British Land and the National Saturday Club have come together to create a series of Placemaking Masterclasses that engage Club Members in their local community developments. The Masterclasses invite young people to reimagine and reinvigorate their local shopping centres.
Top architects and designers are working with Saturday Clubs in Hull, Sheffield, Kingston, Ealing and Plymouth to focus on five key British Land sites. Using art and design processes, Club Members will create work that reflects their hopes and vision for the future of Britain’s cities. All projects will be displayed at the National Saturday Club’s Summer Show in London, as well as at British Land centres across the UK.
The National Saturday Club formed a partnership with English National Opera (ENO) in 2016. Each year, a different London-based Club takes part in a term-long Masterclass project creating set and costume designs based on ENO productions. Club Members also meet professionals in the company working in the costume, wig-making, dyeing and casting departments, and attend dress rehearsals and performances at the London Coliseum, home of the ENO.
In 2017–2018, Club Members will work on theatre-design projects based on productions of Iolanthe and Satyagraha, as well as a pilot programme focused on critical writing.
An outstanding selection of modern and contemporary British art, comprising some 8,000 artworks in diverse media, the Arts Council Collection is available to the National Saturday Club to give Club Members experience of curating and exhibition-making. Members take part in Masterclasses with art professionals and visit inspirational exhibitions. Tutors are offered CPD sessions, along with online access to the collection as a classroom tool.
This collaboration is part of the National Partners Programme created for the 70th anniversary of the Arts Council Collection, which was founded in 1946. Host partners for the project include the Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool; Towner Art Gallery, Eastbourne; and Yorkshire Sculpture Park.