What is the Old Parcels Office Artspace?

The Old Parcels Office Artspace is a new arts venue in Scarborough, comprising Artist Studios, Gallery, and Learning Space, housed in a grade II listed building on Scarborough Station which has been developed by Scarborough Studios.

Their aim is to support the cultural regeneration of Scarborough by making art more accessible; bringing high-quality art to Scarborough and by giving innovative artists and performers a platform to show their work in the region.

Who are Scarborough Studios?

Scarborough Studios CIO, a charitable organisation was founded in 2021 to oversee the running of the Old Parcels Office ArtSpace and its programmes.

This charitable organisation builds on the work of Scarborough Studios Ltd, a not-for-profit company, which has managed and fundraised the capital redevelopment of the Old Parcels Office, a grade II listed building on Scarborough railway station platform.

The Detail

To assist Scarborough Studios develop the Old Parcels Office as a venue for new and existing artists to put on exhibitions, we provided funding which allowed for a number of exhibitions and artists talks to take place specifically the funded exhibition programme included:

16-31 October – Andi Dakin’s solo show Fire and Water with an artists talk and workshop

13-28 November – Yorkshire Sculpture Group exhibition Passages

15-30 January – Photographic exhibition by Nigel Walker & Paul Elsam titled Red Dress Green Door 

12-27 February – Material Matters Painting & Ceramics by Katie Braida, Ilona Sulikova, Christopher Tansey, Jenny Morten.

12 March – 24 April – Open Artspace featuring work by over 40 artists from Yorkshire and the UK

Who will benefit?

The investment will enable Scarborough Studios to bring life to this iconic building at Scarborough Train Station.

The investment will encourage a greater number of cultural tourists to the area. Working in partnership with local businesses and accommodation providers OPO will support the growth of these high-net-worth tourists as well as promote Scarborough’s cultural offer, making it an attractive place to work and live.

2020 – 2022 Investment £14,200 – this amount was amended to £13,000 due to changes in the exhibition programme


Old Parcels Office Project Summary

As the current funding period on this project draws to a close, Yorkshire Coast BID are pleased to announce their continued support for the exhibition…


OPO Open Artspace

Open Artspace is the first open exhibition at the OPO and is showcasing work from artists and makers resident throughout the UK. The exhibition runs…

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Passages Exhibition

Launch: https://www.yorkshirecoastbid.co.uk/project/passages-exhibition/ Passages an exhibition by The Yorkshire Sculptors Group The Yorkshire Sculptors Group was set up in 1985 with the intention of bringing together…

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Fire and Water Exhibition

An exhibition of new work by artist Andi Dakin. Dakin playfully fuses and combines printmaking and sculpture in these colourful, mischievous works made in response…