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CSM Public

Together we collaborate to transform objects, systems and lives for the better.

"In many and varied ways, CSM Public highlights how creative collaboration can be a potent tool for community resilience and social cohesion; a process that, crucially, benefits all who participate" Jeremy Till, Head of Central Saint Martins

Through CSM Public we turn the studio ethos ‘inside-out’ working with a variety of academic, corporate, non-profit, citizen-led and government organisations to actively engage with societal issues and co-design more optimistic futures for all.


From 3-7 July 2018, the Lethaby Gallery hosted a programme of workshops and talks dedicated to the actions of making, sharing, learning and listening. Equipped with creative, digital and non-digital tools, the gallery encouraged a productive learning environment through community.

Elderly people sitting on chairs in a theatre workshop
Generations, Platform Theatre, 2018. Photo: Monica Alcazar-Duarte


Improvisation forms the heart of Improbable theatre's workshops with a group of Islington residents over the age of 60 and Central Saint Martins students.

Furniture design as part of workshop to alleviate overcrowded housing
Overcrowded Housing Project. Photo: Liliya Galabova, Barbara Guoth, Elora Pierre, Zoe Kahane, Giorgia Rossi, Yin Wang

Overcrowded Housing

Customisable furniture to alleviate overcrowding created through collaboration between Camden Council, the Public Collaboration Lab, MA Industrial Design students and local authority housing residents

External wooden structure
Community Bread Oven, MA ARCH students and Hayatsu Architects

On the Road

MA ARCH students, Grizedale Arts and Ruskin's centenary combine to create award-winning community structures

Two people facing each other wearing metal headpieces
Tate Exchange, 2019 (Photo © Tate, Seraphina Neville)

Tate Exchange

Over three years, the Fine Art programme has taken up residence at Tate Modern to open up art school to the public

Bags designed and made by prison inmates
Makeright bags designed and made by prison inmates through an initiative run by Design Against Crime. Photo: DACRC


An initiative which takes design-thinking into prisons to produce a series of anti-theft bags.

People making objects in an art workshop
Home and Belonging workshop, Crisis, Brent.

Home and Belonging

With Crisis Skylight, Brent, Home and Belonging aims to improve the well-being of the homeless and vulnerably-housed residents in the local area.

CSM Public stories

Resilience in Residencies

In collaboration with the British Council, the Resilience in Residencies programme bought two Brazilian artists and their activism to Central Saint Martins.

Six Branch

Palestinian embroidery collective Women in Hebron and BA Textile Design students collaborate, crossing borders with stitches on Six Branch project The initial collection comprises eight pieces, each one designed at […]

On the Road

In the autumn of 2017, M ARCH: Architecture students could be found building a community bread oven and an information kiosk at the entrances to the Ruskin Museum in Coniston. […]

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