Creative Youth

Creative Youth

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  • Arts
  • Children / families
  • Education
  • Local / community
  • Museums / heritage
  • Young people

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Creative Youth is a not for profit, registered charity that aims to enable young people to realise their potential through the arts. The charity allows young people in Kingston and surrounding areas to be involved in innovative, original, ambitious projects and work with artists of the highest quality, often encouraging the artists and participants themselves to take initiatives, risks and push boundaries within their own work. 

In close collaboration with key partners, Creative Youth aspires to mentor young individuals, entrepreneurs and organisations by providing artistic business and strategic support, allowing the next generation of artists to flourish.

As well as targeting some of the most vulnerable young people in our community, we also reach out to large and diverse audiences as demonstrated by our commitment to using public spaces, street art and digital technology, enabling us to reach new untapped audiences. 

The core aims of Creative Youth (CY) are:

  • Enabling young people to realise their potential through the arts
  • Equipping young people with the skills and confidence to succeed
  • Celebrating the achievements of young people in the arts
  • Producing high quality programmes that showcase and support young and emerging artists


Creative Youth’s develops young people by equipping them with the skills and confidence to succeed in the arts and business management within the creative sector. In order to do so Creative Youth engages young people via 5 different platforms:

  • Through Distinct Community Events

Creative Youth organises and delivers distinct arts projects in collaboration with various diverse groups of young individuals in order to promote community engagement through the arts.

  • Through the Creative Talent Programme

The Creative Talent Programme identifies young and emerging artists and organisations 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.

  • Through Commissioned Events

Creative Youth provides bespoke creative solutions to outside organisations with artistic needs.

  • Through International Youth Arts Festival Kingston

Creative Youth organises and delivers the International Youth Arts Festival Kingston (IYAF), the leading youth arts festival in the UK.

  • By providing Volunteering Opportunities

Creative Youth has a volunteer programme which has a core team of 50 volunteers, increasing to more than double that number during the festival period, who work on a multiple of projects.

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