Summer Show 2017

Club members from East Coast College: Great Yarmouth Campus and Time and Tide museum Art&Design Saturday Club

The hottest week of the year provided the warmest reception for our annual Summer Show.

From 12-18 June, the work of all 1,200 of our Club members from 53 Clubs was showcased in an exhibition designed by architects Dallas Pierce Quintero with graphics by Tom McEvoy. Hosted by Somerset House and generously supported by Imagination, the 9th Summer Show was a fitting celebration of the young participants.

Club member looking through their National Saturday Club Yearbook
Club members from Ravensbourne Science&Engineering Saturday Club receiving certificates of achievement
Club members from University of Westminster Science&Engineering Saturday Club
Club member and family member at the Summer Show

Club Members' Private View

Club members attended private views over the weekend of 17 and 18 June where proud families were able to see their work of the first time. Each member was presented with a certificate of achievement and their own copy of the Saturday Club yearbook. In presenting their certificates, tutors highlighted the talent and commitment of the young people. On hand to help with the presentations were many of the professionals who have generously given Masterclasses this year.

Private View

Hundreds of special guests attended the evening private view on 15 June, when our special guest and chair of Arts Council England Sir Nicholas Serota said:

If anyone needed persuading of the power and importance of creativity, you could bring them here and it would take 30 seconds."


Our new Club, the National Writing&Talking Saturday Club has been piloted this year in partnership with the Writers’ Centre Norwich and the University of East Anglia. With a theme of The People’s City of Literature, Club members created key texts for their new city state – conjuring up folk tales, producing their own newspaper, programming a literary festival and appointing a Poet Laureate.

As well as featuring in the Yearbook 2016-17, The Saturday Club Trust have published The People’s City of Literature Anthology which showcases the work of the Writing&Talking Saturday Club members.

The National Writing&Talking Saturday Club will be running in five locations in 2017-18. If you’d like more information regarding these Clubs or running a club, please contact us at

2017 Masterclasses

This year we have had 41 Masterclasses with 100 professional practitioners. They have ranged from robotics to architecture, masterplanning to football design, photography to edible artwork.

Allies and Morrison architects and masterplanners | Arup structural engineers | ASOS fashion retailer | Barnaby Barford artist | Ben Benoliel fashion photographer | Charles Hadcock sculptor | Colin McKeown graphic designer | Connie Viney cake artist | Cullinan Studio architects and masterplanners | Dalziel Project, George Mind and Bethan Stevens, researchers | David Lees architect | Ditchling Museum of Art +Craft, Jenny KilBride MBE, dyer and weaver | Little InventorsDominic Wilcox inventor | Dominick Tyler photographer | Ella Dorandesigner | English National Opera | Fixperts, Maya Alvarado and Zofia Stepniak creative social campaign | Heatherwick Studios designers and architects | Henry Franks product designer | Holly Graham artist | Jigsaw fashion brand | Laura Lightbody ceramicist | Madeleine Kessler architect | Manijeh Verghese architecture educator Martin Nixon designer | Google ResearchMatt Jones design director | Nick Wade animator | Paul Jackson aka Wesley Merritt illustrator | Pentland Brands Katie Greenyer creative director PriestmanGoode design consultancy | Richard Beacham illustrator | Roger Stirk Harbour + Partnersarchitects | Royal Opera House and Tamar Manoukian Costume Centre | Sebastian Conran designer | Sophie Thomas communication design | Standpoint creative studio | Tim Bradford illustrator | Triple Double design studio | William Warrenfurniture and product designer | Yasmin Al-Ani Spence architect | Yorkshire Sculpture Park and Arts Council Collection | Zaim Kamal creative director | Zeena Shah printed textile designer and maker

Here are our 2017 Masterclass films.

Masterclass with Sebastian Conran for University of Westminster 2017

Masterclass at Yorkshire Sculpture Park with Arts Council Collection for University of Huddersfield and Bradford School of Art

Masterclass with Fixperts at Truro and Penwith College 2017

Masterclass with Allies and Morrison at University of the Arts London 2017

Masterclass with Dominic Wilcox of Little Inventors at National Glass Centre at the University of Sunderland 2017

Masterclass by Triple Double for Sheffield Hallam University 2017

Masterclass by Paul Jackson aka Wesley Merritt with Middlesex University

Masterclass at Roger Stirk Harbour + Partners with Cambridge School of Art, Anglia Ruskin University 2017

Masterclass with Jenny KilBride MBE at Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft with University of Brighton 2017

Masterclass by Sophie Thomas for Manchester School of Art, Manchester Metropolitan University 2017

Masterclass by Paul Priestman of PriestmanGoode for Kingston University Science&Engineering Saturday Club 2017

Masterclass with Ella Doran at Havering College 2017

Masterclass with Katie Greenyer of Pentland Brands, at Bolton School of the Arts, University of Bolton 2017

Alumni Network

Lauren Hulme, Student Assistant at Manchester Metropolitan University Art&Design Saturday Club 2015-16 Graduated this year and is photographed here at New Designers

We will soon be entering the 9th year of the National Saturday Club and have seen some former Club members graduating from courses at university this summer.  Congratulations to Chris Gregory, Ben Lintell and Beth Hanley!

So we can stay in touch with all former Club members, we are launching a National Saturday Club Alumni network where they can hear about opportunities from partners like English National Opera and the Creative Dimension Trust, as well as telling us about their next steps in education.

This year’s Club members received an Alumni network card with their certificates of achievement; If you haven’t received one, or were a member from a previous year, please email to activate your membership.

New Designers - School Tours

This is our 4th year of running School Tours at New Designers, the show for graduating design students from all over the UK. It has been a great opportunity to show young people the huge range of subjects they could study at college or university.

The fantastic Saturday Club student assistants have been on hand to lead tours, share their own experiences of further and higher education and help school pupils meet graduates and ask lots of questions.

Many thanks to Megan Dunne and Gemma Arnold from Grimsby Institute, Paula Veleda Barea, Genesis Adewole and Giorgio Amirante from London Metropolitan Unversity and Anna Rozensteina and Zoe Hardingham from University of the Arts London, who worked with the Saturday Club Trust’s Liz Cowley and Chris Pierre.

Tour Leaders for New Designers Part 1: Megan, Paula and Gemma

Cass Art - £15,000 of prizes to be won

The Great Cass Art Summer Giveaway is back for 2017 with over £15,000 of prizes to be won! There’s something for everyone with more than 100 prizes up for grabs from the UK’s leading art brands and organisations. Enter here before midnight on 28 August for your chance to win.

Wishing you a lovely summer

from all of us at the National Saturday Club

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