Sticky Fingers was established in 2002, as the first dedicated arts program for very young children in Northern Ireland. Since then we have worked directly with over 100,000 children, creating magical arts events across Ireland, visiting schools, playgroups and special needs settings to create new ways of engaging with young children.
We have advocated for every child to have a right to play and experience professional and appropriate arts events in their own community. We work to ensure that every child has the opportunity to experience the wonder of childhood and to have access to experiences that will provide them with the confidence, skills and tools to reach their full potential. Our projects are designed with every child in mind regardless of background, culture or (dis) abilities.
In Sticky Fingers, all children are equal and deserve the very best. We work with our partners across 24 international countries to bring the very best in children’s theatre, music and dance to Northern Ireland as part of our international family festival held in October each year. We have decorated the country side, motor ways and the streets of Newry, with our very special public art. We have created a whole world of enchantment and mystery at Slieve Gullion with our famous Giant’s lair story park.
We also deliver accredited training courses in Developing Creativity in the Early Years for childcare professionals and early years artists in partnership with Stranmillis University College, a college of Queen’s University Belfast.
We are committed to the belief that children deserve the best in arts provision and participation. We continually advocate for early years and arts sectors both locally and further afield. We are also professionals linked with national and international organisations such as Small Size, Polka Theatre, ASSITEJ UK and Action for Children’s Arts that promote the same aim.
But our story is just beginning as we have so many more adventures to take and lots more memories to make.