A successful partnership between Cardiff Metropolitan University and Sorrell Art and Design and Sorrell Science Clubs has culminated with young participants and students visiting London to see their work in a professional exhibition at Somerset House.
The Sorrell Foundation, a charitable organisation established in 1999 to inspire life-changing creativity in young people, has teamed up with the University’s staff and students over the last two years to run free Saturday clubs and insightful master classes with industry experts.
First Campus has been running the Sorrell Saturday Art and Design Clubs for Year 9, 10, 11 for the last two years. Due to its success of the Art and Design Club this year the university launched the Sorrell Saturday Science Club which has been delivered with support of the Cardiff School of Health Sciences academic school.
The Sorrell Foundation’s National Art and Design Saturday Clubs were launched in response to creative industries being revealed as one the UK’s fastest growing sectors, contributing around £80bn annually to the economy. Cardiff Met’s partnership project between First Campus, Cardiff School of Art and Design and Cardiff School of Education (which are both based at the University) launched last year. The science Club launched in Janurary 2017 with support from Cardiff School of Health Sciences.
The National Art and Design Saturday Club was set up in 2009 and has since involved more than 10,000 young people across the UK and currently runs in more than 50 locations around the UK. Cardiff Met is the second location in Wales to offer the Saturday Club and draws participants from schools across South East Wales.
Cardiff Met’s Art and Design Club is led by tutor Kelly Campbell with support from current Cardiff Met PGCE Art and Design students and has this year covered skills from graphic design, pottery throwing and handing, 3D weaving and embellishing through to upcycling fabrics.
This year, Matt Jones’ Google Creative Lab workshop was a collaboration between the University’s Science & Engineering Club and Art & Design Club. He discussed the concept of Service Design and enthused the students to become ‘drawing machines’ then trap designers for either mice or ghosts.
Another masterclass was hosted by the University’s state-of-the-art Zero2Five Food Industry Centre, where particpants learnt about ‘The Great British Food Scare’ and nutrition and dealing with a food outbreak.
A final highlight for members of the Sorrell Saturday club was a London visit for students to see the work from their sessions exhibited at Somerset House. It was the first visit for many participants to the city and Kelly Campell, a Cardiff Met Ceramic Artist and Saturday Club Tutor said: “My high point has simply been watching the kids develop and enjoy what they are doing. They have bonded as a group and made close friends outside the Club. The young people now have a greater udnerstadning of what careers are possible, and have been able to use their new skills to benefit their GCSE art coursework.”
Linda Smith from First Campus added: “Participants can explore their creativity in a wide range of mediums with a freedom that they don’t get to experience in school. By holding the sessions in the extensive facilities in Cardiff School of Art and Design, they can develop high level skills to support their current learning and future aspirations. The trip to London is the highlight of the year with participants coming away inspired by seeing their work professionally exhibited.”
First Campus has been in operation since 2003 and is a partnership between education institutions to help raise aspirations among students in South East Wales. The programme runs a number of activities that raise awareness of progression routes into Higher Education.
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