Matt Addicott is a performance maker, theatre director and dramaturg. In addition to his freelance practice Matt also works as a programmer at Platform, an arts centre based in the east end of Glasgow.
The Inspire Project was a two year long residency for four separate artists at four different venues.
The Inspire Project was a two year long residency for four separate artists at four different venues across Scotland:
Matt Addicott | Platform, Glasgow
Hazel Darwin Edwards | The Byre Theatre, St Andrews
Sacha Kyle | ATTFife, Fife
Katy Wilson | Tramway, Glasgow
As part of the project, the artists undertook development work in 12 early childhood settings, produced 18 original arts performance pieces and engaged with over 10,000 people overall.
The artists worked amongst their local communities, in nurseries, parent and toddler groups and in venues, gathering information, observing play and responding by delivering and creating works in progress.
Alongside this work, Strathclyde University Department of Education were commissioned to undertake an action research programme. Each artist had a researcher dedicated to their residency, looking into the effects of their work on early year’s audiences. The research was published at the end of the project with key findings presented at the Starcatchers International Symposium.