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We Are Hiring – Volunteer & Work Experience Manager

Posted on: February 21st, 2024 by cyEditor

We are happy to announce that applications for our new Volunteer and Work Experience Manager are now live!

As the Volunteer and Work Experience Manager, you will take the lead in recruiting and managing volunteers and work experience students for the FUSE International 2024 festival and wider Creative Youth activities. This role is a gateway to developing skills in project management, administration, and communications, offering you a unique chance to work closely with young creative individuals in a fast-paced and dynamic environment.

For all information regarding this role, a full job description and how to apply please click here.


Creative Sparks 23.02.2024 – Care & Healing

Posted on: February 19th, 2024 by cyEditor

About our Artists

Puikeih Lam

Puikeih Lam is a multidisciplinary artist based in South-East Buckinghamshire and South-West London. She is currently studying BA Fine Art at Kingston University.

Lam works with written word, paint and print to explore her internal experience of the physical body. She is interested in translating the inner experience and allowing audiences to identify with the work, which is described as a symptom and simultaneously a therapy.

Instagram –  @puikeihlam


Jozoway, (b. 2000, Belo Horizonte). His work explores the idea of the book. Jozoway’s practice is rooted in the movement of parkour, the poetics of Five Percenter Hip Hop, and the Wisdom of the ancient Daoists.

His reductive method and meditative approach push against the constraints of both the physical and poetic aspects of his materials. 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, publishing, and book arts.

Instagram – @jozoway




Lucia Martinez

Lucia is an Italian freelance artist and performer. Her main interest as a performer is to devise original and collaborative multidisciplinary pieces finding storytelling alternatives to the spoken word. She is passionate about connecting local creatives and utilising art as a commentary on societal and contemporary issues, spreading awareness on untold stories.

Co-founder of the collective JunkJunkie, she has discovered the power of working for and within a community and taken on roles such as artist liaison or performance coordinator.

Instagram — @___luce





Florence Grieve

Florence Grieve is a Bristol based creative whose work explores themes of identity, disability and inclusion. Her poetry has been published in Mslexia, featured as an Acumen Young Poet and broadcast on BBC Radio Bristol. She is drawn to storytelling through the belief it has the power to change attitudes. This interest in authentic representation of disabled lives extends to a love of cinema. When she’s not writing, she is developing her film curation practice, centred on accessible film exhibition, through Film Hub South West’s Beyond Boundaries programme.


Creative Sparks 16.02.2024 – Anti-Valentines

Posted on: February 12th, 2024 by cyEditor

About our Artists

Maria Telnikoff

Maria Telnikoff (she/they) is a writer, performer and alternative comedian. Creator of five star show  “My Dad Wears A Dress” (Nottingham Playhouse, Vagina Museum, Camden People’s Theatre and Underbelly, Edinburgh) about her experience of growing up with a trans female parent, she is excited to bring an excerpt of her new show “All The Men Are Going To Hate Me” to Creative Sparks.

It is also touring to Riverside Studio’s Bitesize Festival, Leicester Comedy Festival and Brighton Fringe. The show is about one woman’s attempt to write The Great (Female) Novel of the 21st Century. Part stand-up, part poetry, part interpretive dance, it’s an exploration of love, sex and literature. Maria is also co-host of alt comedy night Soft Play Area and a graduate of SOHO Theatre Comedy Labs Plus.

Instagram – @mariatelnikoff21


Jas Nisic

Jas Nisic (they/them) is a multi-award nominated Theatre-Maker and Singer-Songwriter, nominated for two consecutive OffFest Awards and shortlisted for Best LGBTQA+ production at the Greater Manchester Fringe. Their work has been supported by Queer Superbia Arts Fund and LGBT Foundation. They trained at the Royal Academy of Music in Musical Theatre.

Jas has been described as a “Mancunian Lily Allen’’ with relatable original music in a jazzy/folky style, Jas has been featured at Stockport Pride and BBC Radio Manchester, and was recently commissioned by HOME Manchester to write a song in response to the film “Red Shoes”.

Instagram – @jazzbyjas

Charisa Francis

Charisa is a creative – artist and actor with a background in musical theatre. In short, she is passionate about all the arts!

She began painting therapeutically focusing on self-discovery and understanding the world around her. Drawing inspiration from artists like Bansky and Kara Walker, Charisa brings the art of storytelling to her work. She uses her creativity to illustrate her play on common sayings, in a style she calls “abstract-literal”. Charisa is now exploring deeper messages through digital art.

