Starcatchers is Scotland’s National Arts and Early Years organisation specialising in creating performances and exploring creative activity for babies, toddlers and young children aged 0-5 and the adults who care for them.
Inspiring creativity for Scotland’s youngest children
Starcatchers believes in the transformational power of the arts to inspire Scotland’s youngest children and the people who care for them through creativity, performances and engagement projects.
What began as an experiment in Muirhouse in October 2006 exploring performances for babies aged 0-3, a previously un-catered for audience, has gone through many different phases to emerge as an organisation that works in communities across Scotland using the arts to transform and enrich the lives of Scotland’s under 5s.
In 2006, people questioned what the point of theatre and creativity for babies was, in 2018, people question why there isn’t more.
Our vision is delivered through three pillars of activity all rooted in creativity, designed to connect with babies, toddlers, young children, parents, carers and Early Years practitioners in communities across Scotland.
We make beautiful, innovative productions with exceptional artists who specialise in work for under 5s
We believe that young children have the right to access innovative, inspirational, high quality and age appropriate theatrical and creative experiences. Working with specialist artists, we produce beautiful and inspiring performances for very young children aged 0-5, which tour to venues and communities across Scotland and internationally.
Community Engagement projects
We deliver engagement projects across Scotland placing artists directly into communities.
We connect artists into communities to explore how consistent longer-term artistic engagement impacts on children and families’ lives often in ‘hard-to-reach’ communities and settings. Our Community Engagement projects aim to improve the lives of the people we meet through Arts and Creativity working with experienced artists who are passionate about young children and their families.
We deliver programmes of professional development for artists and early learning and childcare practitioners to develop their practice using arts and creativity with very young children.
Our artist development opportunities are designed to enable artists who are seeking to develop their artistic practice when working with very young children and their parents and carers.
Our pioneering Creative Skills Programme takes place in local authorities across Scotland, run by specialist artists and facilitators using a playful, child-led approach that helps support the delivery of key policies.