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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.

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).

 

A Season of Festivity at FUSEBOX

Posted on: December 19th, 2023 by cyEditor

Our friends at Story Storks opened our festive programme with a sold out performance of The First Father Christmas. Families were left enthralled by the catchy songs, immersive lighting and interactive storytelling that filled the venue over the weekend.

Laughter could be heard throughout the venue over the next week with outstanding comedy from Bad Clown’s: Christmas Crackers and Comedy vs Climate Change’s: Oil I Want For Christmas. Both companies brought along an outstanding variety of comics that delivered high energy performances with incredible feedback from our audience members.

Creative Youth also offered intimate festive film screenings of The Nightmare Before Christmas and Elf. Set amongst FUSEBOX’s christmas lights and decorations, these holiday classics reflected the festive atmosphere that can be felt within the Creative Youth team as we reflect on the fantastic year we’ve had.

Thank you to everyone who attended our festive events, stay tuned for a new programme of events starting up in the new year, including acting course: The Kingston Players and our AMP Exhibition!

 

FUSEBOX Opening Hours & BOX Cafe-Bar

Posted on: September 11th, 2023 by cyEditor

Drop in any time between Wednesday – Saturday, 11:00 until 18:00 and explore Kingston’s new creative space.

Our Box Cafe & Bar offers a variety of hot and cold drinks, as well as a relaxed and open atmosphere – whether you’re a freelancer looking for a new space to work, or simply wanting a catch up with friends.

Take in the surroundings of Kingston’s historical artefacts as you explore our new creative space. With plenty of events and exhibitions coming up on our What’s On page, there will always be something exciting for you to discover on each visit.

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 fuseboxkingston@creativeyouthcharity.org

What’s On at FUSEBOX: Festival Events

Posted on: June 6th, 2023 by cyEditor

Kicking things off on Friday 30 June (20:30) is Lu Greco with their incredible fringe piece Gender Fluid Babe Manifesto, a piece about a trans person killing their internal demons from their root. Set in the context of being brought up in Argentina in the 90s, and told through act, spoken word, dance, drag and visuals. Find out more

Following on Saturday 1 July (20:30) is Guilherme Cosme’s – Perspehone and the Ghost Brother. A dark and immersive visual music experience which explores themes of mental health, sexuality and religious brainwashing. His homonymous album, released in 2022, is a meditative collection of tunes which finds the singer diving deep into his own battle with mental illness.  Find out more

Get involved on Sunday 2 July (12:30 & 14:30) with Amy Sze Production’s perfomative workshop, Be Right Back. All about migration and diaspora, the workshop uses playful storytelling through scaled 3D-printed miniatures, maps and interactive modelmaking. As an all-migrant creative team from Hong Kong, the collective encourages the participants to share their experience and ask: How can we build a community together and share our common experience of being an immigrant in Europe? Find out more

 

Rounding off the first weekend of the festival at FUSEBOX is Qingyang Wang’s Journey of Whispering Dreams (Sunday 2 July 20:30). The solo performance is a blending-together of autobiographical fragments, poetic text, physical movement, dance, soundscapes and ancient Chinese cultural references, including an allusion to the classic play Peony Pavilion. Find out more

Our first July performance is ASHES from the National Academy of Theatre Arts in Cracow on Tuesday 4 July (20:30). While maintaining an intimate and private narrative, the show portrays a clear image of a family breakdown in the modern world. Inspired by a monologue from the TV series “Bojack Horseman”, the creators reinterpreted the well-known story, enriching it with private experiences and rewriting it in order to fit the reality we live in. Find out more

On Wednesday 5 July (20:30) we have BeBop Theatre bringing you A Grand Day Out. Ever wondered what would happen if you got your divorced parents back together again for a day?  In this funny and intriguing performance, BóNJ is pulling in all their family favours and really hoping Gran keeps picking up the phone. It’ll be just like the old days…Right? Described as somewhere between the warmth and comfort of yer Gran’s homemade soup and ‘Marriage Story’ (2019), this is a playful show that’s not to be missed. Find out more

Next in the line up at FUSEBOX is Maria Telnikoff’s: My Dad Wears A Dress, on Thursday 6 July (20:30). In this one-woman show, Maria explores her own personal experience of growing up with a transfemale parent: the highs, the lows and the heels!
Filled with early ‘00s nostalgia, it’s a personal yet relatable show about growing up, difference and acceptance. Find out more

Finish your festival week laughing at our stand up comedy evenings, with perfomances on the 6 and 8 July (15:00) from Whole Lotta Comedy where the comedians of the future perform for you today. Young comedians who are already making their way on the UK comedy circuit join together to entertain you. Find out more

If that’s not enough, Best of Brighton Fringe: Comedy will be concluding our week on Saturday 8 July (20:30). Each year Creative Youth’s wonderful team of young people head to Brighton Fringe to judge the best theatre and stand-up comedy shows by performers under 27 at the festival. Be sure to catch this year’s choices and keep an eye on our website for the announcement of the winners making their way on the UK comedy circuit join together to entertain you. Find out more

We Are Hiring – Marketing & Box Office Coordinator

Posted on: March 28th, 2023 by cyEditor

Come and join our Creative Youth team at a very exciting time in our history as we open our brand new creative space, FUSEBOX.

