The London Visit is one big happy event. Their work on display, the photographers, the speeches – many Club members said it was an eye-opening experience to see so many different approaches to a subject.Danielle Sterrenburg, Tutor, Banbury and Bicester College
The National Saturday Club’s London Visit takes place every autumn and in 2019 we were delighted to be hosted by the Greater London Authority at City Hall.
For the annual London Visit, all Clubs from across the country are invited to the capital to come together as a national network. As part of the London Visit, Clubs also go on bespoke tours of the best cultural or scientific exhibitions showing in London at the time.
In 2019, following their experience at City Hall, Club members visited cultural destinations including exhibitions at Barbican, Design Museum, National Portrait Gallery, Royal Academy of Arts, Somerset House, Science Gallery, Shakespeare’s Globe, Tate Modern, Victoria and Albert Museum and Westminster Menswear Archive.
Before the event, Club members are asked to create self-portraits, which are sent to London and displayed in a group exhibition on the day. This annual project takes place early in the Saturday Club year and gives Club members the opportunity to explore ideas of identity and self-expression.
The London Visit is organised by the Saturday Club Trust as part of every Saturday Club’s programme. Members often describe the event as a highlight of their year.