National Saturday Club

The National Saturday Club gives young people aged 13-16 the unique opportunity to study every Saturday morning at their local college or university for free. The programme, funded by the Sorrell Foundation, offers 30 weeks of inspiring classes to students over the academic year. The aim of the clubs is to nurture young people‚Äôs talent and build their confidence and self-esteem. London Met runs two Saturday Clubs: 

National Art and Design Saturday Club

At London Met, classes are taught at the Sir John Cass School of Art, Architecture and Design and led by theatre designer and academic Ian Teague alongside our student ambassadors. We explore a range of different disciplines such as painting, drawing, performance design, model making, creating environments and creatures, mural and scenic painting, costume and character drawing and digital design.

Club members also visit some of London's best museums and galleries, and exhibit their work in their own summer show at Somerset House, London. They are also given the opportunity to attend a masterclass with some of the UK's foremost designers or artists. Recent guest workshops include:

Club starts: Saturday 13th October 11am - 1.30pm

Location: Calcutta House, Old Castle Street, London, E1 7NT 

National Writing and Talking Saturday Club

The Writing and Talking Club aims to inspire local young people to explore the craft, the power and the possibility of writing and, most importantly, to have fun.

Sessions include creative prose and poetry writing and performance, screenwriting, theatre and journalistic skills. Club members will be taught by a range of experts including English, Creative Writing and Theatre lecturers from the Sir John Cass School of Art, Architecture and Design, theatre professionals and published authors, supported by our student ambassadors. We also have exciting guest masterclasses and visit top London arts venues. Our 2018 masterclass was in arts criticism, led by English National Opera

Club Starts: Saturday 20th October 10.30-1pm

Location: Tower Building 166-220 Holloway Road, London, N7 8DB

How to apply for our Saturday Clubs:

Applications for both clubs are now open for September 2018. Anyone aged 13-16 is welcome to apply. All we ask is for an enthusiasm for developing your creative writing and speaking skills. However, priority will also be given to students who meet any of the following criteria: 

  • neither parent attended university
  • you are/have been in local authority care
  • you are a young adult carer
  • you have a specific disability or specific learning difficulty
  • you have been eligible for free school meals during your secondary education

Download our National Saturday Club Application Form 2018 which has further information on both clubs as well as the necessary application forms.

If you have any questions please contact Liz Routhorn, Widening Participation Manager, on  or call 020 7133 4175.

National Art and Design Saturday Club group photo

Saturday Club activities

National Saturday Club member


Saturday Club tree of life


Saturday Club life drawing class


Saturday Club life drawing


Students making puppets


Saturday club metalwork


Saturday Club metalwork


Saturday Club wire sculptures


Saturday Club student making headdress


Saturday Club headdress making


Saturday Club self-portraits


Saturday Club Midsummer Night Dream signs