Revolt & Revolutions Saturday Club

26 March 2018

Arts Council Collection National Saturday Clubs Mini Master Class Series.

The Arts Council Collection works in partnership with National Saturday Club to give young people across the country greater access to art, artists, galleries and arts professionals. The National Saturday Club programme was developed in 2009 by founders Sir John Sorrell and Lady Frances Sorrell, with a vision to create regular opportunities for young people to be inspired by and develop within the creative industries.

The Arts Council Collection offers National Saturday Club tutors the opportunity to access works from the Collection, to work with partner galleries to put together professional development master classes in curating and to work with exhibiting artists. It also provides support and advice on how to use the Arts Council Collection website as a resource in the classroom using materials from past, current and upcoming exhibitions.

Our latest event saw students from Nottingham Trent University, University of Leeds and Manchester Metropolitan University National Saturday Clubs visit Yorkshire Sculpture Park to explore themes of protest in the Arts Council Collection exhibition, Revolt & Revolutions.

Revolt & Revolutions, curated by Dr Helen Pheby, presents works by artists who seek to make a difference to the world we live in whether through examples of protest or by suggestions of a new world order. The ethos of the exhibition harks back to the very beginning of the Arts Council Collection in 1946 and the aim to ensure everyone in the country had access to art.


Creativity has long been associated with vanguard ideas: art and music can give a voice to the unheard, power to the vulnerable and celebrate the human capacity for positive action, even in adversity. The exhibition, which was prodcued as part of the National Partners Programme, features work from artists Andrew LoganHenry MooreKaren Knorr and Olivier Richon, Yoko Ono and Steve Johnson.

At the start of the day the students explored the exhibition to look at these artists' works and how they have used their art to portray their ideas. Many different media have been used by the artists such as sound installations, photography and placards - all of which provided plentiful inspriation for the students before their class activity. 

The Arts Council Collection : Revolt & Revolutions Saturday Club
The Arts Council Collection : Revolt & Revolutions Saturday Club
The Arts Council Collection : Revolt & Revolutions Saturday Club

In The Classroom

The Arts Council Collection : Revolt & Revolutions Saturday Club

Following the exhibition visit students worked with artist Andrew Walker who’s own art practice explores identity, politics and the power of fashion. During the afternoon each group had the opportunity to develop their own subversive clothing. The workshop built on a previous session in which students where asked to respond to the work of Martin Boyce, Souvenir Placards (Standard Edition). Boyce created a series of protest placards in 1993, we asked the students to update the work by making their own placards with current issues affecting young people today.

Andrew’s session enabled the student to take their ideas one step further into a wearable revolution!

Protest in the Park

At the end of the day students displayed their garments and shared their ideas before grabbing their placards and staging the largest protest Yorkshire Sculpture Park has ever seen.

Watch our film that documents the experience of Saturday Club participants as they discovered what it takes to make an exhibition happen or click here to find out more about the National Saturday Clubs.


Our next National Saturday Club Mini Master Class event will be based on current Touring Exhibition, In My Shoes and will explore ideas around identity and self-portraiture.

The Arts Council Collection : Revolt & Revolutions Saturday Club
The Arts Council Collection : Revolt & Revolutions Saturday Club
The Arts Council Collection : Revolt & Revolutions Saturday Club

The Arts Council Collection is the UK's most widely seen collection of modern and contemporary art.

With more than 8,000 works by over 2,000 artists, it can be seen in exhibitions and public displays across the country and beyond. This website offers unprecedented access to the Collection, and information about each work can be found on this site.