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Explore using arts & creativity to develop resilience at Arts Connect’s Early Years Conference

  • Explore using arts & creativity to develop resilience at Arts Connect’s Early Years Conference

This February, Arts Connect will host Moonbeams Eclipses: ‘Major Moments We Remember Forever’ – Insights in developing resilience in early years through arts and creativity.

This will be our second Moonbeams conference and we aim to offer you a day that is provocative, reflective and interactive, leaving you inspired and energised. 

We are delighted to introduce our three keynote speakers:

Joseph Coelho, poet, Waterstones Children’s Laureate 2022-24

Professor Chris Pascal, co-director of the Centre for Research in Early Childhood

Professor Rachel Holmes, Manchester Metropolitan University. 

We are also offering a wide variety of exciting and thought-provoking creative workshops exploring a range of themes, including amongst others:

● the role of play and the imagination

● listening to children and valuing their creativity

● the important role of adult/s (e.g. parents/carers; families; educators; artists)

● creating space to explore risk and change

● marking and managing life events to build resilience.

Who is this event for?

Early Years Educators; representatives from the arts, heritage and cultural sectors, including libraries; academics; local authority service; and artists interested in early years.

What is Moonbeams?

Our early years programme, Moonbeams (for 0-5 years), was developed to raise the profile of early years creativity, develop new sustainable practice by building the leadership skills of artists and educators, and through learning networks address
issues of quality and access.

The key focus of the programme has been on the critical role of arts, culture and creativity in the development of language and communication in early years particularly for those young children with limited language skills or who are non-verbal.


Arts Connect are offering up to five bursaries to enable eligible people to attend the conference free of charge. To be eligible for consideration candidates must fulfil a number of criteria. Find out the full information here.

If you are interested in a bursary, please apply by 27th January (12.00 noon) 2023. 

Book Now For the Moonbeams Conference

Date: 27th February 2023
Time: Registration from 9.15am. Conference: 10.00am – 4.30pm
Venue: Midlands Arts Centre, Cannon Hill Park, Birmingham B12 9QH
Tickets: £100

To book your tickets and find out more details about the day, go to our website.