In May 2021 CAST launched a pilot programme of six art sessions for twelve- to sixteen-year-olds, taking place on Saturdays from 22 May to 3 July. Following the success of these first sessions, run with the support of the Garcia Family Foundation, a second pilot was run in September and October, again with support from the Garcia Family Foundation. In November 2021 Arts Council England funding was secured to allow the programme to continue through until Summer 2022.
To develop this programme, CAST is working with the National Saturday Club – a nationwide programme of free creative education, delivered locally and built on a shared ambition to inspire young people. The Saturday Club movement began in 2009, inspired by the Saturday morning art classes that founders John and Frances Sorrell attended at their local art schools in the 1960s. The Saturday Club Trust partners with universities, colleges and cultural institutions across the UK who run Saturday Clubs during the academic year.
CAST’s Saturday sessions are structured around engagement with a wide range of artists, many of whom have studios at or close links with CAST. Artist and learning specialist Kate Turner has devised a special programme of artist-led sessions, which includes opportunities to visit studios at CAST and beyond.
To join the Saturday club or find out more please contact [email protected]
The CAST Saturday club is generously supported by the Garcia Family Foundation and by Project Grant funding from Arts Council England.