degree show 2012 - central saint martins

Degree Show 2012
Central Saint Martins King's Cross Campus

The first degree show of Central Saint Martins in its new King's Cross campus has begun last week. Its high security campus is open to the public for the occasion, and provide an opportunity for visitors to see what the students are producing in this former Granary building.

Steps from the Entrance Plaza to the Canal - the new campus is part of the King's Cross Central Regeneration

The Forecourt with its generous headroom

Lecture rooms and studios are lined up on both sides of the Central Spine with a transparent roof
Something the university management should really feel ashamed of, when they always advertise themselves as a world-class institute and the campus is indeed, NEW
Roof terrace with unobstructed views - a drastic contrast to the backyard terrace in its old Charing Cross Road campus

The covered Handyside Canopy is showing some of the BA Fine Arts works

With about 20 courses exhibiting at the same time, it is a real art & design fest for the public not to be missed.

Further Reading -

Page: Official website of the Degree Show

the season of graduation shows - Central Saint Martins

Central Saint Martin MAFA Show

This is the last year Central Saint Martin MAFA graduates would have their graduation show in Charing Cross Road. Course Director Joanna Greenhill would be leaving th school as well this year. While nobody knows what would happen when the school re-opens next year in the transformed Granary & Transit Shed in King's Cross, we could all look back in what the MAFA students have done in the past year to mark the end of an era -

the show poster - lacks the eccentricity and edge of an art school in London?

The followings are some of the interesting finds in the show -

Josh Baum's Installation (flash clip)

a corner of the MFA show - video link

Walking up & down the Charing Cross Road building, you cannot stop reminiscing the student life in this historic block would be disappeared forever - 

panorama of internal courtyard - video link

And the luxury of being in the centre of West End, the sweeping panoramic view across the city from almost every windows facing outside is argurably the greatest asset of being a CSM student!

Full photo set

Let's hope CSM future students would have an even-brighter life in the regenerated neighbourhood, together with its many sparkling neighbours such as St Pancras Station, Kings Place, Gagosian Gallery & the Regent's Canal!

Further Readings -
Official page for CSM MFA Show 2010
Official website for Central Saint Martin
A preview of CSM's King's Cross campus opening in 2011
CSM Time #7 - King's Cross Special
Gwen Yip's blog - Working Holiday in London

the season of graduation shows - RCA

RCA Show 1

It is summer. It is the season of graduate shows with exciting designs by new fresh talents lining up for your eyes to enjoy. Here are some of the picks seen in RCA Show 1(in no particular order) -


A Practiced Place by Sun Ju Lee

Echo Shift by Zachary Eastwood-Bloom - favourite ceramics!

Evasion by Annabel Wightman - favourite lighting! (maybe it's not about the lights but don't care...)

Moving Stories I by Matthew Raw

Les Amants (Cascade) (2009) by Noemie Goudal - favourite photography!

Aletheia (2010) by Darren Harvey-Regan

Full photo set here

In case you missed Show 1, Show 2 will be starting soon. Be sure you'll catch it this time!

Further Readings -
Official page for RCA Show 2010
RCA Fashion Show 2010 by Hilary Alexander for the Telegraph, 10.06.2010

art july in london - part 1

One & Other at Trafalgar Square

The fourth plinth got an interactive take this year initiated by famous british artist-sculptor Antony Gormley. Lots of media coverage was brought to the participants' actions. When I arrives last night, a man was playing tai-chi -

While people who get the chance to have their 1 hour on the plinth are showing how imaginative they could be and those watching definitely enjoy the acts, it is a pity that the overwhelming safety concern has resulted in an enormous safety net surrounding the plinth, which completely outcast the tiny person standing on the plinth and deprived of any beauty whoever performs up there...

Perhaps Antony or the organiser should have given a bit more endeavours to come up with a better safety solution.

the project office on site


The Driftwood AA Pavilion 2009

Students in Unit 2 of The Architecture Association in London have completed this year's summer pavilion based on a concept by 3rd year student Danecia Sibingo.

The pavilion styles like Thomas Heatherwick's works, the morphing & steamlined slices create an unique focal point at the venue (Bedford Square) and blends well into the surrounding period blocks and trees -

The pavilion would open till 25.07.2009

AA pavilion 2009 by you.

full photo set here

Further Reading -
Official website of One & Other with live webcast on who's on the plinth & what he/she's doing
Dezeen's article on the AA Pavilion with some making-of pics
Creative Review's article on the AA Pavilion
AA Pavilions 2008 - photo set