Creative Journeys

We have made a new film in order to help young people around the country who are choosing options for GCSE this month. We know how important it is to make the right choices and that many people need help in finding full and up to date information about routes into careers in the creative industries.

In January, the latest official figures showed that the creative industries now contribute a massive £84.1billion a year to the economy, providing 2.8 million jobs and confirming the UK’s position as no.1 in the world for creativity.

To make the case to young people in years 8 & 9, and to their parents and teachers, that creative subjects at GCSE will help them make their first steps into further study and creative careers, we have made this short film, highlighting the exciting variety of creative careers and encouraging them to embark on their own #CreativeJourneys.

Please help us to spread the word by sharing the film with your friends and colleagues and telling us about your own route into a creative career, using the hashtag #CreativeJourneys.

With huge thanks to The HEAD Trust and Arts Council England for their support in the making of this film.

Masters of all trades

Masterclass season is well underway. So far, Saturday Clubbers have dyed and woven yarn in Ditchling, created their own versions of the Union Jack in Sunderland and the Bolton Saturday Club built cardboard spaceships at Priestman Goode’s studio, to mention but a few.

This weekend, Harriet Vine MBE, artistic director of cult British jewellery brand Tatty Devine, will show members at University of the Creative Arts in her native Rochester how to use reflect their unique personalities in their creations.

Thank you to all the brilliant creative professionals who continue to give their time so generously to lead masterclasses.

Down to business

The National Fashion&Business Saturday Club has made it off the catwalk and into the shops with clubs now up and running at Manchester School of Art and the University of Brighton. The Art&Design Saturday Club has been so successful over the last seven years that we are now applying the model to new subject areas. We now have
4 Science&Engineering clubs a pilot in Writing&Talking starting later this year.

Last weekend, University of Westminster’s Science&Engineering Saturday Club toured the Emirates Stadium as part of their work on health and nutrition.

Next month, our entire Tutors’ Network will come together for the first time to share their expertise and experience across all subjects and locations.

Sir John to address major creative education event

Our co-founder Sir John Sorrell will give the keynote speech at next week’s Annual Conference for CHEAD (Council for Higher Education in Art & Design), the membership organisation for senior leaders in creative education.  John will reflect on the extraordinary growth he seen during a long career in the creative industries and warn that the education system must continue to nurture emerging talent in order for this success to continue.

Open for business

Artists of all ages and stages are now invited to submit entries to the National Art Open Competition, now in its 20th year. With a prestigious judging panel, there is a generous prize and the chance to take part in a touring exhibition. Entries can be drawings, paintings, prints, photographs or short videos and there is a separate category for young people aged under 15. Good luck!