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.
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:
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
I CAN DANCE
Best Children & Families Performance
ARCO Junior – WAYTCO
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
The Western Australia Youth Theatre Company has a history of producing award-winning shows that provide actors with professional experiences, developed theatre skills and life capabilities.
We are so excited to be welcoming this heartwarming and comedic theatre to Kingston, attracting audiences of all ages with two versions of the show that delve into Adam’s life as a self described autistic individual.
ARCO Senior offers a heartfelt exploration of a young man’s struggles to connect with others, while ARCO Junior introduces Adam and his fish friend Finbar in a comical take on understanding life with autism. ARCO Junior is suited to 7-14 year olds. For more information, take a look at our ARCO flyer.
So You Wanna Change the Arts is a programme that provides professional and practice based learning opportunities in the form of webinars, physical workshops and advice. These sessions explore topical industry issues alongside practical advice sessions for and by young people. We welcome panelists from various sectors and art-forms to share advice and insights for those at the start of their creative journeys.
So You Wanna Change the Arts is part of Creative Youth’s wider Creative Talent Programme which offers artistic, strategic and business support to young emerging artists. Leading many of the workshops for this years programme is our new 2023 Young Creatives cohort. Young Creatives is a panel of emerging talent, from 16–26 years old, who generate new ideas and plans for the charity.
Creative Youth is run by young people, for young people, which is exactly how we run this programme. Coming from a diverse range of backgrounds and disciplines, these Young Creatives have devised engaging and informative workshops/ webinars – aimed at those beginning their career in the arts.
Explore our e-leaflet to find out more about the different workshops and events available.
So You Wanna Change The Arts is generously supported by Arts Council England.
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
Throughout June we will co-create three pieces of art with local young people (aged 5 – 13), schools and/or families in three areas in the borough: the Cambridge Road Estate, Hook Chessington and Tolworth.
Artists running workshops in each location will use creativity as a way to think about community, connectivity and the environment. This project is run in partnership with community organisations and artists.
On the Cambridge Road Estate, we are working with Achieving for Children to create performance art, in Tolworth we are supported a visual artist from the Community Brain, whilst our work in Chessington is a music in collaboration with Kingston Music Service.
We are using the stations which connect these places – Kingston, Norbiton, Chessington North and Tolworth – as a source of inspiration. We have encouraged people to think about what the railways mean to them.
Young Creatives is a panel of emerging talent, from 16–26 years old, who generate new ideas and plans for the charity.
Creative Youth is run by young people, for young people. They come from a diverse range of backgrounds and disciplines and the panel is open to everyone, at any stage of their career. They are committed to driving positive change. We couldn’t wish for a better set of ambassadors.
To find out more about each one of our members and to see the exciting work they are currently up to please visit here.
Pictured Above (Left to Right):
Row One (Amy Lever, Maxi Himpe, Ana João, Tanvi Ranjan)
Row Two (Amber Gibbins, Xander, Krati Doshi, Katie Firedli Walton)
Row Three (Eva Carroll, Millica Simovic, Izabella Ivashchenko, Mariia Yaremak)
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.