The National Saturday Club self-portraiture project

18 October, 2019

Every year, Saturday Club members create self-portraits for the London Visit.

This annual project takes place early in the Saturday Club year and gives the young people the opportunity to explore ideas of identity and self-expression. Over the years and across the subject strands, Club members and tutors have explored a vast array of mediums for creating these individual pieces which giving a unique insight into a generation of young creatives.

From laser cutting to petri dishes here is just a small selection of the 5,000 self-portraits National Saturday Club members have created over the past ten years.

We were fascinated by Cardiff Metropolitan University Science&Engineering Club’s bacteria culture self-portraits. These were created by the Club members pressing their hands into petri dishes.

The University of Wolverhampton Writing&Talking Club approached the self-portrait project by putting together an amazing collection of personal poems.

We love Truro College Art&Design Club's Julian Opie inspired self-portraits which were created for last year’s London Visit.

London Metropolitan University's Writing&Talking Club approached their portraits by taking photographs of arranged personal objects and words.

Coleg Sir Gâr Art&Design Club merged photography with bold shapes and collage to create their self-portraits.

We were inspired by Sheffield Hallam University’s mixed media portraits which used ink, charcoal and paint. This portrait was selected for the 2019 Summer Show poster.

Winchester School of Art Art&Design Club used a laser cut machines to create these intricate self-portraits. We love how this self-portrait uses cut out words to detail the Club member’s features.

The University of Wolverhampton Art&Design Club used colourful acrylic paints to express themselves in their self-portraits.

Club members from Bolton School of the Arts Art&Design Club created these awesome photogram self-portraits using natural materials including leaves and feathers.

Plymouth College of Art Art&Design Club exhibited these impressive self-portraits for last year’s London Visit. They were created using the photographic printing process of cyanotype.

Club members from Cambridge School of Art Art&Design Club experimented with water colours for their self-portrait display.

Lincoln School of Design’s Art&Design Club used waste copper material to arrange their collection of self-portraits.

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