Central St Martins to host retrospective

An exhibition to celebrate 21 years of Central St Martins College of Art and Design opens next week at the London college’s Lethaby Gallery.

Titled ‘When Central Met St Martins’, the show explores the history of the art college and focuses on the wealth of talent that has come out of the school since its beginnings 21 years ago. It will include filmmaking, fashion and textiles, fine art and photography, graphic and product design, and architecture.

In 1984 St Martins School of Art and the Central School of Art and Design decided to merge their graphic design and fine art courses. Then, in 1989, the two colleges combined to become Central St Martins.

The college later incorporated the Drama Centre London, in 1999, and the Byam Shaw School of Art in 2002. In 2011 Central St Martins will move to a new campus at King’s Cross.

Much of the work featured in the exhibition belongs to the Central St Martins Museum and Study Collection, which is an archive of work by staff and students who have attended the college over the past two decades.

The exhibition runs from 18 January to 26 March.

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