Study visit to Villiers-le-Bel, Paris, November 2017
Participants explored approaches to ELC with sector professionals and visited ELC settings. Artists also met Julie Chene, The Puzzle Collection and visited Lunatic Compagnie, in residency at ACTA, to see their work in development Twinkle.
Study visit to Edinburgh and Glasgow, January 2018
Participants explored approaches to ELC within the Scottish context and visited a range of ELC settings and early years and arts projects, including an outdoor nursery and Starcatchers’ own Expecting Something Projects and Platform’s Playcafe.
They also attended a performance of The Attic, Starcatchers’ live music and theatre experience for children aged 18 months to 3 years.
Residency in Villiers-le-Bel, Paris, March 2018
Participants worked in pairs in various ELC settings over the course of two weeks, experimenting with and exploring a range of performative approaches with the children. Reflection and evaluation of their work took place in the afternoons at Compagnie ACTA, where participants had the opportunity to exchange and develop their practice.
In the final week, participants attended Premieres Recontres (First Meetings), Compagnie ACTA’s forum, which focuses on arts in early years and included not only shows but workshops, debates, exhibitions and talks from artists, researchers, scientists, sector professionals and local politicians.
Study visit to The Netherlands (September 2018)
This visit allowed the group to develop an understanding of the childcare system in The Netherlands where, since January 2018, childcare is provided solely by private organisations.
The artists and company members visited a range of ELC settings in Amsterdam and The Hague, including Perron 7, an inspiring Reggio-based setting.
They also observed delivery of creative CPD for childcare staff by Stichting 2+/2Turvenhooog through their Jong Beginnings programme, supporting artists to go into childcare settings in The Hague.
Residency in Glasgow, Scotland (November 2018)
During this week-long residency week artists worked directly with young children in a studio space based within a Glasgow nursery.
The Blairtummock Childcare Centre for Excellence, run by Rising Stars Nursery, is a short walk from Glasgow’s East End arts centre Platform and has a baby room housed within the Glasgow Kelvin College building that Platform is part of.
The artists explored ideas and with groups of children, adapting their ideas in response to the children’s interests.
The artists noted that their own relationships developed during this week as their understanding of each other’s practice increased.
Partner organisation staff and ELC staff from France also visited other childcare settings in Glasgow and heard a presentation on Scotland’s ELC system from Dr. CaraBlaisdell, Lecturer in Early Years Education at the University of Strathclyde.
Residency in Almere, The Netherlands (April 2019)
This final residency coincided with the 20th2Turvenhoog Festival, enabling artists to see work from The Netherlands and across Europe as well as develop their own activity.
Easter meant it was more challenging to work in the nursery, however artists worked in their own studio space in Almere building on ideas that were the focus of their work in Scotland including falling; gravity; and nature.
Groups of children and their parents observed a ‘work in progress’ experience in the studio. Artists also developed concepts, including the use of film, green screen and digital technology within a pop studio they had in the festival venue.