In January 2017, Central Saint Martins welcomed Elen Braga as the inaugural SESC/CSM Performance Artist in Residence. Braga had never worked collaboratively with groups before. Her residency was therefore not simply bringing an artist into the College but also challenging her practice as well, a two-way conversation. Emphasising the cross-disciplinary traditions of Brazilian visual arts culture, Braga worked with students from both Fine Art and Performance Design and Practice.
Following the success of its first year, the residency continued into 2018 with the arrival of Priscila Rezende. Selected from over 250 entries, Rezende shared her work with staff and students, created new performances and also expanded her own research in the international histories of the slave trade.