Young people from the Bradford area are set to exhibit their artwork at a prestigious London gallery.
A dozen young artists aged between 14 and 17 who are part of the Saturday Art Club at Bradford College are heading to the capital to join other artists from all over the country at the National Saturday Club Summer Exhibition.
The youngsters get to use the fantastic facilities at The Bradford School of Art each Saturday morning during term time to develop their art skills at free sessions run by Bradford College. The budding creatives have spent time drawing, painting, animating, printing, making fanzines and using clay to create a range of artworks, the best of which have been selected for the exhibition which is held at Somerset House in London.
Scarlett Rayner, the tutor who leads the sessions, has been delighted by the way that these youngsters from different schools across Bradford have come together as a group, grown in confidence and risen to the various challenges that they have been set.
"This academic year our young artists have spent their Saturday mornings discovering a wide range of art disciplines,” she said.
“The Art club isn't about 'perfection' and getting it 'right', it is about having fun, socialising, making new friends, developing creative skills and building confidence. It has helped students realise a talent they never knew they had. They have all progressed outstandingly in their artwork as well as a boost in confidence and pride.
“It is an excellent opportunity for young people to experience life studying at Bradford College.”
Several of the members are already studying Level 1 Art and Design at the College and have taken on the role of Art Ambassador, setting up the materials and helping the other members to settle in.
Student, Harmony Nicholson, said: “I have really enjoyed helping the other members. The art classes have given me lots of new skills.”
Bradford School of Art has been offering the free Saturday Art Club sessions for the last three years. Two members of the first cohort are just about to complete their Level 3 courses and move on to study degree courses in Fashion and Automotive Design.
A partnership with the UK’s leading universities, colleges and cultural institutions, the National Saturday Club offers programmes of expert tuition to teenagers, for free. Each runs for up to 30 weeks across the academic year, using the specialist facilities of its location.
The work of 1500 young people from more than 70 Saturday Clubs across the UK will be displayed at Somerset House from June 9-17.
The Saturday Art Club at Bradford College runs 10.30am to 12.30pm during term time. To join, email [email protected]. To keep up-to-date with what's going on at the club, follow on Twitter @SatClubBFD
Bradford College offers a wide range of art courses, from A Level up to university level. Anyone interested in finding out more should register to attend the next open day on Saturday 7 July.