One extraordinary characteristic of an art and design college is that students surface their concerns in a manner that is material, visual and conceptual – in a manner that makes the invisible forces of the world palpably visible. In the past few years, an increasing urgency has arisen in the production of work at Central Saint Martins – often made in response to fluctuating, external forces, as our students’ find their very identities challenged by the politics and economics of the world.
In 2018, we have turned the College inside out more than ever. Our Degree Show identity centred around and responded to the general public – an interactive design which reacted to our audience and digital influences. Our second Creative Unions exhibition during London Design Festival showcased the ingenuity with which our students continue to tackle our current socio-political climate. We have instigated new partnerships locally and globally; we have worked with our neighbours and artists, academics and students across the world. We continue to do this because we continue to believe that arts and design can generate real, productive change.
Here is just a few of the year’s highlights: