Jennifer Tuckett on Demystifying Playwriting

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Jennifer Tuckett – MA Dramatic Writing Course Leader

MA Dramatic Writing Course Leader Jennifer Tuckett spoke to us about the recently launched Student Guide to Writing: Playwriting competition series, the importance of demystifying playwriting, the successes of the first cohort of MA Dramatic Writing graduates and the projects that we can expect from the course this year. 

Tell us about the Student Guide to Writing: Playwriting competition. 

It’s the first in a new series of competitions designed to disseminate leading dramatic writing training to students and teachers across the UK for the first time.

The project is being run by the Bush Theatre, Oberon Books, the MA Dramatic Writing and Writers at Work Production. It was launched as part of the New Writing Platform series, our free series of events exploring the future of dramatic writing training, which are open to the public and students to attend.  Read the rest of this entry »

John Costi Discusses ‘We Are Open’ Residency

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We caught up with BA Fine Art graduate John Costi to discuss his We Are Open residency, the importance of conversation, his King’s Cross artefacts, Christmas tree tea and the significance of returning to CSM. 

Tell us about your project. 

It stems from my childhood, growing up with my father being a greengrocer and my mother being a child minder who also used to do laundry for our neighbours. I’ll be screening interviews with family members as part of a film installation that borrows from the aesthetic of a greengrocer. Also offering a free ironing service and selling clothes from my ‘Hand-Me-Down Rails’. There’ll be plenty of bargains on designer and vintage pieces. I used to pair socks for me Mum so I think I am going to bring a lot of odd socks and make things out of them.

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Interview with Max Mara Art Prize winner Emma Hart

Emma Hart Giving It All That, 2014. Install shot at Folkestone Triennial 2014. Photo by Thierry Bal. Image courtesy the artist.

Emma Hart Giving It All That, 2014. Install shot at Folkestone Triennial 2014. Photo by Thierry Bal. Image courtesy the artist.

Following the announcement that Central Saint Martins Fine Art tutor Emma Hart has won the 2016 Max Mara Art Prize for Women, we spoke to her about her practice, her plans for the six-month residency in Italy she’s been awarded, and what she thinks about gender-specific prizes. 

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‘Shelf Life’: BA Jewellery Design to Exhibit in Munich

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33 staff and students from our BA Jewellery Design course will visit Munich next month to celebrate a diverse and lively approach to contemporary jewellery.

Showing for the first time in renowned furniture design company Vitsoe’s Munich showroom, ‘Shelf Life’ will consider the temporality of objects and the contrasting meanings behind the term ‘to shelve’ something, whether referring to discarding or drawing attention to an object.

“Shelf Life gives us the opportunity to celebrate the work of staff and students which reflects some of our diversity and achievements.”

Caroline Broadhead, BA Jewllery Design Course Leader

The exhibition, taking place alongside Munich Jewellery Week (20 February – 1 March), is the second project in which staff and students will display their work as equals.

View the gallery below for a taste of what will be on display.


2016: The Year Ahead

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With 2015 receding in the rear-view mirror, it’s time to look at the road ahead for the next 12 months at Central Saint Martins.

Here are a few choice dates for your diary together with some seasonal highlights. Keep an eye on the What’s On At CSM section for more details.

January – March

PickCelebrating 100 years of female graphic design at Central Saint Martins

16 February – 25 March | Window Galleries, The Crossing

This exhibition will showcase graphics produced by our female alumni and staff over the past century. The designers on show have made their mark not just in the graphic design world, but across all disciplines of art and design, demonstrating the diversity and endless possibilities of careers in this field. The show aims to present visual communication as both an accessible subject and an area of intellectual enquiry by showing research projects alongside client-commissioned work. Visit the exhibition’s blog to find out more.


April – June

Pick: Degree Shows 

One: 27 – 31 May, Two: 24 – 28 June

Our summer Degree Shows allow a first glimpse at the most exciting new talent across all Programmes as our students open up their work to the public for a series of free art, design, fashion, communication and performance exhibitions within the Granary Building.

Lots of hard work goes into showcasing the creative stars of tomorrow, not only from the students themselves, but also from the team on the ground. While you wait in anticipation for 2016’s shows to come around, have a read of our 2015 interviews with our Health and Safety Advisor Niall Campbell, Degree Show builders Joe Plume and Sirisa Clark, and planners Matt Barrett and Jess King, to find out how it all comes together.


  • 11 April | Foundation in Performance final major
  • 11 – 29 April | MA Fashion exhibition
  • 9 May | Practice Exchange (BA PDP/BA FA)
  • 14 – 16 May | Foundation show
  • 16 May | BA Directing Graduating Showcase Festival
  • 26 May | Lowe Nova Awards: Shortlist Show One
  • 24 – 27 June | Contested Space
  • 30 June | Lowe Nova Awards: Shortlist Show Two

July – September

Pick: Lowe Nova Award winner announced

5 August

Last year BA Performance Design and Practice student Liberty Antonia Sadler was awarded the prize for her work exploring 21st-century body politics through illustration and moving image.

