Creative Kin is a 2-year pilot project funded by the Scottish Government Children, Young People and Families Early Intervention Project Fund and delivered in partnership with Children 1st, Scotland’s National Children’s Charity.
Creative Kin is designed to draw from other Starcatchers’ models of practice – our pioneering Creative Skills Programme and our Expecting Something programme that provides consistent creative engagement with young parents – to offer an artist-led programme to support Kinship Carers and their families in Ayrshire and in Moray.
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.
Creative movement artist Skye Reynolds led a 5 month residency project at Hillend Children’s Centre in Greenock which aimed to explore the impact consistent creative movement sessions had on the children, parents and staff.
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Wee Wanders was a pilot project to explore different ways of engaging nursery children with the National Galleries of Scotland and the three galleries they have in Edinburgh.
Nickum was an exciting co-project between Starcatchers, the RSNO and Aberdeen City Council which saw Starcatchers Artist Hazel Darwin-Edwards and Musician Abigail Sinar undertaking residencies in two nurseries in Aberdeen.
The Playground was a new initiative which embedded the Starcatchers residency model into two communities, Barrhead in East Renfrewshire and Hamilton in South Lanarkshire. In partnership with Renfrewshire Council and South Lanarkshire Leisure and Culture two artists were selected to work in these communities, engaging with very young children in nurseries and community centres to explore, play and create experiences for this age range and their carers.