The National Art & Design Saturday Club
Unscene Architecture were invited to give a Masterclass in Burnley for The Sorrell Foundation’s National Saturday Club. The ambition of the Saturday Club is to give every 13-16-year-old in the UK the opportunity to study subjects that inspire them at their local university, college or cultural institution. It offers free expert creative tuition to 10,000 young people across the UK. With an emphasis on discovery, experimentation and nurturing creativity, Saturday Clubs heighten young people’s enthusiasm for learning, and can raise their aspirations for their future.
A key feature is the engagement of professional practitioners to lead Masterclasses for Club members. Every Masterclass is unique but all encompass an introduction to the professional’s personal education and career journey. Club members take part in a practical workshop, in which they can apply the skills and techniques they’ve learned in their Saturday Club. The Masterclass experience can be the moment where young people realise that their passions and interests have the potential to develop into fulfilling and rewarding careers.
Our masterclass reimagined Burnley in 60 years time, exploring a scenario where the population of Britain had expanded exponentially, forcing Burnley to grow from a market town into a bustling metropolis. Our session looked at creating a newspaper and short animation, where the class re-imagined what Burnley's skyline would look like, where people would live, and how the city would function as people go about their daily lives.