The Art and Design Saturday Club Summer Show

Set up in 2009 by the Sorrell Foundation, the National Art & Design Saturday Club gives young people aged 14-to-16 the chance to study art and design at their local college or university every Saturday morning, for free.

This year's classes
This year’s classes

The Saturday Club’s upcoming Summer Show at Somerset House in London will exhibit work produced by the youngsters over the last year.

The Saturday Club initiative, which was awarded Government funding last year, is inspired by the Saturday art clubs that the Sorrel Foundation’s John and Frances Sorrell both attended in their teens.

Culture Minister Ed Vaizey at last year's Summer Show
This year’s classes

As well as expert tuition from college tutors, the initiative also offers expert masterclasses from professionals – so far more 53 artists and designers have taken part, including Thomas Heatherwick, Anthony Gormley and Marion Deuchars.

The summer show is a key part of the Saturday Club’s final term, and allows the students to exhibit their work from the course.

This year's classes
Last year’s Summer Show

As one club member from University of the Arts London says, ‘The exhibition collects everything that we’ve done and shows what we’re capable of. It’s, ours, it’s a thing that we can take with us for the rest of our lives and say that “we did that”.’

Culture Minister Ed Vaizey at last year's Summer Show
Culture Minister Ed Vaizey at last year’s Summer Show

The National Art & Design Club Summer Show is at Somerset House, Strand, London WC2R, from 24 May-5 June.

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