Playspace is Starcatchers’ artist development programme for artists committed to working with or developing work for babies and young children age 0-5.


We support artists across all artforms at different stages of their careers – from those interested in learning more about working with this age group to those who are experienced and want to develop their practice.


Through Playspace artists will access support, training and mentorship. They will have the opportunity to collaborate with other artists, share practice and hopefully find inspiration to push the boundaries and create art experiences for this age group and their parents and carers that are high quality and innovative.


Playspace is divided into the following three strands, each offering a range of opportunities:


Space to Play – provides artists with the time and space to come together to exchange and share ideas.


Space to Learn – provides training, support and mentorship. Training and development sessions focus on the range of policies and research that are shaping early years practice, as well as early child development and child protection.


Space to Inspire – We want to empower artists to push the boundaries of their artistic practice, innovate, collaborate and connect with others across the sector both in Scotland, and further afield.


Playspace has been developed in collaboration with artists working with this age group, Starcatchers’ partners including Platform, Eden Court, and Aberdeen Performing Arts. A steering group will oversee development of the programme.


Current Opportunites:


As part of our Space to Inspire strand, Starcatchers is delighted to be able to support the costs for one artist to attend the El Més Petit de Tots Festival and conference in Barcelona from 15th – 19thNovember.  This includes, flights, transfers, costs of tickets and per diem.


To apply, please send an up to date CV (no more than 1 page) and a brief letter of application (500 words maximum) outlining your interest in work for the very young and what you would hope to gain from attending this festival.


Applications should be sent to  Jenny Phillips, Starcatchers’ Producer by Friday 31st August at 12pm –


We will notify the successful candidate by 6th September.