National Art & Design Saturday Club for young people starting at the University of Leeds this autumn
October 20th, 2017
From November 2017, the School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies will be running the National Art & Design Saturday Club as part of a national network created by the Sorrell Foundation and run by the Saturday Club Trust.
The Saturday Club gives young people aged 13 to 16 the unique opportunity to study art and design on Saturday mornings at their local college, university or museum free of charge.
The aim is to nurture the young people’s talent and build their confidence and self-esteem. Last year more than 1,250 young people across the UK took part in a local Saturday Club, giving them an insight into student life and an understanding of new opportunities that further and higher education can offer, as well as helping to improve their school work.
The Club offers around 20 weeks of inspiring classes over the academic year, introducing a range of different disciplines using our specialist facilities, including printmaking, photography, sculpture, archives, history of art, and many more. Participants will work with different academics, artists and staff from the across the University of Leeds, go on trips to different galleries and museums, and collaborate with arts organisations including the Arts Council Collection.
Saturday Club members will also be given the opportunity to attend an inspirational Masterclass with one leading figure from UK industry, and to exhibit their work in their own Summer Show at Somerset House, London.
The Club is suitable for young people of all abilities with an interest in art and design. A Club member who attended a National Saturday Club in 2016 said:
“The Saturday Club tutors offered me a lot of help and advice about how to improve my work. They gave me a new understanding and love for the subject and have influenced my future career greatly.”
The National Art & Design Saturday Club at the University of Leeds will take place on Saturday mornings 10am-12pm during term time, starting on 11 November 2017.
Sarah Harvey Richardson, Saturday Art Club Officer in the Educational Engagement Team, University of Leeds, said:
“It is great to be part of a national scheme that has had such a positive impact on so many young people across the country.
“We are developing a full and varied programme of activity for our Art & Design Saturday Club here at the University of Leeds. Club members will have the opportunity to access the range of facilities in the School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies, and to work with academics, artists, students and staff from across the University, as well as arts organisations from across the region.
“Over the year we will explore and experiment with a variety of disciplines, techniques, processes and ideas, culminating in a large exhibition and celebration event in June at the prestigious Somerset House, London.
“We are currently calling for Club members and would like to encourage young people with an interest in art design to apply. Equally, if you are a teacher or anyone else who can spread the word or encourage young people to get involved, please get in touch for more details and a registration form.
“Participation in the Club is free of charge ― this includes travel for any trips undertaken as part of Club activities as we endeavour to make the club as inclusive as possible.”
Abigail Harrison Moore, Head of the School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies, said:
“We are excited to be bringing the National Art & Design Saturday Club to the University of Leeds.
“The School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies is pleased to have been selected by the Sorrell Foundation and Saturday Club Trust to participate in this great project for 13 to16 year olds.
“Alongside our ongoing work with teachers and pupils, we see the Club as a great chance for young people to come and experience the facilities and support that we have in our School, and to have fun and learn through making art.
“We will be working with a number of our key partners, such as the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, The Hepworth Wakefield, Leeds Museums and Galleries and the Arts Council Collection, to provide a brilliant, stimulating year of activities on Saturday mornings.
“Given the current challenges to the creative subjects in the classroom as a result of changes to the state school curriculum in England, it is vital that we work to support young people to aspire to a creative future for themselves through art, art history and design.
“The UK is such a successful country in terms of art and creativity. We want to ensure that young people in schools have the opportunity ― to develop career connected to art and the humanities. We aspire to young people having the chance to contribute to a brilliant, cultural and creative future, in a way that is not limited by where they were born or went to school.”
For further information about the Saturday Club, or to request a registration form, please contact Sarah Harvey Richardson or see the National Art & Design Saturday Club website at the University of Leeds.
Images from top: Masterclass at Yorkshire Sculpture Park, 2016; National Art & Design Club poster; Summer Show at Somerset House; National Art & Design Saturday Club workshop. All images courtesy of the Sorrel Foundation and the Saturday Club Trust.