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13th May 2015, 11:54am
Sculptures on tour and up for auction as part of national design initiative
Saturday Club sculptures selected for national exhibiton A collection of concrete sheep sculptures created by budding artists and designers will be showcased as part of a major exhibition set to tour art galleries around the UK.

The works, which were produced by a group of school pupils taking part in an inspiring national art and design initiative at the University of Lincoln, have been specially selected to join the Generation ART tour and to feature as part of the associated digital gallery. They will be shown alongside a film about their creation, by video artist Nathan Baxter.

Generation ART: Young Artist’s on Tour is an exhibition of young people’s artwork by engage, the National Association for Gallery Education. It is supported by Arts Council England’s Strategic touring programme and the Garfield Weston Foundation, and will visit the Turner Contemporary (Margate), New Walk Museum and Art Gallery, Soft Touch Arts (both in Leicester) and Quay Arts (Isle of Wight) from June 2015.

The selected sculptures were created as part of the National Art & Design Saturday Club at the University of Lincoln. Pioneered by the Sorrell Foundation - a charitable organisation dedicated to inspiring creativity in young people – the Club provides a free 30-week programme of in-depth tuition for 14-16 year olds from across the region. It aims to nurture talent and provide a valuable insight into education and careers within the creative industries, with members learning from academics, artists and industry experts in specialisms ranging from interactive and product design to fine art and fashion.

The Club’s ‘Sheepselfie’ project took place earlier this year. The concrete sheep were designed and sculpted in collaboration with the Usher Young Creatives in Lincoln, before being showcased around the city. The project recently formed a three-week exhibition at the Usher Gallery and The Collection in Lincoln.

Usher Young Creatives is a dynamic group of art enthusiasts aged between 16-19 who meet at The Collection and Usher Gallery. They take part in various artist workshops connected to the current exhibitions, as well as putting on their own art exhibitions and events. The group is supported by Lincolnshire One Venues Young People’s Programme, funded by Paul Hamlyn and Esmée Fairbairn Foundations.

With some of the 'Sheepselfie' flock joining the Generation ART tour, the rest will now be auctioned off to raise money to support more artistic trips for the young Saturday Club members. The public auction will take place at 6pm on Saturday 16th May 2015 at The Collection on Danes Terrace, Lincoln. Admission is free and open to the public.  

Before the auctioned sheep join their new homes, they will then travel to Somerset House, London, for the National Art & Design Saturday Club’s prestigious Summer Show, taking place from 5th – 12th June 2015.

As well as exhibiting their own work, the Saturday Club members have just completed a masterclass with some of the industry’s leading lights.

Critically-acclaimed design duo [musson+retallick], who are recognised for their large-scale artwork used during the 2012 Olympic celebrations, visited the University of Lincoln on Saturday 2nd May to share their expertise. While in Lincoln, Neil Musson and Jono Retallick offered top tips and industry insights, and helped the Saturday Club to transform spaces within the University’s College of Arts.

Saturday Club leader and lecturer at the University’s School of Fine & Performing Arts, Ali Roscoe, said: “It’s been a tremendously exciting start to the summer for Saturday Club members with a masterclass from industry leading lights Neil Musson and Jono Retallick, and an upcoming auction where the public will not only get to see but to buy their creative work. What’s most pleasing about the Saturday Club is how these young people grasp every opportunity presented to them and run with it.”

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