The Month Ahead
March 2017
Design for Dance

Design for Dance

Performance   1 - 4 march |  Platform theatre
Design for Dance is a programme of original workshop dance pieces created by students on the Central Saint Martins BA Performance Design & Practice course, in collaboration with student choreographers and dancers from Central School of Ballet, London Studio Centre or Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance.

There are two separate shows. Each show will feature a selection of pieces from all three participating dance schools: 
Show A: Wednesday 1 and Friday 3 March at 7.30pm
Show B: Thursday 2 and Saturday 4 March at 7.30pm

Visit the event page to find out more and book your tickets. 

Illustration Work in Progress

Illustration Work In Progress Show

Exhibition  until 4 March | Menier Gallery (SE1 1RU)

See work that pushes the conventional boundaries – both analogue and digital – of illustration by our BA Graphic Communication Design Illustration pathway students. The works on show will range from paintings to prints, zines, books, films, sculpture and animations.

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Under the Counter at the Royal Albert Hall

Under the Counter

Performance    Monday 6 mARCH, FROM NOON  |  Royal Albert Hall
Taking inspiration from the transformative counterculture era, students from the BA and MA Performance Design and Practice course, as well as students from Drama Centre London (Foundation Studies in Performance) will offer an international perspective on shifting cultural norms in Under the Counter – a unique promenade performance at the Royal Albert Hall. Journey around the Hall’s more unusual and often unseen spaces for a mix of live experiences and presentations that feature installation, theatre, music and much more.

Visit the event page to book your tickets. 

Metaphonica III

Metaphonica III: songs of protest and resistance

Gig   Thursday 9 March, 7 - 11pm  | The Street at csm
Art, live music and politics collide for the third instalment of Metaphonica. For this year’s event expect an evening of experimental music that brings together established artists and emerging talent to give everyone the opportunity to scream at the current state of affairs.

Line-up highlights include: Penny Rimbaud 'OH AMERICA' , Ruben Green and Charismatic Megafauna 

Visit the event page for further information and to book your tickets. 

Altered Realities

Altered Realities

Exhibition   22 February - 11 March |  Lethaby Gallery
2017: What is going on? We stand at a hyperreal crossroads: a virtual reality in one direction, augmented dead ahead, and a post-truth, post-reality actualities another. Against this backdrop Altered Realities has been formed.

Comprised of works submitted via an open call to students, staff and alumni of Central Saint Martins, it comprises creative responses that acknowledge and respond to the altered states and twisted realities in which we find ourselves.

Visit the event page for further details and information about upcoming events related to the exhibition. 

Art Programme MA Interim Show

Somehow You and I Collide

Exhibition    17 - 19 march, 11am – 5pm  |  MANGLE (E8 3FN)
Somehow You and I Collide (Art Programme MA Interim Show) showcases the work of over 70 CSM postgraduate art students. The students are all in the first year of their course, be it MA Art and Science, MA Fine Art or MA Photography.

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BA Acting Production

BA Acting Production: Caucasian Chalk Circle

Performance    21 - 24 March |  Platform Theatre
In this celebrated classic, Brecht transforms a simple parable highlighting the conflict between the law and natural justice, into a brilliantly provocative dissection of capitalism, socialism, militarism, and motherhood. First produced in 1938, this recent translation by Alistair Beaton clearly demonstrates how relevant the central story, concerning the plight of a refugee remains today.

Visit the Platform Theatre website to book your tickets. 

Annihilation event

Annihilation Event

Exhibition    22 - 29 March | Lethaby gallery
This six day programme in the Lethaby Gallery will bring together a contrary group of artists, archivists, archaeologists, historians, technical experts and theorists from all over Europe. The scheduled events will operate as an experiment, an exchange, a chance to inhabit the Lethaby with a constellation of objects, machines, speculative processes and performances, an unprecedented opportunity for collisions and collusions.

To coincide with the exhibition, Fine Art will be displaying some of the photogrammetry work they have done with items from the CSM Museum and Study Collection. A Portolan Chart from 1570, an important item from the collection will also feature in the exhibition in the Lethaby Gallery alongside a photogrammetry version of it. 

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Until 3 March, 10am - 5pm (appointment only) | DACS (E2 6AA)
Explore the changing dynamic of the public’s interaction with museums and galleries on social media at this exhibition curated by BA Culture, Criticism and Curation students in collaboration with DACS.

To arrange a visit please email

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Orientation as Gardening

Orientation as Gardening

Exhibition   until 9 March |  THE CROSSING (CSM) AND ACROSS KING'S CROSS
Austrian artists Almut Rink and Carola Platzek explore the notion of “orientation” as an attempt to understand who we are. Eight Assemblage Boards, fragile wooden structures, have been installed in public spaces first in Tokyo, Japan, and now in and around King’s Cross. Every day, there will be a performative walk by theatre director Ursula Reisenberger exploring all the locations and putting them into context; you are welcome to join.

