Calling York’s curious young creatives. Bolshee and Young Thugs Studio want you for youth arts project starting in January

Bolshee trio Lizzy Whynes, left, Megan Bailey and Pauline Clark

BOOKING is open for Bolshee Young Creatives, a new youth arts project from Bolshee CIC, set up in collaboration with Young Thugs Studio in York.

The project will start in January 2024 at South Bank Social Club, Ovington Terrace, where sessions will run regularly on term-time Wednesday evenings. Initially, sessions are for anyone aged eight to 14 who is creative and “wants to find their voice, whether young musicians, dancers, drawers, DJs, technicians, writers, talkers and explorers”. No experience is necessary. 

Bolshee CIC (Community Interest Company) is a female-led creative projects company, run by three artists and friends, creative director Pauline Clark, associate director Lizzy Whynes and creative producer Megan Bailey, who produce projects in York designed to help everyone feel heard, empowered and supported, regardless of their background.

Latest project Bolshee Young Creatives will be mounted in conjunction with fellow Community Interest Company Young Thugs, whose state-of-the-art recording studio in York places community at its heart. 

The new joint initiative is targeted at curious and adventurous young people who want to be creative in all sorts of ways and make things happen in York. The Young Creatives will work with industry professionals to plan and put on dynamic and multidisciplinary performances and events.

Young Thugs director Rich Corrigan says: ”We’re incredibly excited about collaborating with the inspirational and talented Bolshee women. There’s a lot of synergy between our organisations, especially around our aspirations for creating inclusive and accessible programmes and events that challenge the status quo and help celebrate the diverse arts community in York.”

Bolshee creative director Paula Clark says: “We want to celebrate all forms of creativity, from drama to design, sound and music to movement and event management. We’re calling for expressions of interest from young musicians, dancers, drawers, DJs, technicians, writers, talkers and explorers.

“We’re thrilled to be collaborating with our friends at Young Thugs, who will be able to bring a whole other level of industry knowledge and experience to the project. Young Thugs have the same commitment to serving the community as creatively and dynamically as Bolshee does. Let’s make some noise!”

Spaces for Bolshee Young Creatives are limited and will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. To find out more and book a place, follow this link: