National Art and Design Saturday Club

Image: Jo Mieszkowski / The Saturday Club Trust

Saturday Club Online

Join us for 10 weeks of inspiring and engaging online arts activities and complete your Bronze Arts Award! 

Starting in January 2021, sessions will include hands-on making activities, inspiring artistsvirtual gallery visits, and materials will be provided free of charge.  

About the Club and Arts Award: Don’t worry, this is not like school. There is no marking or penalties for missing deadlinesit’s up to you to complete a portfolio if you wish to be entered for a Bronze Arts AwardBronze Arts Award is a Level 1 qualification on the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF). You can still participate in the Club if you do not wish to submit a portfolio, or if you already have your Bronze Arts Award. 

Due to current government guidance regarding Covid-19 we are currently planning for our 20/21 Saturday Club to take place online. We will return to in-person activity when it is deemed safe to do so, and in line with government and University of Leeds guidance. We delivered a varied programme of interactive online workshops for our 2019/20 Club during lockdown, you can see our virtual Summer Show here, including example artworks from our online sessions.

Visit National Saturday Club Online to find FREE activities and Masterclass briefs developed by Saturday Club tutors and industry experts which you can take part in at home.

*** Express your interest in our Saturday Club***

Applications for the 2020/21 Club are now closed, but you can still express your interest in the Club here and we will contact you about joining our waiting list.

The Club is suitable for young people aged 13-16 with an interest in art and design. Participation in the Club is free of charge ― including any travel for trips (undertaken subject to Covid-19 guidelines) and Arts Awards submissions.

Please note that places are limited, and in the event the Club is oversubscribed priority will be given to young people who live in a geographical area with low progression to higher education, and/or attend a school achieving below the national average at GCSE (Attainment 8 score), in line with our Access to Leeds criteria. 

About the Club

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 coordinated 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 1,500 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.

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

If you have any queries about the Club please contact Sarah Harvey Richardson:

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