Creative Youth

Our Aims

Creative Youth is a not for profit Charity which 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. With the support and continuous involvement throughout the year, of our President HRH the Earl of Wessex, Creative Youth has increased awareness regarding the importance and development of youth arts in Kingston as well as increasing the charity’s and the town’s profile as an incubator for creativity and innovation within the creative industries sector.

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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
We are very fortunate to enjoy the active involvement of our President, HRH the Earl of Wessex.

“It is in these difficult times that great art is often produced. What you are doing in Kingston is unique, there is no other festival of its kind in the country and you should feel proud that it is taking place right here, in your town.” HRH The Earl of Wessex KG KCVO speaking at the Creative Youth From Amazon showcase at the Rose Theatre.



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:

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.

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.

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

Creative Youth organises and delivers The International Youth Arts Festival Kingston (IYAF), one of the largest and most diverse youth events in the world.

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.

The charity is funded entirely by sponsorship, donations, grants and various fundraising events. In 2015 we have also been nominated and awarded for Charity of the Year by the Kingston Chamber of Commerce, Time & Leisure and Garsons Farm. In addition we are finalists for the nomination of the Kingston Business Excellence Awards.

In order to continue our work we need support all levels of support and donations are welcome. (For more information contact us).



Child safety is paramount to our organisation. Please click here for our Child Safeguarding Policy.