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 »

Introducing arts from birth in Aberdeen

Starcatchers is working with Aberdeen Performing Arts giving babies, young children and their families in Aberdeen the opportunity to engage in artist-led creative play sessions.

Never too young to be a sculptor…

“Taking part in artistic and creative activities together is protected time for parents and their children… Quite often you’ll find that adults are surprised by what their children are capable of.”    They may not yet be 3 but armed with natural materials foraged from the beautiful grounds of Jupiter Artland and a little help from their parents,… Read more »

Bounce awarded funding from PRS Foundation

BOUNCE will be an interactive performance for babies aged under 24 months, with an original score by Stephen Deazley, developed with and for clarinet soloist Pete Furniss.

Children’s rights – the voice of under 5s

Babies and children under 5 must be a central focus in the Scottish Government’s efforts to progress children’s rights in Scotland.    In our response to the consultation about incorporating the UNCRC into Scots law and embedding children’s rights in public services, we highlight our concern that the voices of very young children, in particular… Read more »

Making their mark through art

Over the next few months Starcatchers’ new campaign Making My Mark will celebrate the role that arts and creative experiences can play in helping children learn about their rights during their earliest years.     Watch our short film, download our information resource and get involved by joining us @StarcatchersUK on social media #MakingMyMark.     We want to inspire grown-ups to put arts and creative… Read more »

The Stripy Nest

Pre-school pupils will have the chance to work with artists 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.

Creative kin ‘brought us closer together’

Our two-year project providing artist-led, creative respite for kinship families had a significant impact on improving participants’ confidence, wellbeing and relationships, an independent evaluation has found.   Children and their carers in Moray and Ayrshire – many of whom were dealing with complex issues – explored music, visual art, drama and other artistic and creative… Read more »

Little Top part of Made In Scotland Showcase

We are delighted that Little Top has been selected to be part of the Made in Scotland showcase this year – one of 22 innovative shows by Scottish artists and companies at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2019.   Little Top, a magical first circus experience for babies 0-18 months and their adults, has been created through… Read more »