Creative Talent Programme 22-23 Applications now OPEN

19.07.2022  |  Creative Youth

We are happy to announce that applications for our Creative Talent Programme 2022-23 are now open.

The Creative Talent Programme identifies young and emerging artists and companies who have the potential to become excellent creative practitioners and gives them the artistic, business and strategic support to become flourishing, challenging, exciting organisations of the future.

The arts, and careers within them, are changing. Since 2009, our Creative Talent Programme has been responding to a growing need from emerging and early career artists to develop their artistic skills alongside vital business and strategic awareness.

Previous Creative Talent Programme companies/artists have included award-winning puppetry company Smoking Apples, theatre company Dumbshow, What is Written Dance, and Circus Suburbia.

We are seeking one artist from the local area/Royal Borough of Kingston Upon Thames who identifies as ethnically diverse. We encourage applications from those who meet the above criteria who may identify as D/deaf and/or disabled and/or neurodiverse.

We are a multi-arts charity and as such would love to work with artists/companies who focus on underrepresented art forms.

Our chosen Creative Talent Programme artist will receive:

  • £4,000 commission fee towards your work.
  • One year support including professional development, workshops and mentoring.
  • Access to free office and rehearsal space (subject to availability)
  • Opportunity to perform/present work at FUSE International 2023.

To apply for this opportunity please fill in both the and our through the link below. The deadline to complete these is Friday 26 August 2022 at 12pm.

Application form

Equal opportunities form 

Speaking about the Creative Talent Programme, CEO of Creative Youth Louise Coles said “As we know young people and young artists have been particularly hit hard by the pandemic, through unemployment, mental health issues and subsequently many feeling a loss of a sense of purpose, so it has been important for us at Creative Youth to ensure we have remained “open for business” providing the much needed stability and support during this time – our Creative Talent programme has been and continues to be a key part of this mission.”

whatshisface theatre company, who were a Creative Talent Programme Company in 2020-21 said “The Creative Talent Programme has helped us navigate through a very difficult period and their support couldn’t have come at a better time. I really admire what Creative Youth do, which is put their artists first. Really recommend this for any artist looking to broaden their networks and strengthen their body of work, all with a bespoke mentorship.”

To learn more about what our current Creative Talent Programme artists Jordy, Scar and Chiyana are up to click here!

If you have any questions or require this application in a different format or need assistance then please feel free to contact us our General Manager, Daniel, on

Also if you have any access requirements or if we can provide any assistance please make sure to contact us to make sure we can best support you through the application process.