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Saturday Club

At the University of Central Lancashire, we have two Saturday Clubs, one in Art and Design and the other in Fashion and Business. Both run a year of exciting and engaging creative workshops exploring various art, design, fashion and textiles processes. The Clubs are exclusively for teenagers aged 13 to 16. Membership is free and there are limited places available each year.

Due to the COVID-19 situation, our programme for the academic year 2020-21 is running during Semester 2 only. We are hoping to run nine sessions, and these are likely to be a mix of online and offline workshops.

The Art and Design Club will cover drawing, illustration, painting, ceramics, printmaking and sculpting. The Fashion and Business Club will cover fashion design, fashion promotion and textiles and will include pattern cutting, illustration, photography, styling and branding.

Each session will take place between 9.45am until 12.15pm either online or on the Preston Campus. The Art and Design Club takes place in the University’s Hanover Building, Bhailok Street (off Kirkham Street), Preston PR1 2XQ. The Fashion and Business Club takes place in University’s Victoria Building, Adelphi Street, Preston PR1 7HD. 

Please note: If the Clubs are full at the point of you registering, we will carry forward your request to join in the following academic year instead.

How to become a Saturday Club member
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About Saturday Club

Our Saturday Clubs are the first in the Preston area and are part of a high-profile national scheme. The UCLan Saturday Clubs are a positive response to art, design, fashion and textiles provision in the Preston area and the aim is to nurture young people’s talent and build their confidence and self-esteem.

Each year more than 1,250 young people across the UK take part in a local Saturday Club, giving them an insight into student life and an understanding of new opportunities that further education and higher education can offer, as well as helping to improve their schoolwork.

The Saturday Clubs provide a unique chance for Club Members to build art, design, fashion and textiles portfolios, with no pressure of assessment. Members experience and use state-of-the-art facilities and receive expert tuition from our tutors.

As part of the National Saturday Club programme, the UCLan Clubs also take part in three national events, the ‘London Visit’ in November, a masterclass with an industry professional and the ‘Summer Show’ in June, where all Club members from around the country exhibit their work at Somerset House, London – all for free.


Session dates

The session dates starting in September 2021 and ending in April 2022 will be announced soon. We are aiming for the sessions to run face-to-face providing Covid restrictions allow.


Andrew McDonald, Saturday Club Tutor

Andrew is an artist and lecturer in Art and Design here at the University of Central Lancashire. Andrew has a wide experience of teaching art. He has worked at several Universities and has run workshops for galleries such as Tate Liverpool and The Bluecoat gallery Liverpool.

As an artist Andrew has exhibited his work both nationally and internationally, he has shown in galleries such as the Baltic in Gateshead and Gimpel Fils Gallery London.

Andrew’s work consists of drawing, sculpture and animation. As an artist, he is interested in the process of making art and how outside forces can influence that process and so the outcome of the work.

For enquiries about membership contact