Kirsten Hogg elected to the Starcatchers board

Delighted to welcome Kirsten Hogg, Head of Policy at SCVO, to the Starcatchers board. She was elected as the newest member of the team during the Starcatchers board AGM on Tuesday evening (22/09/20). Her extensive experience of children’s services, governance and policy and her passion for the arts has made her a valuable addition to… Read more »

Creative Skills goes online!

Creative Skills, Starcatchers Professional Development for the Early Learning and Childcare Workforce, has launched an online programme for 2020/21. The programme, which consists of five main elements, aims to help those who work in early years improve their creative confidence and spark inspiration for fun and creative ideas they can use in their settings.  … Read more »

2000 creative play packs

2,000 Creative Play Packs are being distributed to babies, young children and their families across Scotland.   Each pack includes a set of 20 Wee Inspiration idea cards and supporting resources to encourage fun, creative play between adults and little ones.   Whether it’s painting with big sticks, creating a ‘love letter’ for distant family… Read more »

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 »