Big ask event offers brush with the arts

Action from last year's The Big Arty Ask!
Action from last year's The Big Arty Ask!

Young people in Scarborough are being given the chance to have their say in the future of arts provision in the borough at an event this weekend.

The Big Arty Ask! will take place at the Old Parcels Office at Scarborough Railway Station this Saturday (7 May).

Activities will take place throughout the day from 10.30am, and are aimed at young people aged from the age of nine, encouraging them to ‘test drive’ the arts, and asking what they already do, and what they would like to do in the future.

Organisations taking part are:

Crescent Arts, in partnership with Yorkshire Coast College: From 2pm to 4pm artists and students will be running origami workshops and hosting a drawing wall where visitors can express their views and feedback visually; get a taste of life at art school with the Scarborough Winter School 2016.

Scarborough Museums Trust: Taxidermy and bug-making sessions with local artist Karen Thompson

YMCA: Musical theatre – learn a song and dance from Peter Pan – 1.30pm to 3.30pm

Create: A Big Brother-style diary room with a ‘consultation machine’.

Stephen Joseph Theatre: Junk band workshops; dress up with Colin the Caveman; Youth Choir performance at 4.30pm.

Local bands: duo Oriana and Kayleigh, and Major Tim in Slippers, will perform between 4.30pm and 6pm.

Organiser Gabrielle Naptali says: “We really hope to engage as many local young people as possible to help map out the future of the arts in the borough of Scarborough. All of the events will be fun, simple to take part in – and free!”

Young people who can’t make it to the Big Arty Ask can fill in the survey at