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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.




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


January- March 2024

Scarborough Pupil Referral Service


We are running a series of weekly creative workshops with young people from the Pupil Referral Service. 


Young people are being encouraged to explore their own stories, ideas and passions in a supportive and inclusive environment using creative exercises in drawing, sculpting, collage and film between January - March. There will be day trips to multiple outdoor places, including beautiful locations in The North York Moors National Parks with a chance to get involved in fun conservation tasks and explore their environment creatively. At the end of the Spring Term, we’ll have a celebration event and share the young people’s work to an invited audience of their choosing.


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, The National Heritage Lottery Fund and North Yorkshire Council.



An exhibition of visual artworks include collage, stop motion, photography and film created by young people from the Pupil Referral Unit. 


From Sep - Dec 23, the young people took inspiration from the place where they lived, exploring their surroundings out and about in Scarborough in a series of weekly creative workshops led by visual artist Anna Bean.


Dates: 1st - 17th December (Tues - Sun 11 - 5pm)

@ Mandy Apple 44 Newborough, Scarborough YO11 1NF 


Filming locations: Mandy Apple, Woodend & Scarborough Town Centre including Old Town. 


‘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.

Produced by ARCADE in Partnership with Scarborough Pupil Referral Service. Funded by Woodsmith, Magic Little Grants, North Yorkshire Council and Arts council England. Supported by Mandy Apple. 


Lead Artist -  Anna Bean

Supporting Artist - Luke Hallett 

With thanks to James Koppert 


For more examples of our Creative Youth Project work please see here.


With thanks to our partners


Funded by


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