Talking about her practice, she said: “My work aims to open discussion about vulnerability, imperfection and inequality, exploring issues of 21st century body politics, with a focus on the experience of living in a female body in a ‘photoshopped’ world. Using humour as a technique of critique my objective is to use it as a device to answer the unspoken dogma of one’s body being one’s collateral.”

Also awarded runners-up prizes from a selection of over 1,000 graduates, were ‘Jelly’ Jialin Deng from MA Narrative Environments, and Hugo Cantegrel from BA Fine ArtRead Liberty’s alumni profile


  • 4 July | BA Acting Summer Show

October – December

Pick: Postgraduate Art Auction

19 October | Lethaby Gallery

This year will be the tenth Postgraduate Art Auction organised by MA Fine Art students. It follows last year’s success when £31,000 was raised to fund the course’s MA Interim Show and Degree Show. Among the internationally acclaimed artists who donated work in 2015 were previous Turner Prize winners and Central Saint Martins alumni, Antony Gormley, Grayson Perry and Laure Prouvost, as well as Peter Doig, Isaac Julien and Nicole Wemers. For more information, keep an eye on the Postgraduate Art Auction website closer to the date and read more about last year’s Postgraduate Art auction.


  • 12 December | BA Fashion White show
  • TBA | MA Fashion Communication exhibition
  • TBA | BA Acting Autumn Term Shows
  • 8 December | Design & Make
  • 5 – 19 December | Spatial Practices Autumn Lecture Series

Asta Meldal Lynge Discusses Experimental Lethaby Gallery Residency

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We spoke to current ‘We Are Open’ artist in-residence, BA Fine Art alumna, Asta Meldal Lynge about the concept of an architectural image, the phenomenon of computer-generated images, experimenting with hydrographic printing and her upcoming publication Real state.

So tell us a bit about your project for We Are Open.

Essentially it is building on an on-going investigation into the architectural image – the phenomenon of the rendering. I am particularly intrigued by how these computer generated images you see on boards used to cover construction sites stand as predictions for the future whilst hiding whatever is happening behind them, be it a big hole in the ground or a grand palace. They have become such a dominant feature of the city and I have been thinking a lot about the relationship between the rendering that predicts whatever is going to be built and the physical space that is actually built. Read the rest of this entry »

Peter Hall in conversation with Rebecca Ross


Rebecca Ross, Course Leader of MA Graphic Communication Design sat down recently with the new Course Leader for BA Graphic Communication Design , Peter Hall, to talk about how they first met, what he finds exciting about the Graphic Design course at CSM, and the power of design in changing attitudes of people, corporations and governments.

Rebecca Ross: You’re originally from the UK but haven’t lived here for some time. We first met when you were my design writing tutor at Yale, fifteen years ago! And you’ve been in all sorts of other places around the world since. Tell us about some of the places you’ve been and things you’ve been up to.

Peter Hall: I’ve been overseas for 24 years now, but gradually moving around the world as part of my efforts to get back to the UK. My last position was as programme director of the BA Design and BA Design Futures degrees at Griffith University Queensland College of Art in Australia. The Design Futures degree was an ambitious effort to re-imagine design practice in a larger social and environmental context, so that we could encourage students to more critically look at design as contributing to current environmental and political problems as well as being the place to look for solutions.

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Luca Picardi Talks Lethaby Gallery Residency

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Luca Picardi – Somers Town

With the Lethaby Gallery’s experimental exhibition ‘We Are Open’ underway, we spoke to this week’s graduate in residence, MA Communication Design alumnus Luca Picardi. Luca is a design strategist who talked about his research into Somers Town (part of King’s Cross) and the importance of examining London’s new developments.

Tell us about your project.

So my project is looking at two areas, Somers Town, which is located in the King’s Cross area in between King’s Cross station, St Pancras and Euston, and the redevelopment zone in King’s Cross, the area here where the CSM building is based – Granary Square. Read the rest of this entry »

CSM Graphics Meets Annie Leibovitz


Annie Leibovitz meets CSM Graphic Communication Design programme students

Our Graphic Communication Design programme and BA Fashion Communication students had the fantastic opportunity to meet and talk with renowned American photographer Annie Leibovitz today. 

Organised by David Hendley and sponsored by UBS, the students were invited for an intimate tour of the influential photographer’s new pop-up exhibition ‘Women: New Portraits’ and Q&A where Annie spoke to them about their work and interests in photography offering advice and responses. Read the rest of this entry »

CSM Public Launch Event


Last night Central Saint Martins celebrated the launch of CSM Public with ‘Art, Design and the Common Good’, an evening of debate and exhibitions exploring how art and design schools can be agents for social change.

The date was chosen to coincide with the start of the Lumiere London festival and the opening of several CSM exhibitions: WE ARE OPEN, Graffolution, Public Collaboration Lab and the Innovation and Business Showcase.

The evening began with six minute presentations from a diverse panel addressing the question ‘How can art be an agent for social change?’  Read the rest of this entry »