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