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Intelligence Central Saint Martins Degree Show 2016: Show Two

On a monumental day of uncertainty for the future of UK-based creatives, I escaped to the Central Saint Martins end-of-year show for some inspiration. This is the fifth end-of-year exhibition held at Central Saint Martins’ (not so new) King’s Cross building. Head of Central Saint Martins, Professor Jeremy Till states “over the years, the various courses have learnt how best to use the spaces in the most productive way, and each year one feels a step up in the way the work is shown”. Incredibly, over 35,000 visitors attended last year’s CSM show, demonstrating the huge reach and expectation this university has as one of the world’s leading universities for art and design.

Show Two presented seven programmes with disciplines stretching from design and fashion to drama and cultural enterprise. One of my personal highlights was the thought-provoking Material Futures exhibition. Taking centre stage in the main ‘street’ of the Granary Building, Material Futures is a two year Masters Course with an aim to re-think the future of design. Working in the intersection between technology and craft, many of the Material Futures projects offer a glimpse into material innovation. Showcasing products made from cultivated human skin (Fracked backpack, Pure Human by Tina Gorjanc) to a project exploring a more sustainable alternative to eating meat called Sea-Meat Seasweed by Hanan Alkouh.

Going on the day we announced our desire to leave the EU, there’s no getting away from thinking about the impact Brexit is going to have on international schools like CSM, particularly as 50% of the students from the Materials Future course alone are European. Professor Jeremy Till released an open letter to all CSM staff voicing his concern over the referendum’s outcome, “it breaks my heart that what happened today may restrict such a diverse and wonderful intake in the future.” Let’s hope Britain can turn this around and keep institutions like CSM producing world class designers.


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