Kirstin Georgia Abraham
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.
The playground can sometimes be an intimidating and anxious experience for younger children, particularly those with additional support needs. Stripy Nest will give the children the opportunity to take the lead in creating a physical space that will help overcome some of these challenges – somewhere that promotes inclusive play, socialising and relationship-building.
The inspiration for this project, and its name, comes from lead artist Kirstin Abraham’s seven-year-old son who is Autistic and has, at times, found the playground a difficult place to be. “He’s a wonderful little boy fascinated by the stripe patterns on Zebras, which like children, are all different. He needed somewhere he could feel calm and safe – a nurturing nest”, added Kirstin.
Stripy Nest is funded by Ponton House Trust, Baily Thomas, The National Lottery Community Fund (Awards for All) and Souter Trust.