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.
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.
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.
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.
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.