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

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 /


2020: Creating a trauma-informed arts sector: What does that mean and why does it matter?

Over a series of five sessions, Dr Suzanne Zeedyk will lead a conversation reflecting on the movement now underway across society for individuals and sectors to become trauma informed. At the heart of healing trauma is making meaning of uncomfortable, confusing experiences. Early years artists do this instinctively: help audiences to make meaning. These sessions will ensure that the arts sector feels more informed about the trauma movement and, more importantly, to see how they are especially well-equipped to help in achieving some of its core hopes. In short, these sessions will help attendees to see more deeply the power and potential of what you already do. These sessions are aimed at artists making work with and for early years.

Participants are invited to sign up for one or all sessions. Priority will be given to artists based in Scotland. Please sign up here. 


  • Thursday 5th November, 10.30am to 12pm
  • Thursday 3rd December, 10.30am to 12pm
  • Thursday 7th January, 10.30am to 12pm
  • Thursday 4th February, 10.30am to 12pm
  • Thursday 11th March, 10.30am to 12pm