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Window Galleries 2020

Take a look at the exhibitions that took place in Central Saint Martins' Window Galleries throughout 2020.

screen printed fabric with coloured circles lay on colour sheets in a window

TEN

15 January – 27 February 2020

TEN is a celebration of the BA Textile Design course at Central Saint Martins and the creative journeys of 13 alumni who graduated from the course 10 years ago. The exhibition also marks 10 years of Anne Marr at the helm as course leader, who has now stepped into the role of Programme Director of the Textiles, Materials and Jewellery programme. The exhibition will be held in the Window Galleries at the Kings Cross campus of Central Saint Martins and accompanied by a digital exhibition online.

people are blurred walking past a long window, inside the window is a long fabric hanging that reads 'i am happy with who i am'
Image by Peter Cattrell

The Big White Wall: Affirmations

6 January – 27 February 2020

A text-based artwork by current BA Fine Art student Lewis Buttery, Affirmations explores the power of words to influence thoughts and mood. Previous incarnations have appeared in Hackney and Peckham and with this 2020 incarnation Buttery continues to examine the changing impact of different spaces and contexts on the site-specific artwork.

The Big White Wall Project, generously supported by Liquitex and Cass Art, creates a unique opportunity for Central Saint Martins students to propose and realise a temporary artwork in the College’s public exhibition windows. Read our interview with Lewis on his project.

Bauhaus to Ourhaus

9 December 2019 – 10 January 2020

2019 marks the centenary of the founding of German school of art and design the Bauhaus. All year at Central Saint Martins and Camberwell College of Arts, through a range of events, projects and teaching activity, staff and students have been exploring the legacy of the influential school. This activity culminated in OurHaus – a week-long festival across the two Colleges which critically re-imagined ideas of the Bauhaus for our times.

With a particular focus on the historical relationship between Central Saint Martins and the Bauhaus, this Windows exhibition documents the projects that have unfolded at the College over the past year. It also showcases archive material from the Central Saint Martins Museum and Study Collection which illuminates the working relationship between founding head of the Central School of Arts and Crafts William Richard Lethaby and Hermann Muthesius – a German architect who was a major influence on the beginnings of the Bauhaus.

pink vase on pink background

Massimo Cappella Studio and Extra&Ordinary Design

26 November 2019 – 10 January 2020

Extra&ordinary Design is a London-based design studio focusing on domestic and commercial spaces. It produces decorative objects which transform our ordinary environments into the extraordinary. All objects are designed and made in the studio in North London.

Extra&ordinary Design and the Massimo Cappella Studio were founded by Central Saint Martins graduates Hyunhee Hwang and Massimo Cappella.

clay top and tools

Ideas, Chaos and Process

18 November 2019 – 10 January 2020

… or what goes on behind the scenes

Trial and error are key to the production of artworks. Initial ideas can grow out of anything, but the subsequent chaos, skill development and artistic process – however defined – allow these ideas to become something tangible. This installation reveals a behind-the-scenes view of this journey. It highlights the necessary dead ends and mistakes in the contrasting practices of three recent Central Saint Martins BA Fine Art graduates.

From gathering piles of site-specific ephemera to maquette-building in the College’s workshops, researching, editing and making numerous trips to the library, the work finally starts to take shape. Whether it be physical or virtual, the artistic process is often slow, painful and chaotic when looked at from the outside – or through the window.

Installation by Central Saint Martins BA Fine Art alumni: Jennifer Elvidge, Harriette Meynell, Mikki Nordman