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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.