Her abstract approach and use of vibrant colours (symbolising emotions) creates a visual world on canvas for inner thoughts and feelings.

Instagram – @charisa_x


Natalia Bo

I am an Argentinian visual artist. I studied Arts and Set Design at the Fine Arts University, National University of La Plata, Buenos Aires, Argentina. I dedicated myself to murals and acrylic on canvas paintings. All my work is related to the flora and fauna from Latin America, my hometown, friends and family.

I moved to England in 2019 with the aim of growing and expanding my art. I had the opportunity to exhibit back home in Buenos Aires, La Plata, Barcelona, and here in the UK, Bristol and Bath. I love to work inspired by what is around me and learn what comes with it.

Instagram – @natbo_


Be sure to visit our the Creative Sparks event page to secure your tickets!

Our final Creative Sparks event is coming up this Friday, make sure to come along and see what else we have in store!

– 23 February 2024 (CARE & HEALING)

Creative Sparks 09.09.2024 – Liberation

Posted on: February 3rd, 2024 by cyEditor

About our Artists


My name is Takeo and I am a graphic designer based in London. The main goal I aim to recreate within my work is feeling. I am intrigued how we all as humans can feel so strongly about something but find it hard to verbally describe those feelings, but could point at a picture that relates to us in that moment. I aim to visually recreate those indescribable feelings to make people go “ oh, I feel that, that makes sense!”.


Instagram: @t4k30__


Kitty Roberts

Kitty Roberts is a BA Fine Art student born in the West Midlands, working across a variety of disciplines and materials, particularly in painting, drawing, fibre art and installations. She is currently exploring feelings of nostalgia and immersion, fantasy visual development and indigenous community representation.

Though she is working towards a degree, she has begun to critique the privatising nature of artistic language at higher education level, and how using these teachings at career level could create a disconnect between ‘the public’ and ‘public art’.


Instagram: @katoncanvas



Arisha (they/them) is a singer-songwriter and cabaret artist based in Manchester. Their work is heavily inspired by nature and they often use natural imagery to explore the complexities of queer and neurodiverse experiences of the world. They are passionate about making their performance spaces accessible to all and making work that has a positive social impact.

Recent Credits include: Local Artist Spotlight for “Santa Must Die” by Archipelago Arts, Manchester Jazz Festival’s “Soundcheck 2023” programme and “Arisha’s OK Cabaret: An Operatic Extravaganza” which was nominated for Best LGBTQ+ Performance by Queer Lit UK and Off Fest 2023.

Instagram: @arisha.jan


Ghost Flower

Emily Gray, artistically known as Ghost Flower, is a London-based abstract expressionist painter. Her style merges surrealism with action painting, expressing emotions through dynamic brushwork. Her art, rooted in childhood, evolved as an unconscious form of therapy, blending psychology with raw emotional expression.

With an Art and Design Extended Diploma and a background in art therapy, Emily views creation as a therapeutic journey. She advocates for art as a coping mechanism and a means of exploring the unconscious mind. Through her work, Emily aims to destigmatize mental illness, promoting art as a liberating, judgment-free form of expression, accessible to all.


Instagram: @ghostflower.creations


Be sure to visit our the Creative Sparks event page to secure your tickets!

We have more upcoming talent being showcased at our Creative Sparks events every Friday this month, make sure to come along and see what else we have in store!

– 16 February 2024 (ANTI-VALENTINES)

– 23 February 2024 (CARE & HEALING)

Creative Sparks 02.02.2024 – Rapid Change

Posted on: January 29th, 2024 by cyEditor

About our Artists

Oscar Rodriguez

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 was a manifestation of resilience. Escaping from a doomsday group, their poetry reflects on trauma, religion, identity, and queerness. He collaborates with Writers Kingston frequently and in the past with Spotify Radar’s Shygirl collaboration. With their debut Sampson Low pamphlet, Mold, and performance at the National Gallery’s Lates in March 2024, he continues to use abstract to explain reality.

PIECE – Laced with intervals of sound poetry, MOLD: Live Hypnosis is a performance piece that will explore what it means, feels like, and is to fall into hypersexuality, from a queer lens.



Crusty is a gender-bending, nasty little bastard with a voice of gold and a head of bald. Crusty strives to bring equal parts stupidity and commentary to their work, using humour and theatre to explore their trans identity. Actor, singer, idiot – Crust is a Must.

PIECE: A performance piece about the trans healthcare system in the UK, including a DIY top surgery.



