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Posted 22.08.17

Barnaby Barford meets National Art & Design Saturday Club students

By Phillip Buchan

Barnaby Barford, who has had solo shows across Europe and the USA, visited the college to run a masterclass for 14 to 16-year-old members of the National Art & Design Saturday Club, as part of their annual programme of activities for young people interested in progressing into the creative industries.

Barnaby Barford is renowned for his work at the V&A, 'The Tower of Babel'. Standing six metres high, it was originally made up of 3000 individual bone china buildings, each depicting a real London shop photographed by the artist.

The 16 National Art & Design Saturday Club members met Barnaby in Plymouth College of Art’s Palace Court campus, where they worked together to create large-scale collaborative drawings, using word repetition.

“I had a great time teaching the master class. The young people were wonderful and it was very inspirational for me.”

– Barnaby Barford

National Art & Design Saturday Club is a free of charge programme for 14 to 16-year-olds that forms part of the Sorrell Foundation’s national programme, which was established in 2009 at Plymouth College of Art.

Participating students are provided with two opportunities to showcase their work at a prestigious London venue and a masterclass with an international designer or artist, such as Barnaby Barford.

During the year, students experience a range of art and design disciplines and work on an extended project where they design and produce a range of items for sale. Not only do the students learn valuable skills in designing, making and marketing, but they also gain fundraising experience as all proceeds go to support families through Plymouth College of Art’s Young Arts bursary scheme.

Entry for 14 to 16-year-olds to the National Art & Design Saturday Club is by application only. Each year, the college awards free places to twenty students who demonstrate commitment and passion for art and design and have an interest in progressing into the creative industries. Applications for 2017/18 are open online until Friday 15 September 2017, with all materials, equipment and educational visit costs for the course covered by the college.