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China Plate has joined forces with Surrey Arts and Take Art to launch Hopper, a brand new 20 month initiative that will create opportunities for over 3,500 babies and pre-school children to experience and influence the development of great art and culture in their Early Years setting.

Taking place over two-years, Hopper will bring specially created theatre shows into, pre-schools, nurseries, theatres, libraries and children’s centres, focusing on children from poorer less advantaged areas. Ensuring babies, toddlers and under 5's across the country have access to top quality creative experiences, tailored to their unfolding minds and imaginations.

The project will also support seven theatre companies in developing 70+ high quality and relevant performances and children and Early Years staff will be invited to take part in the development process. This means that the companies can work with the under fives to make the best shows possible for them.

During the project Take Art, Surrey Arts and China Plate will also work in partnership with key local theatres; The Brewhouse in Taunton; Bridgwater Arts Centre, The egg in Bath and Camberley Theatre in Surrey.

Hopper is supported by the Arts Council Strategic Touring Fund and the Paul Hamlyn Foundation.

Our call out for artists to participate in the project is now live - see below for more details.