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2015: Year In Review

It's been another remarkable year for Central Saint Martins, with a broad range of events, awards, and other accomplishments to report. Anchored at the heart of one Europe's most dynamic new urban centres, Central Saint Martins is increasingly important to London's cultural life. It is easy to get overwhelmed on an almost daily basis by the sheer amount of activity that CSM hosts, so putting together highlights of the past year has been a difficult task. What is really striking is how many of these are making a significant public impact, indicative of our general desire to open up CSM to as broad an audience as possible.

College highlights

A large purple and blue multi-sided shape is placed in the middle of Granary Square, in front of Central Saint Martins
Unannounced Acts Of Publicness - Alex Schady and AIR

Unannounced Acts Of Publicness

In May ten artworks appeared unannounced in Granary Square...

Jeremy Till
Restless Futures. Photographer Lou Macnamara

Restless Futures

A year-long programme of seminars, workshops, and exhibitions which culminated in a major conference in June.

A flat lay of different pastel coloured bottles, tweezers and capsules.
Jaime Tai - Trehalose Artefacts

The Intelligent Optimist

The exhibition and event series exploring futures for design opened in September as part of the London Design Festival.

Futuro House on the terrace of Central Saint Martins
Futuro House

Futuro House

In October a 1970s spaceship landed on our terrace and has since hosted performances, screenings and talks.

An outdoor area with a play shed and seating
CSM Public

CSM Public

Autumn saw this college-wide initiative begin to highlight our engagement with societal issues.

Research highlights

A man wearing a judges wig walking through an estate
Estate, A Reverie - Andrea Zimmerman

Estate, A Reverie

A film by Dr. Andrea Zimmerman, lecturer and tutor on Performance Design and Practice.

A large black billboard with white writing on it above a busy road
London is Changing - Rebecca Ross

London's Changing

This high-profile project asked people living in the capital about their views on recent developments.

A pair of hands holding a book open
Books and The Human Touch

Books and The Human Touch

A debate held as part of the AHRC 10th anniversary celebration series.

Programme highlights

A group of students stood with Gustaz Metzger
Remember Nature - Gustav Metzger


Fine Art students collaborated with artist Gustav Metzger on ‘Remember Nature’, his latest project on climate change, here at CSM.

A woman being filmed on a tube carriage
Bob and Roberta Smith and Tim Newton, Who is Community, 2012. Photographed by Benedict Johnson

Culture and Enterprise

The programme launched a new course, MA Arts and Cultural Enterprise, in collaboration with Hong Kong University.

A group of actors on stage in a mob formation, the lighting over them is red.
'when the terror has ended the victims will dance'. Photographer Trilokjit Sengupta

Drama and Performance

BA Acting staged an original production of 'when the terror has ended the victims will dance'.

Grace Bonner
Grace Bonner


Alumni including Thomas Tait, Grace Wales Bonner and Mary Katrantzou won at the prestigious British Fashion Awards held in November.

A man wearing a brightly coloured green and yellow jacket stood next to the Minions logo
Designs by George Chaffey


130 students were involved in a design collaboration alongside Universal Pictures’ Minions.

David Pearson
David Pearson

Graphic Communication Design

Alumnus David Pearson was awarded the RSA Royal Distinction for Design.

A woman wearing a piece of jewellery which stretches over the mouth and has jewels where the mouth would be
Akiko Shinzato

Jewllery and Textiles

Alexander McQueen and Swarovski at the V&A: ten students selected to design pieces the Savage Beauty exhibition.

Four 3D digital models of a metal leg
James Winston - Rethinking Surgery

Product Ceramic and Industrial Design

Two people sat next to each other mid discussion
Contested Spaces - Spatial Practices

Spatial Practices

Contested Space: a forum to explore the complexity of current approaches to the production of space in the city.