Scarlett Stitt & Amitai Landau-Pope

Amitai Landau-Pope (he/him) writes and directs between London and New York. Scarlett Stitt (she/they) is an actor, theatremaker and interdisciplinary artist. As a collaboration, they are interested in bridging theatre and performance art, interrogating the limits of language and the body. They are recent graduates of NYU Tisch School of the Arts and RADA respectively.

Piece: A theatrical monologue from the perspective of a box of Celebrations.


Jayran Lear

Jayran Lear (she/her) is a theatre maker, arts facilitator, and performer based in Manchester and the North West. Inspired by mystics and storytellers of the Ancient World, she creates and tells tales that reflect the contemporary world and current political climate throug

h the lens of folklore and myths with: epic poems, movement and music. She highlights Middle-Eastern joy and centres her Iranian heritage in her work that serves as both an escapism and homecoming. Through art, she aims to build bridges and connectivity that transcends language, lived experience, and culture whilst celebrating it all!

PIECE: A cautionary tale about keeping yourself afloat whilst the tide rushes in through artistic mediums of short stories, epic poetry, and mystic dance.


Be sure to visit our the Creative Sparks event page to secure your tickets!

We have more upcoming talent being showcased at our Creative Sparks events every Friday this month, make sure to come along and see what else we have in store!

– 09 February 2024 (LIBERATION)

– 16 February 2024 (ANTI-VALENTINES)

– 23 February 2024 (CARE & HEALING)

The Year Ahead: Co-Director’s 2024 Update

Posted on: January 24th, 2024 by cyEditor

Co-Directors, Archie and Daniel, share some exciting updates for Creative Youth Charity in 2024 …


Kingston Borough Business Magazine – January 2024:

Archie and Daniel chatted to Sarah Dale, as part of the January edition of the Kingston Borough Business Magazine. They spoke about CY’s exciting plans for 2024 and the opening of our new multi-arts space FUSEBOX.

Click on the article preview image below OR CLICK HERE to view the full article featured in this month’s issue and gain a wider perspective on the future plans for the Charity.

Kingston Borough Business Awards 2024:

We are beyond thrilled to announce that we have been selected as a finalist in the Best Charity/Social Enterprise of the Year category for the Kingston Borough Business Awards 2024.

A huge thank you to the team and judges at Kingston Chamber of Commerce alongside the other fantastic organisations who are also nominated. We are looking forward to celebrating with you all at the awards ceremony in February.

Keep your fingers crossed! 

Stay tuned for more in 2024 … 

Get ready for a journey into the vibrant world of creativity as we usher in 2024 at Creative Youth and FUSEBOX!

We have such an exciting year ahead with numerous projects and opportunities for both our young people to engage with and our audiences to enjoy.

Brace yourselves for the triumphant return of FUSE International, showcasing an extraordinary and diverse array of artistry from around the globe right here in Kingston from 28 June to 7 July 2024. Be sure to stay tuned as we unveil our captivating program in the upcoming months—anticipation is building, and you won’t want to miss a beat!

But that’s not all — FUSEBOX is gearing up for an exhilarating lineup of its own, promising a whirlwind of excitement. For a sneak peek into the exciting performances and visual art that await, be sure to check out our “What’s On” page in the coming months.

Don’t miss out on the action — 2024 is set to be a year of unparalleled creativity and innovation! To be the first to know about any exciting plans and opportunities coming up in the future, please make sure to sign up to our mailing list by clicking here.

Archie and Daniel 🙂

Ongoing FUSEBOX Projects 2024

Posted on: January 15th, 2024 by cyEditor

Artist Heritage Project

Funded by the Foyle Foundation, this Creative Youth commission asked for artists to highlight the heritage that lies within FUSEBOX, including the Medieval Undercroft and the stone foundations of the Old Kingston Bridge.  The project aims to engage both local and wider communities in the history of Kingston, as well as inspire creativity and engagement within FUSEBOX and throughout the borough. 

Our selected artist is Steph Ward, a local artist who graduated from Kingston School of Art in 2019. Steph’s proposal for our heritage installation is to design and create a stained-glass window installation, illustrating the history of Crafts and Community in Kingston. This piece will then be installed permanently within FUSEBOX in Spring 2024, becoming a new architectural feature that generates discussions around community, heritage and creative inspiration within the space and throughout Kingston.

We are incredibly excited to be supporting Steph in the process of creating this stained-glass installation. With our Artist Heritage Project now officially underway, head to the project page to stay up to date with how FUSEBOX’s heritage installation progresses.

