Art & Design Saturday Club for teenagers

The new, free club for 13-16 year olds launches next week at the School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies as part of a national scheme.

Masterclass at Yorkshire Sculpture Park, 2016. Courtesy of the Sorrell Foundation and the Saturday Club Trust

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From Saturday 11 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 aim is to nurture the young people’s talent and build their confidence and self-esteem. 

The Saturday 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 as well as its regional partners, go on trips to galleries and museums, and collaborate with arts organisations including the Arts Council Collection.

Sarah Harvey Richardson, Saturday Art Club Officer in the Educational Engagement team at the University, 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. 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.

“Participation in the Club is free ? this includes travel for any trips undertaken as part of club activities as we endeavour to make the Club as inclusive as possible.”

“Any young people with an interest in art design can 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.”

Professor Abigail Harrison Moore, Head of the School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies, said: “We will be working with a number of our key partners such as Yorkshire Sculpture Park, The Hepworth Wakefield, the Arts Council Collection, and Leeds Museums and Galleries 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."

For further information about the Saturday Club, or to request a registration form, contact Sarah Harvey Richardson or visit the Saturday Art & Design Club website

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