Katy Wilson likes to create new worlds and environments for people to feel good, relaxed and inspired in – often sophisticated and far from conventional baby friendly spaces – she likes to shake things up. Katy created Starcatchers’ creative play space for babies 0-24 months and their adults, Blue Block Studio.
Maria Giergiel is Starcatchers’ Trainee Associate Artist. She is a performance maker and facilitator, and graduated last year with a BA (Hons) in Contemporary Performance Practice from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. You can follow Maria on her blog to find out more about her traineeship, her reflections and her artistic ideas for making new work for under 5s. Read Maria’s Do Learn Make blog for an insight into her artistic practise.
Hazel Darwin-Edwards has worked on several projects and residencies with Starcatchers as a theatre maker, performer and puppeteer. Hazel co-created Hup, a musical production for babies 0-24 months and their adults, which is touring internationally in 2016 as well as coming to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. She also delivers workshops across Scotland for adults who work with Early Years as part of the Starcatchers Creative Skills Programme.
Expecting Something works with new, young and expectant parents under 25 and their babies in Wester Hailes, Edinburgh and Lochgelly, Fife, providing a weekly safe space to spend time with their babies and peers whilst engaging in artist-lead creative activities.
Over the next two years we hope that this project will empower these young parents, boosting their confidence, forging new relationships and developing strong bonds with their babies through regular and continued contact with arts and creativity.
The sessions take place on a weekly basis at WHALE Arts in Wester Hailes and the Lochgelly Centre, Lochgelly. They are lead by artists Hazel Darwin-Edwards and Katy Wilson who are experienced at working with young children and adults alike. The content will be shaped by the group and their interests. During a pilot project of the same name run by Starcatchers in 2013/2014 sessions covered many different art-forms including photography, painting, sculpture, felt making, music, tie-dye, pottery, music and puppetry.
As well as the weekly sessions the participants will be given the opportunity to visit and engage with cultural activities in their area. We hope that Expecting Something can create a bridge for participants to connect and understand that they can contribute positively to their local community.
Expecting Something project has secured funding from Creative Scotland, The Scottish Government and the Lloyds TSB Foundation for Scotland. Expecting Something is working in partnership with WHALE Arts, On Fife and the Family Nurse Partnership, Lothians.
Pilot project participant:
The experience has made me more confident with my daughter and myself. Means I can spend lots of time with other mums and babies
I think it’s good for their [the participant’s] self-esteem because, I think that people value them enough to let them have the opportunity to do these things, and it builds in them the idea that the judgmental attitudes and stigmatisation that some of them have experienced isn’t the universal thing. It’s also gives precious family memories.