A woman creates an artwork out of bamboo and ribbon
Using materials to create spaces to challenge and stimulate imagination and playfulness


Date: Monday 23 April 2018.

Time: 9.45am-4.15pm

Venue: Midlands Arts Centre, Cannon Hill Park, Birmingham B12 9QH

For: Early years practitioners, Arts and Cultural sector professionals, anyone with an interest in Early Years and the arts.

Cost: £30 per delegate.


The Conference 

Explore the use of playfulness in developing creativity in early years, for both inside and outside environments. This seminar will provide you with ideas and approaches, and give you opportunities to reflect on your own practice.

No experience is needed; it will be fun, practical and open to all abilities.

30 places are available on a first-come-first-served basis for £30 each (includes lunch and refreshments)

Claire Witcomb

The seminar includes a workshop with leading artist practitioner and pedagogista Claire Witcomb. Claire was part of the Moonbeams programme and has been the Artist Pedogogista at Bloomsbury Nursery, in Birmingham for over 10 years. She is an artist, maker, collaborator, provocateur and adventurously enthusiastic natural playspace maker:

‘I work in ‘early years’, galleries, theatres, education and the public realm. I follow ideas and like to experiment, research and explore the world. Although I began as a sculptor I work in lots of different guises: I’ve facilitated workshops, led interventions, created public art, collaborated with artists, dancers, architects, writers, musicians. It’s hard to define what I do, but I like it that way. I suppose if you needed to pin me down, I’d say I’m inspired by ideas. I like to work with others to innovate and invent. I work a lot in the early years as a provocateur and I’m passionate about working in and with communities, with people of all ages, to make a creative landscape accessible to all.’

Terms and Conditions

Completed booking forms should be returned to Lisa O’Connor.

Bookings will be confirmed by email to the email address specified on the booking form.

Bookings will be taken on a first come, first served basis. In the event of booking requests surpassing the number of places available, a waiting list will be established.

Following confirmation of booking, invoices will be issued by Birmingham Nursery Schools
Teaching Schools Alliance and must be paid no later than 3 days prior to the seminar.

Once an invoice has been issued, bookings are non-refundable.

Failure to pay will result in bookings being withdrawn and re-allocated using the waiting list.

In the event of the seminar being cancelled by the event organiser, tickets will be refunded in full.