Curating Carnival

Curating Carnival was a procession, sound and performance event that took place in The Street in Central Saint Martins on 30 January 2015, organised by UAL’s joint Chairs of Black Art and Design, Professors Sonia Boyce and Paul Goodwin in collaboration with Central Saint Martins BA Fine Art XD Pathway.

The event coincided with the anniversary of the first Caribbean Carnival to take place in London at the nearby St Pancras Town Hall in 1959.  Curating Carnival is a follow up to the hugely successful performance The Sky is Dancing by CSM Fine Art XD Pathway students that took place in TATE Modern's Turbine Hall as part of Up Hill Down Hall: An Indoor Carnival curated by Claire Tancons, which took place on 23 August 2014.

The Curating Carnival event at Central Saint Martins continued student engagement with carnival from the Tate event by investigating carnival as an artistic practice in the broadest sense: exploring public procession, the carnivalesque, performance, the politics of the street and publicness, resistance and celebration.

The event featured performances, mobile sculptures, projections and sounds from a wide range of students across several courses at UAL, including Fine Art and Performance Design and Practice. This project was instigated and is led by UAL’s joint Chairs of Black Art and Design, Professors Sonia Boyce and Paul Goodwin in collaboration with Senior Lecturer Anne Eggebert and Pathway Leader Stephen Carter of the BA Fine Art XD Pathway at CSM with choreographical coordination by artist Serena Korda and sound design by artists Dubmorphology (Trevor Mathison and Gary Stewart).