Record numbers expected at our London Visit

In just a couple of weeks, we’ll be welcoming members from across the country to the capital for the first national event of the Saturday Club year – our Art&Design London Visit.

Thanks to the generosity of University of the Arts London, this year’s welcome event takes place at their Central Saint Martin’s campus, where our pop-up exhibition of Club members’ self-portraits will fill the huge atrium (pictured below- Club members from University of the Arts London, marching with banners they created during their Masterclass with Jeremy Deller in 2013).

Club members will also go on specially-arranged tours of leading museum and galleries including Tate Modern and Tate Britain, Royal Academy of Arts, Somerset House, Courtauld Gallery, Victoria and Albert Museum, Whitechapel Gallery, Hayward Gallery and National Portrait Gallery.

London Visit - Q Art tour at the Tate

Creative Career Visit

Joe Williamson is the latest Saturday Club member to take part in one of our Creative Career Visits. These special days are designed to give one Club member an in-depth insight into an industry which they have a particular interest in by visiting a relevant workplace.

Joe wants to train as an architect so he visited Cullinan Studio, where he learnt about several current projects, saw some of the latest computer modeling software in action and got some advice on further study routes from the team with direct experience.

I would love to work somewhere like Cullinan Studio. I am passionate about their ethos of sustainability and social value. The whole visit was very helpful and informative.”


We enjoyed hosting and found it to be a much more efficient use of time than a whole week's work experience, which we would normally offer. Joe was very engaged and asked the right sort of questions too!”

Sahiba Chadha, partner at Cullinan Studio

UCAS Design Your Future

UCAS, the organisation that manages applications to higher education courses, have two events coming up this month for young people interested in studying creative subjects.

Design Your Future takes place at London’s ExCeL on 15 and 16 November and at Manchester Central Conference Centre on 22 and 23 November.  Over 100 universities and colleges will be exhibiting in both locations so it’s a great way for Club members and others considering a creative degree to see what is on offer across the country.

The events are free to attend but you should book a place in advance.

Creative Industries Federation leading the way on education

Our friends at the Creative Industries Federation, which was founded by Sir John Sorrell, have recently published a report on Social Mobility and the Skills Gap as part of their Creative Education Agenda series.

This week, Universities Minister Jo Johnson MP will address the Federation’s FE & HE Working Group and answer questions on policy and plans for creative subjects in universities.

Creative Journeys

With many students in Year 9 preparing to choose their options, now is a good time to revisit our Creative Journeys website.  Featuring interviews with a range of creative industries professionals, Creative Journeys is a great resource for young people, and their parents and teachers, to learn more about this exciting sector.

A teacher recently got in touch with us about the project;

Thank you, for the EXCELLENT video Creative Journeys - My team will be using it in classes immediately. In a time where Art & Design and Technology are being marginalised, this is a powerful tool to remind our young people that 'one size does not fit all' and that our subjects' core processes are key to pretty much everything else."

Out and about in November

We presented at the British Fashion Council’s event for their member colleges, to promote the National Fashion&Business Saturday Club.  The new Club was successfully piloted at Manchester Metropolitan University and the University of Brighton last year and have now extended it to new locations including Cleveland College of Art & Design and Ravensbourne.

Photo credit: Magnes Andersson 
Film credit Up Close Films