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

Through Playspace, 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.

Artists will access:

Artist laboratories led by sector pioneers
Playday workshops
Networking opportunities
Bursaries to attend children’s theatre festivals

Learn more about our Playspace programme and opportunities here.

Artists, Art and Early Childhood

Artists, Art and Early Childhood is a two-year European research project (2017-2019) led by Starcatchers (UK), Compagnie ACTA (France) and 2 Turven Hoog (Netherlands), and funded by Erasmus Plus.

The project is creating a European network of artists focusing on the relationship between artists and young children in day-to-day life — in early learning and childcare (ELC) settings, arts venues and festivals — and the impact that this has on both children and artists themselves.

Read more about the project’s partners, study visits and residencies here.


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Keep up to date with news and opportunities through the Playspace Facebook group!

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“Playspace is an invaluable and essential necessity for all artists to share their practice, connect, collaborate, learn and most of all to have a lot of fun without the pressure of time, space, finances or performance. It felt incredibly good and inspiring to just play with each other and get out of our comfort zone. I just wished Playspace was a weekly thing!”

Playday participant


“This was the first children’s theatre festival I’ve been to and I soon felt the incredibly warm and friendly vibe I was surrounded by…seeing the imagination and curiosity of children being evoked every day was a true inspiration” 

Artist Beth Morton reflecting on her week at the Baboró festival in Ireland as part of Playspace