As part of the 2017 City of Culture, students from across the city took part in weekly art and design sessions at Hull School of Art and Design. Students taking part were hand-picked by Art teachers at their respective schools.

Over the course of the last academic year the students involved in the Saturday Club, a national initiative for 13-16 year olds, have been learning from a range of artists and designers, honing their ability, which has helped them improve their academic performances.

The students will now get to showcase their work at the renouned Somerset House, on the banks of the River Thames, in a week-long exhibition that is set to be opened by outgoing director of the TATE museum, Sir Nicholas Serota.

Hull’s School of Art and Design club is run by Andi Dakin. Andi is a local artist who is experienced in multiple medias. He tells us that:

The Saturday Club has been an excellent project to be involved in and the
students have gained much from it. It’s a really big commitment for people of their age to
give up half of their weekend every week, but they have all really thrown themselves into it
and truly excelled. I am impressed with their commitment and achievement, each individual
member has produced a portfolio of excellent art and design work.

The exhibition at Somerset House is something they are all looking forward to, and I’m sure
seeing their own work on display in a world famous venue will stay with them for years to

Martin Green, the director of Hull 2017, has said that:

Ensuring that young people and schools have
access to the arts is a cornerstone of our programme and it is so encouraging to see the
success that has been achieved through the Saturday Club.

Not only has this been a fun activity that has led to the extraordinary experience of
exhibiting their work at such a young age, something I’m sure they will never forget, but it
has complemented the GCSE art curriculum and helped support them with their studies.

It has also introduced them to Hull School of Art and Design, a relationship I hope will

Though this academic year is coming to a close it is hoped that the workshops can continue even after Hull’s turn as the City of Culture has ended.

More information about Hull 2017 City of Culture can be found here.