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University of West London inspires creativity in local young people

Young members of the National Saturday Club at the London School of Film, Media and Design

The University of West London (UWL) has opened up its doors to young people from local schools to provide expert tuition in art and design every Saturday.   

Fourteen young people aged between 13 and 16 attended the opening session of the National Art & Design Saturday Club, which comprises 12 weekly events run by the University’s Outreach team, with support from the London School of Film, Media and Design (LSFMD). During the programme, Club members will develop a final piece, which will be exhibited at Somerset House in June, in a National Summer Show.  

Saturday Club provides opportunities for young people to access specialist facilities at universities across the country with the aim of raising academic attainment and enhancing life skills. Around 1,200 young people are taking part nationally this year.

During the launch workshop at the University’s site in Ealing on 11 March, Club members explored drawing and painting techniques and enjoyed the opportunity to work with specialist university staff and current students.  

Young people applied and were selected from the following local schools; Acorn House College in Southall, Alec Reed Academy in Northolt, Hammersmith Academy, Hatch End High School in Harrow and The Hurlingham Academy in Fulham.

UWL Outreach Officer, Krishna Maroo, said: ‘Saturday Club provides a brilliant opportunity for young people to take part in free art and design at their local university. Sessions are designed to make the most of UWL’s facilities and our expert tutors, by giving them the chance to experience what it's like to develop their creativity in a higher education setting.’

Head of LSFMD, Paul Lohneis said: ‘The University is delighted to participate in this year’s National Saturday Club. We know that higher education institutions have a unique role in fostering creativity in the community. The London School of Film, Media and Design is particularly well placed to nurture creative talent in young people and is passionate about doing so, to increase opportunities for their future.’

Sorrel Hershberg, Director of the Saturday Club Trust, said: ‘We’re delighted to welcome the University of West London to this year’s National Art & Design Saturday Club. It joins our national network of more than 50 universities, colleges and museums running free weekly classes for young people aged 13-16, nurturing local young people’s talent, building their confidence and raising their aspirations. We cannot wait to see what the young people will produce for the Summer Show.’

Tutor Krystel Quilantang and Saturday Club member make art at the University of West London

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