Artist(s):

Matt Addicott, Hazel Darwin-Edwards, Sacha Kyle & Katy Wilson

Matt Addicott is a performance maker and theatre director. He first worked with Starcatchers in 2007, performing in Little Light and went on to become Starcatchers Artist in Residence at Platform in Glasgow. Matt has created numerous productions and experiences for early years audiences, and is also a regular contributor to the Creative Skills programme.

Hazel Darwin-Edwards has worked on several projects and residencies with Starcatchers as a theatre maker, performer and puppeteer. Hazel co-created Hup, a musical production for babies 0-24 months and their adults, which is touring internationally in 2016 as well as coming to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. She also delivers workshops across Scotland for adults who work with Early Years as part of the Starcatchers Creative Skills Programme.

Sacha Kyle is an award winning director creating work for both children and adults.  She has led and developed creative projects for children such as The Play Cafe and Expecting Something as well as working as a Starcatchers artist in residence and Imaginate associate artist.  Her productions for children have been shown at festivals and theatres in the UK and Europe including early years installation BabyChill, dance piece OOPs a Daisy and physical theatre show Luvhart.

Katy Wilson likes to create new worlds and environments for people to feel good, relaxed and inspired in – often sophisticated and far from conventional baby friendly spaces – she likes to shake things up. Katy created Starcatchers’ creative play space for babies 0-24 months and their adults, Blue Block Studio, and also delivers the Expecting Something project for young parents and their babies under 2.

The Project

The Inspire Project was a two year long residency for four separate artists at four different venues across Scotland:

Matt Addicott | Platform, Glasgow

Hazel Darwin Edwards | The Byre Theatre, St Andrews

Sacha Kyle | ATTFife, Fife

Katy Wilson | Tramway, Glasgow

The artists worked amongst their local communities, in nurseries, parent and toddler groups and in venues, gathering information, observing play and responding by delivering and creating works in progress.

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

Alongside this work, Strathclyde University Department of Education were commissioned to undertake an action research programme. Each artist had a researcher dedicated to their residency, looking into the effects of their work on early year’s audiences. The research was published at the end of the project with key findings presented at the Starcatchers International Symposium.

Read the Live Art – Arts Alive report on our Evaluation page

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