FUSEBOX, situated on the Riverside in the heart of Kingston, now requires its very first Marketing and Box Office Coordinator to manage promoting the space and all its activities plus overseeing the sale of tickets as we move to our full launch from July. 

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

Creative Sparks artists – 31 March

Posted on: March 24th, 2023 by cyEditor

Our Creative Sparks nights give emerging artists and companies the opportunities to showcase short pieces of work that are in development (and between 10-15 minutes long). The work can be from a range of genres including theatre, comedy, physical theatre, poetry and more.

Creative Sparks nights also provide opportunities to share ideas and request feedback from audience.

Book tickets for the event in advance or buy on the door.

About the artists

Serena Arthur

Serena Arthur was Birmingham Young Poet Laureate for two years, writing and performing her work for and at various institutions, companies and schools across the UK. She is now London-based and has recently returned to writing and performing her work. She is also an Editor at one of the UK’s biggest publishing houses, Hachette UK. 

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Sharifa Olateju – Sharifa Music 

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.

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Cora 

Cora Dessalines is a queer, non-binary afrofuturist poet & writer. their work primarily centres on themes of love, loss, and rage. drawing from the imagery and language of the natural world and the cosmos, both their poetry and writing is a channel to invigorate their community, to galvanise them into materially creating the liberating worlds that afrofuturism allows us to imagine. they have previously had their work published in bad form magazine, lacuna literary magazine, and iamb poetry. throughout their career, they have performed with a number of organisations including the rap party x spazio griot, London queer writers, and queer off. a lover of fashion, space, and all things colourful, they are currently working on their first science-fiction novel for adults. 

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Izabella IvashchenkoIzaBella’ and Mariia Yaramák

Izabella Iváshchenko (IzaBella), 20 (singer, songwriter) and Mariia Yaremák, 25 (composer, pianist) are Ukrainian professional musicians who were forced to leave their country because of the war that Russia started. Both had successful careers: they worked with TV, radio and films, performed on big stages with orchestras, participated in many projects and competitions in Ukraine and abroad) and they have never known each other before. They met in the UK and became friends in life and music, despite completely different personalities and musical tastes. And now they are trying to build their life and career in the new country. 

They created a special performance-programme 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. They have already done about 16 charity concerts in the UK to support Ukrainian families and children who have lost their homes or relatives. As well they’ve sent toys and financial support to people in need with the help of local Rotary Clubs, churches and generous British people. The last event that they did was at the St Albans Cathedral which was full with people and they’ve collected a lot of money to send to Ukraine. 

Apart from this project they are working on their solo careers as well, IzaBella and Mariia are planning to publish their own material, trying to find projects in acting and dancing industries and working on different projects with other countries and in the UK on distance. 

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Creative Sparks artists – 24 March

Posted on: March 24th, 2023 by cyEditor

Our Creative Sparks nights give emerging artists and companies the opportunities to showcase short pieces of work that are in development (and between 10-15 minutes long). The work can be from a range of genres including theatre, comedy, physical theatre, poetry and more.

Creative Sparks nights also provide opportunities to share ideas and request feedback from audience.

Book tickets for the event in advance or buy on the door.

About the artists

Zuzanna Wężyk

Guitarist, vocalist and composer, originally from beautiful city Gdańsk, where she started her musical path. She obtained Bachelor’s degree at the University Mozarteum Salzburg where she was improving her classical guitar skills. Also, Zuzanna has studied Composing for Film and TV at Kingston University London. At Creative Sparks Zuzanna will perform the newest songs which has been released on streaming platforms with Acid Grass Records, few songs from her EP 2020 and unreleased tracks too.

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Chidera Ikechukwu

Chidera Ikechukwu will be performing a spoken word poem about her relationship with being black and British and how those both coincide and collide. 

 

Xander

Xander finds himself influenced from many different musical angles which relay to the performance style and sound that he delivers. Growing up just outside of London, in a home which loved music, Xander was exposed to a multitude of artists from a young age, ranging from the smooth soul sounds of Sade to the psychedelic guitar solos of Pink Floyd, to hard-hitting Nu-Metal of Linkin Park down to the pop melodies of Coldplay and The Script. All these different musical influences combined with Xander’s ever-wondering sense of purpose lead to a familiar pop sound with some progressive intrigue.

The majority of Xander’s music aims at people’s hearts instead of their feet, tackling relatable subjects from heartbreak to chasing your dreams. These relatable subjects have always been something Xander has been drawn to as he believes music is one of the best ways to counter isolation as it can let you know you’re not the only person out there feeling the way that you do.

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Creative Sparks – Thank you!

Posted on: February 28th, 2023 by cyEditor

We couldn’t be happier with our first ever series of events to take place in our brand new creative space, FUSEBOX.

Over the four evenings we saw a wide range of emerging talent tackling a range of different genres including theatre, music, visual arts, drama, poetry and spoken word.

Missed out on these performances? Not to worry …

Creative Sparks will be making its return to FUSEBOX on Friday 24 and Friday 31 March 2023. Be sure to keep an eye out on our social media channels and webpages for our upcoming line-ups.

Book tickets here for 24 March and 31 March