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CSM Public

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CSM Public turns the studio ethos ‘inside-out’, extending our creativity beyond the walls of the College to bring partners an inspiring and supportive context in which to experiment and innovate.

Artists and designers have a unique role to play in creating and transforming objects, systems and lives for the better. Through CSM Public, we collaborate 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.

Call Monica Hundal on 020 7514 8716 or email: to discuss how we can work with you to make change happen.

"When we launched CSM Public in 2016, we saw it as a framework for projects in which our students and staff were engaging with external communities for the public good. What was apparent was that there was already a lot of work going on in the public area and CSM Public was the opportunity to bring it all together. What began as a frame, signalling our commitment and responsibility to wider concerns, has grown and deepend to become part of out constitution." – Jeremy Till, Head of Central Saint Martins

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


In 2018 Improbable theatre company facilitated a series of improvisation workshops with a group of Islington residents over the age of 60 and Central Saint Martins students.

Make, Lethaby Gallery 3-7 July 2018


In July 2018, the Lethaby Gallery hosted a programme of workshops, talks and events dedicated to the actions of making, sharing, learning and listening.

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

A project between Camden Council, the Public Collaboration Lab, MA Industrial Design students and local authority housing residents to alleviate overcrowding.

Woman with green face paint
Tate Exchange, 2017. Photo: Belinda Lawley

Tate Exchange

Over 100 Fine Art students took over Tate Modern to create a public-access art school.

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



A unique, social enterprise, Project_Sweat combines cutting-edge design, advanced technical fabrics and a charitable mission, resulting in a series of bespoke kit bags which are visually striking, sustainable and can […]


Improbable Generations

From January to March 2018, Guy Dartnell and Alex Murdoch from Improbable theatre company facilitated a series of improvisation workshops with a group of Islington residents over the age of […]

Hayatsu Architects & Central Saint Martins, Community Bread Oven, Coniston

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. […]

‘Fidget Blanket’, 2018

Life After Makeright: The Power Of Patchwork

Makeright is a ground-breaking design course for prison inmates, run by The Design Against Crime Research Centre at Central Saint Martins. The project is devised to break the cycle of […]


Olly Wainwright on Fundamentals

With the second Fundamentals lecture series beginning on Thursday 25 January, Guardian architecture and design critic Olly Wainwright looks back at last year’s series and introduces the key themes for […]

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