Materials Clinic

Wednesday, November 28th

10am-1pm, 2pm-5pm

Materials & Products Collection, CSM Library, 2nd floor

The Materials Clinic is open to current UAL degree or research students.

20-minute one-to-one sessions with Margaret Pope & Jess Lertvilai are bookable ON THE DAY.

Come to the Materials Collection ON THE DAY at either:
– 10am to choose a morning timeslot OR
– 2pm to choose an afternoon timeslot.

They will be available on a first-come, first-served basis only, so be quick!

Please come along with any material-related query.  Please bring your sketches, models, drawings, and/or research relevant to your question.  Margaret and/or Jess will discuss these with you to help direct your material research.

Margaret Pope sources materials and products for designers and architects.  She has set up and managed many material libraries in Colleges and Universities.  She is a consultant to international design and architectural practices including MICA Architects & Pentagram amongst others.  Margaret also regularly gives talks to design students and sits on panels discussing new materials.


Competition: 2018 festive campaign


CSM is commissioning a student to design our 2018 festive digital visual! This can be a static or animated image, and will be used on the landing page of our website, on screens around the College and in our end-of-year email campaign.

Prize: the student who wins the commission will receive £300 as well as a few celebratory mentions across the College’s social media channels (and of course, your work will be seen throughout the building and by all those on our mailing lists).

Find out more

Two Rooms


Performance   29–30 NOVEMBER | STUDIO THEATRE
Two Rooms is a devised performance piece consisting of nine separate fragments. For each fragment, the text is a piece of music, the performers are non-actors, members of staff from Central Saint Martins and the directors/devisors/designers are second-years students from the BA Performance: Design and Practice course at Central Saint Martins.

Tickets are free but booking is essential, visit the event page to find out more.

Future Factory


Symposium and Workshop   30 NOVEMBER AND 1 DECEMBER | DESIGN MUSEUM
Join leading designers and material researchers to rethink sustainable production for the 21st century. 

Symposium | Friday 30 November
In partnership with Central Saint Martins’ Material Futures and the Design and Living Systems Lab, this symposium brings together leading designers to explore how production might be re-designed for the future.

Workshop | Saturday 1 December
Join designers and students from the MA Material Futures course as they create a series of future factories, exploring new systems of manufacture that address some of the profound challenges we face in this age of environmental challenges. Through discussions and hands-on activities, you will learn about a range of different production models and ‘future factories’, from bio-hacking to automation.

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Technologies of Romance II


Join us as we mark the publication of Technologies of Romance – Part II by Art programme lecturer, artist and writer Paul O’Kane.

A diverse and dynamic range of artists, lecturers, historians, students and curators from various institutions will exchange ideas and contribute artworks, performances, videos and academic papers on the symposium’s title and theme. Tickets are free but seating is limited, visit Eventbrite to find out more and book.



Afterall is a Research Centre based at Granary Square focused on contemporary art and its relation to a wider artistic, theoretical and social context. This exhibition showcases some of Afterall’s recent and upcoming publications.

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Corrrective is a design collective of seven recent graduates whose practices subvert that which is oppressive and challenge and disrupt what is seen as the norm. Armed with a mindset that lies at the intersection of feminism and queerness, they individually explore topics such as gender binaries, queer politics, decolonisation and their representation within the mainstream.

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Of Tools and Creatures


Of Tools and Creatures documents working methods involved in MArch Architecture’s summer building unit: Constructing in detail. The unit explores the relationships between hands-on making processes and materials, with students working collaboratively on a 1:1 build. Rigorous tests, experiments and prototypes form a rich collection of objects that reflect the iterative design process involved in each project, celebrating the trials, failures, pain and delight experienced through the act of making.

Wild Drawing Experiment


Exhibition   17 NOVEMBER 2018–4 JANUARY 2019 | WINDOW GALLERY ONE
Funded by the Central Saint Martins Staff Refresh scheme, the Wild Drawing Experiment is a collaborative landscape walking and drawing project led by Helen Savage (Graphic Communication Design ).

Helen invited CSM colleagues Ignacia Ruiz, Olly O’Keeffe and Kate Keara Pelen to join her for the pilot: a 3 day walk along the South Downs Way. The expedition took the form of curated walks led by each artist taking turns to share approaches to mark-making. Find out more.

The Doctoral Platform at CSM offers PhD candidates the space in which to meet, share research, as well as co-ordinate, curate and participate in a variety of events.

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