New Programme: Creative Youth & Leadership Programme

Caspian Arts Foundation is pleased to initiate and announce its pilot project: Creative Youth and Leadership Programme (CYLP) in partnership with the University of the Arts London (UAL) Saturday Drawing Programme part of the National Art & Design Saturday Club, which was developed by Sorrell Foundation. The UAL Saturday Drawing Programme has a strong emphasis on observational drawing and is directed at young people in the 14 – 16 age group from a widening participation background¹ who are studying either Art & Design or Design & Technology at school.

The Creative Youth and Leadership Programme aims at creating a platform for students to think about and discuss global affairs, expressing their views through the medium of art. The first series of the CYLP workshops will span over 5 weeks focusing on the theme of Global Peace and using the Six UN Millennium Development Goals:

      • Eradicating Poverty
      • Interfaith and Co-existence amongst ethnic groups
      • Education
      • The Environment,
      • Equality: Creating gender equality / Reduce inequality within and between countries
      • Advances in Science and Technology.

Participants will be given an opportunity to demonstrate, reflect and express their understanding of issues that are shaping their modern world.

Caspian Arts Foundation will work closely with course directors of the UAL Saturday Drawing Programme to effectively reach the outcome the Creative Youth and Leadership Programme has been designed to achieve.

During the course of the programme a guest speaker and mentor will work with the students encouraging them to develop their creative, collaborative and leadership skills. The artworks produced as a result of the workshop will be exhibited in Central London with the top 3 groups will present their ideas to the general public.


¹ Eligible pupils MUST BE classified as working class students, students from black or minority ethnic backgrounds, or students whose parents have not completed higher education. UAL believes that widening participation to art and design higher education is essential to nurturing the artists and designers of the future.

Notes to Editors:

Caspian Arts Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation based in the UK, supporting education in the arts and design in the Middle East and giving financial assistance to young talented Middle Eastern artists to pursue their MA in the Visual Arts in London. The Foundation also develops education programmes, workshops and symposiums, designed to inform and further knowledge in the arts. Caspian Arts Foundation has collaborated and partnered with major organisations in the UK and the Middle East.

Operating at the heart of the world’s creative capital, University of the Arts London is a vibrant international centre for innovative teaching and research in art, design, fashion, communication and performing arts. The University’s unique creative community is made up of six distinctive and distinguished Colleges: Camberwell College of Arts, Central Saint Martins, Chelsea College of Arts, London College of Communication, London College of Fashion and Wimbledon College of Arts. Renowned names in the cultural and creative sectors produced by the University include 12 Turner prize winners and over half of all nominees, 10 out of 17 fashion designers named British Designer of the Year, more than half of the designers showcased in London Fashion Week, 12 out of 30 winners of the Jerwood Photography Award and seven winners of the Prince Philip Designers Prize.

The UAL Saturday Drawing Programme is part of the National Art & Design Saturday Club, run by the Sorrell Foundation, in which 33 Colleges and 1000 pupils from around the country take part. 350 students have taken part in the programme since 2010-11. The programme spans over 18-weeks on Saturday mornings and is run by UAL tutors and supported by art and design professionals and student ambassadors. It is built around the University of the Arts London Awarding Body Level 2 Drawing Award. This qualification is the same level as a GCSE and is accredited by QCA.

The Sorrell Foundation was set up in 1999 with the aim of inspiring creativity in young people and improving the quality of life through good design. The Foundation creates and prototypes new ideas and develops models that can be widely used.

The National Art & Design Saturday Club was set up in 2009 by the Sorrell Foundation, and is dedicated to inspiring creativity in young people and giving them pathways to further and higher education. Over the past 14 years the Foundation has worked with over 10,000 young people across its programmes, pioneering its model of engagement that joins up young people, in and out of school, with professional practitioners and students of art and design. Its work with disadvantaged young people, who are often not in school, with projects such as Myplace and Design Out Crime, applies the same principles of engagement. This ‘joined-up’ model is at the heart of the Sorrell Foundation’s creative programmes and continues to be innovative.