2016: Year In Review

There’s no avoiding it, 2016 was a challenging year. But putting aside events happening beyond the College walls, a glance across the accomplishments of our students and staff buoys us for the future. Both inspiring and challenging, the creativity on show this year filled a growing calendar of exhibitions and events to its brim. We welcomed the public in record-breaking numbers with our Degree Shows, sharing our students’ hard-won achievements from years of study, as well as our new partnership with designjunction and the London Design Festival. Across what has been an exceptionally busy year, we have selected (with difficulty) a few of our highlights.

College Highlights

  • Degree Shows 2016

    Degree Shows 2016

    Take a look at our most popular Summer Shows yet.

  • Brain Waves

    An exhibition featuring 46 of the boldest designs to come out of the Central Saint Martins this year.

  • 5 Years In, 5 Years On

    A look back at the last five years of Central Saint Martins at King's Cross.

Research Highlights

  • Makeright

    Design Against Crime worked on an award-winning project that took design-thinking into Serco’s HMP Thameside prison.

  • Venice Biennale

    Spatial Practice's Shumi Bose was one of the curators of Home Economics at the 15th International Architecture Exhibition.

  • Max Mara 2016

    Fine Art tutor Emma Hart won the 2016 Max Mara Art Prize for Women.

Programme Highlights

  • 2016 Postgraduate Art Auction underway
    Belinda Lawley


    In its 10th year, the annual Postgraduate Art Auction raised more than £37,000.

  • Culture & Enterprise

    The Programme launched an innovative MBA in partnership with Birkbeck.

  • Poster for Steve Jobs film starring Michael Fassbender

    Drama & Performance

    Drama Centre London alumni Michael Fassbender and Tom Hardy were nominated for prestigious Academy Awards

  • Fashion

    CSM named as leading global fashion school by Business of Fashion for second year in a row.

  • Foundation

    Four Foundation students win the Fabriano Illustration Prize with illustrations responding to the theme of ‘Made In Italy’.

  • Aude Van Ryn
    Aude Van Ryn

    Graphic Communication Design

    An exhibition that honoured 100 years of visual communication by women at Central Saint Martins.

  • Jewellery & Textiles

    A look at the last century of textile design at Central Saint Martins, featuring the work of 26 designers.

  • Product Ceramic & Industrial Design

    MA Industrial Design partnered with Renault to challenge students to rethink the car interior for future self-driving vehicles.

  • Spatial Practices

    Four recent CSM graduates spent March in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil as part of the Despina residency programme at Largo das Artes.

Hellos and Goodbyes

  • Anthony Quinn

    Having taught at the College since 1997, Anthony Quinn became BA Ceramic Design Course Leader following Kathryn Hearn’s departure.

  • Rob Kesseler

    After four decades at the College spanning life as a student, technician, tutor and UAL chair, Rob Kesseler talks to us about his career in ceramics

  • Willie Walters

    We said goodbye to the wonderful Willie Walters, following 24 years teaching at the College and 18 years as director of the Fashion Programme.

  • Amanda Bright

    We said goodbye to the long-serving and highly respected Associate Dean Academic Development and Enhancement.

  • David Jackson

    We welcomed a new Course Leader to BA Acting, from Birmingham School of Acting (BSA).

  • Alex Warnock-Smith and Andreas Lang

    Starting the year with new Course Leaders in both BA and M ARCH: Architecture, we took the opportunity to chat over the programme’s newly published manifesto.

  • Sarah Gresty

    Following the departure of Willie Walters, former Knit Pathway Leader Sarah Gresty took the reins as BA Fashion Course Leader in October.

And Not Forgetting...

  • Limpet Apology, Installation View, Helen Marten, 2015
    Copyright the artist courtesy Sadie Coles HW, London; Greene Naftali, New York; Koenig Galerie, Berlin, photo: L Annik Wetter, Geneva

    Helen Marten

    Fine Art alum Helen Marten won both the Hepworth and Turner Prizes, generously sharing her prize money between all nominees.

  • Big White Wall

    Max Wang's bold, block colour installation examined the representation of colour in technology.

  • Ruff and ready

    BA Textile Design student Manuela Menzi’s dissertation on the practicalities of the Elizabethan ruff won the Cultural & Historical Studies award.

  • Rebel Music 1977 – 1998

    An exhibition celebrating the life and work of our late friend and colleague, the photographer Dave Hendley.

  • Kat Buchanan’s Cats

    A centrepiece of this year's Degree Shows, this performance got a lot of attention in the Street in July.