We’ve long dreamed of having a creative playground in Kingston, a place for young people to produce work, try new things, learn, share and develop their talents. Now, that dream is becoming a reality. Situated under John Lewis in Kingston, we aim to launch this space in 2022.
The Undercroft will become Creative Youth’s ‘Factory of Futures’, a place to encourage and celebrate emerging artists through a diverse programme of events. It will also be a home to Fuse Festival and our Creative Talent artists. The venue will evolve in close collaboration with young people and the local arts community. In short it will be your space, to build your future.
“This is a fantastic opportunity to reinvigorate a historic riverside location in Kingston and create a vibrant cultural space for young talent in the heart of the town… it encapsulates centuries of Kingston’s history and we are looking forward to working with our partners to breathe new life into it in creative and exciting ways.”
Caroline Kerr, Leader of Kingston Council
“This area of Kingston provides a unique opportunity for the borough at a time when places for the creative industries will be desperately needed. Creative Youth has and continues to work in supporting, encouraging and mentoring young people. The “Factory of Futures”… will be able to animate this part of the Kingston riverside to create another dynamic reason to visit the town centre.”
Robin Hutchinson MBE, Chair of Creative Youth
The Factory of Futures, formerly known as The Undercroft, marks the site of the original Kingston Bridge, the first point crossing the Thames after London Bridge. The medieval bridge and undercroft were discovered during the construction of the John Lewis department store.
The development of The Factory of Futures has happened with the support of, and in close collaboration with, our partners including: Kingston Council, Kingston College, Kingston University, Kingston First, Rose Theatre, Kingston Museum, and Kingston Music Service.
The space will form a crucial part of the regeneration of the riverside area and to the wider Kingston town centre. The impact of the pandemic, with all its economic and other consequences, means this objective is more vital than ever. It will become an integral part of the region’s recovery.