-machine relationship while elaborating on the techniques of textile making and the role of women in sculpting the future of digital and information age. By highlighting the intersections between textile and digital information, the artist makes visible the complexity of modern technology and internet that is often obscured by the high-speed electronic transmission of data in the form of bits. 

FUSE International 2023 — Still Time to Apply!

Posted on: January 9th, 2023 by cyEditor

Apply for FUSE International 2023 by this SUNDAY 15 JANUARY and be part of the UK’s largest multi-arts festival for performers under 27.

As the UK’s largest multi-arts festival for performers under the age of 27, FUSE International brings together some of the brightest young talent from around the world for 10 extraordinary days of theatre, music, comedy, dance, circus, visual art and more. It is a celebration of new voices, raw talent, ideas in development.

HOW TO APPLY:

Before applying through Eventotron, we encourage you to first read the application information on our website, and read our festival resources page. This tells you everything you need to know about applying to be part of the festival, and provides helpful information such as venue sizes, services and costs, and FAQs.

If you have any questions about applying to be part of FUSE International 2023, speak to our Festival Director, Petra, on fusedirector@creativeyouthcharity.org.

Creative Sparks Scratch Evenings – Register your Interest

Posted on: December 12th, 2022 by cyEditor

The works presented can be extracts or works-in-progress ranging from a variety of different art forms and genres that include theatre, comedy, poetry and music. The only requirement is that they’re no longer than 20 minutes in length.

So what are you waiting for, get involved and come and be one of the first performers in our brand new creative space; FUSEBOX!

Our ‘Creative Sparks’ nights are aimed at giving emerging artists and companies the opportunity to showcase short pieces of work that are in development. These ‘scratch nights’ are paid opportunities as part of our Creative Talent Programme and will be showcased as part of the pilot programme for our new creative space opening next year. We will offer each artist/company a £100 performance fee for taking part and access to free rehearsal space prior to the event if required.

To register your interest please click here and fill out this short form and we will be in touch in the new year.

Alternatively, if you would like to submit this application in video form or have any questions at all please contact our General Manager, Daniel.

DEADLINE: Monday 9 January 2023

Our Creative Sparks evenings will take place every Friday in February 2023 (3rd, 10th, 17th and 24th) and will be the first public performances to be held in our new space which is such an exciting opportunity.

Creative Youth have long dreamed of having a creative playground in Kingston, a place for young people to produce work, try new things, learn, share and develop their talents. Now, that dream is becoming a reality. Situated under John Lewis in Kingston, we will launch this space in 2023.

Formerly known as the Undercroft, our new space will be a place for young people, emerging artists, key academic partners, and community organisations locally, nationally and internationally to come together. With innovation, diversity and inclusion at its heart, it will be a multifunctional space, with areas for performance, exhibitions, creative practice, socialising, co-creation and more.

It will also be a home to FUSE International and our Creative Talent artists. The venue will evolve in close collaboration with young people and the local arts community. In short it will be your space, to build your future.

A huge thank you to Riverside Walk for generously sponsoring this event.

CTP Artist Tanvi on BBC Radio Surrey Breakfast

Posted on: November 23rd, 2022 by cyEditor

Tanvi’s work explores subjects of the human-machine relationship while elaborating on the techniques of textile making and the role of women in sculpting the future of digital and information age. By highlighting the intersections between textile and digital information, the artist makes visible the complexity of modern technology and internet that is often obscured by the high-speed electronic transmission of data in the form of bits.

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