Welcoming a new year!

We hope you have all enjoyed the summer and are ready for all the opportunities that the new academic year brings.

This month, the National Art&Design Saturday Club enters its eighth year and it’s set to be our biggest and best yet, welcoming back established and new clubs across the UK, including our first ever club in Scotland at Cove Park.

View an interactive version of the map http://saturday-club.org/programme/location/

The National Science&Engineering Saturday Club and the National Fashion&Business Saturday Club are also growing and are joined this year by a pilot National Writing&Talking Saturday Club at Writers’ Centre Norwich, in partnership with the University of East Anglia. And we are delighted that so many colleges and universities are running more than one Club.

An Apple for Teacher

One of the highlights of the Saturday Club year is the inspirational Masterclassesgiven to each Club by leading industry professionals.

We show our appreciation with a traditional ‘apple for teacher’, handcrafted in Cumbria by woodturner Barry Charnley, and have had some lovely responses. Thank you to all the Masterclass givers who shared photographs of their apples with us!


Independent Evaluation

Each year we commission an independent evaluation of Saturday Clubs, to help us measure the impact of the programme and make improvements for the coming year.

This year’s report highlighted the value to young Club members of meeting peers with shared interests and the resulting mutual support and social aspects of the Clubs.  Tutors greatly valued the support of our National Tutors’ Network.  Many also reported that their institutions’ relationships with schools had been strengthened by the Club over time.

Some challenges we’ll be working on tackling include the gender imbalance in different subjects and communicating with schools not under local authority control. We’re also helping to combat negative perceptions about career opportunities in the creative industries with our #creativejourneys campaign.

I Am London

Our co-founder Sir John Sorrell was one of 60 Londoners photographed for Historic England’s I Am London exhibition, which took place over the summer months.  John wrote a guest blog about what London and its creative scene mean to him and how his experiences in the capital inspired him to start the National Saturday Clubs.

Coming up in September

Our Director Sorrel Hershberg will be speaking on Wednesday at the All Party Parliamentary Group for Art, Craft & Design Education in the Houses of Parliament.

Sorrel will present our #CreativeJourneys campaign, aimed at dispelling myths about creative careers, to assembled MPs, Lords and leading figures from the creative education sector.

Photo Credit: Graham Carlow

Also this week, as part of the 14th annual London Design Festival, the Culture Capital Exchange and Designers Block are hosting Complex Webs, an event exploring connections between universities and the arts and creative sectors as part of the Design Matters series.  Sorrel will be speaking on a panel also including Layton Reid from Ravensbourne, which will host an Art&Design, Science&Engineering and Fashion&Business Saturday Club.

Elsewhere in September

Designer Porky Hefer with Southern Guild representing South Africa

The inaugural London Design Biennale, spearheaded by our co-founder Sir John Sorrell, is now open to visitors at Somerset House, London until 27th Septemberwith installations by 37 countries from 6 continents.

Next month, attention turns North for Design Manchester.

The Great Cass Art Summer Giveaway

Saturday Club supporters Cass Art have brought back their Summer Giveaway 2016 and this year, it’s bigger than ever with over £15,000 worth of prizes. From luxury art sets to high end stationary, art classes to art prints – there’s something to capture everyone’s attention. For your chance to win, enter here before midnight on 30 September 2016.