Art and Design Saturday Club

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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.  For September 2019 to April 2020, our programme will run across 19 sessions.  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.

Confirmed dates for sessions between September 2019 to April 2020

  • Saturday 21 September
  • Saturday 28 September
  • Saturday 5 October
  • Saturday 12 October
  • Saturday 19 October
  • Half Term Break
  • Saturday 2 November
  • Saturday 9 November
  • Saturday 16 November
  • Saturday 23 November
  • Saturday 30 November
  • Christmas Break
  • Saturday 1 February
  • Saturday 8 February
  • Saturday 15 February
  • Half Term Break
  • Saturday 29 February
  • Saturday 7 March
  • Saturday 14 March
  • Saturday 21 March
  • Saturday 28 March
  • Saturday 4 April


Please note: The Club is now full for sessions running between September 2019 to April 2020.  If you complete the questionnaire, we will add you to the waiting list for the sessions starting in September 2020.


Each session will take place between 9.45am until 12.15pm in the University’s Hanover Building, Bhailok Street (off Kirkham Street), Preston PR1 2XQ. The Fashion and Business Club is located in University’s Victoria Building, Adelphi Street, Preston PR1 7HD.

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Saturday ClubOur 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 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 have the opportunity to experience and use state-of-the-art facilities and receive expert tuition from the University tutors.

As part of the National Saturday Club programme, the UCLan Clubs will 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.

 Take a look on Instagram to see what the UCLan Art and Design Saturday Club members have been up too this week. #uclanlancsarts #natsatclub

How to become a Saturday Club Member

Register your interest by completing the questionnaire

Please note: The Clubs are now full for sessions running between September 2019 to April 2020.  If you complete the questionnaire, we will add you to the waiting list for the sessions starting in September 2020.

For enquiries about membership contact Tania Callagher: TCallagher@uclan.ac.uk 01772 894106

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Saturday Club Tutors

Andrew McDonald

‘Keep things as they are’ 2012, ink jet print
‘Keep things as they are’ 2012, ink jet print

Andrew is an artist and lecturer in Art and Design 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 shown he 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.

Jayne Simpson

1/12 Oil Painting, 30 X 30cm, 2017
1/12 Oil Painting, 30 X 30cm, 2017

Jayne Simpson is a visual artist and lecturer in the North West of England. She teaches life drawing with undergraduates and is an academic tutor at the University of Central Lancashire in Preston. She has taught visual art in further education, higher education and privately for more than 20 years. Jayne is an exhibiting and commissioned artist and her practice reflects on memory and personal histories. She is focused on the passing of time and the human condition.

Jayne’s practice straddles different forms and media, sometimes the subject is recreated through installation or the re-use of domestic props like lights or chairs. Olfaction is often considered and used to further enhance the experience of her installation.  It is her intention for her work to be emotive and evoke recognition or to connect emotionally. Jayne is currently commissioned with LeftCoast Blackpool for Creative People Places, part of an Arts Council initiative.