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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.

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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. 

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.

To keep up to date with all of Tanvi’s work and more about Creative Youth Charity feel free to sign up to our mailing list by clicking here 📧

 

AMP Researcher Jarek on BBC Radio Surrey Breakfast

Posted on: October 15th, 2022 by cyEditor

AMP Kingston; Art, Music and Pop Fashion is a project to uncover Kingston’s music heritage. The ideas are a continuation of the Kingston RPM; Records, People and Music project we delivered in 2017.

To keep up to date with the AMP project and more about Creative Youth Charity feel free to sign up to our mailing list by clicking here 📧 

Tickets on sale for FUSE International 2022

Posted on: May 26th, 2022 by cyEditor

A host of talented artists from across the UK and around the world will come together in Kingston this summer for the first ever FUSE International. The festival replaces the International Youth Arts Festival (IYAF) which has taken place each summer since 2009.

Over 50 events across film, music, theatre, visual arts and more will take place over the ten days of the new festival which is curated and presented by charity Creative Youth.

The programme comprises both productions by young emerging companies and a programme of family friendly work.

Visit our What’s On page for a full list of shows and to book tickets

 

Ticket information

All tickets can purchased directly through our website by visiting the ‘What’s On’ page. This is the easiest way for you to view, manage and purchase tickets all in one place.

Alternatively, feel free to call us directly on 020 8549 2120 where we will be happy to answer any of your queries.

From the 1 July until the end of the festival our in-person box office will also be open in Rose Theatre from 10am – 5pm where you will be able to physically purchase any ticket for all FUSE International performances.

All details of ticket prices, fringe double offers and further information can be found within our festival brochure.

If you’re interested in supporting the charity throughout the year, take a look at our Creative Youth Friend’s membership. Becoming a Friend of Creative Youth helps us enable young people’s participation and engagement in the arts and culture in Kingston, in the UK and on a global stage.

 

Family programme

This year, the family programme will be headlined by Circus Abyssinia’s Tulu (7-8 Jul) which tells the story of Ethiopian Olympic legend Derartu Tulu through dazzling displays of speed and flight. Also featuring in the family programme are Cirque du Chennai (3 Jul), Jellyfish Theatre’s The Wagon of Dreams (9 Jul) and Above Bounds Theatre’s The Silly Squirrel (10 Jul).

 

International participants

A number of events will be presented by international companies or have international participants. These range from fringe theatre shows from Italy, Sweden and the Netherlands to a Choir Fest (1 Jul) where young people from Kenya will join digitally with participants performing live in London and a screened contribution from a children’s choir in Ukraine.

 

 

Live music

Further music events will be staged in Kingston Marketplace and on The Seven Saxons boat, a 60-foot wide-beam narrowboat, located on the Thames.

The programme will also see performances in music venues such The Lamb pub, Woody’s Bar & Kitchen and The Fighting Cocks. This includes A Celebration of Bowie and Bowie Ball, marking 50th anniversary of David Bowie launching Ziggy Stardust in the Borough in 1972.

 

Fringe programme

The extensive Fringe programme features 28 shows spanning theatre, comedy, dance, spoken word, cabaret and film, all performed by artists under the age of 27. Highlights of the programme include Orange Sky Theatre’s Wild Onion (2 Jul), Chewboy Productions’ Tethered (Winner of an Offie and a London Pub Theatre Award, 2 Jul), The Bobolyne Poets’ Shenanigan’s Wake (8 Jul), Christian Dart: Bigger than the Christmas Turkey (6-7 July), Jamie Mykaela: DADDY (2-3 July) and Broccan Tyzack-Carlin: Turtle (3-4 July).

The best theatre, comedy, digital and children’s shows performed by under 27s at the Brighton Fringe, as selected by the young people of Creative Youth, will be brought together in four special showcase events as part of a partnership with Brighton Fringe.

 

 

Creative Talent Programme artists

Young artists supported by Creative Youth as part of their Creative Talent Programme will be featured across the festival. In the Fringe programme, This Is Not A Show About Hong Kong by Max Percy and Friends (7 Jul), looks at censorship in Hong Kong. In the exhibition programme, Eshé Photo present LABELS: Black Mental Health and Me (2-10 Jul) and taking place online, Hannah Raymond-Cox presents digital installation/game This Is Not My Beautiful House (2-10 Jul). As part of FUSE Film (4 Jul) Jordy Deelight will screen Team Spirit on the topic of LGBTQIA participation in football. Additionally, all of the Creative Talent Programme artists will be brought together for a special showcase event on 1 July at the Rose Theatre.

The festival will be accompanied by a series of discussions and practical skills-based workshops for young artists, taking place online and in person workshops called So You Wanna Change the Arts.

FUSE International in What’s On Stage

Posted on: May 23rd, 2022 by cyEditor

FUSE International shows for 2022 have been announced. Theo Bosanquet explores this year’s festival programme ahead of tickets going on sale on Thursday 26 May.

The headline act at the Rose will be Ethiopia’s Circus Abyssinia, whose show tells the story of Derartu Tulu, the first African to win Olympic gold.

Other highlights include This Is Not A Show About Hong Kong by Max Percy and Friends, looking at censorship in Hong Kong; Shenanigan’s Wake, a “spoken word spectacle” from The Bobolyne Poets; and The Next Girl by acclaimed playwright Alex McSweeney, a series of short plays exploring the issues facing young women in society.

Read the full article here

Looking back on Taste of Kingston, a celebration of a global community

Posted on: April 21st, 2022 by cyEditor

Taste of Kingston was a five-day global food trail taking local people on a journey around the world via hospitality businesses and high streets in Kingston’s town centre. Nine local businesses with connections to global cuisine were involved; from Parisian brunches at Haché, to Middle Eastern flavours at The Cheeky Pea, and the Chicago-inspired menu of Woody’s Bar and Kitchen. Alongside this, seven artists collaborated with the businesses to create bespoke events to draw people through their doors.

Read the full story in Voice Magazine

 

Funding from the Government’s Culture Recovery Fund

Posted on: July 15th, 2021 by cyAdmin

Creative Youth has received a grant from the Government’s £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund to help the organisation recover and reopen.

More than £300 million has been awarded to thousands of cultural organisations across the country including Creative Youth in the latest round of support from the Culture Recovery Fund, the Culture Secretary announced today.

Creative Youth is a charity that focuses on widening access to the arts to ensure all young people are given the opportunity to develop their skills and confidence through participation in creative and cultural activities and events. 2020 has demonstrated how vital the arts are to everyone and how important it is for platforms to exist for young people to share their thoughts and be involved in high-quality creative programmes.