Launching The Saturday Club Trust

Earlier this week, we celebrated the launch of The Saturday Club Trust, the new charity that will take over the day-to-day running of our national programme from the Sorrell Foundation.

Ed Vaizey MP, Minister for Culture, Communications & the Creative Industries kindly hosted the event in the Houses of Parliament and encouraged his fellow MPs to support their local Saturday Clubs where they are up and running, or to encourage their local colleges, universities and businesses to get involved and help us grow the clubs’ reach.

Ed Vaizey MP and guests at the The Saturday Club Trust launch

Saturday Club Trustee, the artist and writer Edmund de Waal OBE spoke about his own experience of Saturday Clubs as a teenager and the important combination of inspiration and aspiration that they give.

Edmund de Waal OBE speaking at the The Saturday Club Trust launch

The Saturday Club Trust is now operational with the following trustees joining Sir John and Lady Sorrell: Rt Hon. Lord Adonis, Diana Osagie of Islington Arts & Media School, Patrick Reid of Imagination, Philip Watkins of Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP, Cecilia Weckström of Lego, global businessman David Weil and Prof Julius Weinberg of Kingston University.

'New Designers' ticket offer

We’re once again working with the team at New Designers to open up this annual exhibition of graduate talent to younger people who are looking for inspiration and information about future career and study options.  We’re offering schools’ tours and coffee mornings for tutors. Book here. 

The Saturday Club stand at New Designers 2015

New Designers are kindly offering 25% off day tickets for our newsletter readers to visit the show. Simply enter the code ‘NDSORRELL’ when purchasing advanced tickets at

More masterclasses

The masterclass season is now drawing to a close and is going out with a bang with some exciting professionals delivering sessions over the past month and in the coming weeks.
Sculptor and illustrator Zack Mclaughlin made wire birds with club members at Nottingham Trent University. Pentland Brands’ Creative Director Katie Greenyer led a shoe design session at Middlesex University. Ceramicist Rupert Johnstone from RAMP and animator Jim Le Fevre collaborated on a masterclass with Truro & Penwith College and Falmouth University club members. Triple Double studio founder Paul Jenkins designed sports outfits with Burnley College.
In June, club members from Kingston University’s Art&Design and Science&Enginering clubs will join forces to build bridges in the studios of structural engineers 

Nottingham Trent University Art&Design Saturday Club Masterclass with Zack Mclaughlin

Middlesex University Art&Design Saturday Club Masterclass with Katie Greenyer

Burnley College Art&Design Saturday Club Masterclass with Paul Jenkins

Falmouth University and Truro & Penwith College Art&Design Saturday Clubs Masterclass with Rupert Johnstone and Jim Le Fevre

Coming soon: The Saturday Club Summer Show

In less than a month, our seventh annual Summer Show will open to the public at Somerset House’s prestigious Embankment Galleries, exhibiting work by members from Saturday Clubs all over the country.  All members and their tutors are invited to special private views to see their work on display.

This will be our biggest show yet with contributions from our four pioneering Science&Engineering Saturday Clubs and, for the first time, our pilot Fashion&Business Clubs from University of Brighton and Manchester Metropolitan University.

The show is open from Wednesday 22nd to Sunday 26th June and is free to all.

Photo credits: Magnus Andersson, Kit Oates & Jo Mieszkowski