Central Saint Martins On The Move
July 19, 2011
Does environment influence creativity? And can an old dog learn new tricks? This debate has been renewed with the imminent relocation of Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design to a new home.
Central Saint Martins is the renowned art and fashion college of the University of the Arts London, Europe’s largest centre for education in art, communication, design and performance.
The College has a truly outstanding list of alumni including fashion designer Sarah Burton, artist Antony Gormley and jewellers Theo Fennell and David Morris. Many of the UK’s up and coming jewellery designers graduate through its doors each year.
Central Saint Martins is currently located across 11 old buildings on six different sites in London, but in Autumn later this year the College will be integrating most of its schools into a purpose building at King’s Cross, London.
The £170m redevelopment for the art school will occupy a group of industrial buildings and train sheds, transformed into modern spectacular spaces to serve the College’s future needs.
For more than 150 years, Central Saint Martins has been a pioneer in teaching and learning of art and design. Supporters of the move believe that bringing together the different artistic disciplines under one roof will create a dynamic and rich environment with unique opportunities for collaboration. Its critics are concerned whether the new location and environment will have an impact on the creative spirit and heritage of the school.
We are excited to discover the work of the next generations of Central Saint Martins graduates and hope the College with its world-class teachers will continue to thrive in its new surroundings. Later this year, we plan to introduce a new range of designer jewellery to Winterson, designed in collaboration with one of its graduates. More news on that soon!