‘One of our great national strengths, the UK’s creative industries plays an important part in the way the UK is seen in world markets. Worth more than £70 billion, it is one of our fastest-growing sectors and currently provides nearly two million jobs. Our ambition is to continue to grow the Saturday Club so that, by 2018, as many as 2,500 young people will be taking part in free Saturday morning art and design classes. These young people are the UK’s next creative generation. (http://saturday-club.org)
St Augustine's Girls and participants in the Saturday Art Club with co-founders, Frances and John Sorrell.
Art Students from LV-LVI celebrated their achievements with the National Saturday Art Club at Somerset House on Sunday 15th June. Samara (LV), Veronica (LV), Charmaine (UV), Amilla (UV), Jeeba (UV) and Kiran (LVI) have all participated in the 30 week sessions that took place at the University of West London with their tutors Linda Newcombe and Zohra Hussain, and many other students from different schools in West London. Their weekly sessions included practical art activities with an emphasis on collaboration, workshops with professionals and trips to art galleries and exhibitions. The fruits of their creative endeavours were exhibited alongside the work of other students from other institutions in London and beyond; some coming from as far as Wales and Cornwall. The private view was well attended by artists, designers, parents, friends, tutors and teachers, and participating students were rewarded with a certificate and Saturday Art Club celebratory book illustrating all the achievements of the year. Frances and John Sorrell, founders of the Sorrell Foundation and funders of the National Saturday Art Club, presented these to students. Both spoke inspirationally about their personal experience with Art, particularly at the age of 14 - the age of some of the club participants, and their vision for the provision of creative opportunities for students nationally, bringing together school children, university tutors, professional designers, artists and architects. Their intention is for these experiences to complement the art curriculum in schools. They touched on the importance of creative education with the creative industries being the fastest growing industry in the UK today.
The exhibition continues at Somerset House. Please do go down and show your support for our talented students. Also, do check out the Saturday Art Club website for further information on the club's purpose and activities:
Embankment East Gallery
Students celebrate their achievements and point out the wonderful work they produced at the club.
Group photo of University of West London participants with tutor, Linda Newcombe.
Saint Augustine's Art Department continues to thrive with students engaging meaningfully with contemporary art practice and making exciting and innovative artwork!