Students across South Wales will have a chance to develop their creative skills as First Campus has launched a National Art and Design Saturday Club at Cardiff Metropolitan University’s School of Art and Design.
Those participating will have the chance to visit London and see their work being exhibited at Somerset House.
The project, which is led by ceramic artist Kelly Campbell with support from PGCE secondary Art students, offers young people the opportunity to develop a broad range of skills and knowledge within the extensive facilities available at Cardiff School of Art and Design at Cardiff Met’s Llandaff campus.
Twenty two Year 9, 10 and 11 students from 12 secondary schools across South East Wales are taking part in the Saturday club which will run weekly during term time and is free for all members.
The launch of the club comes after it was revealed that the creative industries is one the UK’s fastest growing sectors, contributing around £80bn to the economy each year and providing 2million jobs.
Professor Olwen Moseley, Dean of Cardiff School and Art and Design, said: “We are thrilled to be part of the Saturday Club, and to be able to introduce young people to the possibilities and excitement of an art and design school environment. For some of them it will be the moment of self-discovery, and the encouragement they need to embark on a fulfilling career in the creative industries.
The National Art and Design Saturday Club is an initiative set up in 2009 by the Sorrell Foundation, a charitable organisation dedicated to inspiring creativity in young people. Since its launch, the club has worked with more than 10,000 young people across the UK and currently runs in more than 50 locations around the UK.
The launch of the club in South Wales is a partnership project between First Campus, Cardiff School of Art and Design and Cardiff School of Education.
First Campus has been in operation since 2003 and is a partnership between education institutions that help raise aspirations amongst students in South East Wales. The programme runs a number of activities that raise awareness of progression routes into Higher Education.
For more information about First Campus and other projects they run, please visit: http://www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/partnerships/wideningaccess/Pages/First-Campus.aspx
To view some of the work produced by the students at the Saturday Club, please visit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/138592224@N05/