Community in Residence Programme: WOM Collective

This project is funded by The Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames Community Resilience Fund. Having identified a need for affordable spaces for creatives to come together and work with communities, we are launching our Community in Residence Programme in FUSEBOX, our new multi-arts venue on Kingston’s riverside.

WOM Collective are a grassroots organisation of London based female artists, passionate about inspiring and empowering each other and our communities. Over the years, the collective has proudly been a part of numerous community projects, touching the lives of children, teens, and adults alike. WOM Collective are committed to supporting communities and young people, and we are thrilled to be able to offer a creative and affordable space for them to organise workshops, experiment and develop future projects.

Creative Youth is looking forward to building relationships with WOM, whilst offering the collective support and advice in key areas such a fundraising and establishing connections within the borough. Known for their murals, paint jams and creative workshops, expect to see a wide variety of projects coming up over next year. Head to the project page to stay up to date on our new found collaboration.

AMPlify – Music (Episode 4)

Posted on: January 10th, 2024 by cyEditor

Today’s episode focuses AMP’s core theme of music. 

Jarek once again invites two guests of different generations to discuss how things have changed in the last 20 years and beyond. 

Since being involved in the very early years of Creative Youth in the late 2000s, Liam Cottrell has been on a musical journey that has seen him graduate from ‘man with guitar’ to festival DJ. 

Xander Allman-Varty is a young singer-songwriter who has regularly played Creative Youth events, and knows what it means for upcoming musicians to cut their teeth in today’s industry.

In a wide ranging and open discussion, Jarek, Liam and Xander cover the digitisation of music production, the impact of the streaming revolution on artists, and whether the loss of music venues is the tragedy it is often presented as. 

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.

Host: Jarek Zaba with Liam Cottrell and Xander Allman-Varty
Editing and Mixing: Jarek Zaba
Music: Mariia Yaremak
Artwork: Courtney Ellis

For more information on AMP please click here

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.

Upcoming Events at FUSEBOX 2024

Posted on: January 3rd, 2024 by cyEditor

Mindful Art Exhibition
17 – 26 January 2024

Since February 2023, Creative Youth has been collaborating with Mind in Kingston and Mind Richmond to run free weekly mindful art sessions at FUSEBOX for young people aged 12-25. We are delighted to now be sharing the culmination of artwork that has been produced by the young people that attend these sessions. This exhibition will run from Wednesday 17 – Friday 26 January 2024. Find out more about Mindful Art Sessions.

Kingston Art, Music, Pop Fashion 1960s – 1990s Exhibition
2 February – 27 March 2024

AMP Kingston is a National Lottery Heritage Fund (NLHF) supported project, exploring and celebrating Kingston’s musical heritage from the 1960s – present day. Through a mix of oral histories, archive material and intergenerational community responses, this range of displays aims to connect the community to the rich cultural legacy of the area, and inspire and support the next generation of creatives. This exhibition will run from Friday 2 February – Wednesday 27 March, find out more.

Creative Sparks is returning in February 2024, with the opportunity to discover more exciting emerging creatives than ever before! Creative Sparks sees emerging artists from different backgrounds to take over FUSEBOX with music, visual art, theatre, comedy and more. With thanks to Arts Council England funding, Creative Youth is working closely with our panel of Young Creatives to produce 4 Creative Sparks evenings throughout February. These evenings will take place every Friday and follow a different theme each week.

Want to take part in our February Creative Sparks nights? Apply to our open call here (Deadline: Friday 12 January).


Mindful Art Sessions – National Lottery Community Fund

Posted on: December 19th, 2023 by cyEditor

Through our collaboration with Mind in Kingston and Mind Richmond, we’ve been able to offer young people these sessions for free with an extra hour available for drop in 1-2-1 support sessions with a youth support worker.

We are now delighted to announce that these sessions are now being developed with the support the National Lottery Community Fund. With this funding, Creative Youth will be expanding their community reach in order to bring a broad range of different artistic mediums and activities to each session.

The Community Fund will help fund professional artists and workshop facilitators to run these sessions at an elevated level, with specific focuses and themes each week, as well as further investment in materials.

Mindful Art Sessions will be coming back in the New Year (from 9 January 2024) every Tuesday from 4pm.

Mindful Art Exhibition (Wednesday 17 – Friday 26 January 2024)

We are also delighted to be sharing the culmination of artwork that has been produced by the young people that attend these sessions so far. Artwork will be available to view during FUSEBOX opening hours (Wednesday to Saturday, 11:00 – 18:00), free entry.