MA Performance Design and Practice Final Shows


Until 27 May | Various Locations


This festival presents and celebrates the final projects by our second year MA PDP students.  Each piece within the collection has been devised and funded by the students and presents a testing of ideas developed over the past two years on the course.


All performances are free, visit the event page for the full line-up.



Ramón Puig Cuyàs at Central Saint Martins


Thursday 5 May, 6 – 8pm | LVMH Lecture Theatre


In 2015 LOEWE collaborated with artist jeweller Ramón Puig Cuyàs. Celebrating this partnership, the brand, led by Jonathan Anderson, brings Ramón Puig Cuyàs to London to talk about creating jewellery with non-precious materials.


Head to the event page for more information and to sign up.


50 Years of Art and Objecthood: Traces, Impact, Critique


Friday 27 May 2016

Central Saint Martins, Kings Cross, C202

Organised by Joanne Morra and Alison Green

Arguably the most discussed piece of art criticism published since the 1960s, ‘Art and Objecthood’ written by American art historian (and poet) Michael Fried (1939-), and published in the June 1967 issue of Artforum magazine, has been variously described as ‘world dividing doxology’ (Caroline Jones), and ‘a theoretical wedge’ (Rosalind Krauss). What is clear is that the ideas it addresses are remarkably durable. ‘Art and Objecthood’ comments upon and agonizes over what is perceived as the major paradigm shift between modernism and postmodernism, in art and in wider cultural terms. If the legacy of the 1960s is multi-faceted, one key part is this: the so-called autonomous art object was challenged and replaced by contextual or relational works and meanings. By contrast, Fried’s essay argues in very strong terms that art ought to require specialized tools—critical, historical and aesthetic—and that these are worth fighting for. The main aim of our project is to analyze the impact of ‘Art and Objecthood’ and assess its divergent traces rather than its canonical receptions. The speakers consider its influence internationally within art criticism, philosophy, film studies, theatre, international modernism, new media, pedagogy, and the rise of new materialism and object studies within contemporary theory.




Alison Green and Joanne Morra, Introduction

1.45 – 5:30 Speakers

Duncan White, An ‘Automatic Escape’ or a ‘Beautiful Question’? Cinema and Experimental Film after ‘Art and Objecthood’ (20 min)

Phoebe von Held, Brecht’s ‘Anti-Theatrical’ Modernism: Reflections on Brecht’s Place in Michael Fried’s Conceptual Framework (20 min)

Joacquin Barriendos Rodriguez, Speculative Literalism: Art, Objecthood, and Ideology in Latin America and Spain (20 min)

Victor Tupitsyn, Obscuritarian Objects (20 min)

Daniel Rubinstein, Art and Process (20 min)

Stephen Melville, On Fried and Philosophy (20 min)

Margarita Tupitsyn, From Black Square to Room Square (20 min)

Chaired discussion (20 min)


Closing remarks


This is a free event. Registration is necessary:


Event is supported by by CSM Art Programme, CSM Research, CSM Culture and Enterprise Programme

Dr Lucy Kimbell, Designing for Services: Inventive Future Making

The London Doctoral Design Centre (LDoc) is delighted to invite you to its summer Keynote Lecture on Tuesday 10 May 2016 at 6.30pm.

Dr Lucy Kimbell, Director of the Innovation Insights Hub at the University of the Arts London, will be speaking at the London College of Fashion in central London.

Designing for Services: Inventive Future Making

This lecture will be of particular interest to postgraduate design students and academics, but is open to all. The lecture will be followed by a drinks reception, to which you are warmly invited.


Please follow the link for details and to register: LDoc Keynote 10 May

Please do forward this invitation on to any colleagues who may be interested.

Ladybird Modernism

You are invited to Ladybird Modernism – a talk by John Grindrod, architectural theorist and author of Concretopia: A Journey Around the Rebuilding of Postwar Britain.

Ladybird books are usually thought to depict the cosiest kind of twentieth century suburbia. But the reality was rather more progressive. In this talk John Grindrod takes us on a tour of the amazing scope of modernism in Ladybird books. From flyovers to spaceships, tower blocks to polyester clothing, encounter the surprising world depicted for children in the sixties and seventies, where concrete, plastic and nuclear power were our friends.

John Grindrod will be introduced by Suzy Round.

This event is hosted by paintingresearch at Wimbledon College of Arts as part of a year long examination of Punk in the Suburbs.


Please see the attached poster for full details and click on the link below to go to Eventbrite to reserve a free place:

The Other Story Online: Digital Exhibition Histories

Are you interested in how contemporary art is presented and then critically received? What do you know about the history of racism in the British art establishment? Would you like participate in the design of a web prototype before its public launch?

Dr Lucy Steeds is working with a cross-course team of UAL students to develop an interactive digital platform for documenting and re-activating a highly significant exhibition of contemporary art that took place in 1989: ‘The Other Story: Afro-Asian Artists in Post-War Britain’. This exhibition, which first took place at the Hayward Gallery in London, will be mapped visually and spatially online, and then shared with the public for interactive engagement – all in collaboration with a group of students.

We will gather on Wednesday afternoons during May, 4pm to 6pm at CSM, Kings Cross. We will be joined by visiting speakers – including Rasheed Araeen and Sonia Boyce – and progress updates will be posted by participants.

Any enquiries? Please contact Lucy Steeds

Research initiated by Afterall at UAL, supported by a Digital Project Grant from the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art and amplified through UAL Curriculum Development Funding.


‘The Other Story’ Online_Digital EH_programme copy



9 March – 20 April

Victorian Vitrine


In response to the 5th anniversary of Great Tohoku Earthquake and Tsunami in Japan, an exhibition entitled “Rikuzentakata” – the name of a city that was swept away by the tsunami – features the young emerging Japanese artist duo Natsumi Seo and Haruka Komori and Naoya Hatakeyama, an international high-profile Japanese photographer.


Learn more

1 – 100 Project


16 March – 30 April

Pangolin London (N1 9AG)


1-100 is an annual project for Product and Ceramic Design students on the Foundation Diploma in Art and Design at Central Saint Martins. Using a bank of industrial plaster moulds donated by a factory in Stoke-on-Trent, students are invited to design specifically for the Central Saint Martins Kings Cross site.


Lost and Found 


4 – 27 April

Window Galleries


In celebration of the staging of Ceramic Art London, Professor Rob Kesseler, UAL Chair of Arts, Design & Science has invited first year BA Ceramic Design students to create an installation of ceramic work for the window. Responding to the notion of lost and found, they have collected an array of broken ceramic artefacts and pottery ornaments gleaned from charity shops, archaeological digs, discarded fragments from artists studios and their own workshop experiments, which hang in a long frieze across this window.


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111 Interiors


14 – 29 April

Window Galleries


In this exhibition, Professor Ben Kelly, UAL Chair of Interior Design, will showcase interior images collected from 111 creative individuals including students, staff, alumni and invited speakers. The Window Gallery will become a portrait of a creative community including interiors from Sir John Sorrell, Fred Deakin, Peter York, Alice Rawsthorne, Dr John Cooper Clarke, Nigel Carrington, David Toop, Peter Saville, Gavin Turk, Dinah Casson, Sir John Hegarty, Catherine Ince, Jeremy Till and Lucy Mckenzie.


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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