A group of 24 young creatives enjoyed an all-expenses-paid day trip to the Milan, the self-acclaimed design capital of Europe, as part of the National Art and Design Saturday Club, founded and supported by the Sorrell Foundation.
The club members are all aged between 14 and 16 years old and have already had the chance to visit exhibitions and workshops throughout the UK, as well as benefiting from the expertise of key figures within the design industry.
The Saturday Club has been running at Lincoln since 2013 under the direction of Dave Bramston, Principal Lecturer for Enterprise in Art and Design. He was responsible for the Milan trip and had this to say:
“Having coordinated three University of Lincoln exhibitions at Salone Satellite in the city, it is exciting to know that young designers from Lincoln schools have also had the opportunity to see the fantastic work showcased in Milan. It was a truly valuable opportunity for them and we now hope that they will be able to organise an open presentation to their schools about the experience to inspire others in the subject.”
During the visit, the group visited the Salone Internazionale del Mobile (The Milan Furniture Fair), the world’s largest design exhibition of its kind. Salone Internazionale del Mobile was established more than fifty years ago and is now recognised as the global benchmark for the home furnishing sector.
Saturday Club co-leader Ali Shepley said, “Our Milan adventure was fantastic and provided such an important experience for everyone involved. For almost all of our club members it was the first large scale exhibition they had witnessed, and for some it was their very first trip outside of the UK. They worked fantastically well together as a team and gained valuable experience of what is a very exciting international design industry. It was wonderful to share their excitement and enthusiasm and to see their faces light up with inspiration at the incredible ideas and designs displayed within the exhibition.”