The Saturday Club Summer Show at Somerset House
The Saturday Club Summer Show at Somerset House

Saturday Club at Somerset House

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Earlier this month Somerset House became home to some of the UK’s youngest creative talent as part of the National Saturday Club Summer Show.

The exhibition, which was held at the Embankment Galleries from the 12 – 18th June, featured work created by 13 – 16 year olds who have taken part in free Saturday morning clubs held in universities, colleges and museums nationwide. This year’s exhibits included a model city on Mars, a set for English National Opera’s production of The Winter’s Tale and commemorative illustrated footballs designed for Mitre’s 200th anniversary.

Across the exhibition, all sorts of disciplines were featured, including art and design, science and engineering, fashion and business and, for the first time this year, writing and talking. Young people who take part in the clubs are able to explore a wide range of techniques using facilities and equipment rarely found in school and benefit from the specialist guidance of tutors, students and over 100 leading professionals. This year’s mentors included architect Yasmin Al-Ani Spence at Wilkinson Eyre, designers Sebastian Conran and Ella Dora and animator Nick Wade, of Peppa Pig fame.

The aim of the programme is to help attendees grow in confidence and self-esteem and make more informed decisions about future careers in the scientific and artistic industries. The results are proven, too, with an average of 30% of Club members progressing onto courses at college and university, and schools reporting that 80% of those who attend achieve a higher grade than anticipated in the relevant GCSE subject.

Sir Nicholas Serota, Chair of Arts Council England, said: “‘The initiative in establishing the Saturday Club is an imaginative response to the need to develop the creative potential of young people in the fields of art, design, craft and technology. As a nation, we need these skills for the future of our economy, but also in order to make our world a better place to live, work and communicate with each other.”

We love hearing about the excellence of children and young people – even moreso when it is recognised at one of our country’s most respected galleries! If you have a story about the things children and young people are doing in the arts, why not get in touch? Email us at [email protected]

Becky MacNaughton, News Editor

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