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Creative Youth Company

Produced by ARCADE 

In partnership with Scarborough Pupil Referral Service

Our Creative Youth project is a partnership with Scarborough Pupil Referral Service, which caters for children and young people who aren’t able to attend a mainstream school. Pupils are often referred there if they need greater care and support than their school can provide.


As part of the North York Moors Trust's larger Birds on the Edge project


In partnership with Scarborough Pupil Referral Service and The North York Moors Trust.


January- March 2024

Scarborough Pupil Referral Service


We ran a series of weekly artist led creative workshops with young people from the Pupil Referral Service. 


Working under the creative team’s artistic guidance the young people responded to their environment in both natural and urban areas, were encouraged to engage in creative play. The group attended day trips to multiple outdoor places, including beautiful locations in The North York Moors National Parks where they took part in fun conservation tasks to help benefit the local population of Turtle Doves. On Friday 15th March, we held a sharing of the groups work to an invited audience. 


The artists take a trauma informed approach and the sessions are designed to be supportive for young people who may face behavioural & low confidence barriers when it comes to accessing creativity. 


This project has been made possible thanks to Arts Council England, The Two Ridings Scarborough District Children and Young People Fund and The National Heritage Lottery Fund.

‘Here at Scarborough Pupil Referral Service we have high expectations and aspirations for all of our pupils. We work closely with parents, carers and families to build relationships and support pupils throughout their educational journey and beyond, providing a comprehensive and flexible curriculum.
Our goal is to develop young people who are confident in themselves and their own abilities, overcoming barriers to be as successful as they can possibly be.’

Jo Fox, Scarborough PRU Head Teacher

ARCADE works in partnership with the PRU staff and a variety of different funding partners and professional artists to provide high quality artistic programmes and experiences with and for the PRU students. We believe that everyone is creative and everyone has the right to self-expression. 

‘ARCADE has enlisted various creative artists and organisations to develop the knowledge and skills of pupils in music, singing, beat-boxing, photography and filmmaking. This term the focus has been film making and photography, with the theme being the ghostly past and present places of Scarborough. Pupils have been able to hone skills which we have identified from personalities in school such as directing, filming, poetry writing and photography. These are skills which may not be observed during the normal school day can be developed during these creative projects.’

Wendy Chopping, Scarborough PRU Assistant Head Teacher


Our Creative Youth Project is designed and led by Shannon Barker (ARCADE Assistant Producer).



Anna Bean aka Bluebeany

I am a Hull-based visual artist. I work on both commissioned and personal
projects. I use a range of materials and processes including photography,
film making, collage, animation and printing techniques. I am in interested how our identity can be formed by the persistent memories of elements from our cultural past such as of television, cinema, theatre, art and music and how this resonates with our being and existence. My practice also includes creating concepts, scenery, costumes, props and characters for immersive art installations and cabaret events collaborating with performers. Within my artistic process I value the contribution and participation of the audience encouraging them to connect to their desire to be playful and sometimes silly.

Lead Artist -  Anna Bean

Supporting Artist - Matt Cooper

With thanks to James Koppert

With thanks to our partners


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