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 »

‘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 »