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Central Saint Martins and coronavirus

Written by Teleri Lloyd-Jones
Published date 06 April 2020

Coronavirus has turned our everyday upside-down; buildings that would usually be alive with thinking, making and doing are currently closed. Our students, and their teachers, may now be physically separated but they are creating communities of practice digitally. Here, we gather information about Central Saint Martins during the current Coronavirus shutdown.

Building closure

To ensure the safety of our staff and students, the Central Saint Martins buildings in King's Cross and Archway have now closed until further notice. There are no face-to-face services for students, except at halls of residence.

Teaching

All teaching is now happening remotely. The University is committed to ensuring that students progress to the next academic year and can complete their course.

Staff and students find themselves working in unfamiliar ways. Thinking through making is embedded across the majority of our creative community. Our challenge is to help our students realise projects using processes that don’t require in-house technical facilities.

Though life at Central Saint Martins is usually hands-on and face-to-face, the College has experience providing innovative creative education in different formats. From courses like MA ACE to MA Cities, Central Saint Martins delivers flexible and remote teaching and the next weeks and months will see that expertise shared widely among staff.

Degree Shows

Degree shows carry both symbolic and practical significance for our community. It is the moment when graduating students present their work publicly and launch their professional lives. Due to the ban on public gathering, our Degree Show will look very different this year. We are planning for an extensive online platform to share and celebrate our students’ work this summer and hope to follow this up later with a physical showcase.

Public Events

The Lethaby Gallery is now also temporarily closed. As our Window Galleries are unstaffed, public spaces, these remain open, with four exhibitions currently on view. These can be found in the thoroughfare of the Central Saint Martins building in Granary Square.

All of our scheduled public events have now been cancelled. Our postgraduate Open Days will now be delivered online instead of on-site. If you would like to attend one of these Open Days please visit our events page.

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