The National Saturday Club Summer Show is on display at Somerset House, London from 12-18 June 2017. On display there’s everything from a Shakespearean Stage Set, a model city on Mars, and drawing robots. The work was created by young people from all across the UK. Over 1200 kids from the age of 13-16 submitted their work. They participated in free Saturday morning clubs held at local universities, colleges, and museums around the UK over the last year. The Summer Show includes art & design, science & engineering, fashion & business, and for the first time, writing & talking. This year’s mentors included artist Barnaby Barford; designers Sebastian Conran and Ella Doran; Yasmin Al-Ani Spence of Wilkinson Eyre; structural engineers Arup; artist Holly Graham; creative director of Montblanc International Zaim Kamal; Matt Jones of Google Creative Lab; Creative Director of Pentland, Katie Greenyer; Heatherwick Studio; and Nick Wade, lead animator on Peppa Pig.
The National Saturday Club gives kids the opportunity to participate in 30 Saturdays throughout the year at their local university, college, or museum for free! Over the past 8 years the Saturday Club has thrived expanding to over 50 locations throughout the country. The students are taught new techniques, they learn how to handle new materials, and develop new skills. Apart from the 30 classes Club members get to attend a London Visit to museums where they get to meet other young creatives as well as hear talks from trustees and other partners. They also get to attend masterclasses with industry leading professionals. Many parents and teachers have reported that attendance to the Saturday Club has lead to improved motivation and attitude at school. An average of 70% of Club members want to pursue a career in an industry they were exposed to during the classes.
The Saturday Club hopes that by 2018, as many as 2,500 young people will be apart of the free Saturday morning classes.
The Summer Show is open to the public 12th-18th June 2017 and entry is free.