Creative YOU

Creativity is everywhere. Opportunity is not.     

We are part of the solution. The secret is in our name. Every year Creative Youth Network gives thousands of young people a taste and thirst for the arts and culture and the joy, life-skills and opportunity they bring.   

But we want more.   

Creative YOU is our campaign showcasing how we, you and the engaged, emerging and amazing young creatives we support, come together. 

We want to reveal how, together, we are ambition, quality, cultural democracy and social mobility in action. 

Every young person deserves the right to access creativity and development opportunities in the creative and cultural industries.

It all starts with education.

If all young people have access to creative subjects in school, then talented young people from all backgrounds can pursue their passion, develop crucial skills needed in so many industries and improve their wellbeing.

1. Pledge

Add your name and join the many people passionate about bringing creativity back into our schools.   

With all the pledges we’ll be reaching out to headteachers in Bristol and the South West. We hope this will encourage local academies to give more space to creativity in their curriculum.  

Bristol, being the creative city we know and love, can pave the way for other regions to do the same, showcasing the true value of creativity.  



2. Sign up

Join us by signing up to our newsletter where we share best practice of how to support young people. 

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3. Find out more

Join us by reading and sharing our CreativeYOU report which shows how our work brings opportunities for creative expression and enables young people to explore their talent, regardless of background or circumstance.  

Download our Creative YOU report


In Creative Youth Network's gorgeous dance studio there's a buzzing atmosphere. A cohort of 20 young creatives wait to start the day’s session, hungry to learn from the professional theatre makers leading a full day’s workshop.

When you walk into a room with Gecko Theatre, you feel instantly infused with excitement. Their demeanour mixes a calmness with a passion that makes it clear; these theatre makers wholly secure in their practice.  

Kate and Ryan lead us through some initial warm up games. Simple favourites, such as learning three facts about your partner and pass the clap around the circle, are given new meaning and purpose by the softly assertive team of two. They move us onto the more complex work of adding mumbles and muttering to our movement around the room. Their games focus on finding the emotion behind the physical. Whilst remaining aware of the difference between finding the emotion and forcing it.


Underlying everything Gecko teach is a deep understanding that emotion is the cause of the movement, yet movement can often be the spark of emotion for a performer. From allowing our bodies to move like seaweed and feeling out where that leads us emotionally, to finding the passion in rhythmic stamping, movement and clapping the day flows from one exercise to another. The young creatives are exhausted yet invigorated, all of us unable to try out the exercises we’ve learnt in the rehearsal room.


Yet it is not their skill and practice that left me in such deep awe Gecko. The company create work that transcends class, sex, race or language by looking at the very heart of what it is to be human. Their work is uniquely accessible, understandable and global. I have no doubt it’s what makes them so successful, and blindingly passionate in a world that contains an awful lot of beige theatre.

How can we help?