9th September 2014, 11:07am
Free public exhibition celebrates artistic talent of Lincoln’s young designers
National Art & Design Saturday Club A public exhibition will be held to celebrate the work of promising young artists, following their completion of a pioneering national initiative hosted by the University of Lincoln, UK.

A group of 35 aspiring artists and designers, all aged between 14 – 16 years old, completed the National Art & Design Saturday Club programme, which for the last year has been running at the University of Lincoln. The University joined a national network of institutions supporting the initiative, and provided the local teenagers with special access to its industry-leading facilities.

Founded by the Sorrell Foundation, a charitable organisation dedicated to inspiring creativity in young people, and funded by the University of Lincoln’s College of Arts, the Saturday Club ran a 30-week programme of in-depth tuition to nurture talent, build confidence and provide a valuable insight into the creative industries.

The Lincoln club members have completed workshops and courses led by leading lights of the design industry, visited Milan – the design capital of Europe – in the Saturday Club’s first ever overseas excursion, and exhibited their work at the spectacular Somerset House in London.

Now, the young artists are bringing their work home and will showcase their creations at the National Art & Design Saturday Club Exhibition, to be held in The Courtyard Gallery at The Collection, Lincoln, from Saturday 13th September – Saturday 25th October 2014.

The Saturday Club at Lincoln was led by David Bramston, Principal Lecturer (Enterprise) at the University of Lincoln, and Ali Shepley. Speaking ahead of the exhibition, Ali said: “This exhibition provides a wonderful opportunity to celebrate and showcase some of our club members’ greatest achievements and creations. They have all worked extremely hard over the past year, and their artistic and design abilities have developed so much thanks to the expert tuition they have received.

“We look forward to welcoming the public to our exhibition, to showcasing the talents of our club members to an even wider audience, and to highlighting the range of amazing opportunities available through the Saturday Club initiative.”

Works on show include designs created during a master class with the Paul Smith fashion label and a number of self-portraits, some of which were exhibited at Somerset House earlier this year. There will also be a selection of art work produced during a giant spirograph workshop, images from the group’s trip to the Salone Internazionale del Mobile (Milan Furniture Fair) and a collection of pictures from the Alison Lloyd Walking Artist event - a collaboration featuring Alison Lloyd, the Usher Young Creatives and a number of Saturday Club members, which was hosted by The Collection in response to its Joseph Banks exhibition in April 2014.

Emily Bennett from Lincoln was one of the young artists to complete the Saturday Club programme, and she is looking forward to seeing her work on show. She said: “The Saturday Club was so much fun, and was full of new experiences that you wouldn’t find anywhere else. It was amazing to have the help of the tutors every week, and to try out new techniques like sculpting.”

The exhibition will launch with a private view on Saturday 13th October, which will be opened by artist and Senior Academic in Fine Art at the University of Lincoln, Dr Alec Shepley.

The Saturday Club leaders will also host two giant spirograph workshops, which are open to the public, on Saturday 18th October. The workshops will run from 10am-12pm and 1pm-3pm at The Usher Gallery in Lincoln, are free to attend and are open to all.
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