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National Glass Centre Club scoops prestigious award

Released: Tuesday 11th March 2014 at 14:45

The National Art&Design Saturday Club, which helps young people study creative subjects in Sunderland and across the UK, has been granted a prestigious national award after giving local young people the chance to aspire to higher education.

The Sorrell Foundation has won the Sir Misha Black Award for Innovation in Design Education for its National Art and Design Saturday Club. Aimed at introducing young people aged 14-16 to art and design, the Club gives them the opportunity to study at their local college or university for free.

National Glass Centre, at the University of Sunderland, joined the Saturday Club in October 2013 and has worked alongside The Sorrell Foundation during the past year to provide 30 free Saturday morning classes at the University, as well as visits to museums and galleries and Masterclasses with leading practitioners. This is to help bridge the gap between secondary and tertiary education and introduce secondary school students to further study in art and design and to careers in the creative industries.

Activities at National Glass Centre included using the world-class facilities for glass and ceramics but also wider art and design processes such as drawing and specialist printmaking.

James Bustard, Director of National Glass Centre, said:National Glass Centre is delighted to be working with the Sorrell Foundation to nurture these students’ talent, giving them an unprecedented opportunity to experience working in a professional environment with some very high profile artists. We are hoping that experiences such as their workshop with leading ceramic artist Magdelene Odundo, will encourage them to continue developing their creative skills and perhaps even inspire them to consider entering formal study.”


The expert tuition received by Club members gives young people opportunities for creative learning beyond the classroom. It also provides them with an opportunity to build new friendships outside school. A survey showed that 70 per cent of the Club Members had never visited a museum or art gallery and visits arranged by the Club provide opportunities to which members would not otherwise have access.

Chloe, who attended National Glass Centre’s Saturday Club, said: “Saturday club so far has been a unique experience. It has helped me develop new skills and inspired my own artwork. I have made some great friends and have had lots of fun while doing artwork. I have also enjoyed working with professionals and artists – it has been a privilege.”

The Saturday Club takes its inspiration from Saturday morning classes which ran in

art schools from the 1950s to the 1970s. This scheme was launched by the

Government after the Second World War and both Sir John and Lady Sorrell

participated in these classes, giving them what proved to be their first steps on the ladder to extremely successful careers in design.


The Sorrell Foundation ( was set up in 1999 by John and Frances Sorrell who had previously run Newell and Sorrell, one of the UK's leading international communications agencies. The aim of the Foundation is to inspire creativity in young people and to improve lives through design.

 Now in its fifth year, the National Art&Design Saturday Club is running in 33 colleges

and universities throughout the UK including National Glass Centre. It has over 1,000 Club Members from 270 local schools. They are taught by 220 tutors supported by 110 student assistants and a network of 88 artists, designers and architects. 

The Award will be presented at a Ceremony to be held in the Royal College of Art in London on Wednesday, May 7.




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