CSM Alumni Win Prestigious British Fashion Awards

Grace Wales Bonner

Grace Wales Bonner -Emerging Menswear Designer

Congratulations to former Central Saint Martins students Mary Katrantzou, Stella McCartney, Gwendoline Christie, Thomas Tait and Grace Wales Bonner who were among we winner’s at last nights British Fashion Awards.

The prestigious annual ceremony honouring the best in the British Fashion industry saw the talented CSM alumni take home the following awards:  Read the rest of this entry »

Jane Tynan on Taking a Critical Approach to Fashion Studies

Keffiyeh by Rami Arafat

Keffiyeh – Rami Arafat

Jane Tynan, MA Fashion Communication: Fashion Critical Studies pathway Course Leader, spoke to us about the importance of taking a critical approach to fashion, the exciting projects her students take part in and her own background in the subject. If you want to find out more about the course please visit the course page and book your place on one of the open days. 

What initially inspired you to get into the critical study of fashion? 

I started in art history but moved into fashion history because it looked more interesting. Those taking a cultural studies approach to researching fashion also inspired me. Fashion brought me closer to understanding what people do in their everyday life – the artful ways in which people dress, how they transform themselves. It seemed to me that clothing had great potential for anybody interested in human experience. Fashion gets close to the body and impacts people’s lives in a special way.  Read the rest of this entry »

CSM Graphics Hosts Modern Magazine Conference


© Owen Richards

Central Saint Martins Graphics were proud to host the third Modern Magazine conference this year, welcoming just under 200 editorial designers publishers and editors to Granary Square.

Scott Dadich appeared by video link from Wired Magazine’s studio in San Francisco together with art director Billy Sorrentino. 40 BA Graphics and BA Fashion Journalism students attended the full day’s programme.

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CSM Visits Hong Kong

Hong Kong Blog

A view from Victoria Peak, looking north over Central, Victoria Harbour and Kowloon.

This month sees MA Narrative Environments Course Leader Tricia Austin, Dean of Academic Programmes Mark Dunhill, MA Arts and Cultural Enterprise Course Leader Charlotte Bonham-Carter and our Head of College Jeremy Till all visiting Hong Kong.

The Future of Museum and Gallery Design

Kicking off Central Saint Martins’ visit to Hong Kong is The Future of Museum and Gallery Design Conference.Co-convened by MA Narrative Environments Course Leader Tricia Austin, the conference is the outcome of an on-going research led conversation about design in museums and galleries. Following on from previous conferences, both Tricia and Mark Dunhill, Dean of Academic Programmes, will join a host of international speakers to discuss the role and responsibilities of the designer in museums. Read the rest of this entry »

MA Character Animation Exhibit Short Films

Still from The Rat of St Thomas’ Hospital by Nelly Michenaud

Still from The Rat of St Thomas’ Hospital by Nelly Michenaud

An exhibition of short films created by our MA Character Animation students has opened in the old Operating Theatre Museum and Herb Garret.

Featuring music by students from Trinity Laban, the films draw on the history of St Thomas’ Hospital from its foundation in the early 1100s to 1862 when it moved to make way for an extension to the London Bridge Railway. Read the rest of this entry »

Fine Art and Gustav Metzger Collaborate to Remember Nature


© Belinda Lawley

Fine Art students collaborated yesterday with artist Gustav Metzger on his latest project ‘Remember Nature’, a worldwide call for action to address climate change.

Taking place in The Street at Central Saint Martins, the project was launched in the morning by Gustav, initiating a performance by Fine Art students involving 4,000 newspapers kindly donated by the Guardian. The performance, live-streamed throughout the day, saw students continuously mounting articles on nature and the environment onto their surrounding environment, resulting in an epic installation. Read the rest of this entry »

Live Stream: Remember Nature

Watch Fine Art students collaborate with Gustav Metzger for his current project Remember Nature in a live performance involving 4,000 Guardian newspapers, until 6pm this evening. 

This performance will be followed by an exhibition in The Street showcasing work created in response to the Remember Nature project, curated by Alex Schady, Art Programme Director, in collaboration with Metzger and supported by the Serpentine Gallery, London.  Read the rest of this entry »

CSM Spatial Practices Students Create Bloomberg Dining Experience


Bloomberg Canteen in Cannon Street

Avondale Construction’s involvement in a large-scale project to develop Bloomberg’s new European headquarters in Cannon Street meant that they needed a temporary canteen facility for the 2000 workers on site.

The traditional modular table and chair units originally proposed were considered too boring, so a brief was set for CSM’s Narrative Environment and Architecture students to create a social, inspiring and sustainable dining space.

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Intravox Opens in Lethaby Gallery

Fred Deakin - Intravox

Fred Deakin presents Intravox, open in the Lethaby Gallery until 12 November

Intravox, the Lethaby Gallery’s latest exhibition opens today. We spoke to UAL Chair of Interactive Digital Art Fred Deakin, the artist and musician behind the exhibition, about what visitors can expect, his interest in the audio-visual relationship and his thoughts on digital fine art. 

Tells us about your new exhibition ‘Intravox’.

I have this theory that in this digital world and age of downloads, the depth of music experience has been lost. Intravox is an attempt to create something that takes music into a new space. I think that music experience can be more soulful.
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Future Pathways: MA Arts and Cultural Enterprise

Full Circle, by Beccy McCray, photography by Carmen de Witt

Full Circle, by Beccy McCray, photography by Carmen de Witt

In a short series of interviews, Charlotte Bonham-Carter, Course Leader, talks to other arts professionals in her network about their work. 

Lauren Davies, Gallery Manager, Onca, Brighton

What is Onca?

Onca was founded in 2012 to be a space to explore the impact of environmental change, through art. Onca’s mission is to inspire creativity and positive action in the face of environmental change. Read the rest of this entry »

Meet Ceramic Design’s New Course Leader


Anthony Quinn, BA Ceramics Design’s new Course Leader, told us how he got into working with ceramics, the importance of raising the profile of ceramics within education and his plans for the future of the course. 

How did you come to work in ceramic design?

My interest and curiosity in making led, almost by accident, to working with clay. I have always been interested in how things work, ideas around materiality and transformation as a design process. A foundation tutor diagnosed this interest and encouraged me to apply. Ceramics is a beguiling and belligerent material, this makes the transformation of something dug from the ground into something functional, beautiful, expressive or challenging, all the more impressive. Read the rest of this entry »

CSM Fine Art Students To Exhibit in Japan


Linda Dennis – Touch Prototype

Since July, a selection of teachers and students from Tokyo University of the Arts and Central Saint Martins have been collaborating as part of a project called ‘Complex Topographies; The Garden’.

For two weeks in August, twelve Tokyo and London students worked together at CSM, before a follow up trip to Japan in October. The group, which includes participating students and staff from MA Fine Art, have been producing new work in the Ritsurin Garden in Takamatsu, one of the most famous historical gardens in Japan.

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