The youngsters take part in free, weekly, art and design or fashion and business classes as part of the national Saturday Club initiative, which is designed to give teenagers a taste of what it would be like to study art-related subjects after leaving school.
This term’s project invited the art and design cohort to take inspiration from Lubaina’s own work to make their own large scale cut out characters, while the fashion and business pupils developed ideas for a sustainable denim campaign.
Speaking at the exhibition in UCLan’s PR1 Gallery, Lubaina said: “This exhibition is really amazing. As creative students you will know that hard work, concentration and imagination are all essential skills you need to be successful.
“Taking part in Saturday Club has given you the best start possible. You have shown that you are capable of making decisions and doing unimaginable things. This is just the beginning. Keep going.”
Monica Dean, 14, from Corpus Christi Catholic High School, who worked on a group project to upcycle a denim jacket and jeans, said: “We’ve never done anything like this before and I really enjoyed it. I’ve learned so much from taking part in Saturday Club. Not only in terms of sewing techniques, but also where ideas, designs and trends come from.”
Fellow fashion group member Freddie Wright, 16, from Hutton Grammar School, added: “Saturday Club has been so much fun. I’ve enjoyed having the freedom to be creative without any restrictions. It’s also been good to work with other like-minded people on a group project.”
Running since 2019, The Saturday Club is the only one of its kind in Lancashire, and has welcomed hundreds of local schoolchildren.
Attendees also take part in two annual national events; a masterclass with an industry professional and the Summer Show, where all members exhibit their work at London’s Somerset House.
UCLan Saturday Club art and design tutor Andrew McDonald added: “The show has been a brilliant conclusion to a fantastic year, we now start recruiting for next year.”