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School pupils preparing for UK exhibition as part of college Saturday Club

Secondary school pupils in Llanelli have signed-up to Coleg Sir Gâr’s National Art&Design Saturday Club and are currently working on self-portraits for a UK-wide online exhibition in January.

The college’s art club, funded by Reaching Wider and founded by the Sorrell Foundation, has been running for a number of years, developing young creative minds and giving them the opportunity to explore many areas of the art and design sector.

Pupils from four secondary schools are taking part in Llanelli this year and sessions have taken place within their school bubbles at Coleg Sir Gâr’s Graig campus.

Recently, participants from across every Saturday club in the UK came together for a special digital line-up of guest speakers who inspired them to think about their current project, Expression of Self, which will be the theme of the national exhibition in January.

As well as sharing their expertise and how self-portraiture features in their own work, guests encouraged club members to think creatively about ‘the self’ and the many ways in which ‘self’ can be portrayed.

Elli Emanuel, art and design lecturer at Coleg Sir Gâr, runs the National Art&Design Saturday Club, she said: “This is an exciting opportunity for young people to really explore their creativity and to exhibit their work on a national stage.

“The pandemic has restricted some of the club’s usual activities such as high-profile industry visits and physically visiting the club’s annual national exhibition to see their work on display, but we are still having lots of fun.”