National Art and Design Saturday Club

Image: Jo Mieszkowski / The Saturday Club Trust

Covid-19 Update

Unfortunately, we are postponing all upcoming school events and activities till the end of July 2020 due to Covid-19. This is in light of the recent advice from the UK Government regarding the Covid-19 virus regarding non-essential contact and unnecessary travel.

See below to express your interest in the 2020/21 Saturday Club.

You can visit our Online Resources web pages for interactive activities, resources and videos to support your students at this time.

You can also keep an eye on our Twitter page (@UoLArtsOutreach) where we are signposting to other opportunities to explore the arts and humanities from home.

From November 2017, the School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies has been running the National Art & Design Saturday Club as part of a national network created by the Sorrell Foundation and run by the Saturday Club Trust. The Club gives young people aged 13 to 16 (years 9, 10 and 11) the unique opportunity to study art & design on Saturday mornings at their local college, university or museum, free of charge.

The aim is to nurture the young people’s talent and build their confidence and self-esteem. Last year more than 1,400 young people across the UK took part in a local Saturday Club, giving them an insight into student life and an understanding of new opportunities that further and higher education can offer, as well as helping to improve their school work.

The Club offers young people the opportunity to:

  • Attend over 20 weeks of inspiring classes over the academic year
  • Experience a range of different disciplines using our specialist facilities, including printmaking, casting, photography, sculpture, archives, history of art, and many more
  • Work with different academics, artists and staff from the across the University of Leeds
  • Visit different galleries and museums
  • Collaborate with arts organisations including the Yorkshire Sculpture International and Arts Council Collection

Saturday Club members are also given the opportunity to attend an inspirational Masterclass with a leading figure from UK industry, and to exhibit their work in their own Summer Show at Somerset House, London.

The Club is suitable for young people of all abilities with an interest in art and design. Participation in the Club is free of charge ― this includes travel for any trips undertaken during the club.

Find out more about the Saturday Club’s weekly activities on our blog.

How to Apply

Applications for the 2019/20 Saturday Club have now closed.

If you have any queries about the Club, or to express your interest in participating in the 2020/21 Club please contact Sarah Harvey Richardson:

Please find the University’s National Art and Design Saturday Club privacy notice here.

Featured Projects

Find out more about our project with the Yorkshire Sculpture International 2019
See our Club's Recycled Relic Sculpture poster in various locations around Leeds!
Watch the film of our 2018 Masterclass at Yorkshire Sculpture Park and Arts Council Collection Longside