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26th September 2013, 11:23am
Saturday Club to inspire design stars of the future
Saturday Club to inspire design stars of the future Aspiring young artists and designers will have an exciting opportunity to develop their creative talents under the guidance of industry experts when the University of Lincoln opens its doors to a pioneering national art and design initiative.

The University of Lincolnís School of Art and Design has joined the Sorrell Foundation network to host the National Art and Design Saturday Club, which will provide a free 30-week programme of in-depth tuition for 14-16 year olds from across the region.

As well as attending Saturday morning classes in specialisms ranging from Interactive and Product Design to Fine Art and Fashion, Club members will have the opportunity to take part in Frequency 2013, Lincolnís Festival of Digital Culture, and exhibit their work in their own Summer Show at the spectacular Somerset House in London.

Founded and funded by the Sorrell Foundation, a charitable organisation dedicated to inspiring creativity in young people, the Saturday Club aims to nurture talent, build confidence and provide a valuable insight into further education, higher education and careers within the creative industries.

The Lincoln School of Art and Design is now part of a growing national network supporting the initiative, and will provide special access to its industry-leading facilities and expertise for 35 local teenagers.

David Bramston, Principal Lecturer for Enterprise at the University of Lincolnís School of Art and Design, brought the Saturday Club to Lincoln and will lead the programme of expert talks and design workshops.

David said: ďThe Lincoln School of Art and Design is involved in many national and international projects in addition to supporting creative initiatives regionally. The opportunity to engage with the Sorrell Foundationís National Art and Design Saturday Club enables local teenage artists and designers to encounter a diverse range of creative disciplines.Ē

As part of the Saturday Club, Lincolnís young creatives will also have the exclusive opportunity to attend a one-off master-class hosted by one of the countryís foremost artists or designers.

The Saturday Club will begin on Saturday 5th October 2013, and will be hosted in the University of Lincolnís new Art and Design Building on the main Brayford Pool campus. Club members will be welcomed to the programme by Dr Alec Shepley, Head of the Lincoln School of Art and Design.

The Schoolís participation in the national initiative follows its recent Chicago-Lincoln Design Learning Challenge, which saw industry-leading designers and educators from around the world connecting for a pioneering transatlantic design workshop.

The challenge was hosted by David Bramston in conjunction with Doris Wells-Papanek, Director of the Design Learning Network in America, as part of an ongoing commitment to develop the creativity of students around the world by providing outlets and opportunities for them to explore new disciplines, communicate with a global design network and discover their own creative potential.

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