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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.

How to become a Saturday Club member
Young person in protective overalls painting on a wall as part of an arts workshop

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 ‘Cultural Visit’ in semester one, and in semester two 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.

Three young people in protective overalls taking part in art workshop

Session dates

For the academic year 2022-23 there will be 20 sessions, starting on Saturday 1 October and each running from 9.45am until 12.15pm – please see the full listing of dates below. With only 30 places available in each club, members are expected to do their utmost to attend every session.

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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.

Catherine Greenwood sewing in a room with mannequins

Catherine S. Greenwood, Saturday Club Tutor

Catherine is currently studying for a PhD here at the University of Central Lancashire. With experience in teaching fashion, textiles and critical and contextual studies in fashion and textiles to a diverse range of ages and abilities, from design development, pattern cutting, garment construction and textile techniques.

Catherine studied fashion and textiles at London College of Fashion and UCLan, later founding her own successful independent childrenswear brand in 2016. Her research interests surround the fashioning of social identity, the language of fashion and dress and material culture. Additionally, Catherine works in the capacity of a postgraduate research assistant to Dr Carole Hunt, in the continuation of her work regarding patient clothing within Lancashire’s pauper and lunatic asylums.

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