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CSM Public

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A group of women working with a drill
MAKE, 2018

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.


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Make @ Story Garden (Photo: Adam Razvi)

MAKE @ Story Garden

A public space for creative collaboration and social innovation opening in Somers Town

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Patterns of Perception

A collaboration between Central Saint Martins, English National Ballet and University College London's neuroscience department, working to better understand and improve the perception of Parkinson’s through arts and science research.

  • 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.

  • Building components in concrete and brick
    Work in progress, The Kiln House, M ARCH Architecture

    The Community Kiln

    Staff and students of BA Ceramic Design collaborate with M ARCH Architecture to create a local community kiln at The Skip Garden

  • Man holding furniture over toilet
    Sloot, Alfred Low Wei Leong BA Product Design

    Prison cell furniture for the future

    Students from BA Product Design work with the Design Against Crime Research Centre to improve prison cell furniture

  • People sitting with coloured blocks on table
    Work in progress

    Unblocking prison conversations

    How four BA Product Design students worked with Design Against Crime to create a game reconnecting inmates and their children

  • 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

  • Woman painting
    Tate Exchange, 2018 (Photo: Belinda Lawley)


    Explore more CSM Public projects from recent years

CSM Public stories

  • Tackling technology-facilitated domestic abuse

    Tackling technology-facilitated domestic abuse

    Through a practice-based PhD, Roxanne Alves Leitāo co-designed a chatbot with the charity Refuge providing information and advice to protect individuals' digital privacy. Since July 2020, it has been used by 6,650 people.

  • Sign Strokes: a visual conversation for architecture
    Series of Signstrokes demonstrations

    Sign Strokes: a visual conversation for architecture

    Signstrokes introduces standardised sign language for architecture. It is the result of a collaboration between Adolfs Kristapsons, who graduated from M ARCH: Architecture last year, and Chris Laing, Royal College of Art graduate.

  • This is MAKE
    MAKE @ Story Garden (Photo: Paul Cochrane)

    This is MAKE

    What happens when an art and design college, a community centre, a developer and local council combine forces to create a public studio and collaborative making space for local people?

  • TrashCAN
    TrashCAN logo


    Igniting sustainable entrepreneurship, this project connects young people from Somers Town Youth Club with students studying BA Product Design.