In July, Central Saint Martins will launch its collaborative project with Tokyo University of the Arts (Tokyo Geidai).
Our Art programme is making final preparations for a collaborative exhibition project with MA students and staff from Tokyo Geidai. Led by Professor Graham Ellard and MA Fine Art course leader Louisa Minkin the project – entitled ‘Complex Topographies; the garden’ – will include taught programmes and collaborative projects in London and Tokyo.
For two weeks in August, twelve Tokyo and London students will join together at Central Saint Martins. Then, in October, the participating students and staff from MA Fine Art will visit Japan. Together, the group will produce new work in the Ritsurin Garden in Takamatsu, to form part of the Setouchi Triennale.
This year’s project has been devised as the first stage of more ambitious long-term plan for a joint international curriculum between Tokyo Geidai and Central Saint Martins. Minkin and Ellard will speak at an opening symposium in Tokyo in July.
Previous projects with Tokyo Geidai have included the symposium ‘Art School Futures’ in 2013, and more recent teaching and residency visits. Our partnership with Tokyo Gedai is supported by the Japanese Government and the Daiwa Foundation.