For 2022-23 the Saturday Art Club was led by artist Poppy Love Oldham. This year the group worked in a variety of media linked to objects in our collection at the National Maritime Museum.

The young people made individual responses in glass painting, lino printing, batik, needle felting and clay. The group invented navigation devices to travel through the Museum and studied different dialects in response to the importance of communication when travelling the world by sea.

Across three terms, sessions were based at the National Maritime Museum and the Royal Observatory, with offsite trips and masterclasses held across the year. The group explored professional routes into working as an artist by devising and delivering workshops to visitors as part of our ‘Season of Drawing’.

A collaborative piece made by our club members was exhibited at London's prestigious Somerset House in July 2023, inspired by a new vision of London. The overall showcase was inspirational, full of ideas, creativity and innovation of the nation’s next generation. To celebrate, our club members attended the Graduation Ceremony and received a certificate!  Our young people were so excited and were joined by their proud parents and carers. It was a fantastic opportunity to meet other National club members from across the country and share in the success and achievements of the project.

As a result of Saturday Art Club, fantastic friendships have been formed and lots of skills have been learnt. We are looking forward to October and meeting our next cohort of Saturday Art Club members. 

Saturday Art Club

Find out more about the weekly creative drop-in for young people aged 13-16