Our new Club for 2017

We’ve started 2017 with a brand new subject area for Saturday Clubs. Following our expansion into Science&Engineering and Fashion&Business, we are delighted that our new partners the Writers’ Centre Norwich and the University of East Anglia are now running the pilot National Writing&Talking Saturday Club.

With a theme of The People’s City of Literature, Club members from Norwich and the surrounding areas have declared their very own ‘Republic of Letters’!  They have now set about creating key documents for their new city state – conjuring up folk tales, producing their own newspaper, programming a literary festival and appointing a Poet Laureate.

Writers' Centre Norwich

The range of tasks and challenges will be aimed at developing the technical, conceptual and critical skills necessary for their appreciation of others’ writing and the development of their own. The programme has been developed by the Writers’ Centre and is delivered by postgraduate students from the acclaimed Creative Writing MFA at the University of East Anglia.

Following this pilot and an independent evaluation we have commissioned, we plan to extend the National Writing&Talking Saturday Club to more locations in 2018.

University of East Anglia

Our #CreativeJourneys continue...

To coincide with year 8 and 9 pupils around the country taking their GCSE options in the coming weeks, we have released a new batch of films in our Creative Journeys series.

The new interviews, each exploring the journey that brought a creative professional to their current role, include the BBC’s Ceri Aston, Executive Producer of Dragon’s Den, glass artists Erin Bar and Zoe Garner from the National Glass Centre at the University of Sunderland, 3D printing pioneer Edmund Keefe, Sunderland-based ceramicist Richard Oliver and Glaswegian artist Jasleen Kaur.

Please help us to spread the word by sharing the new films and telling us about your own #CreativeJourneys online.

A meeting of minds

Tutors and coordinators from Saturday Clubs all over the country gathered at Somerset House in London for a meeting of our National Art&Design Tutors’ Network. Each Club gave us insights into the inspiring work and innovative thinking that goes into creating their programmes.

Thanks to the generosity of Somerset House, after the meeting, everyone had the chance to visit the Hair by Sam McKnight exhibition in the Embankment Galleries, where our annual Summer Show will take place from Monday 12 to Sunday 18 June 2017.

Masterclasses coming up

We’re busy arranging this year’s series of more than 40 Saturday Club Masterclasses. Over the coming weeks, each Club will take part in a very special session delivered by a leading creative professional, either on site or at their own workplace.

Masterclass leaders this year include a team from Heatherwick Studios, designer Ella Doran, artist Barnaby Barford and Matt Jones from Google.

Cullinan Studio's Masterclass for the Victoria and Albert Museum 2017

Thomas Heatherwick's Masterclass for Hereford College of Arts 2010
Ella Doran's Masterclass for Havering College 2017

Unleashing the ImagineNation

Last month, our friends at the Cultural Learning Alliance (CLA) launched ImagineNation: the value of cultural learninga new report which sets out how studying arts and culture changes and shapes the lives of children and young people.

To mark the publication, CLA held an event at the Houses of Parliament and invited us to run some creative activities for guests to take part in. Student ambassadors from our Saturday Clubs at London Metropolitan University and University of the Arts London set up badge-making, bag-decorating and puppetry stalls.

Guests taking part ranged from primary school children to members of the House of Lords!

Unique new apprenticeships at Cockpit Arts

Our partners at Cockpit Arts have launched a new Apprenticeship Programme for the craft industry and are seeking young people to take up new positions as studio assistants.

The programme is the only one of its kind in the craft sector that gives young people transferrable skills to obtain work in any small and medium-sized creative enterprise. Piloted over the past few years, it is widely considered to be a pioneering initiative that helps craftspeople take on their first employees and offers an attractive employment route for young people choosing not to go to university.

For more information and to apply, visit the Cockpit Arts website.

A date in Durham: NSEAD conference

For all who are involved in art, design and craft education, bookings are now open for the annual NSEAD conference.

NSEAD is the National Society for Education in Art and Design and represents its members in primary, secondary and further education.

Among many valuable resources, it has recently published Art and Design Education, a guide for Governors and Trustees, created by the Society in partnership with Arts Council England and the National Governors’ Association.

Creative & Cultural Skills National Conference - 50% Discount

Join CCSkills on the 2 March, for a day of debate, discussion, workshops and networking, and to be the first to hear about the exciting developments happening in the creative industries.

This year the conference is on the theme ‘Building a Creative Nation: Diversity and Fair Access, which will examine the state of diversity, fair access and recruitment practices in the creative industries, assessing the effect of new vocational employment initiatives such as apprenticeships and technical courses.

They are also offering special workshops for apprentices and interns, to learn and network with the industry.

Book now with the discount code GUEST for 50% off your ticket.

Photo credits: Andrew Davidson, Graham Carlow, Magnus Andersson & Kit Oates
Film credit Up Close Films