Working with Articulate to support families

  We are delighted to be working with Articulate to deliver creative parenting online support to families in Scotland. The sessions will help build confidence and develop strong bonds between parents and their wee ones through regular creative play.   Starcatchers’ Creative Skills Manager, Heather Armstrong, and Expecting Something Artist Kerry Cleland will work alongside Articulate… Read more »

Communal friendship bracelets

“I hope to create a sense of intrigue, magic and inspire some fun and games, connecting families with their outdoor physical surroundings, with the history of our community, each other and also others in the community.”   A burst of colour is brightening up a Glasgow housing estate as local families with young children weave… Read more »

Big inspirations artists announced

  We’re delighted to have commissioned five new projects developed by early years artists in Scotland especially for babies, young children and their parents. As part of our Big Inspirations Commission, all are very different but all explore ways of connecting with and inspiring our youngest children whilst they’re at home playing and learning together… Read more »

Big Inspirations: opportunities for artists

Starcatchers has launched two new opportunities to support early years artist development and explore new ways of connecting with and inspiring young children when face-to-face engagement is not possible.     Bursaries worth £200 will support professional development for early years artists that can be undertaken within the limitations currently placed on all of us.    … Read more »

An online community of creators

Rainbow-coloured creativity packs delivered to our Expecting Something families kick-start a new block of artist-led sessions for this Spring.   Full of open-ended materials to help fuel imaginative play and creativity, the packs will be used during Expecting Something sessions facilitated remotely by Starcatchers artists – live and interactive as well as pre-recorded.   Expecting… Read more »

#WeeInspirations

Starcatchers is launching a new series of Wee Inspiration idea cards for parents at home with young children.   These are fun, creative ideas to engage little ones without a lot of kit, stress, nor pressure to ‘achieve’ anything.   They are inspired by artists who work across Starcatchers’ different areas of work including Creative… Read more »

Updates in extraordinary times

23rd March 2020 A message to all our friends and supporters from Starcatchers Chief Executive Rhona Matheson     I hope you are all staying safe and well during this difficult time.   I just wanted to share an update with you about how we at Starcatchers are responding to the Covid-19 situation and what… Read more »

Every step we take together

  Kinship families in North and South Ayrshire have worked with music and movement artists to create a music video in celebration of their kinship community.  Sound Kinnection was an 8-week community engagement programme that began with a Burns Supper in January 2020. Over the following 4 weeks, during artist-facilitated sessions with musician Fraser… Read more »

An explosion of dance, colour and sound

  Bring together a dancer, some music, brightly coloured paint with the fearless imaginations of very young children. Mix them up and what do you get?   “Something that’s unique, probably chaotic and unpredictable but bright, bold and very beautiful in its own way” says Starcatchers Associate Artist Katy Wilson. As part of her research… Read more »

Arts strengthening intergenerational bonds

An intergenerational arts project enabling care home residents and nursery children to work with professional artists and be creative together has been resoundingly positive for both groups, strengthening community bonds, improving wellbeing and raising staff expectations about what participants are capable of.   ArtFelt, a unique collaboration between Starcatchers and Luminate, Scotland’s Creative Ageing Organisation… Read more »