After two years without end-of-year shows at the College, we opened our doors to celebrate the people and place that make up our community.
Central Saint Martins Shows 2022 brings together graduating work from across the College, from communication design and performance to fine art and material innovation. Reflecting the creative energy and joy of being back together, this is the first time all disciplines have shown at the same time and in the same place.
"This show is in many ways a milestone for us.
First, it is our first physical end-of-year show since 2019. Three long years in which the impossibility for our students to put themselves and their work into the building was profoundly felt. Although the online showcase has grown in status in the intervening period, it is wonderful to regain the visceral thrill of coming together in a celebration of graduate work.
Second, it is the first time that we have shown all our 1,400 graduates across the undergraduate and postgraduate programmes together under one roof. This has meant some adjustments to the way that work is curated and displayed. This is a necessary shift in a pandemic-infused world where values and systems need constant re-evaluation.
Finally, at a personal level, this will be my final show after ten years as Head of Central Saint Martins. I know that I will ache with the loss of close connection to the intense energy and intelligence that this showcase displays, but at the same time will feel emphatically proud of being part of the extraordinary creative community that is Central Saint Martins. We are here to make a change; this show gives brilliant evidence as to how we are collectively doing it."
Head of Central Saint Martins
Pro Vice-Chancellor, University of the Arts London
As this is the first physical end-of-year show since 2019, we wanted to ensure its production was carefully considered, particularly in terms of sustainability.
The printed maps were made in-house at our Publication Workshop using a method called Risograph (an eco-friendly form of printing that uses vegetable oil inks), on paper made from 40% post-consumer recycled waste and Bio Residue.
The College has not created any single-use furniture for the show. Where there are newly built structures, they are flatpack, designed to be stored and re-used for future exhibitions. We are also running a climate impact study with M ARCH: Architecture to better understand the planetary impact of these events – from the embodied carbon in the materials used to the number of emails sent.