We connect artists with communities to explore how consistent longer-term artistic engagement impacts on children and families’ lives. You can explore the current Community Engagement projects we have running in and around Scotland here or find out about past projects which have now come to an end.

Expecting Something

Expecting Something works with new 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-led creative activities.

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Creative Kin 2020-2023

Creative Kin is a three-year project (2020 – 2023) bringing together artists and kinship families in North Ayrshire.  

Starcatchers will deliver weekly creative sessions for young children and their kinship families, creating magical, joyful and energising experiences through art and imaginative play.

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Sound Kinnections 2020

Sound Kinnection was an 8-week community engagement programme for Kinship families in North and South Ayrshire.

During artist-facilitated sessions kinship families worked together exploring lyrics, music-making, sound recording, dance and creative movement, visual art and film, culminating in the production of beautiful music video shared during Kinship Week 2020.

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Stripy Nest

Stripy Nest is a pilot project in collaboration with Canal View Primary School in Edinburgh. Pre-school pupils are working with Starcatchers artists and a play worker to co-design and create an interactive playground installation that will help improve their experience of the playground as they make the transition into P1 in August 2019.

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Creative Kin 2017 – 2019

Kinship care families in Moray and Ayrshire explore music, visual art, drama and other creative activities together as part of an artist-led programme designed to help strengthen their relationships and improve wellbeing.

Creative Kin – a two-year pilot project delivered in partnership by Children 1st and Starcatchers, and funded by the Scottish Government’s Children, Young People and Families Early Intervention Project Fund – offers creative respite and the space for kinship families to spend time together away from the life’s challenges.

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ArtFelt 2018

ArtFelt was an exciting arts project that brought together young children from an Edinburgh nursery and older people from a local care home to explore and celebrate their creativity.

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Sprog Rock 2017

Sprog Rock is an interactive live music experience for Early Years aged children and their parents and carers.

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Toddle Tours 2016

In Spring 2016 we offered 8 Toddle Tour sessions at the National Galleries of Scotland which included creative play activities designed for children aged 2-5 to enjoy with their adult. Activities included messy play, outdoor sculpture building, mud painting and unstructured play in a range of locations around the galleries inspired by selected art exhibits on display.

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Talking Tales with Andy Cannon 2015/16

Having worked on the Creative Skills Programme, Storyteller Andy Cannon was inspired to work with Early Years practitioners striving to ensure their nurseries were becoming more creative environments. Following on from that, Andy delivered a pilot project looking at playful ways to explore language and support language development with children aged 2-3 using stories and storytelling.

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Arts from the Start 2016

We believe that Arts and Creativity should be at the heart of early childhood. Join the campaign and help us make this a reality! #AFTS16

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Moving Matters: Play, Create, Imagine 2015/16

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 with the National Galleries 2015

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.

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Nickum 2013/14

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.

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Expecting Something Pilot 2013/14

Expecting Something was a pilot project for Starcatchers working alongside The Family Nurse Partnership and funded by the Edinburgh and Lothian’s Health Foundation. The 9 month project worked with young first time parents under the age of 19 who were either pregnant or had a child under 2.

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Playtime 2012/13

Playtime was a fifteen week programme of workshops, performances and CPD for the children, staff and parents of Barlanark Family Learning Centre and Helenslea Nursery.

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Storypages 2012/13

Books provide a familiar access point for children, parents and staff and Story Pages explored how to use books as a starting point for guided interactive play with under 5s. Geraldine Heaney worked in Glenbrae Children’s Centre in Greenock for 10 weeks and work alongside musicians and visual artists as the project developed.

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The Playground 2012/13

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.

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Forgotten Forests 2011/12

A programme of mini performances and workshops that the public could participate in every Monday, Wednesday and Saturday at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Edinburgh.

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Inspire Project 2009-2011

The Inspire Project was a four year long residency for four separate artists at four different venues!
As part of the project, the artists undertook development work in 12 early childhood settings, produced 18 original arts performance pieces and engaged with over 10,000 people overall.

Find out more about the productions that came out of the Inspire Project on our Productions Page.

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Starcatchers pilot project 2006 – 2008

The Starcatchers pilot project was established in 2006 as a mean of exploring theatre for the very young in Scotland and also as a creative intervention between North Edinburgh Arts Centre and childcare settings in the community.

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