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.

Beth Morton

Starcatchers supports artists across all artforms at different stages of their careers – from those interested in learning more about working with very young audiences from birth to 5 years, to those who are experienced and want to develop their practice.

Starcatchers has always sought to provide the conditions where artists can take risks in their practice; where they can spend time with babies and young children, sharing artistic concepts, playing with ideas, and understanding how this audience engages with different performance and participatory experiences. The core components of our approach include:

  • Engaging with artists from across art-forms
  • Taking time, providing space and resources for artists to experiment and explore alongside babies and young children,
  • Developing long-term consistent community engagement activity with a range of cross-sectoral partnerships that responds to audience and artist needs,
  • Delivering an artist development programme that provides inspiration, supports innovation, and stimulates new ideas,
  • Utilising skills and expertise from across Starcatchers to contribute to the development of work.

Artist Development – Playspace Programme

Playspace supports artists to explore their practice and push the boundaries of what arts for the very young can be. Playspace supports artists working with the very young, in community contexts as well as those making performance work.  Our programme is developed in conjunction with artists, and key elements of the programme include:
·       Artist Lab, Led by leading international specialists in work for early years,
·       Early Years Artist’s Day – Practice development day for early years community engagement artists.
·       Go & See Fund = Opportunities to attend international early years festivals and networks.
·       Playspace Residency – Artist Development Residency offering a holistic programme across all our activity: a bespoke fully immersive training opportunity in early years arts, including early years development training.

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Artist Development – New Work Development

We support artists to research, develop, and create high-quality performances and installations for babies and young children that tour across Scotland, the UK and internationally.

We aim to support at least two artists per year to undertake early concept development and initial research into their ideas, and at least one artist to progress their initial R&D to second stage development. We will have open calls for these stages of development.

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