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 are delighted to announce that our next Creative Talent Programme will launch in August 2020. Thank you to everyone who applied for the 20-21 programme. Watch this space for the announcement of this year’s companies/artists.

We are particularly keen to support emerging artists/companies from outside of London/ M25 and/or, artists/companies who identify as D/deaf or disabled and/or work focused on this. We are also aiming to focus on underrepresented art forms, so the piece the artist/company wants to develop for 2020-21, needs to include an element of either dance, circus or music.

The Creative Talent Programme 2020 – 2021 is generously supported using public funding by Arts Council England and will work in partnership with the Royal Borough of Kingston Council, Kingston University, Kingston First, the Rose Theatre Kingston and Kingston College.


– £2,000 to develop a piece of creative work
– Support across a year of activity (August 2020 – March 2021)
– Support from a bespoke, art-form specific, industry mentor
– Access to free office space (when available)
– Access to free rehearsal space (when available)
– Professional development workshops


The Creative Talent Programme was formed in 2009, responding to a growing need from emerging/early career artists to develop their artistic skills, alongside the business and strategic knowledge that enable a sustainable creative output.

Previous Creative Talent Programme companies/artists have included award winning puppetry company, Smoking Apples, who have gone on to tour their work internationally, critically acclaimed theatre company, Dumbshow, What is Written Dance, and Circus Suburbia who run regular circus classes, workshops and performance for young people.

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