‘My daughter wants to dance…’

The expressive arts are still viewed as an add-on in our society instead of an integral part of our humanity, and that’s why it’s still far too easy to take them away, according to former Director of Imaginate and Creative Producer of Lyra, Tony Reekie.   Responding to Starcatchers’ call to ensure every baby and… Read more »

Creative Kin film premieres in Kinship Care Week

To kick off Scotland’s Kinship Care Week (w/b 18th March 2019) we’re delighted to launch a new film celebrating the positive impact of Creative Kin, a two-year pilot delivered in partnership with Children 1st offering artist-led, creative respite for kinship families.   Creative Kin 2019 (Short, captioned) from Starcatchers on Vimeo.   Watch the full length… Read more »

Spirited Minds

“During the five-day laboratory, I’ll be pushing the artists to take nothing for granted and really reflect on their view of the child. In the creation and delivery of artistic experiences for children the approach must always be the child’s needs first, and then ‘how do my artistic ideas fit with that?’” [Dalija Acin Thelander]… Read more »

Magical circus experience for babies

We are delighted to announce our new Spring tour for 2019 – a magical first circus experience for babies and toddlers age 0-18 months and their adults.   At a time in their development when young children are discovering their own physicality and the pleasures and perils of gravity, Little Top invites babies and toddlers… Read more »

Pioneer to lead Lab for early years artists in Scotland

We’re delighted that Dalija Acin Thelander, an award-winning Swedish artist of Serbian origin and pioneer of installation-based performances for babies, will visit Scotland next year to lead a five-day laboratory for experienced and emerging early years artists from across disciplines. Dalija has been a pioneer of installation-based performances for babies since premiering The Book of Wandering in… Read more »

‘No ordinary playgroup’

Young parents and their little ones 0-2 today (18th October) attended a special screening of Expecting Something: ‘This is no ordinary playgroup’ – a short film they have helped create to celebrate their group, working with artist Becky Manson and musician Rory Clark.   The film was shown on a big screen set up at WHALE Arts, Edinburgh,… Read more »

Access to arts from earliest age

Our call to ensure every child can participate in high quality, innovative arts experiences from the earliest age is one of 25 calls for action to improve children’s lives – part of a campaign led by Children in Scotland as part of the organisation’s 25thanniversary. You can read the full article here.   Our Chief… Read more »

ArtFelt – bringing generations together

An exciting new arts project is bringing together young children from an Edinburgh nursery and older people from a local care home to explore and celebrate their creativity.   This unique collaboration between Luminate, Scotland’s creative ageing organisation and Starcatchers, Scotland’s National Arts and Early Years Organisation, recognises the positive impact that strong intergenerational partnerships can have… Read more »

Aberdeen’s Music Hall Babies

Starcatchers is delighted to be delivering artist-led workshops for babies and their adults in Aberdeen this month – part of Aberdeen Performing Art’s programme of events leading up to the reopening of the city’s new Music Hall in Winter 2018. The series of five workshops will focus on music, movement, sensory and visual art, nurturing… Read more »

Playspace – Starcatchers’ artist development programme

“Playspace is an invaluable and essential necessity for all artists to share their practice, connect, collaborate, learn and most of all to have a lot of fun without the pressure of time, space, finances or performance. It felt incredibly good and inspiring to just play with each other and get out of our comfort zone…. Read more »