Playspace is Starcatchers’ artist development programme for artists committed to working with or developing work for babies and young children.


We support artists across all artforms at different stages of their careers – from those interested in learning more about working with this age group to those who are experienced and want to develop their practice.


Through Playspace artists will access support, training and mentorship. They will have the opportunity to collaborate with other artists, share practice and hopefully find inspiration to push the boundaries and create art experiences for this age group and their parents and carers that are high quality and innovative.


Playspace is divided into the following three strands, each offering a range of opportunities:


Space to Play – provides artists with the time and space to come together to exchange and share ideas.


Space to Learn – provides training, support and mentorship. Training and development sessions focus on the range of policies and research that are shaping early years practice, as well as early child development and child protection.


Space to Inspire – We want to empower artists to push the boundaries of their artistic practice, innovate, collaborate and connect with others across the sector both in Scotland, and further afield.


Playspace has been developed in collaboration with artists working with this age group, Starcatchers’ partners including Platform, Eden Court, and Aberdeen Performing Arts. A steering group will oversee development of the programme.


If you have any questions or would like to talk about any aspect of the programme please contact us on 0131 2902560 /


Current Opportunites:

Opportunity to attend Visioni di futuro, visioni di teatro

Starcatchers is delighted to be able to support the costs for up to two artists to attend the Visioni di futuro, visioni di teatro festival, produced by Testoni Ragazzi Theatre in Bologna, from 22nd February – 3rd March 2019. Find out more and apply here


Starcatchers Playday

Join us for Starcatchers’ second Playday – an opportunity for artists to explore new ideas in work for babies and young children and to meet and collaborate with others working in the sector. Find out more and register here