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Hot Mesh

Hot Mesh

Exhibition and party  
Saturday 4 March, 8pm - 3am |  Amersham arms
Join our final year BA Textile Design students in New Cross this Saturday for an epic evening of performance, music, and of course, an exhibition of their work. All funds raised will go towards their upcoming Degree Show. 

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Business Imaginaries

Business Model Imaginaries

Panel discussion   Monday 6 March, 3 - 4.30pm |  LVMH E002
How does business modelling intersect with other kinds of development approaches such as prototyping? To what extent do arts-based ventures comply with the language and processes of business modelling?

This panel discussion will draw on recent research at UAL to broaden these discussions in the contexts of design and the arts.

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Adrian Rifkin

Adrian Rifkin - Improper Conversations Part 3

Seminar/workshop   Wednesday 8 March, 5.30 - 8pm |  Room c303
The third event in a four-part series of seminar-workshops with Visiting Professor Adrian Rifkin.

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Design for Good

Design for Good... Lecture by Paul Rodgers

Lecture   Monday 13 March, 6.30 - 8pm |  LVMH Lecture TheatrE
This month Paul Rodgers, Professor of Design at Imagination, Lancaster University and the recently appointed Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Leadership Fellow for Design, will join us for an evening on designing for good.

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Six Branch: Crossing borders with stitches

Six Branch: Crossing borders with stitches

until 16 March |  Window Galleries
Six Branch is a collaboration between BA Textile Design students from Central Saint Martins and the Women in Hebron embroidery cooperative in Palestine. Here, contemporary design and traditional skills combine to cross borders with stitches.

In celebration of International Women’s Day, 8 March 2017, an afternoon of talks with Nawal Slemiah, Sir Vincent Fean and those involved in Six Branch, will take place at Central Saint Martins. Visit Eventbrite for more details and to RSVP.

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30 years of advertising at CSM

Campaigning – 25 years' worth

until 17 march |  window galleries
Celebrate 25 years of advertising at Central Saint Martins with this reflective exhibition of work by our Graphic Communication Design staff and alumni.

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Work by Eduardo Paolozzi courtesy of the Estate of Nigel Henderson

Eduardo Paolozzi at the Central School, 1949-55

until 16 mARCH |  Museum and Study Collection Window Gallery
Coinciding with the Whitechapel Gallery's current Paolozzi exhibition, this display, curated by MA Culture, Criticism and Curation alum Rosie Ram, celebrates the work of artist and sculptor, Eduardo Paolozzi.

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Leigh Bowery dancing’, excerpt from Read Only Memory. UK, 1998. Directed by John Maybury.

Fashion in the Passage of Time

until 17 march |  window gallery 
This exhibition is part of ‘Wearing Time: Past, Present, Future, Dream’ the Fashion in Film Festival's 10th anniversary edition which opens this month. Here they present a selection of films offering contrasting perspectives on fashion, time and the moving image.

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Film and Stitch Workshop

Film and Stitch Workshop with Artist Amy Dickson

Workshop   Saturday 18 March, 10am - 1pm |  The Street (csm)
Join Amy Dickson for a workshop looking at links between textiles and film, experimenting with the filmstrip as an alternative collaging material to produce textile pattern and more.

This workshop is happening in conjunction with the annual Central Saint Martins Big White Wall project, sponsored by Cass Art and Liquitex.

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David Usborne: The Art of Useful Things

David Usborne: The Art of Useful Things

Exhibition   20 march - 28 april |  window gallery
An exhibition sourced from a collection of objects donated to UAL by David Usborne, a retired architect and teacher of design (formerly a lecturer in the history of design at the Central School , Southampton Row). The objects are utilitarian and anonymous and will be of interest to designers and sculptors both because of the puzzle of their function (which is not always obvious), and the elegance of their form. 

Visible Faces in White Spaces

Visible Faces in White Spaces

Exhibition   24 mARCH - 24 aPRIL |  wINDOW GALLERY
This is a collaborative project which aims to celebrate the People of Colour (PoC) who study and work at UAL. The exhibition has been inspired by Rhian Spencer's Black Faces in White Spaces. Shades of Noir (SoN) will bring together portraits to draw emphasis to the diverse population of UAL, and more importantly, attention to the change makers within the institution.

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Objects that Talk

Objects That Talk: Design Stories from the Product Ceramic and Industrial Design Programme

Exhibition   20 March - 28 april |  window gallery
This exhibition will bring together a variety of objects and artefacts chosen from current PCID programme staff and alumni's personal collections, telling evocative stories about design where the professional is mixed with the personal.  

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London/ Paris: EUROPE

Exhibition   21 March - 27 April  |  Window gallery
An annual collaborative project between the Foundation programme of Central Saint Martins and The Paris College of Art Foundation programmes resulting in dual international exhibitions showcasing work created. This year students created work around the theme of Europe.

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Ceramic Art London

31 MARCH - 2 april |  central saint martins
Ceramic Art London returns to Central Saint Martins, presenting 90 leading ceramic artists from around the world in an informal and lively environment.

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