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25th June 2018

Students attending York College’s Saturday Art Club were excited and honoured to see their work exhibited at London’s Somerset House as part of a national exhibition showcasing the talents of young artists from around the country.

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The art-loving youngsters have enjoyed ‘getting creative’ at the Saturday Art Club sessions held at York College during this academic year. The Club is part of a national initiative organised by the Sorrell Foundation and is financially supported locally by the Company of Merchant Taylors. The Saturday Art Club provides free tuition and artistic experiences for students aged 13 – 16 who have demonstrated a real passion for art at school.

Held in the College’s colourful art studios, students learn new techniques and work with new materials to develop their skills and widen their artistic knowledge, as well as having guest speakers and visits to enhance their learning.

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(Photo: Rob Thompson/The Saturday Club Trust)

The culmination of the Club’s work this year was having the students’ artwork exhibited at Somerset House in London for an international audience to enjoy. Student Lily Carr said: “It was an amazing experience seeing our work exhibited at Somerset House, along with art work created by other young people from lots of other places.”

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Student Zee Harirbafan says: “The Saturday Art Club is such great fun, it provokes our creativity and gives us the opportunity to use different mediums we have not used before. Our tutor lets us experiment with whatever technique we choose and it’s great to have that kind of freedom.”

Student with work at Somerset HouseWEB

Many of the students attending this year’s Saturday Art Club are from Millthorpe School where Head of Art, Suzie Cockburn says: “The Club nurtures young people’s talent, builds their confidence and raises their aspirations. It can help them gain qualifications and give them an insight into further study and careers that are right for them. For some of our students it is a potentially life-changing opportunity.”

Anthony Dixon, Chairman of the Charitable Donations Committee at The Company of Merchant Taylors says: “The Company has a charitable aim to provide financial support to young people in York who wish to advance and develop their skills in the fields of art, craftsmanship or music. We are delighted to have been able to support the first Saturday Art Club in York and help inspire so many talented young students”

The Saturday Art Club starts up again in September and any budding artist, aged 13 – 16 years, can apply to attend the sessions through their art teacher at school.


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