Going down to London town

Saturday Clubbers from across the UK made their way to the capital in November for our London Visit. They met their peers from around the country both face to face and in the exhibition of self-portraits, made by members and displayed in the Great Hall at Kings College London, who once again kindly hosted us.

We are grateful to Cass Art and Derwent for providing goodie bags for all members.

Each club also enjoyed a special tour of a major museum or gallery, for which our thanks go to Barbican, Courtauld Gallery, Design Museum, Photographers Gallery, Tate, the Victoria and Albert Museum, Cockpit Arts and Q-Art.

A day of insights and inspiration

Club members Anastasia, Chloe, Ashleigh and Ellie from University of Lincoln took part in one of our Creative Career Visits at the National Centre for Craft & Design during the October half term break. The young creatives met staff working in several different roles at the centre and had the opportunity to ask lots of questions about developing a creative career.

Bryony Windsore, Head of Exhitions, said, “It was nice to be able to share some pearls of wisdom with the group and play a small part in what I’m sure will be long successful careers in the arts.”

We’re always looking to arrange more Creative Career Visits. Please get in touch if you would like to help.

Creative Career Visit at Michaelis Boyd

Saturday Club tutor takes up residence

Congratulations to Hefin Jones for featuring as a Designer-in-Residence at the Design Museum in London!

The current exhibition at the Design Museum includes Hefin’s project ‘Cosmic Colliery’, which is running until March 2016.

Hefin is an interdisciplinary designer and founder of The Welsh Space Campaign, an initiative which finds a cosmic context for Welsh culture, skill and traditions. He’s also a visiting tutor at Goldsmiths, University of London and of course the lead tutor on the Saturday Club there.

Mastering the art

With spring just around the corner, we’re busy arranging masterclasses for everyone between January and April. Masterclasses see a leading professional take over a Saturday Club for a day of inspiration and insight into what really happens in the creative industries.

Creatives getting involved this year include Pali Palavathanan, founder & creative director of acclaimed design agency Templo.

And the award goes to...

Several Saturday Clubs have been offering Arts Award as an added bonus over the years. We now have a partnership with Arts Award so that all club tutors can undertake training to deliver and assess the award for free. We ran our first training session in September with representatives from as far afield as Falmouth, Truro, Manchester and Lincoln. It was a great success! Get in touch if you would like to be involved.

Working together for a creative future

The Creative Industries Federation, founded and chaired by our very own Sir John Sorrell, has established a higher & further education working group with over 50 colleges and universities signed up. The group will advise the federation on policy issues including the Teaching Excellence Framework, immigration legislation, the role of education in urban regeneration, maintenance grants and the cost of living crisis for students. This will contribute to the federation’s campaign for the importance of creative and cultural education for the future growth and success of the UK’s arts and creative industries.

Creative journeys, the movie – coming soon!

With support from the Head Trust and Arts Council England, we’re making a short film to highlight the importance of sticking with creative subjects when choosing GCSE options at the age of 14. The film will also celebrate the success of the UK’s creative industries, now worth £80bn to the economy annually and providing 1 in 12 jobs. Watch this space!

Helping us to grow in 2016 and beyond

The Saturday Clubs have gone from strength to strength, growing from 4 to 50 Art&Design locations in just 7 years, and with clubs now running in Science&Engineering, Writing&Talking and Fashion&Business as well. We are very lucky to have funding from Arts Council England and the Department for Education, as well as philanthropic donations and in-kind support from companies including Cass Art and Derwent.

However, as you know, we are a charity and, as such, always welcome donations, no matter what size.  All funds received go towards the running of the Saturday Clubs and other programmes such as our Creative Careers Visits. If you are able to support our work, please consider making an online donation.